PHILADELPHIA -- Don't expect the Philadelphia 76ers to be content to have simply forced a Game 7 with the Boston Celtics on Saturday night at TD Garden. Asked after Wednesday's Game 6 triumph if he'd be happy with how much his team has given just to get to that point -- upsetting the top-seeded Bulls in the first round and pushing Boston to a deciding game -- 76ers coach Doug Collins wouldn't settle.
"No, I'm not going to give them that out. No, I want more. I want more," said Collins. "We're going to get greedy, and we want more. We've fought, we've worked, and we've gone through a lot as a team."
Collins heaped praise on his team for battling through its own offensive woes with their backs to the wall in Game 6.
"I think we missed nine straight shots in the second quarter, missed five free throws at the half, and had the turnovers -- but our defense gave us a chance," said Collins. "We're competitors. I love what our guys did. They competed. Every possession was a battle, and this Celtics team is so hard to guard. Our guys really did a good job tonight.
"Our mindset is, I don't want to go into (Game 7) with, 'No matter what happens, everything's OK.' I want to go in with the idea of, 'Let's see what we can do do; Let's see if we can get us a win.'"
To motivate his team before Game 6, Collins dusted off game tape from the 1982 playoffs, where the 76ers won a Game 7 of the conference finals in Boston (this after letting Boston rally from a 3-1 deficit to tie series). That, of course, was the game that featured the infamous, "Beat LA!" chant, with the Garden faithful encouraging the 76ers to top the rival Lakers in the NBA Finals. It's a safe bet that Celtics fans won't be content to chant "Beat Miami" or "Beat Indiana" on Saturday night.