The Philadelphia 76ers face the Boston Celtics for the first time since (preseason) the 2012 playoffs. They’ll be in Boston.
Game info: 7:30 pm in Boston on CSN.
We’re going to have to rush through this preview a bit. My apologies.
Sixers are not the same team they were when they faced the Celtics and took them all 7 games of the second round of the playoffs. Unfortunately, for the Sixers, the Celtics are much better than them for this game. Celtics pretty much kept their core while losing Ray Allen to the Heat, but they got Jason Terry who may end up being a better fit for the team. Avery Bradley is a guy who is the SG for the team now so the loss of Allen doesn’t sting as much as it could.
Meanwhile, the Sixers are still without a quality game. The two wins they had were ugly and the two losses where blowouts. The chances of having a good game are not very good against a Celtics team that is trying to prove they are still the best of the Atlantic Division, which is arguably the best division in the league. Jrue Holiday has been the only real bright spot for the Sixers all season.
Evan Turner only recently got his shooting stoke back. The Sixers will need him to have another solid game. In one of Turner’s few starts last season, he actually led the Sixers in a blowout victory over the Celtics in Philly. Will Lavoy Allen repeat his good defensive effort on Kevin Garnett? Sixers could use that. To go back to Turner, will he step in and defend Paul Pierce? I hope this isn’t another “Boy I miss Iguodala’s defense” games. We saw that with Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks.
I see the Celtics winning the game. Not easily, but the outcome doesn’t seem to be in doubt for me. I hope I’m wrong because the Sixers need a quality win.