Boston Celtics

Oct 23, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Al Horford (42) talks with Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) after the game at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

98.5 The Sports Hub staff report

What felt like an inevitability has finally been confirmed, as the No. 3 seed Boston Celtics have officially locked themselves into a first-round showdown with the No. 6 seed Philadelphia 76ers.

With Boston locked into the No. 3 seed after their Sunday win over the Magic, this matchup was confirmed by way of the Pacers’ win over the Rockets on Wednesday.

Despite losing the season series three games to one, the Celtics are probably feeling pretty good about their first-round chances given their performance in the bubble, with victories in five of their seven contests, and with the Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum one-two looking stronger with each effort.

The Celtics can also take comfort in some Philly uncertainty, too, as the Sixers will enter the postseason without the service of Ben Simmons, who is expected to miss the entire postseason due to a surgical procedure on his left knee. Big man Joel Embiid has also dealt with an ankle injury in recent days, and the Sixers have gone 3-3 since the restart.

This will be the first playoff series between these two since their 2018 second-round series, which went to Boston in five games.

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