Boston: 101.5 points/100 possessions (15th)
Philadelphia: 99.1 points/100 possessions (23rd)
Boston: 100.9 points allowed/100 possessions (13th)
Philadelphia: 100.2 points allowed/100 possessions (11th)
Probable Philly starters: Jrue Holiday (PG), Jason Richardson (SG), Evan Turner (SF), Thaddeus Young (PF), Lavoy Allen (C)
View from the opposing bench: Philadunkia
Thumbnail: After Friday night’s squander, the Celtics get another crack at Philly at home. Had Jason Terry (1-12) made shots at anything resembling his typical rate, the C’s would be looking for a sweep of this home-and-home. As it is, they hit the quarter pole of the season with their offense and defense lingering in the middle of the NBA pack, a 10-9 record and the usual annual questions about, “is this team done as as championship contender”?
The C’s will try and answer tonight but they’ll do it on the backs of a tired batch of starters. Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo and Jason Terry all went over 40 minutes last night and Kevin Garnett played 34. Rondo’s got bounce-back-ability in him but the C’s may need a big night from the suddenly surging (relatively speaking) Jeff Green. Doc Rivers would be wise to load up with touches, especially because Pierce is doing his best Antoine Walker impression lately. He finished 9-24 last night, and 1-8 from the arc.
If the Celtics lose, they fall back to .500, a team not appreciably better than they are worse. Unfortunately, I think that’s where we’re headed.
Philadelphia 88, Boston 85