The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers square off with a trip to South Florida on the line in a Game 7 on Saturday night in Boston. Unlike the case in most other professions, whichever club is heading down to Miami is doing so to keep on working rather than relax. Of course, the losing side is also free to hit South Beach for some R&R. Maybe J.R. Smith will pick them up at the airport?
Eastern Conference Semifinal
TD Garden, Boston, MA
8:00 p.m. EST
With the back-and-forth series having come down to a winner-take-all Game 7, each team thinks that it has the key E-ttribute on its side. Paul Pierce and the veteran Celtics hope that experience will be the deciding factor. This isn't the first rodeo for Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen or even Rajon Rondo. On the other bench, Sixers coach Doug Collins is banking on his youthful team's energy. Aside from Elton Brand, the key contributors are young and should have little trouble bouncing back for another game.
The 76ers forced this decisive contest with a 82-75 win in Philly in front of delirious home crowd, stirred both by the appearance of Allen Iverson and the fact that Garnett had labeled them as fair weather fans. Can the Sixers win two in a row? Or will Boston's home crowd see that they defend home court.
Energy or experience? Which prevails?
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