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Game 2: Sixers (0-1) @ Celtics (1-0) Open Thread

 

Game 2
Sixers @ Celtics
7:00 PM EST
TNT
TD Garden

Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 95.4 points per 100 possessions (11th)
Philadelphia: 96.6 points per 100 possessions (10th)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston:
90.6 points allowed per 100 possessions (1st)
Philadelphia: 92.8 points allowed per 100 possessions (4th)

Probable Sixers Starters: Jrue Holiday (PG), Evan Turner (SG), Andre Iguodala (SF), Elton Brand (PF), Spencer Hawes (C)

View From The Opposing Bench: Philadunkia

Thumbnail: On Saturday night, Boston gave Philadelphia a swift kick in the gut. Tonight we’ll see if what follows is a devastating uppercut knocking them down to the mat, or a gentlemanly step back to their own corner to the opponent recover. The Sixers appear to be a team in strategic disarray. Elton Brand believes getting the ball out of Kevin Garnett’s hands should be the primary defensive focus, while Doug Collins seems to think the best path for his team to travel is down the one they’re currently on, betting that Garnett will tire down as the series goes deeper and deeper.

As I wrote in my recap yesterday morning, the Sixers gave the Celtics their best effort in Game 1 and still lost. Boston expended a ton of effort in the second half to surge back and win the game, and they were rewarded with a relaxing Mother’s Day, void of all basketball-related activity. This team is battling aches and pains to significant players who’re deep in their careers, and with a proverbial banana peel underneath every other step, it’s more important now than ever before that they not only win four games, but lose none until they meet their next, more dangerous opponent in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Prediction: Celtics 83, Sixers 79

Twitter: @ShakyAnkles

  • -jp

    Philly will win at least 1 game, most likely game 3, and go down in 5

  • CelticsBIG3

    No wins for Philly. Got to take advantage of what we've got here. It looks like despite how well Indiana played yesterday, Lebron is still going to flop and fall his way to freethrows and wins.

    • skeeds

      You misspelled Wade there mate.

      I'm ok with Lebron getting a call or two, literally no defender ever plays him clean, and he's so strong he creates contact every time he drives. So if the refs are gonna call that, so be it.
      But Wade? I haven't seen a game of his where 5 phantom calls didn't go his way. Either on offense, or defense. It's as if he's the only guard to ever drive to the basket, or block a shot. If a guy like Westbrook or Rose or Monta Ellis got the calls Wade does, they'd average 40 points a game. (Not to mention he is dirty as f@%k, but that's another discussion)…

      • CelticsBIG3

        Ya I hear ya.

  • Jman

    Just need to drive to the basket and get fouls especially if shooting is off…Pierce needs to penetrate for this will cause Igoudala to foul him…Use KG as the offensive controller when in Halfcourt offense. He's good at finding the right person if he can't score and they'll double maybe triple team him as well to open others up. Rondo needs to step up all game and Bass needs to penetrate and pass if doubled which he'll get if he penetrates. Philly like Atllanta will get in foul trouble quckly but hopefully unlike the C's did in Atlanta, they'll use it to their advantage. The one thing Miami does consistently and does well is penetration knowing they're going to get the calls. That's the one thing to learn from them. Use it to your advantage like they do

  • celticsrayallen

    "We'll be fine"
    -Rajon Rondo

  • Josh

    KG and Rondo cannot be burdened with the load this entire playoffs. Its not humanly possible. Ray Allen neeeeds to start making open shots and Bradley needs to be more aggressive.

  • I_Love_Green

    We need to come out more aggressive tonight in the first quarter. I want a full game from Rondo, and shots to fall from Ray, MP, and Bass. No need to play catch up the entire game again, send em packin early tonight.

    LETS GOOOOO CELTICS!

  • mugi

    damn hollins workin!

  • IBleedGreen

    Don't like the first half even with the lead. Bass taking (and missing) too many shots. Pierce looks awful. KG not taking enough shots. Bradley dislocated his shoulder again. Ryan Hollins is keeping us in the game.

  • tomrod

    Oh man, this is painful… Pierce needs to take over, and i dont know if he can do it.

  • IBleedGreen

    I've never seen a worse NBA game than this one.

    • someguyinsac

      What!? This isn't up to par for a playoff caliber game in your view? =)

      j/k
      Be a miracle if we win this one.

  • WTF

    what xxxx was going on with the last two plays?

    • High Rollers

      The first half of the first quarter was primo. But then hero-ball ensued, which all but guaranteed the L. It became the default setting over the course of the game. Every time we'd get it together, move the ball, trust the pass, etc., then we'd get that false sense of security, meanwhile Philly would ratchet up the hustle-and-flow. Imperative to set the right tone early and consistently. Gotta establish KG before the fourth q in Game 4. That was rough to watch.

      • High Rollers

        Ahem. Game 3.

      • WTF

        Then what was Doc doing once the team moved away from the game plan and right plays? I bet he was sitting on his hands with a "what can I do" face. Be Pop and learn to control your team and the game.

        • High Rollers

          Everybody made mistakes and/or odd decisions tonight, from Doc down to the end of the bench. I really think it was just one of those games. However, it being a playoff game, makes it a little distressing. But it's a series, man. Each game a life of its own. That cliche is true every time.

  • WTF

    Fxxx, the game was lost on the last three plays.

  • I_Love_Green

    Hahahahahaha what an absolute joke of an NBA playoff game.

    And somebody needs to let Paul Pierce know this is his last chance at an NBA championship, because he doesn't seem to know it with the energy he's showing, or lack thereof.

    • CG12

      Dude – PP is playing through a damaged knee ligament, you need to chill out on that.

  • IBleedGreen

    My question is why did Doc wait 10 seconds before fouling when there is a foul to give?

    • I_Love_Green

      Or subbing in Pierce for MP. One played hard and was actually hitting shots in the second half, and the other didn't.

      • High Rollers

        Yeah, I wish MP had gotten a little more run at that point. The whole problem tonight was some big rush by the whole crew. The basketball gods must have been antsy.

        • High Rollers

          What really hurt was losing AB for that stretch with the shoulder injury. It definitely showed when he came back. Need that kid.

  • someguyinsac

    Sort of hurts to say this, but they deserved to lose this game with the way they played. Hope they get the wake up call befor the next one.

    • someguyinsac

      *before*

  • jamie

    No intensity. It's the playoffs you cannot just decide to turn it on when you feel like it. barkley was right at half the Celtics were sleep walking

  • hansgruber

    Charles Barkley was completely right. They played like they didn't care at all.

    • High Rollers

      I really didn't see that at all. Barkley's right about a lot of things, but this time not so much. Both teams played hard. We just didn't play right in terms of execution. Philly's d tempted the C's into a lot of bad spots and a lot of missed shots. Chaos, basically. They're a worthy foe, talented and fairly composed. But the C's don't have to live up to them, they have to live up to themselves. Back to playing Celtics basketball on Thursday.

    • CelticsBIG3

      No energy. I think Garnett hitting the buzzer beating three hurt the worst of all. A useless shot

      • High Rollers

        It did hurt, but (forgive the Rafa Nadal tennis reference) suffering is good. KG will be amp'd next time we see him. Like, to the moon amp'd.

  • Josh

    Celtics earned this loss plain and simple. I feel bad for KG, Bradley and MP tho, theyre the only ones that tried. Paul Pierce and Brandon Bass need to pull their heads out of their a$$es.

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