The Philadelphia 76ers went against their one-number nemesis, the Boston Celtics. This rivalry goes back to 1965. When the Sixers reacquired Wilt Chamberlain from the Warriors with both teams facing off on November 30, 1949. They weren’t the Philadelphia 76ers back then. The team was the National Syracuse. They moved to Philly in 1963. So then it would be Bill Russell vs. Will Chamberlain for years battling over who was the best that the NBA had to offer. Both Franchise players. Going after gold and setting records. Now to the late 70s and early 80s. This is where the bad blood picked up between the two teams. Larry Bird vs Dr. J. Julius Irviring. Where stats, records, and standings didn’t matter. Things got ugly fast. Back in the mid-80s, it was the choking match that rippled around the world.
The blueprint for this historical feud was Larry Bird and Julius Irving grabbing each other by the throat—fast forwarding to today’s era. Joel Embiid vs Jayson Tatum. The 76ers are looking to get revenge on the Boston Celtics after being eliminated from the playoffs back in May. Both teams came into this game off to a hot start, with a 5-1 record. The Celtics have new additions, Kristaps Porzingis and Jrue Holiday.
The Battle of The Big Men
Joel Embiid was going against his rival Big Man, Kristaps Porzingis. Both Big Monsters played a physical matchup. Not backing down from one another, Joel Embiid had four big blocks. One in particular that stands out is the one he had on Jayson Tatum. Embiid was aggressive and attacked the ball. Anytime Al Horford was assigned to guard Joel Embiid. Joel Embiid took Al Horford to the woodshed inside the paint.
Joel Embiid made sure he locked eyes with Kristaps Porzingis after his dunks. Joel Embiid put up 27 points. Kristaps Porzingis wasn’t afraid to go into Joel Embiid’s playground and work him with his pump fakes. He was getting Joel Embiid and other 76ers teammates to bite on the pump fake. Kristaps Porzingis put up 29 points on the night.
Maxeymus, The 76ers Gladiator
Tyreese Maxey was fearless to the net the entire night. He’s not afraid of the traffic clogging the paint, whether it was two or three defenders. Maxey finds his way to the rack almost automatically. He can make a drive to the rim, and he can shoot the lights out with his mid-range or perimeter game. His growth has been nothing. Tyreese is the 76er’s cornerstone moving forward. He had 25 points on the night. Tyreese Maxey is elevating his game night in and night out.
Pat Bernard has four years of podcasting. His first year with the Pattison Ave Phantics and four years running Devereaux Sports. Now currently, both Devereaux Sports and Edge of Sports. Pat is a for 6 Philly sports fan. Flyers, Phillies, Eagles, Sixers, Wings, and Union. The Gobbler is a former pro wrestler and ACPW Hall of Famer! He is originally out of Ambler from Northeast Philly (by the Tacony Bridge). Pat is a credentialed Philadelphia Wings Beat Reported under Edge of Philly Sports.