Wednesday, November 25th, 2009
TD Garden – Boston, MA
7:30 pm Tip
The Celtics will be coming home for the next two games before heading out on a 4 game road trip. Philadelphia brings in a record of 5-9 and has lost 3 straight, while the Celtics are coming off an overtime win against the New York Knicks that pushed their record to 10-4.
The 76ers bring in a young and very athletic team. Andre Iguodala is not the purest of shooters, but can drive to the basket and finish with the best of them. Louis Williams is coming off a game last night where he scored 26 points. Rajon Rondo will have the duty of trying to keep him in check and limit his 3 point shot which he has been on fire with lately. Then in the low post, Perkins will have a matchup with Dalembert. Dalembert is an average player at best, so Perkins should lock him down and force the younger guards and forwards to have to win it for them.
The Celtics match up well with the 76ers. They don’t have a dynamite outside game, or a big man down low that can dominate the glass. Those are the two things that can tend to tie up the C’s. If the game comes down to who can execute their plays, and their defensive strategy the best, the Celtics will win this matchup everytime. The team can’t take it easy, though, because if it turns into a game of many fast break points, the quicker team can hang around. Rasheed Wallace has the same viewpoints on the 76er club:
“It’s the truth. If you look at young clubs, that’s how they are. If you keep them around at the end, they can go on a spurt. But if you put your foot down and keep your foot down throughout that game, they’ll get discombobulated and start running plays out of the ordinary and doing things out of the ordinary.”
When looking forward after the loss to the Magic, the Celtics needed to plug away the 3 wins for this week, and then worry about the road trip. So far, no matter how it happened, they are 1-0 and tonight look to go 2-0 with the Raptors looming in a Friday Night matchup. All eyes are on tonight, though, for now- one game at a time.
Stop by and chat during our Pregame, Halftime, and Post game chat. Feel free to throw around ideas about what is going to happen, is happening, and did happen in the 76ers vs. Celtics game.