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Why Philly potentially ousting Celtics from post-season would be wounding

 It's not over yet. The Celtics still have a shot at making the Eastern Conference Finals, but I must admit the thought of the 76'ers potentially ending Boston's run for Banner 18 this season makes me nauseous. Here's the deal.

It's not the fact that Banner 18 would have to wait at least another year before being raised at TD Garden. It has only been 15 years since Beantown's last NBA Title, and the last I knew, there are 30 teams in the League. Do the math.

I am not a "Title-or-nothing" Celtics fan. I can handle another "almost-made-it" season, but what I can't stomach is the thought of the Philadelphia 76'ers moving on to the Eastern Conference Finals - and possibly going all the way this season.

My basis for this stand? Doc Rivers walked away from Beantown because he did not want to take on a rebuild after the departure of Paul Pierce andf Kevin Garnett. Nothing personal, but Doc has not exactly flourished since he left the Celtics.

And furthermore, the Celtics added their two best players, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, by means of a shrewd trade and the draft. Philly added their two superstars via "The Process" - Joel Embiid via shameless tanking and the draft - and James Harden by means of tanking - drafting Ben Simmons - and subsequently trading Simmons for Harden.

There you have it. NBA Championships are hard to come by nowadays and the Celtics window for Banner 18 is wide open. I can wait if I have to, but the thought of Philly potentially having success over Boston is more than I can stomach.


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