Found May 15, 2012 on TheProBasketballTalk:
This series is going to go the distance.  If any indication of game one as well as last night's 82-81 victory for the Philadelphia 76ers tells us anything, it's that these two teams match up really well.  Doug Collins and company were able to steal one in Boston as they head home for games three and four. The 76ers were the one that executed late this time.  The one stat that keeps popping out when these two teams play is rebounding.  Whichever team wins the rebounding battle, has won the game.  Last night, Philadlephia had the 47-36 advantage while Boston had the game one advantage 45-41.  The beauty of this series is that in two games, both of these teams have scored 173 points, essentially making each game as close as a coin flip. Now the ugly.  This game was brutal to watch both as a fan and as an analyst.  This was bad basketball all the way around.  As Kevin Garnett likes to say, this was a dog fight.  Very physical game that saw many 4 to 5 minute scoring dr...

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Design for Bill Russell statue unveiled The design for a statue of Boston Celtics great Bill Russell has been unveiled. The statue scheduled to be placed on City Hall Plaza next year will feature Russell in uniform with his arm around a youth, reflecting his dedication to mentoring youngsters. Sculptor Antonio Tobias Mendez and architect Matthew Oudens were chosen to design and build the statue. In conjunction...

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