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Game 3: Celtics (1-1) @ Philadelphia (1-1) Open Thread

 

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Game 3
Celtics @ Sixers
7:00 PM EDT
TNT
Wells Fargo Center

Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 94.0 points per 100 possessions (11th)
Philadelphia: 95.6 points per 100 possessions (10th)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 90.4 points allowed per 100 possessions (1st)
Philadelphia: 91.7 points allowed per 100 possessions (3rd)

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

All eyes on number 5.

And as well they should be.  Kevin Garnett is been pretty much the single reason the Celtics have won playoff games.  He’s dominating all facets of the game right now.  Scoring, rebounding, defending the post, pick and roll- you name it.  It seems oddly fitting that the man responsible for the Celtics success in the post season is the same man who everyone will remember for losing Game 2.

Wait, I should clarify: …is the man everyone will *misremember* for losing Game 2.

There are plenty of reasons why the Celtics lost Game 2 and chief among them was not Kevin Garnett’s moving screen.  The Celtics turned the ball over 17 times and were outrebounded 47-36.  It’s hard to win when either scenario occurs.  The problem with the C’s is that they’ve been able to see a level of success despite their shortcomings.  Shortcomings that have been year-long struggles and are unlikely to get solved within a playoff series.

The Celtics will have to continue to win despite their failings, something that can only happen if the desire is there.  Game 2 started out with very little playoff intensity and the closer the score remained the bigger the complacency got.  Players are obviously injured so when I say complacency, I’m not strictly monitoring how fast someone is running.  I looking for players to make the correct plays.  Players not turning the ball over.  Players not settling for bucket trading. Players being ready to extend the game at all costs if behind.

After Game 2, I asked Doc Rivers if the C’s were prepared to foul after Ray Allen made the three with 3 seconds left.  His answer was logical but not inspiring:

No, they had probably given up. But I don’t think that’s a big deal, to be honest. It’s three seconds left. With no time-outs. It was a Hail Mary, basically, by Ray and he made it. So I hope you’re not going to make that an issue tonight. There’s other issues we can make.

Sure. The Celtics were longshots at the point. No one, not even them, expected Allen to make that three. But the question becomes, why take it at all? Why not just dribble out the clock and move on?

The issue I want to make isn’t about those last three seconds. The issue I want to make is about desire. The Celtics are a better team than Philadelphia and they need to show it starting tonight.

I think they will.

PREDICTION

Celtics 92, Sixers 83

  • someguyinsac

    It's my birthday and I'd like a win for a present please.

    Heck, I always want a win when we're playing.

  • red

    Does anyone think Doc will let Bradley play without Rondo on the court tonight for small stretches of the game. There are certain points in the game where rondo looks uninterested, but Doc will never sub Bradley in for Rondo, only Dooling. I think Rondo considers Bradley playing anytime at the point as a threat, and we all know Rondo is moody, but lineups without rondo have had some success this post season.

  • IBleedGreen

    HERE IS THE MOTHERFUCKING TRUTH

  • Kafel

    Everything is falling for them… Hope that it won't last long.

    • someguyinsac

      Falling for who? Just want to figure out whether to give you a thumbs up or down on your comment.

      • Kafel

        Of course by "them" I meant Sixers.

        • someguyinsac

          Thought so, but I didn't want to trust my memory on your name just in case it was faulty.

  • tomrod

    Good defense finally. Thats the way I like it!

  • I_Love_Green

    THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU ARE AGGRESSIVE!

    Oh, and when most of your shots fall…but still, 60 points at half! That's incredible!

  • jamie

    This team loves adversity. they always have a game like this when they need it

  • I_Love_Green

    Oprah has taken over Celticshub!!

    Everybody gets an A+!!!

  • skeeds

    I'm so glad Doc's given MP a lot of time on the court. It must be hard for him to come back where he almost ended his career 2 months ago. And he's had a great game. Awesome!

  • Anthony

    Great games. Sixers shot 60%+ in the first quarter just to be up by 5, which includes that last sec 3pt by Lou Williams.

    Great to see Truth's knee being ok. MP shot the ball well. Bass played well. Great energy by Ryan Hollins. He doesn't do alot but he should get some love for all the energy he's bringing. Masterful game orchestrated by Rondo.

    What can you say about KG? Big Ticket looks like he's in his 20's. Awesome!

  • someguyinsac

    That was a game they're capable of playing ever night when everyone's dialed in. Let's get the next two and call it a series.

  • janos

    somebodies should tell philly not have woke bear on game 2, now does get shred , rondos claw.

    • Lantrell Walker

      Janos=Awesome

      #WeBelieveIn18

  • James Patrick

    now THAT is some Celtics basketball!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We were playing down to them. Tonight, we played like the team we are! Great job C's!!!! Keep it up!

  • Switcharoo

    double doubles by RR,PP,& KG, loved seeing that in a playoff game.
    Finally some of the team took a little weight of Garnett shoulders, the man was the only thing holding ‘em all together for the last couple games.
    Big win tonight for the lads though, they needed this one on so many levels, now they just have to close it out and rest up for the next series.
    GO CELTICS!!!

  • Josh

    Wow, KG is in absolute BEAST mode right now. What he's doing is disturbingly delicious!!! Im biased because he's my fav player, but still. Great to see Pierce finally answer the call and play well too.

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