“We are preparing as if we are going to go to the playoffs and play the Celtics,” he said.

Brand, who saw his vice president of player personnel Marc Eversley poached by the Chicago Bulls’ new lead decision-maker Arturas Karsinovas as their new GM, spent time with the Sixers in his 17-year NBA career—evening facing off against the Celtics in the playoffs, losing in an exciting seven-game series in the 2012 Eastern Conference semi-finals (depicted in last year’s Uncut Gems, too).

Philly lost to Boston in the semi-finals in 2018 in five games, later avoiding the Celtics squad during last year’s postseason. While the NBA, and the world lock down to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the Sixers are spending time at home going over how to match up against the C’s. The good news is Philly already won three of the four annual regular-season contests between the two division rivals.