Coming off one of the worst losses endured in this strenuous season, the Celtics will look to bounce back tonight against of the few teams worse than them, the 76ers from Philadelphia.
After last night’s 26 point trouncing from the Knicks, the Celtics come into tonight’s game victors of just three of their last 21 games. No one played well whatsoever last night and it seems unlikely that a major change of heart will take place tonight in Boston. Star guard Rajon Rondo, one of the few reasons to watch a Celtics game, isn’t guaranteed to suit up tonight, being a back-to-back. In his six games back from his ACL tear, Rondo is shooting just 27% while averaging 3.3 turnovers in just 24 minutes per game. With Avery Bradley out, Jared Sullinger struggling, and Jeff Green playing like a D-Leaguer, scoring is not something the Celtics have excelled at lately. In case you don’t know basketball, that’s a bad sign.
The Sixers have won just two of their last twelve games (championship-esque compared to our C’s). Rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams has played well lately, averaging 20 points, 6.5 assists, and 5.2 rebounds over the last five games. The worst defensive team in the league, Philly gives up an average of 109.9 points per game, including 124 on Monday night to the Suns. Leading scorer Evan Turner has played significantly better when the team loses than when they win (check the win-loss splits), probably not a positive for a player labeled as team cornerstone.
With Chris Johnson considered the Celtics most consistent scorer in recent games, one might assume the Celtics will lose this one because of the inability to put the ball through the hoop. But against the league’s worst defense, who knows who might explode for a big night tonight. With both teams intent on tanking, I actually predict tonight’s game to be an entertaining contest. Few times this season will either team find another of equal talent, so both teams will look to compete and win to soften the blow of this atrocious season.
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