76ers vs. Celtics: Who Has the Advantage Heading into Game 7?

Holly MacKenzie@stackmackNBA Lead BloggerMay 24, 2012

In a win or stay home Game 6 against the Celtics, the Philadelphia 76ers went to work and were able to grab the 82-75 victory to force a Game 7 in Boston.

It was an ugly game with both teams struggling to make baskets, but the Sixers pulled away late. Boston started the game flat and wasn't ever able to find its rhythm. Playing without Avery Bradley, who is nursing a shoulder injury, and with a gimpy Ray Allen in his place, the Celtics needed offensive firepower. 

Their bench wasn't able to help, however. Boston's bench scored just five points in the loss and forced Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce into logging more than 40 minutes each. While the Celtics have been brushing off their age all season long, they will head back to TD Garden for Game 7 with the home-court advantage, but also with some questions.

Will Bradley play? It's sounding like he is out. If so, Boston has to hope that Allen's ankle doesn't bother him too much in Game 7. They also need to hope that Pierce and Garnett don't feel lingering effects of the heavy minutes, and that Rondo can show up and deliver a huge game under the biggest spotlight of his season thus far.

He usually does.

The Celtics have a way of digging in deep and using their experience to stay calm and remain unflappable. While the Sixers will make this Game 7 an interesting one, the advantage still lies with the home team, even if it has some problems to work through.

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