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Sixers wanted no part of C’s

Interesting story in the Philadelphia Daily News by my old friend Marcus Hayes, in which Andre Miller [1] and Thaddeus Young basically said they didn’t want to play the Celtics [2] in the first round.

Here’s the quote from Miller:

“Boston is a team that people have in the conference finals. It’s probably easier to go through Orlando than to try and match up with Boston, with Boston coming in with a lot of energy and trying to get through the first round as fast as they can.”

And Young:

“I agree with ‘Dre. Orlando’s a great team, but we definitely want to play them. Boston is fresh off a championship. That’s the worst thing you can do is go play a team that just won a championship. They’re going to want to get back and be hungry.”

It’s surprising to see such candor, especially from a team that will be a decided underdog against the Magic, but if there’s a lesson to be had there it’s that the rest of the NBA still has great respect for the Celtics [3].