The 76ers are heading to Boston, and they'll face the Celtics in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals series.
Game 1 is scheduled for 8 p.m. Monday at Boston's TD Garden. The Celtics advanced after defeating the Milwaukee Bucks, 112-96, Saturday night at the Garden in Game 7 of their first-round series.
This marks the first time the Sixers and Celtics will meet in the playoffs since 2012. The Celtics escaped then with a conference semifinal series win of four games to three. That was the last time the Sixers reached the playoffs.
Game 2 of the conference semifinal will be at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Garden. The series moves to the Wells Fargo Center for the next two games. Game 3 is Saturday. Game 4 will be on May 7. The times are to be determined. If needed, Game 5 would be back in Boston on May 9. Game 6 would be May 11 in Philadelphia, while Game 7 would be in Boston on May 13.
The Celtics won three of this season's four regular-season meetings. Boston won, 102-92, on Oct. 20 in Philly; 108-97 on Nov. 30 in Boston, and 114-113 on Jan. 11 in London. The Sixers beat a Celtics squad minus all-star point guard Kyrie Irving, 89-80, on Jan. 18 in Boston.
For this series, Irving is sidelined due to season-ending surgery on his left knee. Jaylen Brown may miss time, too. He missed the entire second half of Game 7 with a hamstring issue.
Meanwhile, the Sixers are the hottest team in the NBA, winning 20 of their last 21 games. Point guard Ben Simmons, the rookie-of-the-year front runner, is playing at an all-NBA level. So is Joel Embiid. The all-star center returned three games ago after missing 10 straight with a fractured orbital bone near his left eye. And key reserves Marco Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova weren't Sixers the last time the teams met.