at Boston Celtics (40-9) at Philadelphia 76ers (23-23)
Tuesday, February 3
7:00 PM ET
Game #50 Road Game #24
TV: CSN, CSN HD, NBA LP 753
Wachovia CenterCoach: Doc Rivers
Average Age: 26.7
Average Height: 6-6
Average Weight: 222Probable Starters
Rajon Rondo PPG 11.2 RPG 5.00 APG 8.0 EFF + 18.34
Ray Allen PPG 18.0 RPG 3.40 APG 2.8 EFF + 17.06
Paul Pierce PPG 18.8 RPG 5.70 APG 3.8 EFF + 18.55
Glen Davis PPG 4.9 RPG 3.40 APG 0.7 EFF + 6.19
Kendrick Perkins PPG 8.3 RPG 7.90 APG 1.1 EFF + 13.73 Reserves
Big Baby Davis
Bill Walker Injuries:
Brian Scalabrine (concussion) out
Kevin Garnett (flu) questionable
Tony Allen (flu-like symptoms) questionable
The Globe is reporting that KG will miss his second straight game with the flu after blowing off getting a flu shot. Tony also failed to get a flu shot and may miss the trip as well. I am guessing that Doc will once again start Big Baby. Coach: Tony DiLeo
Average Age: 26.8
Average Height: 6-7
Average Weight: 224 Probable Starters
Andre Miller PPG 16.0 RPG 4.30 APG 6.3 EFF + 18.37
Willie Green PPG 8.3 RPG 1.60 APG 2.0 EFF + 7.02
Andre Iguodala PPG 17.7 RPG 6.20 APG 5.2 EFF + 19.78
Thaddeus Young PPG 13.6 RPG 5.10 APG 1.1 EFF + 12.91
Samuel Dalembert PPG 5.6 RPG 8.30 APG 0.2 EFF + 12.24 The Bench
Jason Smith (knee) out Connections:
Donyell Marshall and Ray Allen are former UConn Huskies
Tom Thibodeau was an assistant coach for the Sixers from '94-96
Elton Brand and Eddie House were teammates on the Clippers
Reggie Evans and Ray Allen were teammates in Seattle. Key Matchups
Rajon Rondo PPG 11.3 RPG 5.00 APG 7.5
Andre Miller is one of the more underrated point guards in the league. Rondo will need to continue is aggressive play in order to get the better of this matchup.
Paul Pierce PPG 18.5 RPG 5.80 APG 3.8
Andre Iguodala PPG 15.0 RPG 6.70 APG 5.1
The matchup between Pierce and Iguodala has always been a good one. Iguodala has been playing very well as has Pierce. If KG is out in this game, this matchup becomes even more important to the Celtics. Honorable Mention
Kendrick Perkins vs Samuel Dalembert
This should be a battle inside. Perk has played well against Dalembert in the past and will need to play well defensively in order to keep the Sixers from going inside.
Elton Brand vs Big Baby
Elton Brand is coming off the bench for the Sixers and may be matched up with Big Baby on the second unit unless KG is still out and Big Baby needs to start. Game Notes:
KG missed the last game with the flu and is questionable for this one. If he needs to miss this game, Big Baby will probably start in his place again. We want KG nice and rested for Thursday's game against the Lakers.
The Celtics come into this game having won 11 in a row while the Sixers are coming off a loss and are 7-3 in their last 10 games. They have lost 3 in a row at home as well. The Sixers are 13-10 at home while the Celtics are 16-7 on the road. The Celtics are 10-1 against Atlantic division rivals while Philly is 4-5 in the division with two of those 5 losses coming against the Celtics.
The Sixers have been off since Saturday and the Celtics since Sunday so both teams should be fresh, but the Celtics may be short handed if KG can't go again. The Sixers will be motivated to avenge their earlier 2 losses. They also are at .500 and would love to be one game over .500 rather than one game under .500.
Focus and the Lakers
The Celtics have lost focus on the road at times this season, most notably during that 2-7 slump that began with the loss to the Lakers. The bench especially seems to have problems with focus on the road. With the Lakers waiting in the wings for their next game, it would be easy to overlook the Sixers with their mind on a rematch with the Lakers on Thursday. They need to keep their focus on this game especially on the defensive end so that they come into the Laker game on a roll.