Tonight when the Sixers take on the Boston Celtics at TD Garden, it will be much more than just a win or loss to Massachusetts native Michael Carter-Williams. Carter-Williams watched the Celtics growing up and is extremely excited about playing in front of the Boston faithful. The favorite for Rookie of the Year at least at this point in the season has hit the dreaded “rookie wall.”
Carter-Williams has seen his fair share of great defensive play over the last couple of games and it wont get any easier tonight as he takes on four-time All-Star Rajon Rondo. Carter-Williams is only shooting just over 30 percent from the floor and Rondo is still getting into the flow after missing the first half of the season due to injury suffered last season. Both guards are looking to have breakout games, bring their teams to a win, and give them some momentum.
Carter-Williams is no slouch by any means so the Celtics better be ready, Rondo especially. His jumper is a little spotty at times, but he has a major size advantage over Rondo and can get points in the paint. The Sixers average about just under 52 points in the paint per game, good enough for second in the league. Also, defense is a part of Carter-Williams’ game as well as he averages a league best 2.4 steals per game. Look for him to break through the dreaded rookie wall with a smashing performance tonight against the rival Boston Celtics.