"When we were in Miami ... the gym was half-empty," Ilyasova said when discussing the comparisons between the Boston crowds he is about to face, per Ian Begley of ESPN.com. "But when you go to Boston, you will feel it. Even in the regular season, you know when you play that team, the arena is full, and they're really committed fans."
The 76ers' second-round series against the Boston Celtics begins Monday at TD Garden.
That didn't stop the 76ers from coming away victoriously in both, and Begley granted Miami's "home arena is known as one of the tamer atmospheres in the league." The Heat fans are also famous for leaving early during Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals only to attempt to come rushing back after their team forced overtime on Ray Allen's late three.
It figures to be a different story when the red-hot 76ers go into Boston, and JJ Redick granted as much when he called his prior road playoff games against the Celtics when he was a member of the Orlando Magic "as intense of any playoff games I've played in my career," per Begley.
Philadelphia was 1-3 against Boston during the regular season, although the one win came on the road. It also won't be facing Kyrie Irving in the playoffs after the Celtics' go-to option was lost for the season with his knee injury.
Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and the 76ers won their final 16 regular-season contests and dispatched the Heat in five games. This series against Boston will feature a more raucous opposing crowd, but nobody is playing better than Philadelphia.