By Peter Gleason

If there is a more provincial sports gtown in the USA that Boston, we haven’t seen it.

The Beantown fans are so annoying that they get in fights everywhere.

The Pats, Celts and Red Sox have won more titles than you can count, and the fans are really as bad as Dukies for their sense of entitlement.

And then there’s the Boston Globe.

The once-great paper is now owned by John Henry, the Red Sox owner, and it sucks up to teams in an embarrassing manner.

Take Christopher L. Gasper’s account of last night’s Celts blowout of the Sixers:

Welcome back, Joel.

It’s not a knee-jerk reaction to say it’s the same as it ever was for you against the Celtics — another playoff loss.

The Philadelphia 76ers gained the advantage inside with the return of center Joel Embiid.

It didn’t matter because the Celtics regained the advantage from outside, blitzing the Sixers with a barrage of threes (20 for 51 from 3-point range), led by six from Malcolm Brogdon. Embiid’s sprained right knee and his pride were both wounded after a 121-87 loss Wednesday that saw him relegated to spectator for the final quarter of a TD Garden dismantling.

For all his individual brilliance, the newly-minted NBA Most Valuable Player sports a 1-9 record against the Celtics in the 10 playoff games he has played. Rinse and repeat.

Embiid finally owns the coveted MVP hardware, but the Celtics still possess his playoff number. Boston eliminated the uber-talented Embiid and the Sixers in the Eastern Conference semifinals in five games in 2018 and swept them in the first round in the COVID Bubble in 2020, despite Embiid registering 30 points per game.

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