The 76ers might have been able to keep their playoff dream alive for one more game, but last night was the end of the road for the team.
Down to the final minute, Boston managed to pull ahead for a playoff victory. It was a hard fought battle, but at this point, the Celtics had the better chance at stronger playoff finish than Philadelphia. Experience is key in the postseason, and hopefully, Philly learned a lot from these past games.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics
It was the game the 76ers were hoping would never come to be. After a managing an upset Monday Night, this Wednesday ultimately destroyed their hopes of moving further in the postseason. In a 114-112 victory, Boston cemented their place against the Cleveland Cavaliers for another year. With a 4-1 record in the series, the Celtics are riding high with an undefeated home court postseason record.
Let’s take it back to Tuesday night when two different playoff games took place. Houston and Golden State also overcame the odds to keep their postseason run going.
Utah Jazz vs. Houston Rockets
The Rockets are the team everyone in the league seems to be rooting for. With James Harden and Chris Paul are a duo to be reckoned with on the court. Houston secured another 112-102 win to take their series record to 4-1 as well. Utah was at a disadvantage against the dynamic Rockets because they were missing star player, Ricky Rubio. Unfortunately, that’s it for the Jazz because the Rockets are highly expected to make it to the championship this year.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Golden State Warriors
In a 113-104 victory, the Warriors gave fans something to cheer about. Like the 76ers and the Jazz, their series record moved up to 4-1 allowing them to move forward in the playoff competition. With Steph Curry out, the Pelicans might have stood a chance. However, Curry is casually showing everyone how well he’s recovered from his injury by lighting up the court. In this Game 5, Durant and Curry had a combined 52 points, 13 rebounds, and 15 assists. Basically, Golden State is back and everyone in their way should be worried.
NBA fans are in for a treat with one of the best playoff matchups in recent history. The Houston Rockets are expected to face the Golden State Warriors, two teams who are widely expected to become the NBA Champions this year. Of course, many are excited to see Boston matchup against the Cavaliers for another year, but it’s hard to not expect Cleveland to come out on top. At least this year, Houston could actually give the Warriors a run for their money.