The last time that these two teams met, the Sixers walked out of the Boston Garden with a 106-100 victory. Tonight, the Celtics look to exact their revenge.
In the season’s first match-up, Boston played well offensively, shooting nearly fifty percent from the field.
However, the Celtics are a team that win with defense and anytime they are allowing an opponent to score over one hundred points, it usually does not bode well for them.
The key tonight is defense. Philadelphia shot nearly fifty-four percent (53.8%) from three-point range. Evan Turner and Jrue Holiday combined for forty-six points, while Dorell Wright and Thaddeus Young each had fifteen points.
The Celtics were able to score one hundred points on the 76ers without getting stops, containing them should give Doc Rivers club a two-game win streak.
Offensively, the key is bench scoring. Last time around, Boston’s bench contributed thirty-three points. The Celtics will gladly take that type of production; however, Jason Terry, who had thirteen points in the first meeting, has since been inserted into the starting line-up.
Terry replaced Courtney Lee, who Boston needs to not only contain the likes of Turner and Holiday defensively, but to contribute offensively.
If the team plays “Celtics basketball,” it should mean they walk out of the city of brotherly love with a W.