Boston: 97.0 points/100 possessions (T-22nd)
Philadelphia: 89.0 points/100 possessions (T-29th)
Boston: 100.0 points allowed/100 possessions (T-17th)
Philadelphia: 93.0 points allowed/100 possessions (T-2nd)
Probable 76er starters: Jrue Holiday (PG), Evan Turner (SG), Dorell Wright (SF), Thaddeus Young (PF), Lavoy Allen (C)
View from the Opposing Bench: Philadunkia
Thumbnail: The Sixers are a lot like the Celtics. Both teams had monumental offseasons that saw drastic changes to their respective rosters. The Sixers, like the Celtics, have also begun this season with a less than stellar 2-2 record. Unfortunately for the Celtics, the Sixers can point to the fact that their star acquistion this offseason (Andrew Bynum) has yet to play in any of the first four games and won’t be playing tonight. Also unlike the Celtics, the Sixers have been very good at preventing teams from scoring. While their defensive efficiency has surely been bolstered by the total offensive ineptitude of a Eric-Gordon-and-Anthony-Davis-less Hornets team*, they’ve managed to prevent teams not from Manhatten from scoring more than 90 points (uuughhh the beginning of the season SUCKS).
Here is a video of Doc Rivers talking pregame about Mike Brown’s firing and Rajon Rondo’s early season success with his jump shot:
(Apologies for that good ol’ On a Boat feel but I did shoulders today and the media scrum was more mobile than usual)
Rivers gives great insight into what happens to a coaches family when they are fired abruptly as well as how pass first points slowly integrate their own offense into the team concept. These are some subtle things you may not immediately think about.
As for tonight’s game, it’s hard to know which Sixers or Celtics team will show up because neither team has found their true identity. That being said, if the Celtics can prevent the Sixers from scoring 90 they may be able ot use this game as a feel-good-defensive win. If they can’t, questions need to start being asked…
*To put the Hornets point total (62) from the other night in its proper prospective, please note that 62 points is the exact number of points my and BRobb’s Rec League team put up last night. In 44 minutes of running time. And we’re not athetic and/or good at basketball.