On Saturday night the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers will fight in an elimination Game 7 to advance out of the Eastern Conference Semifinals and take on the Miami Heat in the Conference Finals. Here are seven stats to keep in mind for Game 7.
1. The Celtics and 76ers have identical postseason records at 7-5 each.
2. How much will the Garden factor into tonight's game? The Celtics and 76ers share the same homeroad records this postseason. Both teams are 5-1 at home and 4-2 on the road.
3. The Celtics are 1-0 this postseason when playing on Saturday. They won Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals Series on Saturday, May 12 in Boston. The 76ers are 0-2 on the same day of the week, also losing on April 28 to the Chicago Bulls in the first round.
4. The third quarter has been a turning point for the Celtics several times. They are 4-3 when leading or tied after halftime, but once pulling ahead in the next 12 minutes, they are 5-0 when ahead or tied after the third.
5. The Celtics and 76ers have faced off seven times in a Game 7. The C's have a 4-2 advantage all-time. The Sixers are 1-3 in Game 7's played in Boston.
6. During the Eastern Conference Semifinals, Rajon Rondo passed Dennis Johnson for fifth place in Celtics franchise postseason assists. He needs 14 to tie Bill Russell, who holds the fourth spot with 770 playoff dimes as a Celtic.
7. Neither team has won back-to-back games in this series.
In this week's jam packed episode of CSNNE.com's "Celtics Talk Podcast", Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely talk with former Celtic Leon Powe about this year's team, plus his role on the 2008 Championship squad. Powe tells some great stories about Kevin Garnett, and has an interesting take on Ray Allen not being invited to the reunion vacation Rajon Rondo is planning.
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Also included in this week's episode, Brian Scalabrine's interview with head coach Brad Stevens, plus the "Celtics PostUp" crew talks with Jae Crowder about his many nicknames, whether the 1st seed in the East is important, and his improvement on the floor.
LaVar Ball said a bunch of crazy things Thursday during his appearance on WEEI’s Dale & Holley with Rich Keefe. Among them: He thinks that every white teenager gets a $100,000 car from their parents.
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The most notable for Celtics fans’ purposes as it relates to the chances of Lonzo Ball coming to Boston was that the father does not want the C’s to take the UCLA product with the potential first overall pick of the 2017 draft. He also vowed not to be a pain in Brad Stevens’ ass if the C’s do take the point guard.
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Ball was also asked about Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge. He said that he doesn’t know Ainge and has never spoken to him, but he did have an interesting description of the scrappy Ainge’s playing days.
“I don’t know anything about Danny Ainge, but I know when he was a player, he was one of them sticklers to get up under you, boy,” Ball said. “But I haven’t talked to him. I don’t know Danny Ainge, I just watched him play when he was younger and I knew for a white guy, you could elbow him in the face. He was going to get back up and keep playing.”
Ball did not say whether he thinks his son would have a better playing career than Ainge, a one-time All-Star and two-time NBA champion, but that should be assumed.