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Game 59: Celtics (31-27) @ 76ers (23-35) Open Thread

http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2012/0311/nba_u_bynum_gb1_600.jpgBoston at Philadelphia
7:00 P.M. ET
Wells Fargo Center

TNT

Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 100.3 points/100 possessions (21st)
Philadelphia:
98.5 points/100 possessions (27th)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 99.5 points allowed/100 possessions (5th)
Philadelphia:
 102.2 points allowed/100 possessions (12th)

Probable 76ers Starters:
Jrue Holiday (PG), Royal Ivey (SG), Evan Turner (SF), Thaddeus Young (PF), and Spencer Hawes (C)

View From The Opposing Bench: Hoop76

Thumbnail: The Celtics must be glad to get their second elongated break over the last few weeks. Coming into Tuesday, they have played just one game over the last seven days. Just like with the All-Star break, Boston played well heading into the resting period. The Celtics have won three of their last four games, which were all against Western Conference opponents. In addition, two of those three victories were on the road, becoming the first two road wins for Boston against the other conference in 2012-13.

The men in green will now play four games over the next six days. First up is Philadelphia, a team that has been terrible recently. The 76ers have lost eight of their last nine games, and Doug Collins is on the hot seat. He recently expressed skepticism in Andrew Bynum’s recovery as well as his team overall. Philadelphia will almost certainly miss the playoffs, as the team is seven games out of the eighth playoff spot. However, that does not mean that the 76ers will just lay down Tuesday night on their home floor in a nationally televised game. While they have lost their last 10 contests on the road, the 76ers are still an above .500 home squad. Moreover, one of their 17 home victories this season was their 95-94 overtime win against the Celtics in December.

Heading to Philadelphia at this time of the year with something prove is not new to the Celtics franchise. Celtics radio play-by-play broadcaster Sean Grande pointed out the Celtics were in the same situation 11 years and one day ago. The 31-27 Celtics played the 76ers on March 4, 2002. Boston won that game, 100-94, behind a game-high 28 points from Paul Pierce. Then, the Celtics proceeded to win 17 of their final 23 regular season games in 2001-02. Maybe history repeats itself with this year’s Celtics.

Prediction: The Celtics move to 6-1 in their last seven games in which they played on at least three days rest.

Celtics 94, 76ers 90

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  • janos

    Is fair predict

  • hydrofluoric

    Can kinda see the C's dropping this one tonight and immediately quelling the people sounding the panic alarms by squashing Indiana on the road tomorrow.

  • Phil725

    That stat at the end surprises me (6-1 in the last games off three days' rest.) I feel like they usually come out flat in these kind of games, but the stats don't bear that out. I don't have much fear of this Philly team, so hopefully the Cs come out and play well.

    • hydrofluoric

      That stat surprised me, too. I took a look at 2012 and that seems to fall much more closely in line with expectations. Here's what I found:

      In games on the ROAD where we had 3 days of rest, we were 3-0 in 2012!

      … Meanwhile in games at HOME where we had 3 days of rest, we were 1-3 in 2012, with the 1 win coming in a meaningless game against Miami where none of either team's then Big-3 played.

      Furthermore:

      In SEGABABA on the ROAD last year, we went 4-9 – and the victories were against NJN, CHA, CHA, and (in the only good win here) LAC – where we didn't have to travel.

      In SEGABABA at HOME last year… we went 7-0.

      Give us more rest on the road and less rest at home!

  • Kafel

    Philly is in a slump and C's need to take advantage of it. Hope They can get it done because there is golden chance to move up in standings.

  • Phil725

    Tommy's right about Wilcox and Terry having really good chemistry. It's the Cs best two man lineup from an offensive rating perspective, something that really passes the eye test when you watch them. It's actually their best two man unit from a net rating perspective now that there's no more Sully/KG. I miss Sully/KG :(

  • Phil725

    It's impossible to figure out who messed up what on defense in real time, but just from a results perspective, this may be KG's worst game on that side in a while. I find it hard to believe that Bass is responsible for every one of these layups and easy Philly buckets… possible, but hard to believe. And to make things even weirder, the Cs D started bad, got better when KG sat, then got bad again when he came back, though that could have more to do with Jrue Holliday than KG.

    On the bright side, there are a couple million things I can think to worry about before KG's defense.

    Edit: But it's alright, because we have Avery Bradley, offensive star, here on opposite day.

  • D-up

    We need to make Philly take outside shots. Philly getting too many layups.

  • Anthony

    Had to stop everything i was doing to post after JCrawford's 1 on 5 fastbreak. Don't know if I should be upset or happy? I guess I enjoyed it. Lol

  • The Cardinal

    I…love…Crawford! That cat knows how to do what we used to refer to as the "hookey doo."

  • KillerGymRat

    I love the irony that the same day the Hub posts about the C's improved abitlity to take care of the ball…they turn it over a ridiculous amount of times with careless passes and lazy dribbles.

    What is it about Philly that we always seem to play down to their level?

    We should still squeak away with the win but this should've been a blow out and a chance to rest PP, KG and Jet.

  • Phil725

    Is it just me, or is Philly's entire offense just throwing the ball up on the rim and having someone slam home the offensive rebound?

  • D-up

    Hoping TWill gets a shot over Crawford. TWill seemed to have a nice flow to his game. Loving Paul with fresh legs the jump shot has air under it again.

  • KillerGymRat

    Phil you have to be happy with all the minutes Wilcox got.

    Not sure why the new bigs don't get any run though. We're winning the rebounding battle but you know they aren't going to get run against Indy or OKC so why not bust them out…?

    • Phil725

      It hasn't been a great game for Wilcox, but I do love that his rope is getting longer. I'm surprised by how well he's rebounded of late, and he had another 6 in his 17 minutes tonight. That said, if he finishes a couple of those alley oops that were so close, his night looks even better. This is the role I've wanted for him all year; come in for ~20 minutes and give the offense a boost, I think he's perfectly qualified for that.

  • KillerGymRat

    KG and PP are sleepwalking through this game. The turnovers from them both are ridiculous. Pierce gives it up to Evans and KG goaltends a ball with no chance of ever going in.

  • Josh_5

    KG, Pierce and Bradley have combined for 15 turnovers…….WTF.

  • Phil725

    His stats don't look overly impressive, but I feel like Terry's been in complete control of everything this game. He was playing the perfect facilitator role on the second unit all night, and he's hit big shots throughout the fourth quarter. I kept my high hopes for him as he struggled through the early part of the year, and I really like what he's brought lately.

  • KillerGymRat

    Ugly game. But don't look now…we're just a game and a half out of 4th!

    • High Rollers

      Yeah, it looked more like a practice. But we'll take it.

  • Anthony

    I love watching the Celts but Philly really dragged out that final minute of the game.

    Pierce and KG's minutes were relatively low so they should be good for tomorrow's game against IND. Looking forward to that game.

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