Just last week these two teams played a close one that ended on a terrible buzzer beating, game winning shot by Evan Turner. No, it wasn’t bad because as a tanker, I wanted a loss. No, have you seen it? It had no business going in.
Here we go again.
Now, last time out, the Celtics didn’t play Rajon Rondo. At the time though, Rondo was struggling. In the Celtics’ previous game, he looked like his old self. If he plays well again against the Sixers, the Sixers could be in for a long night.
Both of these teams are considered “tankers”. With Rondo trade rumors alive and well, one has to wonder if Rondo is indeed on his way out as the Celtics look to the future. In any event, with Rondo on the team, and playing well, the Celtics would appear to be the better team. He’s without questions a top-five point guard in the NBA when healthy.
The Sixers are a better shooting team from the field at 44.0 percent and the Celtics 43.6 percent. The Celtics are 28th and the Sixers are 29th when it comes to shooting the three-ball. The Sixers, for all of their struggles we’ve recently seen in the rebounding department, are actually ninth in rebounds per game. The Celtics are in the middle at 15th.
The Celtics are not one to steal the ball as they rank in the bottom five in that area. Problem is, the Sixers seem to literally give the ball away during games so it doesn’t really matter. The Sixers turn the ball over the most in the league. They do force a higher amount of turnovers as well so they sort of cover up their own mistakes.
Alright, here’s a couple of stuff to make this game a little more interesting. I got these from the game preview on NBA.com:
- The 76ers now return home, where they have lost five straight and 11 of 13. Philadelphia hasn’t suffered six consecutive home losses since a franchise-worst 12-game skid in 1996-97.
- Boston, which has dropped 11 of 12 on the road, is 1-4 in its last five visits to Philadelphia.
Clearly, one streak has to end. The question is, which one? I felt like the Sixers were going to win last match-up. And, well, with Rondo in the picture, the Celtics seem to have the upper hand. And, if the Sixers continue to continually hand the ball over to the other team, the Celtics should have this game in the bag. So, why do I feel like the Sixers are going to win?
Probably because, they will. It just feels like a win. What do you think? Will the Sixers win again a week later? Or are the Celtics going to avenge that tough loss?
The game is on CSN and starts 7 pm.