(4) Boston Celtics vs (8) Philadelphia 76ers
The Sixers enter the second round for the first time since 2003 after knocking out the Rose less Bulls. Boston took out the Hawks in a tight six game series. Paul Pierce was a monster all series including a 36 point, 14 rebound effort in one of the wins. Andre Iguodala who is a hero in Philly after his series clinching free throws, is dealing with an Achilles injury that hopefully does not hamper him from a solid defensive effort against Pierce. Other than a dumb decision of bumping an official and getting a one game suspension, Rondo had a 17 point, 14 rebound, 12 assist triple double and did a tremendous job running the Celtics offense all series. The Sixers must do a better job on the glass, as they were out rebounded most of the series by Chicago and it wont get any easier with Kevin Garnett and Brandon Bass. The match up the Sixers need to expose is Evan Turner against Avery Bradley, Turner has more size and a nice mid range game. Another thing that would be very beneficial to Philadelphia would be to run as much as possible and force the Celtics to get back. The experience and the rebounding of Boston will be too much for a young Sixer team who is playing with house money at this point.
Celtics in 6