Celtics advance to second round with Game 7 win over Bucks

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Still, he will play consistent minutes and is someone that can grab stats other than points. Whatever the reason, the Celtics have managed to squeak by the Bucks and move on to the second round.

Win in 6 Podcast #214: The 17-year wait continues (read here): Adam McGee, Ti Windisch and I reflected on the Bucks' playoff series with the Celtics following their Game 7 loss, the questions that loom large this summer and more in the latest Win in 6. There were no celebrations or fanfare in the locker room, likening the atmosphere to a regular season game. Boston will need him even better vs Philadelphia. Simmons was an absolute beast and Markelle Fultz has come back into the fold for Philly.

Embiid has worn a mask to protect his fractured orbital bone since returning to the court in Game 3 of the Sixers' series against the Miami Heat. Both young stars were hit by the injury bug in their early careers, but we are finally getting to see the hype the Sixers fans have been waiting for. Somebody else is going to have to step up and play great.

Horford, an athletic big who could take on that role as part of a rotating cast, said, "All year we matched up bigger usually with him". He's more than familiar with the history of the Celtics-Sixers rivalry.

For starters, Boston should limit the amount of offensive rebounds Philly racks up.

Sixers: Embiid is the first Sixer with 30 points in a playoff game since Andre Miller in 2009.

The Celtics used Aron Baynes (52 possessions) and Al Horford (43 possessions) as the primary defenders on Joel Embiid during the season. Philly's 89-80 victory in the January 18 series finale featured Embiid going off for 26 points, 18 rebounds and six assists.

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The Celtics as a collective have to make Embiid work for every basket.

The Celtics were 27-14 in the Garden in the regular season.

The Celtics had Irving in the 3 wins over Philadelphia and they scored at least 102 in those games.

But Boston is not the same team it was then.

"They've had a great season, they play defense, they're well organized", Brown said of the Celtics to Sixers.com.

Like Embiid, it would be remiss to not game plan for the skill set of Ben Simmons. The 5.8 attempts a night are double that of any other Redick postseason run. That matchup turned into a juicy, somewhat humorous subplot within the series and Rozier handled his emotions far better than Bledsoe and also significantly outplayed him.

Now enter the Boston Celtics, another team that wants to play slow and physical. Brad Stevens will have his team well prepared for the task at hand. Philly is young and can score the rock at will. Boston, on the other hand, can stop teams from doing so and has the best X's-and-O's coach in the National Basketball Association. Smart will be counted on offensively and defensively in this series, and his presence, along with the emergence of Terry Rozier (26 points in Game 7), will help lead Boston to a cover and possible upset of favored Philadelphia in Game 1.