Found May 15, 2012 on NESN.com:
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BOSTON -- Losing in the playoffs is supposed to be demoralizing. Yet when the Philadelphia 76ers walked away from their one-point loss to the Celtics in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series, they looked almost encouraged, not disheartened. And that caused some concern for Celtics coach Doc Rivers. The Celtics won Game 1 at home, but their inability to put away the Sixers until the very end boosted Philadelphia's spirits. The Sixers were riding high entering Game 2, and the 82-81 victory only added to their self-belief. "You know, I think we lifted their confidence last game," Rivers said....
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