It’s only the preseason, but there’s something about Celtics-Sixers that just gets the blood pumping. All of those battles between Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain, Larry Bird and Julius Erving, and on into the most recent playoff battle this past spring. It’s a rivalry that just feels right. And now, with both teams reconfigured and looking to take big steps forward this season, you can’t help but watch a Celtics-Sixers preseason tilt and start to think about a possible playoff rematch.
Now the Sixers have Andrew Bynum, a modern day Public Enemy No. 1. There was no Bynum tonight, but you can expect a heavy dose of newly acquired big man when the games start to count. And, as you could see from the tempo of the game, Philly was able to bring Bynum into the fold without sacrificing its youth, speed or athleticism.
And that could spell trouble for the C’s down the road.
Of course, Boston has countered with an assortment of players who are just as comfortable coming off the bench as starting. Doc Rivers has so many options, and so many ways to use the players at his disposal that opposing coaches will have their hands full just trying to figure out which shooters to guard and which to leave open.
We’ll see what happens down the road. Tonight, it was all about keeping players healthy (see Bynu, Kevin Garnett), and testing a variety of new combinations.
That’s all you’re going to get on the 15th of October.