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The stakes aren't nearly as high today. A trip to the Finals isn't at stake and there aren't stars of Erving's and Bird's caliber or with such charisma.
And the rivalry isn't nearly as fierce. Philly fans still get visibly rankled when recalling Red Auerbach lighting a giant victory cigar after a playoff victory over the Sixers.
The winner of the conference semifinal series between the Sixers and Celtics that began Saturday night at TD Garden will almost certainly face the daunting task of facing league MVP LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat.