The future is here for the Celtics and Sixers

BOSTON — This is what the future looks like. It’s a big man with a new-age game and a throwback mentality. It’s a 6’10 point guard who will soon be the scariest downhill player in the league. It’s a 20-year-old corner forward who can score from anywhere on the court, and it’s a hyper-athletic wing who is barely scratching the surface of his potential as a two-way threat.

By name, the future is Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons on one side and Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown on the other. There are others involved in this new world, like Dario Saric, Markelle Fultz, Terry Rozier, and Marcus Smart.

The future also includes all-stars like Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward who are still in their prime. Maybe there’s even room for a megastar waiting to take Philly’s cap space this summer or another Danny Ainge blockbuster. The future is Boston and Philly, ancient rivals in two of the NBA’s premier markets with each other’s names circled in red for the foreseeable future.

The Celtics and Sixers played five games in this conference semifinal, which is not the stuff of legend, but three of those games came down to the final few possessions and offered a glimpse

Article source: https://www.sbnation.com/nba/2018/5/10/17338640/celtics-sixers-game-5-boston-philadelphia-nba-playoffs-jayson-tatum-joel-embiid-ben-simmons

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