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NBA TV's Sam Mitchell and Steve Smith both pick the Boston Celtics to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. There was total agreement between the two analysts. They also chose Philadelphia over Miami in the first round.

That left Boston facing Philly in the second round, and Mitchell and Smith both picked the 76'ers to come out victorious and headed to the Eastern Finals. Their reasoning was based on Boston's numerous injuries and depleted ranks, in addition to the 76'ers talent and ability to score under the hoop, from mid-range and in transition. The video of their analysis can be found below.

Janos, whoever the hell he is, besides being an avid Celtics fan, obviously favors Boston over Philly, as evidenced in the linguistically-challenged tweets below. He obviously has little respect for a team that "loose hundreds games" and ends up giving the 76'ers a grade of F.

If the Celtics are able to control Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks, particularly their transition game where the Greek Freak gets the ball after a turnover and seemingly covers the entire court in two strides, Boston can take the series. We certainly can use Marcus Smart for at least part of this series, and it looks like that will happen.

No one really knows what to expect from Philadelphia. They are young and inexperienced, but they are big, extremely talented and have ended the regular season with a 16-game win streak. Daniel Theis would have been very useful in containing the 76'ers bigs. But one series at a time. We have to overcome the Bucks first. We know we have Janos behind us. You have to love this guy.





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Tom Lane 4/14/2018 06:17:00 AM Edit
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