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NBA Playoffs 2012: Why 76ers Have No Chance Against Boston's Savvy Veterans

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20:  NBA players Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen arrive to the T-Mobile Magenta Carpet at the 2011 NBA All-Star Game on February 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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Soven BerySenior Analyst IMay 12, 2012

For the Boston Celtics and their seasoned veterans the second round of the NBA Playoffs are as routine as brushing their teeth. For the young Philadelphia 76ers, this is completely new territory. Sadly, the youth explosion in the City of Brotherly Love has no chance against the experience in Beantown. 

The Sixers were barely able to get by a Chicago Bulls team that lost its two best players and featured an injured Luol Deng. Philadelphia should have destroyed this depleted squad. 

They did move on with a 4-2 series victory, but needed close calls and down-to-the-wire finishes in order to advance. 

Andre Iguodala and his squad showed promise and were on cloud nine after beating the Bulls. 

The Boston Celtics should knock them back down to earth. 

The Celtics have not lost at home throughout these playoffs and they won’t start now. Racing out to a 2-0 series lead will have the Sixers in an insurmountable hole going back to Philadelphia. 

Even if the teams split the first two games in Boston, lack of experience will soon catch up to Jrue Holiday and company. Boston has been there and done that. The experienced Big Three have been in tougher playoff situations than what Philadelphia will present to them, and have escaped as champions. 

Rondo is averaging a double-double in the playoffs and is burning up like Michael Jackson in a Pepsi commercial. 

There is no stopping the electrifying guard as he will be the X-factor in this matchup. 

Truthfully, the Atlanta Hawks were a stronger opponent than the young Sixers, and Boston blasted the Hawks like they were part of the NASA space program. 

Boston realizes that the window for their aging team is rapidly closing. They won’t let another opportunity get past them. 

Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen will all be angry and hungry. That appetite for another championship ring will continue with a rapid devouring of the inferior Philadelphia 76ers. 

The playoffs are where experience matters and the young Sixers may be a great story, but they won’t be able to muster enough magic to beat the original Big Three. 

This won’t be Bird vs. Erving part two, as Philadelphia will have no chance against the savvy veterans stationed in Boston. 

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