May 26, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett (5) defends against Philadelphia 76ers point guard Jrue Holiday during the second quarter in game seven of the Eastern Conference semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

2012 NBA Playoffs, Celtics Vs 76ers: Sixers Playoff Run Ends After 85-75 Defeat

The 76ers surprising playoff run ended with an 85-75 defeat at the hands of the Celtics in game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals

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NBA Playoffs 2012, Celtics Vs. 76ers: Philly Fans Thankful For Postseason Run

The Philadelphia 76ers dream run in the NBA Playoff came to an end Saturday, as they lost to the Boston Celtics 85-75 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. The loss ended the Sixers season, but, as the SB Nation blog Liberty Ballers wrote early Sunday morning, all good things must come to an end sometime and Philly fans should feel thankful for a solid postseason run:

Listen, it was cool. It didn't look pretty and I hardly derived any tangible enjoyment of it while the games were actually on, but the Sixers winning 7 games this postseason over the Bulls and Celtics was a heckuva run that none of us were expecting. So for that, we can be thankful.

The Celtics move onto the Eastern Conference Finals where they will meet the Miami Heat in a best-of-seven series, the winner moves onto the 2012 NBA Finals.

For more reaction check out our Sixers blog Liberty Ballers.

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NBA Playoffs 2012, Celtics Vs. 76ers: Philadelphia Blows Chance In Game 5

The Philadelphia 76ers are the pleasant surprise of the 2012 NBA Playoffs, however, on Monday night in Game 5 against the Boston Celtics, the Sixers were an ugly surprise in a 101-85 loss at the TD Garden. The loss not only gave the Celtics a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series, it left a really bad taste in the mouths of the SB Nation blog Liberty Ballers.

I don't have words. They blew it. If they wanted a legitimate shot to prove the legitimacy of their season and win this series, they had the opportunity in the palm of their hands and pissed it away with absolutely terrible play.

Game 6 will be played on Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.

For more news and updates on the 76ers vs. Celtics NBA Playoff series, check out SB Nation Philly's StoryStream. Meanwhile, for more commentary and discussion visit the SB Nation blog Liberty Ballers.

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2012 NBA Playoffs, Celtics Vs. 76ers: Elton Brand, Thaddeus Young Expected To Play In Game 2

If a Philadelphia 76er fan was concerned about the health of forwards Elton Brand and Thaddeus Young at the conclusion of Saturday's Game 1 loss to the Boston Celtics, 92-91. Your worst fears were eased on Sunday, when head coach Doug Collins said that both Brand and Young are expected to play in Monday's Game 2.

Concerns about Brand's health arose when he did not play in the final 21 minutes Saturday, however, Collins said it wasn't because of his recent battle with neck spasms. Instead, it was the Celtics using a small lineup and Lavoy Allen playing well.

Meanwhile, Young sprained his ankle in the first half when Celtics' Ryan Hollins kneed him in the shin and his ankled buckled. From there, he was rendered useless in the second totaling five points and zero rebounds.

For more on Celtics Vs Sixers check out our full storystream. For a reaction from the Sixers side check out Liberty Ballers.

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NBA Playoffs 2012, Bulls Vs. 76ers: How Much Blame Does Lou Williams Deserve For Game 1 Loss?

The Philadelphia 76ers had a chance to steal Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Saturday night, however, play down the stretch of a 92-91 loss to the host Boston Celtics led to a 0-1 hole in the best-of-seven series. On Sunday, the Sixers' SB Nation blog Liberty Ballers reacted to the loss, and had some strong words for sixth-man Lou Williams:

The man who deserves the most blame is none other than the Boss, Lou Williams. He was absolutely atrocious after entering the game with three minutes remaining. In the span of two minutes he: blew a 2-on-1 fast break, turned the ball over, and took the most ill-advised three pointer I've seen all season. He self-combusted with the game on the line, but that's the thing with Lou – he has these moments and these types of games, but he also has incredible moments where he carries the team offensively. His play in the final three minutes is indefensible, but these are the blunders we've come to expect from him sometimes.

Is Williams the biggest reason for the Sixers' Game 1 loss? Discuss over at Liberty Ballers. Make sure to check back to this SB Nation Philly StoryStream for all the news and recaps for the 76ers Vs. Celtics Eastern Conference semifinal series.

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