NBA Playoffs 2012: The 76ers' Most Important Players in Round 2 vs. Boston

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NBA Playoffs 2012: The 76ers' Most Important Players in Round 2 vs. Boston
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Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers begins Saturday at 8 p.m. Eastern.

With both teams coming off home clinchers in Game 6 of their respective first-round series, each team now turns their attention to one another in this Atlantic Division billing.

These squads know each other well, and there will be few secrets, if any.

This is a classic "young legs versus experienced veterans" matchup. Boston has the star power and Philly has the depth and freshness to make this quite the series.

Having been through this before, the Celts are being picked by most to take this one—to no surprise. But Philadelphia has done well against Boston over the last few years, including winning two of three against them in this shortened NBA season.

Everyone plays a role in a playoff series, but this slideshow will rank the the most important players on the Sixers in this upcoming tilt.

If these players do their jobs, the 76ers could shock the league and make it to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since Allen Iverson and Larry Brown led Philly to the Finals against Shaq and Kobe in 2001.

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