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Celtics (10-8) at Sixers (10-8) 12/7
« on: December 06, 2012, 04:03:39 PM »

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Boston Celtics (10-8) at Philadelphia 76ers (10-8)
Regular Season Game #19, Road Game #9
Friday, December 7
7:00 PM ET
TV: ESPN, CSNNE, CSN-P
Radio:  WEEI, WPEN
Wells Fargo Center



Probable Starting Matchups
Point Guard
vs
Rajon Rondo vs Jrue Holiday

Shooting Guard
vs
Jason Terry vs Jason Richardson

Small Forward
at
Paul Pierce vs Evan Turner

Power Forward
at
Brandon Bass vs Thaddeus Young   

Center
at
Kevin Garnett vs Lavoy Allen





Celtics Reserves
Jared Sullinger
Jeff Green
Kris Joseph
Courtney Lee
Chris Wilcox
Leandro Barbosa
Jason Collins 

Injuries
Avery Bradley (shoulders)  out
Jared Sullinger (illness)  probable
Leandro Barbosa (illness) probable

D-League
Fab Melo


Sixers Reserves
Damien Wilkins
Spencer Hawes
Arnett Moultrie
Maalik Wayns
Kwame Brown

Injuries
Andrew Bynum (knee) out
Royal Ivey (groin) doubtful
Nick Young (toe) questionable 

Game Notes
The Celtics start a home and home series with the Sixers in Philly as they seek to avenge their earlier losses to them.  This is the second of 4 regular season games between these two Atlantic Division rivals.   The Celtics lost twice to the Sixers in the preseason and then again at home in their first regular season meeting.

Things have not gone exactly the way the Sixers had planned when they traded Andre Iguodala for Andrew Bynum, who is expected to miss the entire season with knee problems.    They have been inconsistent, however, just as the Celtics have been.  They are 6-4 in their last 10 games while the Celtics are 5-5 in their last 10. 

Both teams played their last game vs the Timberwolves.  The Sixers lost to them 105-88 on Tuesday,  while the Celtics beat them 104-94 on Wednesday.  The  Sixers are 6-5 at home while  the Celtics are 4-4 on the road.   While the teams have identical 10-8 records, the Sixers are in 3rd place in the Atlantic while the Celtics are in 4th place by virtue of their head to head record.  They are both 3.5 games behind the Knicks, who are in first place in the division. 

These teams will play each other again on Saturday in Boston.  Back to Back wins against their Atlantic division foe would be a nice start on that 8 game win streak that Rondo was talking about.  On the other hand, two losses would put them back at .500 and solidly in 4th place,  not exactly where the Celtics want to be. 

Key Matchups
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Rajon Rondo vs Jrue Holiday
As Rondo goes, so go the Celtics.  He has said that it's time for the Celtics to go on a win streak and for them to do that, Rondo will have to lead them.  Jrue Holiday has been emerging as a very good point guard and will challenge Rondo on both ends of the court. 

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Jason Terry vs Jason Richardson
Both of these Jasons are capable of putting points on the board in a hurry.  This will be a battle to keep the other one from scoring while being able to score.   Richardson started the season hot from beyond the arc but was just 1-9 in his last 2 games.  Hopefully that doesn't mean that he's due for a break out game.  Jason Terry has been playing very well lately and hopefully he continues to do so.

Honorable Mention

Paul Pierce vs Evan Turner
Turner is a streaky player. When he is on, he's very tough to guard.  He has given the Celtics problems in the past.   Pierce has also been up and down, dominating one game and then struggling the next. Turner is a good defender and so this would be a good time for Jeff Green to step up.

Keys to the Game

Defense - As always, defense is key to winning. Period. The Celtics showed some signs of getting back to playing their trademark defense in their last game and against the Blazers, but they are still wildly inconsistent on defense.  It would be nice to see them put together a string of strong defensive efforts.   The offense so often feeds off the defense and when they are hustling on defense, the offense seems to flow much smoother. 

Rebound- The Celtics out rebounded a very good rebounding Timberwolves team 45-41.   As with defense, they have been very inconsistent with their rebounding efforts as well.  Against the Thunder and the Wolves when they have extra motivation to win the game, they put out the extra effort on the boards and not surprisingly, get the win.   They need to put that effort out every game and when they show the effort on the boards, it seems to translate to the other areas of the game as well. 

Take Care of the Ball - The Celtics seem to cruise in some games and then allow the other team into the game with a string of careless turnovers.  They have to take care of the ball and not get careless when they get a lead. 

Be Aggressive
- The Celtics need to be the more aggressive team.  They have to be more aggressive going to the basket, diving for loose balls, playing defense, and grabbing rebounds.  The more aggressive team will have the momentum and will get the calls. 

X-Factors
Focus on the Road
The Celtics are on the road so they need to be focused on playing the right way if they want to get this win.  They need to defend, rebound, and go to the basket. 
« Last Edit: December 06, 2012, 09:46:18 PM by FLCeltsFan »

Re: Celtics (10-8) at Sixers (10-8) 12/7
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2012, 07:06:23 PM »

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Rondo HAS to contain Holiday. That happens and we win this game.



how much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck was chris bosh?

Re: Celtics (10-8) at Sixers (10-8) 12/7
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2012, 04:44:04 PM »

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Rondo HAS to contain Holiday. That happens and we win this game.

TP. And TP for FLFan too.

If our guards can play some D, the Sixers won't be able to drive and dish for easy layups or 3-pointers.

Go Celtics!

Re: Celtics (10-8) at Sixers (10-8) 12/7
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2012, 06:00:21 PM »

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I hope Rondo shows interest in playing defense Today, i don't want to see pock from behind move... >:(  Green needs more touches...when he gets on the floor he needs to start shooting needs to have the aggressive playing off the bench scorer mentality... 

Re: Celtics (10-8) at Sixers (10-8) 12/7
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2012, 06:22:10 PM »

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TP. Go Celtics!


Re: Celtics (10-8) at Sixers (10-8) 12/7
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2012, 07:14:41 PM »

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pierce why so cold

Re: Celtics (10-8) at Sixers (10-8) 12/7
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2012, 07:16:27 PM »

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pierce why so cold

Pierce has not been looking like pierce for awhile now.

Re: Celtics (10-8) at Sixers (10-8) 12/7
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2012, 07:17:36 PM »

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What is our season record against Philly the past couple years?!? Why does it feel like they constantly smack us around


Re: Celtics (10-8) at Sixers (10-8) 12/7
« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2012, 07:17:53 PM »

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pierce why so cold

Pierce has not been looking like pierce for awhile now.
agree to disagree

Re: Celtics (10-8) at Sixers (10-8) 12/7
« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2012, 07:20:23 PM »

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Headband Rondo.

Re: Celtics (10-8) at Sixers (10-8) 12/7
« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2012, 07:20:42 PM »

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Possible triple double night for Rondo - has 4 rebounds already.

Re: Celtics (10-8) at Sixers (10-8) 12/7
« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2012, 07:20:56 PM »

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pierce why so cold

Pierce has not been looking like pierce for awhile now.
agree to disagree

You can disagree but the numbers back me up. 41 percent shooting on the year coming into todays game.

Re: Celtics (10-8) at Sixers (10-8) 12/7
« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2012, 07:21:14 PM »

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Rondo on pace for a triple double

Re: Celtics (10-8) at Sixers (10-8) 12/7
« Reply #13 on: December 07, 2012, 07:21:46 PM »

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Green needs to step up and Doc needs to give him a chance at a start to get him going.

Jet + Lee ...needs to be on fire

Pierce ...quit throwing the ball away and having your pocket picked . Shoot , No dribble.

Rondo ....play solid "D" ..the whole game.

Bass and Sully need to step up and help KG rebound the ball and play strong "D" in the paint.

If they do most of this this they should win. ;D

I'm not holding my breath.

Re: Celtics (10-8) at Sixers (10-8) 12/7
« Reply #14 on: December 07, 2012, 07:21:59 PM »

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KG looks like he has more left in the tank than pierce.

 

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