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Game 4: Celtics (2-1) @ Sixers (1-2) Open Thread

 

Game 4
Celtics @ Sixers
8:00 PM EDT
ESPN
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

For Game 4, I joined Chris Forsberg over at ESPNBoston to break down what to expect in Game 4. Here’s a sampling of what we covered in our game of 2-on-2. You can check out the full post at ESPNBoston


 

1. Predict the unpredictable: Can the C’s carry their momentum from Game 3 over to Game 4 and take a commanding 3-1 lead?

Robb: I like their chances of maintaining the momentum. This team hasn’t made it easy on themselves all season, but after Game 3 you have to think the C’s smell blood. They know a 3-1 series lead all but puts away Philadelphia for good. Plus, with Miami having their hands full with Indiana on the other side of the bracket, a quick wrap to the series could bring several days off, which is plenty of motivation for the ailing members of the roster. Besides the added rest incentive, I just think the C’s worst basketball of the series is behind them. They won’t replicate their nearly perfect Game 3 effort, but Kevin Garnett can’t be stopped, Mickael Pietrus has rediscovered his shot, and the C’s have made defensive adjustments that will be tough for the Sixers to counter heading into Game 4.

Forsberg: We hear so much about the importance of peaking at the right time in sports. Well, I don’t know if it’s possible for the Celtics to peak considering the lingering injuries they’re battling, but I wonder if — apologies for an awkward sounding phrase — they can consistent at the right time. All season we’ve been seemingly waiting for this team to build off quality performances. And yet they always seem to let off the accelerator a little bit, making things just a bit more difficult on themselves. Friday’s Game 4 is a chance to all but lock up this series, build off the boundless confidence that seems to exist after Game 3. Heck, with another effort like Wednesday night, the Celtics could consider printing up some Pacer-like T-shirts with Green Swagger on it for later in the playoffs. You get the feeling this team is locked in and focused, but they gotta show it. It’ll also be interesting to see how Philadelphia responds to this adversity; they’ve rebounded from each previous playoff loss with a win, but can they keep up the trend in Game 4?

  • I_Love_Green

    Damn this would be a huge win for us tonight. Go up 3-1, and finish the series off in 5 at the Garden, then get some much needed rest. However, we know this team too well, and they won't make it that easy.

    Except I promised we'd win both these games, one by blowout, and one close one so I guess tonight is the nail biter!

    LETS GOOOOOOOOOOOO CELTICS!!!

  • http://twitter.com/aw_4 @aw_4

    green t-shirts with "not 16, not 17, but 18 championships."

  • felix

    i like what i'm seeing. 0-5 and a hollins ellbow:)

  • felix

    i meant 20-5 of course.

  • Anthony

    The first 5 mins of the game was one of the best I've seen in a while but last few mins were horrible. Why was the offense running through Ryan Hollins? or Pietrus handling the ball? or not coming up with the easy rebounds? Ray's not playing well on either end.

    Come on Celts!!! Win this game and close it out at home on Sunday.

  • jr9901

    Bill Kennedy has joined the Sixers

  • Anthony

    Ref bailing the Sixers out on so many possessions.

    Rondo is on another level tonite. Awesome!

  • pam

    refs desperately trying to keep philly in the game but we are still up by 15? david stern-FAIL

  • tomrod

    Doc forgot to put in a rebounder in that last defensive posession.

  • I_Love_Green

    That's a fantastic end to the half!

    Rondo is gawdly tonight

  • jr9901

    Cs are playing pretty well. Some lapses, but overall not a big deal. The big question is how far is Bill Kennedy willing to go? I mean… he does realize that this is on NATIONAL TV, right?

  • mugi

    avery….

  • WTF

    The tide starts to turn. Doc, you call a timeout and right the ship before it's too late. Right now!

  • I_Love_Green

    Longest 3rd quarter in the history of history

  • Ethan

    This is one of the worst officiated and played games I've ever seen.

  • someguyinsac

    Hard push from the Sixers right now, they need to push them back harder.

  • Milt Palacio

    I hate when the cetlics get bored and let crappy teams come back…

  • I_Love_Green

    Whelp, we knew they'd come back. Just gotta make sure they don't come back all the way.

  • tomrod

    Avery, Bass and Rondo with 4 fouls.

  • pam

    never underestimate how much a crappy ref can affect a game

    • jr9901

      This can't be crappiness. This is corruption.

      • WTF

        which call he made was not legitimate? blame the ref is the most incompetent thing one can do.

  • WTF

    The 3rd QTR is exactly why the Cs need a coach like Pop, not Doc.

    • someguyinsac

      I don't think Pop can make a ref swallow his whistle any better than Doc can.

    • jr9901

      Really? Did Doc ask Bill Kennedy to throw the game to Philly, like he's been doing? Come on… this is BLATANT

      • WTF

        really? you blame a 15pts lead on Kennedy also in the first half?

        • Aaron

          Exactly, I think it was even up to 17. How do you forget how to score so fast and play crappy defense. In all seriousness, the Sixers stink. I'm not saying the C's are the best in the league, but if the celtics played to their potential for 4 quarters they would be crushing this team.

        • jr9901

          I'm sorry, but you have to be blind not to see the blatant bias of Kennedy in this game. Some of the worst I've ever seen.

  • WTF

    It's time to boo the team and a big boo to Doc. How can you let your team lose the focus and let the foot off the medal in a critical game such as this?

    • WTF

      oops, pedal.

  • someguyinsac

    Come on Ray, we need you to come alive and bomb away.

  • WTF

    what game are you watching? I would not say that refs did not miss one or two, even couple bad calls, but almost all of them?

    • Anthony

      Thaddeus Young in the act of shooting? Lou Williams and 1?

      I thought this was a playoff game and ref are suppose to let them play? I try to be as objective as possible but there were tons of bad calls. Celts would have been up 20+ if it was for the horrible calls in the 1st half. It's not just that it affects the points but it affects the momentum of the game. If it was a evenly called game, Celts would win despite the horrible 2nd half.

    • Anthony

      I know KG doesn't move that much on all those moving/ illegal picks. Refs stink and you know it.

      • WTF

        Keep blaming the refs as if that would have won this game. We beat ourselves, straight and simple!

  • tomrod

    refs win. Pierce got fouled on that play to add to a number of horrible calls against the celtics.

    • someguyinsac

      Yep.

  • WTF

    You play with fire, you die burning. That's what happened to the Cs in the 2nd half. They deserve it.

  • leeboo1211

    Regardless of how the refs were, we gave his one away. Sigh. I guess water is wet?

  • jman

    Nice win refs….Good job extending the series
    And as for all of you Rondo lovers, I hope your proud of your hero ball….Rondo never moved the ball, fucking walked it all night and tried to win on his own. He's a good player, but not great…He lost the game tonight along with t he refs

  • jman

    And as for Doc, he needs to lose some money and bitch about the officiating….3 games in a row is crap. Even the commentator questioned the amount of foul trips phily was getting. Horrible game. Complete atrocious ball. I hope KG bitches at every one of them in the locker room, and once again, they moved from KG controlling the offense and stuck with Rondo…Horrible

  • I_Love_Green

    Always the hard way. Nice going guys.

  • WTF

    Great come back win, Young and Williams! See you in the Garden!

  • CelticsBIG3

    That was beat. Garnett didn't get enough touches tonight. Rough offense.

  • High Rollers

    We used up our energy in the early run like a bunch of rookies. I don't care how old you are, there's always something to learn. As for Philly, they've proven to be the hottest/coldest shooting team in the league. Never go away from your own stuff! And whatever life the super-small-ball gave us, we leaned on it far too hard at the end. Needed a big in there at some point, whether you switch out Ray or AB.

  • High Rollers

    Ignominious triple-double for RR tonight. Only the second T-D loss in the Rondo Era?

    • High Rollers

      Nevermind, the NBA's website has the wrong stats. No triple-double. That explains it, I guess. : P

      Still, that ten dollar word befits the loss. A crying shame.

  • mjallday

    WHY THE FUCK DIDNT DOC PUT BRANDON BASS BACK IN THE GAME?!!!!!!!!!! Does anyone realize how much Philly RAPED. OUR. ASSES. ON THE OFFENSIVE REBOUNDS?! Was Doc seriously thinking "Dur, Brandon bass is playin good but no we should keep this really small lineup. Never mind that Brandons been hitting his shots and is preventing Phillys presence in the post. Nope, lets have Avery Bradley and his one functioning arm in the game." WHAT THE FUCK WAS DOCS THINKING?!!!!

  • Anthony

    I know I'm saying it because I'm upset with the game but why is Ray playing so many minutes? He was horrendous the entire game! His shot was way off and he was horrible defensively. It seems like every time Iggy, Turner, Williams, Holiday, Meeks scored, it was on Ray. And what the hell was the 3pt attempt with 36 secs left? Ray finished with a -24 for the game!!

    KG was obviously tired and I don't want to fault him but he got outplayed by Lavoy Allen of all people.

    Just so disappointed especially after the incredible first 5 mins and a strong 1st half. Another play that I don't think people think much about was that foul call on Pierce 6 mins into the game. Celts were as I said, playing incredible and ready to blow Philly out of their own court, but the ref stopped the game to review the call. It was an obvious call but the ref are so incompetent that they needed to stop the Celts momentum to review the call.

    Guess Celts will have to finish Philly in 6.

  • someguyinsac

    Our bench failed miserably, KG needs to light them up.

  • Anthony

    We got robbed and Job

    • Anthony

      Can you use a different name so people don't confuse your comments with mine?

  • Anthony

    PHI 39 BOS 18 FT

    • Anthony

      Can you use a different name so people don't confuse your comments with mine?

      The correct FT disparity is Phi 36 Bos 19

  • Anthony

    36 ft to 19 still got Job

  • Switcharoo

    WTF seriously go back to the Sixer forum, around here we support our team.
    You are trolling.

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