Celtics news: Boston fans get Lakers inspired 'Beat PhiLA' shirt in Game 1
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Boston Celtics fans get Lakers inspired ‘Beat PhiLA’ shirt in Game 1

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With the Boston Celtics fresh off a decisive 112-96 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in Saturday’s Game 7, they are now set for what should be an amazing Eastern Conference Semifinals with the Philadelphia 76ers.

For Game 1 tonight at TD Garden, the Celtics announced via their official Twitter account that all fans in attendance would receive a green shirt with “Beat Phila” embroidered on the front of it.

However, as can be seen below, the shirts also make a reference to their longtime rivalry with the Los Angeles Lakers with the shading of “BEAT LA” in all white letters.

It would be great to see the Lakers and Celtics square off once again in the NBA Finals again soon, but Boston’s focus remains solely on the Sixers for now.

Although the Celtics have homecourt advantage during the Eastern Conference Semifinals as the higher seed over the Sixers, Boston is widely considered to be the underdog to Philadelphia.

“They’re playing great. Got a great team, great coach. I think everybody talks about (Joel) Embiid and (Ben) Simmons and rightfully so, but I think it’s—a lot—the skill that they’ve added to their team and their other young guys getting better, you know,” Stevens said of the series beginning Monday night. “Obviously (J.J.) Redick’s presence have just opened everything up. And they’re a bear to play against; you can tell from the last series. I think (Head Coach) Brett (Brown)’s terrific. They’re terrific,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said of the Sixers, via Charles P. Pierce of Sports Illustrated.

Without star point guard Kyrie Irving and star forward Gordon Hayward, the Celtics are going to have their hands even more full with this star-studded Sixers team. Boston could also be without the services of rising star shooting guard Jaylen Brown, who is currently dealing with a hamstring issue and is still listed as questionable for Monday night’s Game 1.