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This wasn’t Russell-Chamberlain, Bird-Erving, or Iverson-Pierce. The Celtics-76ers rivalry is on hiatus as both organizations “transition” this season in hopes of landing a franchise-changing first-round pick in June.
What transpired Wednesday at TD Garden when the rebuilding Celtics hosted the rebuilding 76ers was a sometimes ghastly display of basketball between organizations hoping to return to prosperity and more than willing to sacrifice this season — or perhaps even next — to do it.
“I’d like to see it get to that level, as I remember it,” said 76ers coach Brett Brown. “The Philly/Boston battles were always special, and I look forward to trying to help rekindle those types of memories. Hopefully we can all experience some playoff basketball down the road, hopefully not too far down the road.”