Celtics vs. 76ers: Boston Must Finish Philly in Game 6 for Strong Finals Run

Jeff ChaseSenior Analyst IIMay 23, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 16: Paul Pierce #34 and Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics high five during their 107-91 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Wells Fargo Center on May 16, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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When the Boston Celtics head back home following Game 6 against the Philadelphia 76ers, the only reason they should be doing so is to celebrate.

The Celtics can't allow this series to go to seven games. They simply can't because they must save as much court time as possible heading into the next stages of the postseason.

They currently lead the series 3-2, including a dominant 101-85 victory at home. They must carry that same play into this game, as they can't gamble anymore time with running teams like the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder potentially on their horizon.

Not to discredit the Indiana Pacers or San Antonio Spurs, but the aforementioned two teams just run explosive offenses that could potentially destroy a team with their athleticism alone.

For that reason, the Celtics should make sure they finish things off tonight, otherwise they run the risk of playing one more game than they have to.

Veteran forward Kevin Garnett is playing at a ridiculous level, including a vintage stat line of nearly 20 points per game.

Players like Brandon Bass have played exceptionally well also, but fans know they can't expect performances like his 27-point Game 5 too often—something that could be a problem if players like Ray Allen continue to struggle.

In a postseason like this, rest is most important, especially for a team like the Celtics.

They must go into Philly accepting nothing less than a win, otherwise they may pay for it in the long run.