Category Archives: Playoffs

GAGS TO RICHES: Former Flyers hoist Cup in L.A.

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Once hailed as Flyers cornerstones,
they moved on across three time zones.
And with L.A.’s Kings,
they won themselves rings
to frustrated Flyers fans’ moans.

Of the old Flyers guard, the first
to lift the prized Cup with a burst
was Simon Gagne,
whose spirited play
had him, in Philly love, immersed.

Gagne’s best years, in orange and black,
saw him showcase a big-moment knack —
Game Seven in Boston,
with other goals tossed in.
The titles were all that did lack.

Justin Williams, one Cup on his plate,
once was Gagne’s Flyers teammate.
He left and played well,
a Flyers fan’s hell.
In orange, he wasn’t bad. But not great.

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Mike Richards once donned Philly’s “C.”
He was the next Bob Clarke to be.
But he got traded, too,
as rumors then flew
about how immature he could be.

Richards’ party partner in crime,
Jeff Carter left at the same time.
He was simply not clutch.
At least, that is the crutch
fans use to make their two cents a dime.

But in L.A., Carter found his role,
scoring what was the Cup-winning goal.
Wearing orange and black,
these players missed their crack.
But their Kings ransom stirs Philly’s soul.


END OF THE ROAD: Sixers lose Game 7

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In Game 7 at T.D. Bank Garden,
the Celtics gave Philly a pardon
from postseason play.
A poor shooting day
made the Sixers offense harden.

Rojon Rondo’s triple double
knocked the Sixers off the bubble.
The Celtics’ “Big Three”
caused some misery,
even with Paul Pierce in foul trouble.

But the Sixers hung on ’til the end,
keeping up with the series’ tight trend.
Andre Iguodala
scored 18 points — holla!
His Sixers career might not extend.


THE RIGHT ANSWER: Sixers force Game 7

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With an A.I.-delivereed game ball,
the Sixers avoided last call,
as Jrue Holiday
ensured a next day
with a 20-point game to enthrall.

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BASS MASTERY: Celtics win Game Five

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Thanks to a surge from Brandon Bass,
the Celts took the lead up in Mass.
Bass led Boston’s crew
from out of the blue,
schooling the Sixers, class by class.
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RIVALRY, SERIES RENEWED: Sixers stage wild comeback on home court to steal Game Four

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Down 15 points after two,
the Sixers, to many, looked through.
But then they erased
the mountain they faced
with a comeback from which legends grew.

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GARNETT GAIN: Celtics dominate behind KG’s 27

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Thanks to Kevin Garnett’s scoring spree,
the Celtics took the win in Game Three.
A big second frame
put the Sixers to shame,
and gave their homecoming misery.

After a late foul in Game Two,
Garnett came back like veterans do.
He flapped his gums
and beat war drums
and, on the court, led his whole crew.

The Sixers, down a lot at the break
could not find a comeback to make.
Their deficit grew,
and surely they knew
the game was the Celtics’ to take.

RISING TIED: Sixers win Game Two, even series

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They started a cold 0-for-5,
but the Sixers then came alive.
The Celtics made their case
with a quick Game Two pace,
but the Sixers answered, drive for drive.

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In what was a maddening shooting night,
E.T. made his shots late in the fight.
And Lavoy Allen’s game
put the Celtics to shame,
growing bigger inside the spotlight.

In a nail-biting final minute,
both teams, at times, looked like they’d win it.
But then a whistle was blown
in Boston’s offensive zone,
as Kevin Garnett fouled to “fin” it.

The Sixers showed uncanny poise,
none more than the game of Lavoy’s.
The rookie set the tone,
got his team in the zone
and helped it make some upset noise.