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Celtics (4-0) vs. Philadelphia (2-1)
Game time: 7pm Wachovia Center, Philadelphia. TV – CSN. Radio – WEEI-AM (850)
Bos: Pierce – 21.8 76ers: L. Williams – 20.0
Bos: Garnett – 7.0 76ers: Iguodala – 8.3
Bos: Rondo – 11.8 76ers: Iguodala – 7.0
Who'll go off: Philly loves to run and is averaging 115 ppg. However, their defense is allowing 111 ppg. The weakest link in their already porous defense is Lou Williams. Fresh off the $55 million contract, I love Rajon Rondo in this game. He's going to run wild.
Who needs to be stopped: For his drawbacks on defense, Williams has developed into a decent offensive player. They can beat Philly if Iguodala and Elton Brand have good games, but risk danger if Williams supplements Philly's top stars with a 20+ performance.
The C's will lose if… they play out of control. Philly will push the pace, and while the Celtics have the horses to run successfully, they need to maintain their defensive focus.
Wildcard: Philly's bench. Mareese Speights has scored 20+ points in 2 of the 3 games. Jason Kapono is always a threat. Fortunately, the Celtics can counter these guys with Sheed and 'Quis.
After the jump, pictures of Lamar Odom's sister-in-law wearing her Halloween costume. I'm so glad he married into the Kardashian family, because it gives me a legit reason to post pictures of Kim K. Then again, do I really need a reason?