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Celtics-Sixers could spark old fire

Updated: April 6, 2011, 1:47 AM ET
By Peter May | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- It's an article of faith in the NBA that the playoffs are really, really, really different from the regular season. They are. You play the same team at least four games in a row. There is limited travel. There are no back-to-backs. Someone wins and moves on.

But there are times when regular-season meetings between teams offer a true harbinger of what might transpire should those same two teams meet in the playoffs. All those Boston-Philly series in the 1980s? They mirrored ...

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