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

Chuck - Red's Army November 9, 2012 Celtics News 5 Comments

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

Referees:  Rodney Mott, James Williams, Sean Wright

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The Matchup

   
Record: 2-2 Record: 2-2
At Home: 1-1 On Road: 1-1
Streak: Won 2 Streak: Won 1
Leaders Leaders
Buckets: Pierce (19.0 ppg) Buckets: Jrue Holiday (18.0 ppg)
Boards: Garnett (9.0 rpg) Boards: Evan Turner (8.5 rpg)
Dimes: Rondo (12.5 apg) Dimes: Holiday (9.5 apg)
For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks:
Offensive Rating: 99.2 (25th NBA) Offensive Rating:  92.0 (30th NBA)
Defensive Rating:  103.1 (17th NBA) Defensive Rating:  95.9 (3rd NBA)
Pace:  94.3 (10th NBA) Pace:  90.5 (27th NBA)

Last time

The Celtics needed 7 games to beat the 76ers in the Eastern Conference semi-finals. Philly has lost 6 of their last 7 regular season games at the Garden.

This time

Get it to: Paul Pierce

You think Paul Pierce was happy to see Andre Iguodala – a defensive nemesis – shipped to Denver? The Truth can’t breath too easy, as Evan Turner is no slouch on defense.  Pierce should have more freedom on the perimeter, because Turner isn’t as fleet-of- foot as Iggy. Pierce shot 2-12 in Wednesday’s game vs Washington. It’s highly unlikely that type of shooting continues.

Gotta stop:  Jrue Holiday

With Iguodala gone and Andrew Bynum nursing a bum knee, Holiday has taken over this team. His minutes, points and assists (and salary) are up dramatically so far this season. He’s lighting quick with 3-point range. Watching him go head-to-head with Rajon Rondo is always fun.

The Wild Cards: Courtney Lee and Jeff Green

One of these guys has to deliver a big game, right? Jason Terry came through with 16 points on Wednesday. It’s time for Lee or Green to do the same. The Celtics need one of these guys to step up, because points are hard to come by vs Philadelphia.

How we see it goin’ down

There are some intriguing match-ups in this game, aside from the ones mentioned above. Will Lavoy Allen play KG as tough as he did in the playoffs? Can Jared Sullinger play effectively against Spencer Hawes mullet? Can the Celtics protect the ball against Philly’s stifling defense? Will Boston’s perimeter defense run Philly off the 3-point line?

I don’t have a good feeling about this one.

PHI 94
BOS 90

 

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  • 17rings

    Pumped for this game. We need to play a decent team. Celtics love playing down to their competition (though I was hoping their depth would change that this year).

    • 17rings

      84-81

    • 17rings

      BOS 84. Phi 81.

  • Curt

    BOS 92
    PHI 87

    • Larry Legend

      They play like they have the first 4 games they get cranked. If they show up ready to go they win by 8-10. Let’s hope for the latter.