Boston: 98.2 points/100 possessions (25th)
Philadelphia: 102.3 points/100 possessions (10th)
Boston: 96.7 points allowed/100 possessions (3rd)
Philadelphia: 94.5 points allowed/100 possessions (1st)
Probable Philadelphia starters: Jrue Holiday (PG), Evan Turner (SG), Andre Iguodala (SF), Elton Brand (PF), Spencer Hawes (C)
View from opposing bench: Philadunkia
Thumbnail: Calling all optimists! We have a game for you!
A few short days ago, I wrote a quick little post about a three game span that could have meant a lot in terms of how the season would play out for the C’s. It seemed really foolish at the time, after all the Celtics had just suffered two embarrassing losses to very beatable teams, but I felt they had a real chance to make up ground on the Sixers before their March 23rd meeting. All the C’s had to do was win their next two and hope the Sixers lost a game, and they would be playing for first place by the end of the week.
So here we are. March 23rd. The Celtics swoop into Philadelphia riding the momentum of two quality wins and the Sixers lost a tight one against New York. If the C’s can make it three in a row, they will be in sole possession of first place. It’s such a weird feeling that it bears repeating. After starting the season so sluggish, the Celtics could actually find themselves looking down instead of up.
It won’t be easy. The Sixers are the most efficient defensive team in the league. They are young, athletic, and have multiple players who can step up at any given night. It may sound strange, but the real x-factor may be how Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley can defend Lou Williams. The undersized guard has been absolutely torching teams this year and the C’s will have to limit his effectiveness if they hope to pull out a win. They cannot allow Williams to go off like they let Marcus Thornton do.
Celtics 95, Sixers 90