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Celtics vs. Sixers: The Most Prolific Playoff Rivalry in NBA History
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Sixers-Celtics, seventh game.

For the first two-thirds of its existence, nothing said “NBA” like those four little words.

Oh, the images they conjure in the memory bank of a fan of a certain age.

Bird and Dr. J.; Chet Walker and a Havlicek steal.

Greer and the Jones boys (Sam, K.C. and Wali); Archibald, Cheeks and that damn Andrew Toney.

“Beat LA,” Johnny Most, and Dave Zinkoff’s “Dipper Dunk.”

McHale, Parish and even more Jones boys (Caldwell and Bobby).

Russell’s dynasty, and Wilt’s 1967 Team for the Ages.

In a rivalry as old as the league itself, these two storied franchises have engaged in an Eastern playoff clash 18 times, Red Auerbach’s Beantowners emerging victorious in 11 of those series, eight on the road to a title, while the C’s fell to the eventual league champs in 1955 and 1967.

As a temporary respite from the tedious and clumsy arrival of the 2011-12 NBA season, the Abacus Time Machine offers the five most “spirited” playoff series in this classic confrontation.

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