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Brett Brown brought in mentalist to entertain 76ers at team dinner

The Philadelphia 76ers staved off elimination and avoided a series sweep at the hands of the Boston Celtics earlier this week thanks to a 103-92 victory in Game 4 of the teams’ Eastern Conference semifinal series at Wells Fargo Center.

And with the hope that the Sixers can live another day in the postseason with Game 5 Wednesday night at TD Garden, head coach Brett Brown reached into his bag of tricks ahead of such a critical showdown.

At Tuesday’s team dinner, Brown brought in a mentalist, who performed a series of card tricks and mind-reading exercises, much to delight of Sixers players who commented on the unconventional entertainment.

“He was smooth,” Amir Johnson said, via ESPN.

“He does some pretty incredible stuff,” added T.J. McConnell.

McConnel went on to praise Brown for cultivating a relaxed atmosphere heading in to a win-or-go-home proposition Wednesday night on the road.

“It was just fun,” McConnell said. “Brett does a good job of that, not having a real businesslike dinner. It was more calm and funny.”

The mentalist who performed at the dinner had been previously hired by Brown, as he had performed for the team during a road trip last season.

The Sixers, even with the mentalist helping keeping players loose, obviously face a monumental task on Wednesday night in the hope of extending the series. Brown, however, feels confident the team will show up.

“We have a gameplan that we’re confident in, we have a rotation that we believe in, and they have a spirit still to move this thing forward,” Brown said. “We want to go back to Philadelphia [for Game 6].”

Whether it plays out in such a manner remains to be seen. Although Joel Embiid made it clear how he feels about the Sixers’ prospects of shocking the world with a bold statement on his t-shirt following Monday’s Game 4 win. Suffice to say, mentalist or no mentalist, the Sixers can certainly count on Embiid to keep the troops loose.