By Art Beitchman
By going into Boston and beating the Celtics 119-115 with newly minted NBA MVP Joel Embiid out with a knee sprain, the 76ers shook up the sports world.
Most talking head national media pundits gave them no chance.
Behind future Hall of Famer James Harden’s 45 points, the Sixers rode that mighty wave for the 4-point win that stole home court advantage from the stunned Celtics.
They outscored Boston 12-4 in the last 3 minutes of the 4th quarter to put the game on ice.
The big question remains:
Will Embiid play in game 2 or not?
Having already wrestled home court away, they just might wait until Friday for Embiid to make his appearance in the series in South Philly.
Suddenly the East is wide open with the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks getting ousted from the postseason last week.
Winning this Celtics series would give the Sixers a great chance of making it to the NBA Finals for the 1st time since 2001.
Getting Embiid back would be huge.