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Game 20: Sixers (11-8) @ Celtics (10-9)

 


Philadelphia @ Boston
TD Garden
7:30 PM EST
CSNNE

Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 101.5 points/100 possessions (15th)
Philadelphia: 99.1 points/100 possessions (23rd)

Defensive Efficiency:
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.

Prediction:
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

  • High Rollers

    If the game’s decided by four points, if it’s that close, I think we take it. Sometimes the fuel of pride is all it takes to go into over-drive.

  • elroz

    Lee, Green, and the rest of the bench need to contribute big tonight. The starters will be fine. Phily played last night as well, you know.

  • Phil

    After last night, I'd hate to see what Terry could do on tired legs, eesh. The thing that worries me is that it was his third straight game taking a lot of bad shots. I actually thought last night was his best shot selection of that period, they just fell two nights ago. I don't think the back to back will affect him too much though, he'll either hit his shots or he won't.

    Pierce escapes the blame because he played a good game outside of three point shooting, but man, if he could've just hit 2-8. He had a lot of good looks at them too. We seem to be careening towards career lows in FG% for Pierce, but he still can be a good scorer if he draws fouls and hits a solid percentage on threes.

    I'm looking to see what the defense can do tonight more than anything. I thought they were excellent all last night, except they lost 8-10 points in lazy transition D in the first half. Given the way things played out, that's as much to blame as anything else. This team isn't good enough to be lazy, they need to bring it every possession or it's gonna be a long regular season. I'm picking the Cs tonight for my go to reason that I just can't see them getting swept on this home and home.

  • -Jp

    Turner wasn’t much better than pierce last night. Turner shot 10/26, of course he made the one that counted. Hopefully we can play a similar game and execute better down the stretch. We need this game.

    • Phil

      I'd chalk that up to the media's result based slant on the game. Turner scored 26 points on 26 shots, which isn't good, and he had that huge turnover instead of calling a timeout with ~5 seconds left in regulation. If Rondo hit that shot, Turner would probably be the goat.

      They won though, so Turner led them to a win with 26 points! It would be the same with the three or four Celtics who had average games if they had won.

  • Phil

    This is a really strange 3rd quarter. There's absolutely no energy for either team, or in the stands. The Sixers have scored on their last 9 or 10 possessions, but so have the Cs, so it's still an 18 point game. You always wonder which team will have the tired legs in a game like this, I guess the answer is both. There's no D right now.

    Great first half for the Cs though, hopefully they can keep this lead the rest of the way. They haven't exactly instilled confidence with their ability to hold leads so far.

  • High Rollers

    Well, it wasn't close, but the pride sure kicked in. Great win.

  • Ryan

    Jeff Green is averaging 16 points a game in his last 5 games…if Jeff Green averages 16 points a game, this team will be a tough out in the playoffs.

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