There is nothing better in the world of sports than game seven of a playoff series. The atmosphere is different, the energy is different and last but not least, for both teams, it is win or go home.
When teams are down 3-2 in a series, as the Philadelphia 76ers were after their game five loss to the Boston Celtics, having the opportunity to play that game seven, is something the team can relish. For the Celtics, who have had a horrid time closing best-of-seven series on the road in recent years, playing game seven at home is a different story. The Celtics are 17-4 when playing the closeout game at home. However, one of these four losses did come against a Philadelphia team, which for them was their only road win in a game seven as their record stands at 1-7.
For the Sixers and Celtics, Game 7 is a chance to redeem prior series losses as this now winner-take-all game, will have the victorious team headed straight to the Eastern Conference Finals to face the Miami Heat.
In order to "beat the Heat" however, one team first needs to win. While both the Celtics and Sixers have strengths and weaknesses, there are certain elements of the game each team needs to bring in order to take home the victory.