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Joel Embiid gets last laugh at Terry Rozier's expense on Instagram

Joel Embiid gets last laugh at Terry Rozier's expense on Instagram

You knew Joel Embiid would have something to say after this one.

The Philadelphia 76ers finally beat the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night for the first time this season, thanks in large part to Embiid's 37 points and 22 rebounds (and his role in getting C's guard Marcus Smart ejected.)

So, the Sixers big man celebrated with an Instagram post.

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Big time win😤😤😤 #TheProcess

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Notice where Embiid marked his location? ("Lametown.") And notice who's in the background of that first photo? (Terry Rozier.)

It was Rozier, if you'll recall, who called Embiid "lame" during an interview with FS1's Kristine Leahy that aired Tuesday, continuing a war of words that goes back to last year's playoffs.

Looks like Embiid won this round, even if this jab was subdued by his standards.

Rozier still didn't go quietly into the night, taking another opportunity to troll Philly over its famously premature "confetti celebration" during that 2018 playoff series.

"I thought the confetti was going to drop tonight," Rozier deadpanned after the game.

Unfortunately for Boston, revenge may be hard to come by, as the No. 5-seed C's now are a full three games back of the No. 3-seed Sixers and are more likely to face the No. 4 Indiana Pacers in the first round.

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Brad Stevens is openly frustrated by Celtics-Bucks schedule uncertainty

Brad Stevens is openly frustrated by Celtics-Bucks schedule uncertainty

File this under "first world problems," but Brad Stevens just discovered an unfortunate consequence of the playoff sweep.

Stevens' Celtics dispatched the Indiana Pacers in the first round last Sunday and already know they're playing the Milwaukee Bucks in Round 2 of the NBA playoffs. The issue? They still don't know when that series will start.

"We are still awaiting final word," Stevens told 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Zolak & Bertrand" in his radio interview Wednesday. "And we've been awaiting final word for multiple days now. So, hopefully we get final word very, very soon."

If you detect some irritation in Stevens' answer, you're onto something. As the Celtics head coach pointed out, not knowing the date for Game 1 has thrown a wrench in his plans.

"(The NBA) tell(s) both teams as it's going along kind of what they're thinking," Stevens said. "This one's been frustrating, because obviously we've been not playing games since Sunday night.

"So, to create a practice schedule where you can practice appropriately, prepare appropriately and rest appropriately obviously depends on when your next game is."

There isn't too much variance, as C's-Bucks is expected to start on Saturday or Sunday depending on when the three remaining active series finish up.

But that one-day difference does impact scheduling and logistics, from practice times to treatment programs for players like injured guard Marcus Smart.

Stevens acknowledged the schedule uncertainty is a result of their series sweep, and we're sure the Pacers would love to have the Celtics' problem. But as the first round drags on, it's clearly still a problem for Stevens.

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NBA odds: Celtics open as underdogs vs. Bucks in second-round showdown

NBA odds: Celtics open as underdogs vs. Bucks in second-round showdown

The Boston Celtics breezed through their first-round NBA playoff series with the Indiana Pacers. Their prize? A matchup with the top team in the NBA.

The fourth-seeded Celtics have a second-round date with the No. 1 seed Milwaukee Bucks, who finished with the NBA's best regular-season record at 60-22.

So, it's no surprise Boston has opened as a +240 underdog while Milwaukee is a -300 favorite to win the series, according to SuperBook USA.

The Bucks absolutely dominated the Detroit Pistons in Round 1, and many expect them to come out of the Eastern Conference thanks to the immense talent of Giannis Antetokounmpo and a strong supporting cast.

But the Celtics are an intriguing candidate to play spoiler, as they were preseason favorites to win the East and appear to be jelling at the right time after a tumultuous regular season.

That upset potential is reflected in the odds, which give the Celtics just a slightly worse chance than the No. 3 seed Philadelphia 76ers (+180) in their second-round matchup with the Toronto Raptors.

Boston will have to wait to prove itself against Milwaukee, though, as Game 1 won't happen until this weekend.

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