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How we see it goin’ down: Celtics at 76ers

Chuck - Red's Army March 7, 2012 Uncategorized 12 Comments

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The Matchup

Birderving
Record: 20-17 (2nd Atlantic, 7th East) Record: 22-17 (1st Atlantic, 4th East)
On road: 5-9 At home: 14-8
Streak: Won 5 Streak: Lost 2
    Leaders  Leaders
Buckets: Pierce (18.4 ppg) Buckets: Lou Williams (15.7 ppg)
Boards: Garnett (8.3 rpg) Boards: Elton Brand (7.3 rpg)
Dimes: Rondo (10.2 apg) Dimes: Andre Iguodala (5.4 apg)
For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks: 
Offensive Rating: 100.4 (25th NBA) Offensive Rating: 104.2 (11th NBA)
Defensive Rating: 98.7 (3rd NBA) Defensive Rating: 96.8 (1st NBA)
Pace: 89.9 (22nd NBA) Pace: 89.9 (23rd NBA)

Last time

Boston and Philadelphia have yet to meet this season. The Celtics won three of four matchups in 2010-11.

This time

Get it to: Kevin Garnett or Brandon Bass

This depends on how Philadelphia defends. With Spencer Hawes out, the 76ers may start either Lavoy Allen or Nikola Vucevic at the 5. They're playing Elton Brand at the 4. Neither Allen or Vucevic are defensive stalwarts. Get it to whomever they're guarding.

Gotta stop: Lou Williams

The Sixers top reserve is their leading scorer. He's an extremely streaky player. Great at drawing fouls and possesses a strong up fake, according to scouting reports. Avery Bradley and/or Keyon Dooling will have to play smart, aggressive defense on Williams.

The Wild Card: Paul Pierce vs Andre Iguodala

This is going to be a great match-up. Iguodala is an elite defender. Pierce has been more aggressive lately on offense, imposing his will on games. The player who gets the best of this match-up might come out a winner.

 

How we see it goin' down

This is a BIG game. Why else would I break out the vintage photos? The division lead is on the online. Both teams play great defense. Philly is a young, athletic team that has cooled off (2-8) after a hot start. The Celtics have a 5 game winning streak. 

I have geniune concerns about the Celtics energy level. This will be their 3rd game in 4 nights. The last two games have gone into overtime. I really want to see the Celtics play with attitude and show Philly they aren't dead yet but…

Prediction: 76ers 94 Boston 81

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/kwapt KWAPT

    Total BS that all 3 times we play Philly this year is on the 2nd night of a back-to-back. Who’s idea was that…??

  • http://profile.typepad.com/kristovar Kristovar

    Surely you wouldn’t imply that the league would be against us. Next thing I know we’ll be seeing a lot of no calls on Rondo while he gets hammered.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/kwapt KWAPT

    Never.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/mannoperry Perry Manno

    Philly is 10-16 without Hawes in the line up, and they have difficultly scoring in crunch time.
    This would be one of those galvanizing road wins … back to back on the road, first place on the line … fingers crossed:)

  • http://profile.typepad.com/vandelay28 Lakerhater

    Celtics By 8

  • Nathan

    celtics by 12 at the half, celtics by 2 for the final

  • http://profile.typepad.com/sothewind Lee in Oregon

    how about last night when Pierce gets his headband raked off and no call?

  • Alex

    Sorry but this is a back to back game… an away game even.
    Celtics are gonna be losing this one.

  • Danno

    As to the “we only play Philly on 2nd nights of Back to Backs” being a league conspiracy thing:
    LOL.
    Seriously, who in their right mind thought Philly would have a shot at the 8th seed at all, never mind lead the division? They Stink. Yes, they’re young. Yes, they can run. Yes, Iguodala can be a beast occasionally. But at the end of the day, they stink. Perennial doormat team, just like Atlanta. they are fading, as it always was destined to be.

  • Danno

    Thaddeus Young is out with the Flu. Tony Battie gets the start.

  • TJames

    Celtics win tonight… back to back, all that doesn’t matter. This game matters, and the Celtics going to go get it.

  • TJames

    Boy was I wrong…