The Celtics are back and the Process is over.
For the 8th time in the last year, the Philidelphia 76ers have been defeated by the Boston Celtics. Yes, the Sixers are in fact 2-8 against the C’s since they have had their two franchise cornerstones, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. This is why I find it comical that the media has tried to spin this matchup as a big rivalry. They have tried so hard, they tried to pump up Philly during the playoffs even though they got gentlemen swept. They tried to pump them up all summer even when they missed out on LeBron, Paul George, AND Kawhi. They told us that Markelle Fultz was like adding a star to their team.
The Process is done. It’s over. To quote Bryan Colangelo’s wife’s burner account, “Find a new slant.”
You wanna know how I know this isn’t a real rivalry? Because Joel Embiid said so himself.
Not a great look for all the Philly fans that have been beating their chest all summer that the Playoffs were a fluke. This Sixers team is worst than the one that played last Playoffs. They lost all their perimeter shooting in Marco Belinelli and Ersan İlyasova. Not only did the Sixers get worse, but the Celtics got better. They added Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, not bad additions in my opinion.
We just saw it over and over again last night. The Celtics are too talented and too deep. The Celtics really do go 9 deep of starting NBA players. Their 5 starters are All-Star level players and their bench of Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart, Marcus Morris, and Aron Baynes are all starting level players. This Celtics team might be the best team in basketball and I don’t think that is a hot take. Philly has 2 All-Star level players and that’s it. And those two players are not great fits for each other. There is no shooting on the Sixers besides JJ Redick. All I have been hearing is watch out for Philly, but as they have shown in the last year, they just don’t have the horses to compete with Boston.