Tonight, the Sixers begin their title pursuit in earnest, squaring off against the hated Boston Celtics at the friendly confines of the Wells Fargo Center. No more summer league, no more preseason, no more workout videos. No tune-up game.
Sixers-Celtics, game 1.
The rich history of the rivalry between these two teams is well-documented. From the fistfights between Dr. J and Larry Bird, all the way up to the 2018 playoffs, when the undermanned Celtics sent the too-young Sixers home packing after five games.
Last season, the two teams matched up to kick off the season as well, and that was no fun.