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Celtics (1-0) at Sixers (0-1) Preseason Game #2 10/6/17
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Boston Celtics (1-0) at Philadelphia 76ers (0-1)
Friday, October 6, 2017
7:00 PM ET
Preseason Game #1, Road Game #1
TV:  NBA-TV,  NBC Sports Boston,  NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio:  98.5 Sports Hub,  97.5 The Fanatic
Wells Fargo Center




Probable Starters
   
PG Kyrie Irving........... SG: Jaylen Brown

C:  Aron Baynes
 
SF: Gordon Hayward  .............. PF: Al Horford

Celtics Reserves

Kadeem Allen
Jabari Bird
Jonathan Holmes
Shane Larkin
Marcus Morris
Abdel Nader
Semi Ojeleye
LJ Peak
Terry Rozier
Marcus Smart
Jayson Tatum
Daniel Theis
Andrew White
Devin Williams
Guerschon Yabusele

Injuries

None

Head Coach

Brad Stevens




Probable Starters

PG: Markelle Fultz ................. SG: JJ Redick

C:  Richaun Holmes

SF:   Robert Covington  .............. PF:  Ben Simmons

Sixers Reserves
Justin Anderson
Jerryd Bayless
James Blackmon, Jr
Kris Humphries
Furkan Korkmaz
James Michael McAdoo
TJ McConnell
Emeka Okafor
Jahlil Okafor
Jacob Pullen
Nik Stauskas

Injuries

Timothe Luwawu Cabarrot (knee) out
Joel Embiid (knee)  out
Amir Johnson (ankle) probable
Dario Saric (rest) out
Markelle Fultz (shoulder)  probable

Coach
Brett Brown

Game Notes 
The Celtics face their longtime division rival, the Philadelphia 76ers for their second preseason test.   The Celtics looked good in their first game against the Charlotte Hornets who brought back most of their starters from last year and added Dwight Howard.  The Sixers lost their opener against the Grizzlies 110-89 on Wednesday.

The Sixers will present a different challenge with their core of talented young players and veterans.  Their “process” is supposedly finished after tanking for what seems like forever.  They have a team filled with high lottery picks including the last two #1 picks.   They say they are ready to actually try to win games for a change. 

In their first game against the Hornets, the Celtics’ starters played very well together.  Marcus Morris returned to the team on Thursday and may eventually move into the starting lineup at the 4,   but since Baynes played so well with the starters in their first game, I'm going to guess that he remains in the starting lineup.  I'm also going to guess that the Sixers will start the same group that they did against the Grizzlies, but in the preseason, there is always a chance that either team could experiment with different starters, especially with the Sixers losing their opener by 21 points. 

The Celtics have no one on the injured list as of now.  Marcus Morris is back with the team and originally said he would play in this game,  but now he is planning to sit this one out while he works back into game shape.  For the Sixers, Embiid has not been cleared for practice after March 24 surgery for a torn meniscus.  Cabarrot is trying to rehab from patellar tendinitis and is also out.  Amir Johnson injured his ankle in Tuesday's practice and is day to day.  Dario Saric has been resting after playing in Eurobasket and is also day to day.  Robert Covington was limited at Thursday's practice with a sore knee and but is probable for this game.  Markelle Fultz has a sore shoulder and is listed as probable for this game. 

Key Matchups
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Kyrie Irving vs Markelle Fultz
Although Ben Simmons does most of the ball handling and runs the offense when he is in the game, Kyrie will likely be matched up with Fultz, who was disappointed in his first game with the Sixers.  On Wednesday,  he struggled with fatigue when he was the primary ball handler and had just 4 points on 2-13 shooting with 3 assists.  He will look to do much better in this game.

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Al Horford vs Ben Simmons
With the Sixers running their offense through Simmons, for the most part, Al's defense will be key in trying to disrupt the Sixers' offense.  Al needs to keep him away from the basket and make him shoot from outside. 

Honorable Mention
Jayson Tatum vs Markelle Fultz
These two players won't be matched up  against each other in the game for the most part, but they are always  going to be compared.  When Danny Ainge traded the #1 pick for the #3  pick and passed on Fultz, who was the consensus top pick, in order to  take Tatum, it assured the fact that these two players will be  scrutinized and compared for the rest of their careers. 

Keys to the Game
Defense - The Celtics' defense was better than expected in their first game against the Hornets.  They have the potential to be a very good defensive team and they need to work hard to live up to that potential.  Defense wins games, even in the preseason. 

Be Aggressive
- The Celtics have to be the more aggressive team and go after all the loose balls, and aggressively go after rebounds, and be aggressive on defense. They also have to be aggressive in taking the ball into the paint.  The more aggressive team will usually get the benefit of the whistles.  The Celtics need to work to get back to being the tough and aggressive team they were last season. 

Move the Ball - The Celtics had beautiful ball movement in their first game and they need to work at doing the same in this game.   Hero ball rarely wins games and so they have to consistently move the ball and play together.  If they build those habits in the preseason, it will make them that much tougher to beat when the games count. 

Focus on the Road - The Celtics are a young team and at times young players struggle to stay focused when playing on the road.  This is their first road game and so they need to focus on playing Celtics basketball and not on the distractions of playing on the road and in front of a hostile crowd. 

X-Factors
It's Preseason - Winning isn't always the top priority in preseason games.  Coaches are going to experiment with lineups and try to sit their stars as much as possible to avoid injury before the season.  So, we need to enjoy watching them play and be glad that real basketball is almost back.
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aw man I thought I was going to be 1st for once....ugggg!!(!@!&
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TP to Bucketgetter for being the first to post in the game thread!!

Goooooooooooooooooooo Celtics!!! 

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aw man I thought I was going to be 1st for once....ugggg!!(!@!&
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It's my 1st time being 1st too. Good luck to you in the next game thread, TP, and go Celtics!!
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Downtown Jaylen Brown!

Edit: Sorry just practicing
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2.) Jayson Tatum                   2.) Blake Griffin
3.) Lonzo Ball                           3.) No other realistic options
4.) Josh Jackson                          move the needle much
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Ugh, it feels like forever. Can't wait for the game time. ;D

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Is Marcus Morris playing?
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First page and in the rotation!  I'll take it.  ;D

Many thanks flc. It is good to see the threads and the fun competition to post first.

Celtics will demolish the sisters. I want to watch Simmons try to play defense on Kylie. Ha!

Thanks flc, a tp as ever.

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Downtown Jaylen Brown!

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That will turn into DJB because it will happen so much it will need a shorthand!

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Lol at Brown having Ben Simmons at "guard." That'll last all of two minutes. And besides, if he primarily guards forwards, then he's legitimately not a point guard, but merely a point forward. He's not Magic.

But it'll be interesting to see who starts on Friday with Morris available.
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JJ starting at the 3? And Covington at the 4? :o
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It would seem to me it would make more sense to start Morris over Baynes in this on if he's back. Also I doubt Irving will be covering Simmons. Just because he's nominally the point guard doesn't mean we have to guard him with our point guard.