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Sixers (5-8) at Celtics (10-4) 11/25
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Philadelphia 76ers (5-8) at Boston Celtics (10-4)
Wednesday, November 25
7:30 PM ET
Game #15, Home Game #9
TV:  CSNHD, TCN-P, NBA LP 754
Radio:   WEEI, WIP
TD Banknorth Garden




Probable Starters

Rajon Rondo  PPG 10.8 APG 8.9 SPG 2.6

Ray Allen   PPG 15.0 APG 3.2 3P% .304

Paul Pierce  PPG 19.6 RPG 4.9  APG 3.8

Kevin Garnett  PPG 13.2 RPG 7.6 BPG 1   

Kendrick Perkins  PPG 10.5  RPG 7.1 BPG 2.1

Reserves
Marquis Daniels
Rasheed Wallace
Eddie House
Shelden Williams
Lester Hudson
JR Giddens
Brian Scalabrine

Injuries
Glen Davis (thumb) out
Tony Allen (ankle) day to day

D-League
Bill Walker   




Probable Starters

Lou Williams   PPG 16.7 APG 5.1   SPG 1.8

Andre Iguodala    PPG 18.2 APG 5.7 3P% .304
 
Thaddeus Young   PPG 13.4 RPG 4.3 APG 2.2
 
Elton Brand   PPG 12.1 RPG 6.5  BPG 1.3

Samuel Dalembert   PPG 5.4 RPG 6.2  BPG 1.4

Reserves
Rodney Carney
Willie Green
Royal Ivey
Jason Smith
Primoz Brezec
Jrue Holiday

Injuries
Jason Kapono  (ankle) questionable
Marreese Speights (knee)  out

Team Connections
Tom Thibodeau was an assistant coach in Philadelphia from 1994-96
Eddie House and Elton Brand were teammate on the L.A. Clippers during the 2003-04 season
Primoz Brezec and Rasheed Wallace were teammates in Detroit during the 2007-08 season
Elton Brand and Shelden Williams are former Duke Blue Devils
Royal Ivey and Shelden Williams were teammates in Atlanta during the 2006-07 season
Shelden Williams and Rodney Carney were teammates in Minnesota during the 2008-09 season.

Key Matchups
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 Rajon Rondo vs Lou Williams
Lou Williams is a young point guard getting is first chance at starting and is making the most of it.  In their first meeting this season, neither PG stood out but Rondo had slightly  better stats with 11 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals to 7 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals for Williams.  Rondo needs to be aggressive and go at Williams and he will be able to take advantage of the matchup. 

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Kevin Garnett vs Elton Brand 
This is a matchup of two recovering stars.  Brand was out all last season for the Sixers and KG missed the last two games vs Philly with the flu and then the knee injury.  KG has a height advantage but Brand has a power advantage.  Neither player is quite 100% yet, but both can cause trouble if they get in a groove.   KG and Perk will have to work together to guard the interior against a strong Philly front line. 

Game Notes
The Cs are currently 1-0 against the Sixers this season; the Celtics swept the season series 4-0 against Philadelphia in 2008-09
Ray Allen led the Celtics with 20.7 points per game last season
Andre Iguodala led the 76ers with 17.5 points per game against the Celtics last season
The 2008-09 season sweep marked the first time since the 1995-96 season that the Celtics swept the season series with the 76ers
The Celtics are leading the all-time series 235-175 with the Celtics 137-48 at home

The Celtics beat the Sixers 105-74 in their first game this season.  I am sure the Sixers are coming into the Garden with revenge on their minds, especially the way the Celtics have been playing recently. 

The Sixers are playing in the second of back to back games and in the 3rd game in 4 nights while the Celtics have been off since Sunday.  Hopefully, fatigue for the Sixers and rest for the Celtics will translate into a win for home team.   

Keys to the Game
Defense
As I have said before, defense is going to be the key to every game this season and to winning the championship.   The Celtics have talked alot about defense, but have been slipping in playing it in recent games.   They need to get back their commitment to team defense. 

Rebound
The Sixers have a good rebounding team and the Celtics have to crash the boards to prevent the Sixers from getting second chance baskets and they also need to crash the offensive boards to keep the Sixers from running the break, which they do well.  The Celtics are next to last in offensive rebounding.   Much of rebounding is effort and desire and the Celtics must show more of both. 

Play 48 Minutes
The Celtics have been coming out flat and making runs only to go flat again.  The Celtics need to get back to strong starts and playing the entire game instead of digging a hole in the beginning and playing in spurts. 

Use the 3 With Caution 
 Live by the 3 and die by the 3, and the Celtics have been dying by it recently. If the 3's are falling, they are a weapon, but if they aren't, they need to go to the basket.   The Celtics have been over relying on the long distance shot and they need to get back to driving to the hoop and either getting the score or drawing the foul. 

Re: Sixers (5-8) at Celtics (10-4) 11/25
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2009, 11:15:58 PM »

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TP.... I have a feeling this game might not be as easy as a couple weeks ago. Hopefully we can bring some defensive swagger back. We are going to win it this year because of defense not hitting 3's

Re: Sixers (5-8) at Celtics (10-4) 11/25
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2009, 11:42:05 PM »

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TP. Let's get this.

Go Celtics!

Re: Sixers (5-8) at Celtics (10-4) 11/25
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2009, 11:50:24 AM »

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Re: Sixers (5-8) at Celtics (10-4) 11/25
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2009, 11:51:28 AM »

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Let's get 'em.

Re: Sixers (5-8) at Celtics (10-4) 11/25
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2009, 01:41:19 PM »

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Lou Williams had an excellent game against the Wizards last night. He can put pressure on the D with his penetration but he's also shown that he can knock down threes. Rondo better stay close to him and not gamble. I don't think we want to see the "lazy" Rondo tonight.

I still think if Eddie House has a similar game to the one he had last time, the Cs should win pretty easily.

Re: Sixers (5-8) at Celtics (10-4) 11/25
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2009, 01:47:42 PM »

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I'm looking to blow this team out.

Our team is back on track if we can dominate at home and beat down on these mediocre to scrubby teams.

Re: Sixers (5-8) at Celtics (10-4) 11/25
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2009, 02:39:51 PM »

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Nice work as usual, FLCeltsFan.  We need to start looking smoother and win these next two home games convincingly to not only build up our confidence, but to sharpen our overall game before going out on our first tough road trip of the year.  I don't care what the records say.  Miami, San Antonio and Oklahoma City are not going to be easy wins.

Re: Sixers (5-8) at Celtics (10-4) 11/25
« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2009, 04:12:52 PM »

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I'm looking to blow this team out.

Our team is back on track if we can dominate at home and beat down on these mediocre to scrubby teams.
Back on track, I don't think so, look for this game to te game of 2-3 runs that may go either way. I hope c's got their stuff together last couple of days
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Re: Sixers (5-8) at Celtics (10-4) 11/25
« Reply #9 on: November 25, 2009, 04:26:22 PM »

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This is clearly the best opportunity for the C's to blowout a team and regain confidence and trust in each other. The Sixers are coming from a heartbreaking loss in Washington (back to back), they are plagued by injuries, and the C's have had 3 days of rest.

I won't have the opportunity to watch the game live (my load of work keeps growing and I need more sleep :D) but I feel really good about this game. I will catch the replay tomorrow.

TP FL and let's go Celtics!

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« Reply #10 on: November 25, 2009, 04:35:01 PM »

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Lets go celtics!!!!!

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Re: Sixers (5-8) at Celtics (10-4) 11/25
« Reply #11 on: November 25, 2009, 04:40:57 PM »

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Every game could be the game our Cs start getting it back together! GO CELTICS! Let the Sixers know its over quickly!

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« Reply #12 on: November 25, 2009, 04:57:44 PM »

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Lou Williams is injured. Do the Sixers have a back up PG? I'm racking my brains but I can't remember who played his back up the last time we played them.
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If we barely match these guys, or theres stretches where theyre up 10-15 the upcoming road trip is going to be looong.
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« Reply #14 on: November 25, 2009, 05:52:14 PM »

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Brand looked terrible in that first game in Philly.  This should be an easy win, but somehow I don't think it will be.  I hope I'm wrong.

Would love to see Tony Allen get 5-8 minutes and just not make any big mistakes.  I haven't given up on him but with Marquis in the fold, he has an uphill battle to even snif the court.