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How we see it goin’ down: C’s – Sixers

RedsArmyAdmin April 5, 2011 Uncategorized Comments Off on How we see it goin’ down: C’s – Sixers

Tip: 7:30pm    Court: TD Garden    Watch it:  CSN    Hear it:  WEEI

Referees: Ed Malloy, Matt Boland, Brian Forte

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The Matchup

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Record: 53-23 (1st Atlantic, 3rd East) Record: 40-37 (2nd Atlantic, 6th East)
At home: 30-8 On road: 15-25 
Streak: Won 1 Streak: Lost 1
    Leaders  Leaders
Buckets: Pierce (18.8 ppg) Buckets: Elton Brand (14.9 ppg)
Boards: KG (9.0 rpg) Boards: Brand (8.4 rpg)
Dimes: Rondo (11.3 apg) Dimes: Andre Iguodala (6.4 apg)
For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks: 
Offensive Rating: 106.5 (18th NBA) Offensive Rating: 106.9 (17th NBA)
Defensive Rating: 100.2 (1st NBA) Defensive Rating: 104.8 (8th NBA)
Pace: 90.3 (23rd NBA) Pace: 91.8 (16th NBA)

Last time

The C's started slow and absolutely sucked in the fourth quarter of an 89-86 loss in Philly less than a month ago.  The C's were led by Jeff Green off the bench with 18 points.  Nenad Krstic led all starters with 16.  5 players scored in double figures for Philly

This time

Get it to:  Kevin Garnett

He was on fire against Detroit… he's rested… and I think he wants to lay some wood down early on these guys.  Establish KG early and let him dictate the offense.  I'll bet KG can get 5 or 6 assists tonight feeding Ray Allen… who is 1A on the "get it to" list tonight.

Gotta stop: Andre Iguodala

He's banged up, but he's expected to play.  And when he's on the floor, he expects to the go-to guy.  But against the C's this year, he's shooting 33% (vs. his season average 44.6%).  But his assists are above his season average so the C's need to keep playing him how they've been playing him while limiting his teammates' involvement.  Warning:  This might render Paul Pierce ineffective on the offensive end.  The C's need to pick up the slack for him offensively.

The Wild Card: Jermaine O'Neal

With no Shaq and a questionable Krstic, Jermaine's gotta hold it down in the post.  I've liked what I've seen so far… so it's up to him to keep this going.  I want to see Jermaine on the boards, along with KG, to limit Philly to one shot and that's it.  If he can do that, this will be easier than all the other Philly games this year.  Wild Card 1A: Jeff Green… who can help the C's win easily if he's aggressive like he said he would be.

How we see it goin' down

Philly is banged up.  Lou Williams is out, and Iggy & Elton Brand are less than 100%.  And they're a terrible road team.  Williams has been a spark for Philly against the C's this year (12 points, 2.3 assists per game) and not having him out there will hurt. 

This is also, potentially, the C's first round opponent.  And the Celtics know that.  So it's time for the C's to start sending messages to potential playoff matchups. 

Tonight the C's, after a practice to start getting things together, come out strong.  They will, however, lapse back into their bad habits and this game will become unecessarily close… until the second half where they turn it on again and pull away.  Despite the history of tight games this season… the C's win this one by at least 12.

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