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Sixers (3-3) at Celtics (3-3) ECSF Game 7 5/26
« on: May 25, 2012, 10:13:44 PM »
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Philadelphia 76ers (7-5, 3-3) at Boston Celtics (7-5,3-3)
Saturday, May 26, 2012
8:00 PM ET
Playoff Game #7, Home Game #4
TV: ABC, TSN2
Radio:  WEEI,  97.5 The Fanatic, ABC Radio,  ESPN Radio
TD Garden




Probable Starters

PG: Rajon Rondo 15.0 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 12.5 APG, + 24.45 EFF *
SG: Ray Allen  9.8 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 1.3 APG,  +9.10 EFF

C: Kevin Garnett 19.3 PPG, 10.6 RPG, 1.8 APG,  +24.08 EFF

SF:  Paul Pierce  19.7 PPG,  6.8 RPG, 3.6 APG,  + 20.58 EFF
PF: Brandon Bass 11.3 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 0.4 APG,  +11.75 EFF
* Playoff Statistics

Coach: Doc Rivers

Celtics Reserves
Greg Stiemsma
JaJuan Johnson
E'Twaun Moore
Marquis Daniels
Sasha Pavlovic
Ray Allen
Keyon Dooling
Ryan Hollins
Mickael Pietrus

Injured
Paul Pierce (knee) probable
Mickael Pietrus (hamstring) probable
Avery Bradley (shoulder)  out
Ray Allen (ankle) probable
Greg Stiemsma (feet)  probable




Probable Starters

PG: Jrue Holiday  15.9 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 4.8 APG, +17.42 EFF
SG: Evan Turner  11.6 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 2.7 APG,  +11.83 EFF

C: Spencer Hawes  9.8 PPG,  6.8 RPG, 1.7 APG, +12.75 EFF

SF: Andre Iguodala  12.5 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 3.8 APG,  +13.83 EFF
PF: Elton Brand  8.1 PPG, 4.8 RPG,  0.6 APG,  +10.50 EFF

Sixers Reserves
Thaddeus Young
Sam Young
Nikola Vucevic
Lou Williams
Tony Battie
Craig Brackins
Lavoy Allen
Jodie Meeks
Craig Brackens

Injuries
None

Key Matchups  
 vs  
Paul Pierce vs Andre Iguodala
Both of these players have been up and down in the series.  Pierce has had some big games but mostly has struggled due to his knee injury.  He needs to reach deep down and pull out a big game for the Celtics on both ends of the court.      

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Rajon Rondo vs Jrue Holiday
As has been the case so many times, as Rondo goes, so go the Celtics.   He is coming off a poor showing in game 6 and the big question is will we get good Rondo or bad Rondo for this game.  It is on the big stage, being televised on ABC, and that seems to bring out the best in the Celtics mercurial point guard.  They could sure use the aggressive "Triple Double Rondo" in this one.  

Honorable Mention [/b]
Kevin Garnett vs Spencer Hawes/Lavoy Allen
Many pointed to KG's failure to go inside or even attempt one shot in the paint in game 6 as a reason that the Celtics lost.  He has been able to score easily against Hawes for the most part, but has struggled against Allen.  The Celtics need KG to be aggressive and especially to play more inside.  

Key Off the Bench


Mickael Pietrus needs to give the Celtics a boost off the bench.  They need him to hit his shots as well as to play some good defense.  With Bradley out, and Ray limited,  both Pietrus and Dooling will need to give the team quality minutes.  


Lou Williams gives the Sixers a boost off the bench scoring over 11 points per game.  He has hit some big shots against the Celtics and they need to keep him from getting hot in this game.  

Keys to the Game
Defense - As always, defense is key to winning.  Period.  The Celtics must play tough in your face defense from start to finish.  They can't let themselves get caught up in a shoot out (especially since their shots haven't seemed to fall) and must concentrate on getting stops.   The offense feeds off the defense and so tough  defense is absolutely the key to a win in this game.    

Rebound -   The Sixers are a good rebounding team.  The Celtics have been considered a weak rebounding team, but when they really try, they can out rebound their opponents.   Much of rebounding is effort and the Celtics have got to continue to crash the boards as a team since the team that wins the rebounding battle will more than likely win the war.  

Focus and Take Care of the Ball  - When the Celtics aren't focused, they tend to turn the ball over way too much.   The Celtics tend to lapse into sloppy ball at times and turn the ball over too many times.  Against a team like the Sixers, turnovers are sure points for them.  The Celtics turned the ball over 16 times in game 6 and the Celtics have to cut that way down.  Before the series started,   Doc singled out limiting turnovers as the most important thing they have to do.   And now we are at game 7 and it is still key to winning the series.  

Bench Play - The Celtics need to get quality minutes from their bench.  The Celtics bench was outscored 16-5 in game 6 and the Celtics must get more than that from their bench.  With Avery out and Ray limited, Pietrus and Dooling must find a way to contribute on both offense and defense.   Stiemsma has to overcome the pain in his feet and try to give the Celtics quality minutes to give KG a break.  

Be Aggressive - The Celtics must come out as the more aggressive team from the start.  They must be more aggressive chasing loose balls, going after rebounds, playing defense, and most of all driving into the paint and getting to the rim. They can't settle for jumpers.  They were too passive in game 6 and have to be the more aggressive team in game 7 if they want to get the win.  

Ubuntu - The Celtics must play together as a team.  They have to move the ball and run their plays and trust each other on offense and they have to play team defense.   At times they have lapsed into too much individual play and have gotten away from team play.  They must play for each other and as a team in order to get this win.  


Game Notes
The Celtics have blown several chances to close this series out and rest up for the next round and so here we are at another game 7.  The Heat, on the other hand, are the team sitting back and getting rest while the Celtics duke it out tor the privilege to play again on Monday in the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Celtics were dealt a big blow when they lost Avery Bradley for the rest of the post season.  Other players must step up to help fill the void he leaves, especially on defense.  The Celtics especially need both Keyon Dooling and Mickael Pietrus to step up and give the Celtics some quality minutes.  

This Celtics team is well acquainted with game 7's, the Sixers, not so much.  Having game 7 at home is one bonus for the Celtics.  The crowd will be loud and behind them.  Hopefully it will give them a lift.  But home court in itself isn't a guarantee of a win.  The Celtics have already lost at home to the Sixers once in this series.  They can't just depend on being at home,  they have to be the team that plays harder and smarter.  

X-Factors
Focus,  Effort, Officiating
The Celtics have to come out focused and keep their focus throughout the game.  Along with focus, they have to put out a strong effort from start to finish.    They can't afford lapses against this team.  As much as we don't like it, officiating can change the outcome of a game.  We can only hope for fair and even officiating to give the teams a chance to decide the game.  


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Re: Sixers (3-3) at Celtics (3-3) ECSF Game 7 5/26
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2012, 10:34:04 PM »
Series should be over.  If our 4 future hall of famers can't beat a crappy Philly team that barely even made the playoffs... that's shameful.

We couldn't have gotten an easier path to the Finals than the one we are getting.  No more excuses.  Get it done so we can take our lashings against the Spurs or Thunder.

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Re: Sixers (3-3) at Celtics (3-3) ECSF Game 7 5/26
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2012, 11:13:32 PM »
FORGET EVERYTHING! LET'S DO THIS! LOOK AHEAD!

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Re: Sixers (3-3) at Celtics (3-3) ECSF Game 7 5/26
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2012, 12:36:35 AM »
There's no other must win like this one.
I moved the cheese.

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Re: Sixers (3-3) at Celtics (3-3) ECSF Game 7 5/26
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2012, 02:33:56 AM »
We arguably have more experience and talents, but the sixers are much more athletic. The lost of avery bradley is so crucial to us. He's the only reason we're still competing right now.  I'd rather have Pietrus as starter and have Ray as our 6th man. The current starting 5 couldn't do much last year so why the hell are we even using it now??? Make no sense to me...so p---ed with doc rivers at the moment.

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Re: Sixers (3-3) at Celtics (3-3) ECSF Game 7 5/26
« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2012, 02:35:22 AM »
Get this game and silence the haters for two days....over this forum at the moment.


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Re: Sixers (3-3) at Celtics (3-3) ECSF Game 7 5/26
« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2012, 02:37:31 AM »
Series should be over.  If our 4 future hall of famers can't beat a crappy Philly team that barely even made the playoffs... that's shameful.

We couldn't have gotten an easier path to the Finals than the one we are getting.  No more excuses.  Get it done so we can take our lashings against the Spurs or Thunder.
wow of all people surprised you see us getting past the Heat


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Re: Sixers (3-3) at Celtics (3-3) ECSF Game 7 5/26
« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2012, 10:39:49 AM »
Probably won't be around for the game thread, but good luck to the C's!!

Meanwhile, here's FWF's Neat-O Stat of the Night Morning:

Rondo needs 15 assists to move into the all-time top 20 for the playoffs.  The three guys he'd pass to get there?  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Oscar Robertson, and Bill Russell.   :o

Go Celtics!!!

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Re: Sixers (3-3) at Celtics (3-3) ECSF Game 7 5/26
« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2012, 10:45:11 AM »
Win or Lose I'm proud of the team.

Go Celtics!

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Re: Sixers (3-3) at Celtics (3-3) ECSF Game 7 5/26
« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2012, 11:06:37 AM »
Agree on Rondo being the key tonight.
Lately I sense questions in his play
concerning whether he should go for the layup
or pass. I think Ray's poor shooting is in his
head. He thinks he has a better chance going for
these improbable crazy athletic layups.

Rondo needs to trust his teammates tonight.

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Re: Sixers (3-3) at Celtics (3-3) ECSF Game 7 5/26
« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2012, 11:24:29 AM »
This is a well coached aggressive Philly team that can cause all kinds of trouble for Mia if they get there despite the recent past history between the teams. This Celtics team, as is right now but with a healthy Ray and Avery, in my opinion would have won the title. It is what it is and the Celtics need this win and then go a game at a time from there. Certainly our seriously depleted team still has 4 of its best 5 players active.

Im interested in looking at what we have right now. How far can we go. This would be my rotation.

KG 36, Steamer/ Hollins 12
KG 4, Bass 30, PP 14
PP 26, Pietrus 14, Daniels 8(He has looked better)
Ray 34, Pietrus 14
Rondo 40, Dooling 8

We all have all kinds of opinions and they are all worthwhile. Mine is that our 3 point shooting has been awful in the playoffs. It may be tired legs but if its not all that and injuries and we return to toward the mean, well that is the key to me to nailing down this win and taking it from there and having some hope. That rotation above isn't bad if Steamer and Pietrus, Daniels and Dooling play tough d and hit some open shots. I realize KG needs to be in the paint but his life will be easier down there if we can hit some shots!

Of course it would be great if no one is awful...there has been a lot of awful performances.

If Daniels if flailing around or Peaches seems off I'd give Sasha some run. I wouldn't hesitate to bring Moore in early also to see if he can hit a three.


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Re: Sixers (3-3) at Celtics (3-3) ECSF Game 7 5/26
« Reply #11 on: May 26, 2012, 12:08:27 PM »
Yep win or loose its beena good season to be a CELTIC FAN

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Re: Sixers (3-3) at Celtics (3-3) ECSF Game 7 5/26
« Reply #14 on: May 26, 2012, 01:11:14 PM »
This is it: Win or go home. TP and Go Celtics!

 

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