Philadelphia remained steady and calm under pressure in a series that changed drastically after the Bulls lost Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah. Gritting out a Game 6 victory in the final seconds on their home floor after Andre Iguodala made free throws with 2.2 seconds remaining to give them a one-point win, it was the type of game that a coach wants to see from his team.
It was winning ugly.
Those are the type of victories that galvanize a team and strengthen its resolve moving forward.
You can check out the video for yourself below, via CSNPhilly.
Doug Collins is an emotional guy. His love and appreciation for the game is often on display, and he doesn't shy away from letting his players know exactly how he feels about them.
In this postgame address to his team, he is extremely heartfelt, eyes shining as he shares the moment with his grandson.
Talking about his team's journey this year, the struggles that came after the quick start, the hurdles of fighting through a shortened season after the lockout—Collins lets his team know he's proud while also letting them know he believes in them.
After he's finished speaking, he calls on Iguodala and Elton Brand to address their teammates, and both talk about the upcoming series against the Celtics, saying they know what they need to do while encouraging everyone in the locker room to "be ready."
I wouldn't have predicted this Sixers team making it to the second round, but here they are.
With added confidence after a scrappy Game 6 victory over the Bulls, we'll see what they do in the next round. Regardless of how far the Sixers go, expect them to finish the season with heart. After appearing to lose it near the end of the regular season, they're rediscovered it at a good time.