The energy and passion shown by Celtics fans is why TD Garden is one of the most difficult arenas for visiting NBA teams to play in.
Joel Embiid and some of his young Sixers teammates learned that lesson on Monday night, when they squared off against the Celtics in a playoff game for the first time.
The Celtics players seemed to feed off the energy from their fans, and the team cruised to a 117-101 victory. Embiid was asked if the home crowd had any effect on the game after the contest was over, and he apparently was not all that impressed by Celtics fans.
“It was OK…I think our fans are louder than that,” Embiid said.
We expect Embiid to be booed — multiple times — during Game 2.