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Philadelphia was on a roll and it felt like it wasn't going to stop.
Beating the short-handed Chicago Bulls in the first round of the playoffs was incredibly exciting and most likely all that Philadelphia would be able to accomplish during the shortened 2011-12 season.
That was until the Sixers made a series out of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Boston Celtics.
There was little hope when the series started. Philly had just beaten the Bulls, and that was more than enough to say that the Sixers had a successful playoff campaign and season.
Collins was about to prove that the best had yet to come.
The Sixers won Game 2 by one point after dropping the first game by the same amount. Game 3 was a blowout win by Boston, but Game 4 looked like the Sixers had figured the Celtics out as they went on to win by nine points and hold them to 83 points.
Just like that this became a three-game series and one that would be pushed to a final Game 7 after splitting the first two.
The final game was close throughout, but the better team ultimately won.
Still though, Collins proved his worth by getting to that point.
By putting his team into a position to win.
He deserves loads of credit for that.