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Game 76/82: Celtics (53-23) @ Sixers (40-37) Open Thread

 

Boston vs. Philadelphia
TD Garden
7:30 PM EST
CSNNE

Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 106.5 points/100 possessions (18th)
Philadelphia: 106.9 points/100 possessions (17th)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 100.2 points allowed/100 possessions (1st)
Philadelphia: 104.8 points allowed/100 possessions (8th)

Probable Sixers starters: Jrue Holiday (PG), Jodie Meeks (SG), Andre Iguodala (SF), Elton Brand (PF), Spencer Hawes (C)

View from the Opposing Bench: Philadunkia

Thumbnail: Tonight the Boston Celtics take on the Philadelphia 76ers in what will in all likelihood serve as a preview for the Celtics first round playoff opponent.  If you saw ESPN’s 5-on-5 today, you may have read a few words from wisdom from Brian Robb about this potential matchup:

“Athletic teams have given Boston fits for the past couple of years, and this squad certainly fits the bill. With a balanced starting lineup, a top-10 defense and an explosive bench, the Sixers have the pieces to hang with Boston or Miami in the first round, as long as Lou Williams recovers from his hamstring injury in time.”

BRobb, as per usual, hits the nail on the head.  This season, the Sixers have given the Celtics the most trouble out of any Eastern Conference playoff team.  I know that sounds weird to read but it’s true.  Each game has been incredibly competitive with a total point differential of 8 points  in three games.  Eight points!

Despite the likely impending playoff matchup, neither team is playing with a full deck.  Shaquille O’Neal is out with a strained right calf muscle and coach Doc Rivers will likely play an assortment of semi-injured bigs tonight, including guys that won’t crack the playoff rotation (ahem, Troy Murphy).  Still, all in all, tonight’s game should be pretty fun and is a very winnable game even if Rivers limits the minutes of his starters.

Prediction: Celtics 102, Sixers 96

  • Batman

    FREE TROY MURPHY

    • someguyinsac

      Free Troy Murphy? Do you think there's any takers? =)

  • http://celticsboard.net NickFaldo

    "Tonight the Boston Celtics take on the Philadelphia 76ers in what will in all likelihood serve as a preview for the Celtics first round playoff opponent."

    Uhm no. There's a good chance Philly and Boston will meet in the first round, but it's definitely not much better than 50% odds. We are tied with Miami in the loss column and own the tiebreaker. Philly only has a one game lead over the Knicks in the loss column.

  • I_BLEED_GREEN

    Rondo needs to stop passing to Glen Davis.

  • Mike

    So we get the trigger happy version of big baby tonight… great….

  • kricky

    We need to do a better job of getting back on transition D. This is not the way to win against a younger, more athletic team.

  • Mike

    I'd like to see Doc put Murphy there with Krstic or JO. Sizewise I would like to see the results of that lineup.

  • Batman

    Rondoooo

  • talesofJP

    Best case scenario: Celts beat the 76ers and the Bulls lose. The top seed isn't totally out of reach with some luck. Although we'd likely have to win out

  • talesofJP

    This game makes me realize how important Jeff Green could be in the playoffs. Peirce will have to go against either Carmelo or Andre Igodala, then in the next round LeBron James, then in the next round most likely Loul Deng. Those are tough matchups, and having a solid backup for Pierce will be important in those matchups.

  • fanman

    Hey CelticsHub–
    you gotta grab and run for fun a clip of the timeout at 9:40 ijn 3rd of tonight's game. Whistle blows, Ray is walking to the huddle from the far side. Meeks sets up to shoot an-after-the-whistle trifecta. Ray casually snags/yanks/fouls his arm, the shot floats left, Ray keeps walking cool as cucumber Ray always does. Priceless, for combining Ray's cool–with some stuff he never would have been doing were it not for crazy KG and the no buckets after the whistle rule.
    sometimes its the little things.

  • WTF

    What the heck, how could Rivers tolerate BBD in his poor rebounding and shot selection? BBD needs to be chopped up and feed to fat rats…

  • kricky

    Rondoooo! Beat you to it Batman LOL

    • Batman

      bastard

  • kricky

    What no Tommy Point for DWest stealing the ball and stopping that fast break???

  • Zee

    If we play the 76ers in the first round, I smell a huge sweep!

  • Batman

    I BELIEVE!

    • Batman

      GET OUT MITCH!

  • kricky

    This was timely. We beat them pretty badly and even the bench outplayed theirs. I think w emay have gotten into their heads a little bit, which is important with this being a young team.

  • Robert

    Nice to see Green respond with 7 boards, a steal, and 3 blocks. I don't even care about the points, that's what I want to see out of him.

  • James Patrick

    Great win. Let's hope they can get two in a row!

    • kricky

      you mean 3

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