Boston: 97.8 points per 100 possessions (10th)
Philadelphia: 97.0 points per 100 possessions (11th)
Boston: 93.2 points allowed per 100 possessions (1st)
Philadelphia: 96.2 points allowed per 100 possessions (5th)
Probable Sixers Starters: Jrue Holiday (PG), Evan Turner (SG), Andre Iguodala (SF), Elton Brand (PF), Spencer Hawes (C)
View From The Opposing Bench: Philadunkia
The longer this series goes, the longer a few things become apparent:
1) Evan Turner is shooting terribly. 31% from the field (18-58) to be exact. If he were to catch fire, the Celtics could be facing a Game 7 before they even get settled in their Philadelphia hotel room.
2) The Celtics injury situation is starting to become troublesome, sort of. Ideally, the Celtics want everyone fully healthy and Avery Bradley and Ray Allen are big parts of what makes the C’s successful. That said, the Celtics can and probably will get past the Sixers without those two being 100%. It’s beyond this series that brings on the troublesome feelings.
3) Kevin Garnet is slowing down. After starting the playoffs blazing a trail of destruction, Garnett has begun to cool off from the field and has not taken advantage of Philadelphia’s smallish (Elton Brand, Lavoy Allen) and poor defending (Spencer Hawes) front line nearly as much as he should be. As long as the Celtics keep winning and Garnett keeps bringing his energy, no one will really notice.
But those thoughts are for another day because the Celtics take on the Sixers in a potential series clinching game. I’d wish for a fast start by the C’s but playing with an early lead does not necessarily guarantee success. The Celtics need to keep their foot on the gas pedal and end this series tonight.
Celtics 95 – Sixers 85