Tyrese Maxey declares war on the Celtics ahead of Game 7

Philadelphia 76ers guard Tyrese Maxey (0) is congratulated by 76ers fans after the 76ers defeated the Boston Celtics 115-103 in Game 5 of an NBA basketball Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series Tuesday, May 9, 2023, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

After a frustrating loss by the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 6, Tyrese Maxey addressed the media. He began by echoing the sentiments of his coach, Doc Rivers, who had spoken just moments before. The Sixers’ loss boiled down to a few different factors, among those, a lack of trust and the difference between the teams in transition.

What went into the Sixers’ struggles

Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum (0) shoots against Philadelphia 76ers’ Tyrese Maxey (0), James Harden (1), and De’Anthony Melton (8) during the first half of Game 6 of an NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference semifinal, Thursday, May 11, 2023, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

This is not the first time the team has suggested a lack of trust leading to offensive woes. Doc even referenced the issues that caused struggles in both Games 2 and 3. The transition game is an even trickier problem to solve. Maxey referenced Boston’s ability to spread out in transition and create three-point opportunities. He stated the trouble that caused as the typical teaching is to hustle to the paint in transition.

When asked about how close these two teams have measured over the series, especially the past three games, Maxey acknowledged that difficulty but stated that the Sixers must fight. If Philadelphia is going to go into Boston and take this series, it will have to be behind an all-out attack.

Maxey declares war on Boston

Philadelphia 76ers guard Tyrese Maxey (0) celebrates after a basket against the Boston Celtics during the second half of Game 5 in the NBA basketball Eastern Conference semifinals playoff series, Tuesday, May 9, 2023, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Maxey continued saying: “…it’s gonna be a war. And you know, one thing I will say is, if I have to go to war on the road, Game 7 in Boston. I want to go with this group. And I know we got some fighters. I know we got some resilient guys, and I’m ready to get it on.”

Maxey’s aggressive approach is the exact mentality that the Sixers must instill ahead of Game 7. Simply put, it’s win-or-go-home time for Philadelphia, and they must be willing to battle Boston and leave it all out on the floor.