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Rozier, Celtics overpower Sixers to claim Game 1 win

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By Josh Liddick, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Well that was a game to be forgotten. Of all ways for a Game 1 to go, this wasn't the ideal scenario for the Philadelphia 76ers (0-1) against the Boston Celtics (1-0) on Monday night.

The first half of the contest showed just how rusty the Sixers were with six days off from Game 5 last Tuesday. They shot the ball poorly, defended the three-ball poorly, and handled the ball poorly as well.

The Sixers made mistakes that wouldn't have affected them as much against the Heat that just took over the course of the game against the Celtics. The Celtics knew how to capitalize off of Sixers mistakes that just allowed them to pull away in the end.

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Charles Barkley on LeBron: 'He’s not coming to Philly'

By Brandon Apter, Sports Talk Philly editor  

The Philadelphia 76ers kick-off their second-round series on Monday night against the Boston Celtics on the road. In a year where many thought a playoff berth would be deemed a success, expectations have been raised and some believe this Sixers team has the talent to reach the NBA Finals. But aside from their magnificent run to 50 wins and the third seed in the East, the Sixers organization has been rumored to be one of the teams that LeBron James will consider this summer.

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Sixers head to Boston to face rival Celtics in Semifinal opener

By Josh Landsburg, Sports Talk Philly staff 

Tip-off: 8:00 pm ❖ Location: Boston, MA ❖ TV: TNT ❖ Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic, 97.3 ESPN  

The third-seeded Philadelphia 76ers head into Monday night playing their first second-round playoff series since 2012 when they last faced the now Boston Celtics. This time, the Sixers hope it will be a much different result.

For the second-seed Celtics, losing Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving took a toll on how good this team can be this season, but losing guard Jaylen Brown in Game 1 hurts just as much.

The Celtics are going to be without a lot of their key players that would provide an answer to the matchups that both Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons possess.

Game 1 is going to be a heated battle between what the Process brings to the table and having home court in Boston for this series.

It all starts on Monday night.

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Inspired by the 1980's, Sixers to wear red in Boston this series

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By Josh Liddick, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Sixers have the threads they'll be wearing for the upcoming series with the Boston Celtics, at least on the road. At home, it'll be the City Edition jerseys, per usual. On the road, the Sixers will be rocking the reds, just like in the 1980's.

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Flyers Offseason Preview: Contracts

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By Jeff Quake, Sports Talk Philly staff writer 

The Philadelphia Flyers season came to an end a week ago after losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins. While battling back from being down 3-1 in the series and making it to a Game 6 was impressive, there are a lot of questions in what should be one of the more exciting offseasons in a few years.

According to CapFriendly.com, the Flyers have seven players whose contracts expire this upcoming offseason. Four of them are unrestricted free agents and three of them are restricted free agents. The UFAs consist of Valtteri Filppula, Matt Read, Johnny Oduya and Brandon Manning, while the RFAs are Petr Mrazek, Robert Hagg, and Taylor Leier.

GM Ron Hextall spoke on Thursday as part of exit interviews on the season and had revealed some interesting notes. 

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Zach Eflin to start for Phillies on Tuesday

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By Matt Albertson, Staff Contributor 

Phillies manager Gabe Kapler announced in his post game press conference today that starter Zach Eflin will make his first start of the 2018 major league season this Tuesday against the Miami Marlins. In four games with the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs this year, Eflin is 2-2 with a 4.05 ERA in 20 innings of work and has recorded 15 strikeouts against 5 walks and no home runs surrendered. 

The 24 year old's career has been maligned with injury issues resultant from patellar tendinopathy in his knees, a condition he has dealt with most of his life. He joined the Phillies organization as the kingpin of the Jimmy Rollins trade with the Dodgers in 2014. He was projected to be as high as a no. 3 starter in the bigs, as his four-seam fastball reached upwards of 97 mph with a two-seam fastball in the low-90s. His slider and changeup are still improving and will be critical to his effectiveness at the big league level. 

Eflin was promoted to the majors for the first time in June 2016 and started 11 games before going on the disabled list for his knee condition, which required season-ending surgery. In 63 1/3 innings in 2016, Eflin went 3-5 with a 5.54 ERA. He began the 2017 season with a rehab start in Clearwater and subsequently assumed his role as one of Lehigh Valley's starting pitchers. After one start in Lehigh Valley, Eflin was called up to the majors again in the aftermath of Clay Bucholz's season-ending injury in April. In 2017, Eflin regressed and went 1-5 in 11 starts with the Phils with a 6.16 ERA in what was a Bermuda Triangle-esque season between Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley, and the dreaded disabled list. 

Eflin has showed flashes of upper rotation ability in the past but has not been able to do so on a consistent basis. He will need to command the strike zone with his fastballs and get batters out with his breaking balls in order to put the organization in a precarious, but good, situation with Eickhoff progressing and Lively's eventual return to health. 


A look back at the last Sixers-Celtics playoff series in 2012

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By Josh Liddick, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Sixers and Celtics tangling up in a playoff series is going to conjure up a lot of personal memories from the last time these two teams squared off in the postseason.

The Sixers, of course, came up on the losing end of the series after walking out of the first round in six games, completely unscathed as an eight seed, mainly because of Bulls' star guard Derrick Rose going down with a torn ACL, the beginning of his demise.

It was quite impressive, considering the Sixers' seeding in the Eastern Conference, that they were able to stay with a Boston team with all-stars for a whole seven game series.

For me, I remember exactly where I was at when the Sixers fell to the Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals back on May 26, 2012.

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Rosenthal: Orioles will trade potential Phillies target Machado before deadline

 

By Tim Kelly, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The opportune time for the Baltimore Orioles to move superstar SS/3B Manny Machado has long since passed. Still, it sounds as though the Orioles do plan to salvage something for the impending free-agent prior to this summer's non-waiver trade deadline. 

Ken Rosenthal appeared on FS1's Inside Pitch, and was asked by host Kevin Burkhardt whether he believes Machado will be traded before the July 31 deadline. Rosenthal said yes, but like every transaction involving the Orioles, it doesn't figure to be simple: 

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Phillies look to end 10-game homestand on high note against Braves

Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera making a two-run home run-saving grab in the third inning, opposite Freddie Freeman and the Atlanta Braves on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Citizens Bank Park (Watch Video).

By Matt Rappa, Sports Talk Philly editor

Trailing the division by just a half-game, the Philadelphia Phillies (16-10) and RHP Vince Velasquez will look to capture its fifth series win of the season in a Sunday matinee opposite the Atlanta Braves (15-11) and RHP Brandon McCarthy at Citizens Bank Park.

Prior to the game, the Phillies placed shortstop J.P. Crawford on the 10-day disabled list with a right forearm strain. Crawford suffered the injury on Saturday. In a corresponding move, the club recalled infielder Jesmuel Valentín from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

The Phillies fell for the fifth time in eight meetings with the Braves this season on Saturday, 4-1, after taking the series opener, 7-3, on Friday. Third baseman Maikel Franco provided the only Phillies offense and extra-base hit with a solo shot in the fifth, his third home run of 2018. The club scattered just four other singles in the loss, while starter Nick Pivetta fell to 1-1 after allowing four runs through five frames and 82 pitches.

After concluding their 10-game homestand on Sunday, the Phillies will next head to Miami and the nation's capital for two three-game road sets against their division rivals, the Miami Marlins and Washington Nationals. The club will then return home for a seven-game homestand against the San Francisco Giants and New York Mets, May 7-13.


Starting Pitching Matchup:

Atlanta Braves (15-11) Philadelphia Phillies (16-10)
RHP Brandon McCarthy RHP Vince Velasquez
(3-0, 3.38 ERA) (1-3, 4.50 ERA)

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Sixers-Celtics Eastern Conference Semifinal series set

By Josh Liddick, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Philadelphia 76ers officially know their Eastern Conference Semifinal opponent.

The second-seeded Boston Celtics, after claiming a Game 7 win over the Milwaukee Bucks 112-96, will host the Sixers on Monday night in Game 1 of the semis.

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