Philadelphia sports fans have always had a reputation for being one of the toughest fanbases around. Phillies and former Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon riled things up when he said that Philadelphia fans "tend to know the game a little better."
Celtics center Kevin Garnett took a shot at Sixers fans after Game 5 Monday night when asked to compare crowd at TD Garden in Boston to the one at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
“Not even close," said Garnett. "You got fans and then you got fair-weather fans. Take that how you want."
The Celtics have to play Game 6 in Philadelphia Wednesday night, so the timing for the bulletin board material might not be the best. Not that Garnett will have any trouble getting fired up. Garnett elaborated on his feelings for Boston fans.
"Speaking about this crowd, it's like plugging in," said Garnett. "I feel like every minute I look up, I see my family, I see people yelling, I see the drunk, fat guy. I can't decipher one from the other. This crowd is ridiculous. I love it."
Who knows if Garnett was trying to stick up for his city with a response to that, but charging a fanbase as bangwagon or fair-weather are basically the highest crimes one can commit against fans.
The 76ers ranked 14th this season in attendance averaging 17,502 a game, which is behind the Celtics, who ranked 11th averaging 18,624. As far as capacity percentage, the Celtics were full 100 percent of the time with the 76ers full 86.1 percent of the time.