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How we see it goin’ down: Celtics vs Sixers

Tip: 7PM     Court: Wells Fargo Center     Watch it: CSN     Hear it: WEEI

Referees: Tony Brothers, Curtis Blair and Eric Lewis

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The Matchup

Record: 10-8 Record: 10-8
On Road: 4-4 At Home: 6-5
Streak: Won 1 Streak: Lost 2
Leaders Leaders
Buckets: Pierce (19.1 ppg) Buckets: Jrue Holiday (18.2 ppg)
Boards: Garnett (7.5 rpg) Boards: Thaddeus Young (7.4 rpg)
Dimes: Rondo (12.8 apg) Dimes: Holiday (9.3 apg)
For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks:
Offensive Rating: 104.3 (14th NBA) Offensive Rating: 101.9 (24th NBA)
Defensive Rating: 104.1 (13th NBA) Defensive Rating: 103.8 (11th NBA)
Pace: 92.8 (10th NBA) Pace: 90.6 (25th NBA)

Last time

Philly took the first meeting this season, 106 – 100, in Boston. Rajon Rondo had 20 assists, but it was Jeff Green’s depressing post-game interview that really caught our attention. The 76ers have won five of their last six at home against the Celtics, including playoffs.

This time

Get it to: Rajon Rondo

The 76ers are a helluva defensive team, so we’ll need Rajon Rondo at his best to ensure optimum offensive efficiency. Rondo needs to excel at all three phases of his game; pushing the ball, finding the open man and hitting jumpers. He also needs to work his ass off defensively, because Jrue Holiday is have a sensational year.

Gotta stop: Evan Turner

He torched the Celtics for 25 points and 11 rebounds in the previous meeting. Turner is a physical wing player who gave Courtney Lee and Jason Terry fits. With Jason Richardson back in the lineup, Turner will now draw Paul Pierce.

The Wild Card: Lavoy Allen vs KG

The Sixers young big man ranks in the 95th percentile among all defenders, allowing 0.667 points per play). We got a taste of his abilities in last year’s playoff series. Will the Celtics attack him in the post, or make him work on the pick-and-pop?

How we see it goin’ down

You know the Celtics want this game. They lost to Philly earlier in the season and are tied with them in the division standings (I know that doesn’t count for much in Dec). The rivalry between these teams is slowly coming back to life.

I can see the road team winning each time in this back-to-back mini series.

Celtics 90

76ers 87

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  • Mike e

    I see the Celtics playing down to the Sixers instead of playing up to or pass. The Celts have been inconsistent for weeks. I would be surprise if the Celts get a win especially against a team that gives them problems.

  • eddysamson

    They’re coming off a solid win and had a day off and its the first night of a back to back…I dont see them losing tonight and if they do itll be a good game.

  • Alexandre

    Celtics don´t lose in my bithdays…

    • Drew

      On my last birthday(April 8th) the Celtics blew The 76ers out. That was a good day.

      • Brick James

        at this rate we’re gonna have to wait til April for the Celtics to beat the 6ers again

  • This will be the first time in a while that the C’s play in Philly with fresh legs. Last few regular season games there for Boston have been 2nd night of btb. I also think J’rue Holiday is the guy they have to stop. He has a habit of lighting-up #9. But I believe the C’s will be inspired on Larry Legend’s bday…..

  • zippittyay

    I predict a loss by 8 points. I hope I am wrong.

  • CelticsKid34

    im VERY afraid to see what philly will do to us when they have bynum and nick young on the floor… my prediction: gauranteed 20pt+ blowout every time. terry+lee= lovely trade pieces. they are not looking like nba players out their… smh. 1/12 from terry? GET OUTTA HERE!! good game from pp, rr, KG, and JG. wanted to see barbosa play a little though

  • Brick James

    Man, I don’t know what to feel here.

    On one hand, I hear guys like Felger + Mazz (who I love listening to, for all things except basketball), say that Rondo is not among the top 20 players in the league.

    On the other hand, I see Rondo most likely see/hear/read that type of commentary, and come out in BEAST MODE for the…. first half. Rondo had a triple double basically at halftime. I feel like he was what, 12-10-8 at the half… and ended up 16-12-11 or some such?

    I mean, wtf is that? Why pull off the throttle? Why force the issue to Pierce with 20 seconds on the shot clock to jack a crap three? I don’t understand it. The C’s had the opportunity to drop the People’s Elbow, and instead scurried under the ropes out the ring.

    I’m beginning to understand the casual/layperson’s view of Rondo being ‘slightly above average’, about this team being weak and old. They’re capable of more, but they’re playing like a washed up, middle of the road girls squad.

    As far as the coaching goes too, what the hell is the play call at the end of regulation? I am not going to pick on the rest of the game – frankly, I didn’t notice much of the rest of it, which is probably a good thing – but Rondo for a 18 footer to win it? Really? Rajon has a particular set of skills, but hitting game winners is NOT one of them. When has he EVER done that? Let me clue you in – never. Doc knows this, so why does he make that play call? It’s fine if you want you build your future-franchise-player’s confidence, but not in a pivotal in-division game when you’re hunting for credibility.

    This game hurts to watch. The silver lining is that it makes me feel better about giving up my season tickets.

  • KGino

    I’ll gladly take those season tix off your hands