As if the Sixers-Celtics Jap Convention Semifinals sequence wanted any extra hype.
The Contemporary Prince, Will Smith (West Philadelphia, born and raised) is prepared for Sport 1 tonight at TD Backyard in Boston, Mass.
Seven hours earlier than tipoff, Smith launched a hype video on his YouTube web page.
The video options actor/comic Kevin Hart, Eagles security Malcolm Jenkins, rapper/comic Lil Dicky, Sixers middle Joel Embiid, Boyz II Males and, sure, Will Smith.
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The Sixers reached the East semis after eliminating the Miami Warmth in 5 video games.
The Celtics survived a seven-game first-round slugfest with the Milwaukee Bucks, regardless of lacking their two greatest gamers: Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward.
Count on Sixers head coach Brett Brown to have just a few associates within the crowd in Boston.
Brown was born and raised in Maine, and attended Boston College, the place he performed basketball for future Celtics head coach Rick Pitino.
Boston and Philadelphia have met within the playoffs 20 instances, courting again to the Sixers’ origins because the Syracuse Nationals.
Boston has gained 12 of these sequence, together with the final three conferences: 2012 East semifinals, 2002 East first spherical, and 1985 East finals.
The final time the Sixers beat the Celtics in a playoff sequence? The 1982 Jap Convention Finals.
Within the heydey of the Larry Hen-Julius Erving rivalry, the Celtics and Sixers met for the East title in three consecutive seasons, from 1980-82.
Philadelphia gained two of these three matchups, with Boston taking the 1981 East finals in seven video games on the best way to the NBA Title.