A look at the Celtics-76ers schedule

BRING THE NOISE The Celtics will be backed by a boisterous Garden crowd when they host the Bucks in Game 7 of their first-round playoff series tonight

They will meet the Philadelphia 76ers, with Game 1 in Boston on Monday night.

Sentinel and Enterprise staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site. The Boston Celtics were clearly the superior team.

The Sixers had dethroned the Celtics in 1967, becoming the first genuine rival for the dynasty in the making. The C's have been a markedly different team at home than on the road, and Rozier has been the poster child for that.

The Sox had just beaten the Tampa Bay Rays in walk-off fashion, while the City of Boston was simultaneously buzzing at the Celtics getting ready to knock off the Sixers in Game 7 at the TD Garden and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. The Sixers average 45.6 points in the paint per game, a feat Boston will have to shut down. They have been lead by their two rising young stars in Embiid, and the favorite to win the National Basketball Association rookie of the year, Ben Simmons.

"I'm expecting the same treatment as far as them not even caring that I'm from Philadelphia", he said after practice on Sunday, a day after the Celtics advanced by eliminating the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 7 of their first-round series. "He's been great all year". "Whenever you have lost other guys to injury, when people aren't available when things aren't going your way, he has likely been through it, and he provides a very calming influence to the younger players".

Al Horford had 26 points and seven rebounds for Boston, which will host Game 2 on Thursday night. He's looked every bit the part of a capable starting point guard in this league and has even shown superstar tendencies. Not to mention their best defensive player in Marcus Smart missed multiple games due to hand surgery. The key for the Celtics is to play Simmons similar to how they handled Giannis in the first round - make him shoot from the outside (Simmons was 0 for 11 this season from 3 point range).

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"They've got the ability to bother you because the team really can shoot 3s". You can tell that feeling when you get there, where it's coming back. We can't ignore the run the Sixers went on at the end of the year. "It's why we have to steal at least one game up there".

Rozier is averaging a team-high 36 minutes per game in the playoffs. They can't afford to pass on Mike Budenholzer (read here): Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post offered his thoughts on why former Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer is the right man for the job in regards to the Bucks' head coaching position, given where the team stands in their current trajectory.

Six players are averaging in double figures for the Sixers in the playoffs, they are JJ Redick (20.0), Joel Embiid (18.7), Ben Simmons (18.2), Marco Belinelli (16.6) and Ersan Ilyasova (10.8). If Fultz struggles similar to what happened against the ultra-physical Heat, expect Brown to go back to TJ McConnell as he did in the final two games vs Miami.

According to Stevens, Celtics guard Jaylen Brown is "doubtful" for Game 1 against the 76ers with a hamstring injury he sustained in the first half of Game 7 against the Bucks.

Brown said after the Celtics' Game 7 victory that trainers believed he had a Grade 1 sprain.

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