Found December 08, 2012 on Atlantic Twine:
The Boston Celtics came up short against the Philadelphia 76ers last night 95-94 after Evan Turner sealed the deal with a 10-foot jumper with three seconds left in overtime. This time around Doc Rivers’ team is home. Boston needs a lot to go right to get a victory against Doug Collins and company. Here is the match-ups to keep an eye on: Photo by Elise Amendola Paul Pierce vs. Evan Turner: This match-up entails the small forward position. After a thunderous performance by Pierce, the Celtics will need even heavier production for them to secure a victory at home. Against the Sixers this season, the captain is averaging 25.5 points, five assists, and four rebounds. The production contributed last night must play a consistency. Evan Turner has been off to a great start to the 2012-13 season filling the void of the small forward position nicely after Iguodala’s departure. Additionally, last night showed how vital his play is night in and night out. Turner finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds in the win. The former Ohio State Buckeye against the Celtics this season posted  25.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game. This small forward clash will be a huge factor in which team comes out the successor. Photo by AP Photo/Michael Dwyer Celtics Experienced Supporting Cast vs. Sixers’ Young and Energetic Bench: The Boston Celtics supporting cast needs to come up enormous to run away with a win in the TD Bank Garden–mainly, Jeff Green, Jared Sullinger, Courtney Lee, and Chris Wilcox. Green has produced a huge impact of 9.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. The former Georgetown Hoya posted 19 points and eight rebounds Friday night. Every player coming off the bench for Doc Rivers has to bring a surge to in their specific roles. Boston’s second team must outplay Doug Collins’ team. Philadelphia’s bench is young and talented. While seems as though Nick Young and Royal Ivey are questionable tonight due to injuries. Young experiencing a hyper-extended toe and Ivey nagging groin pull. If anything, Ivey is more likely to play. With all that being said, Dorell Wright and Spencer Hawes must play a major factor. Philadelphia’s bench score 34.8 points per game. If the bench of the Celtics can hold 76ers to a small contribution, Boston will rise over Evan Turner and company. Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE Kevin Garnett vs. Lavoy Allen: Down the stretch in Friday night’s game, Kevin Garnett missed a wide open bunny shot for a lead but rimmed out the open layup. As Doc Rivers states: “This is a make-miss league,” coach Doc Rivers said. “When you miss open shots, you’re going to lose. And they made theirs.” For Boston to be dominant in tonight’s contest, the Big Ticket must start making the easy baskets. Then again, Boston is home, so his adrenalin will be pumping heavily tonight. The 17-year center is averaging 15.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks per game this season. Garnett will have height advantage over Lavoy Allen. With that, he must rise over his opponent shooting 12-foot jumper. On the other side, Lavoy Allen posted eight points and 11 rebounds last night. His offensive rebounding presence is consistent so Garnett must be watching him closely. Allen has been accustom to making an impact down low by making shots difficult and post game abilities. The former Temple Owl is recordining 6.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game. Prediction: Boston Celtics 102- Philadelphia 94

Celtics’ Chris Wilcox Hit With A $250,000 Fine

Per WEEI, Stu Jackson, NBA Vice President of basketball operations  made the announcement today that Celtics’ Chris Wilcox has been hit with a quarter of a million dollar fine for an obscene gesture toward fans in Philadelphia Friday night. Wilcox’s actions occurred during a timeout with 8:47 remaining in the 4th period of the Celtics 95-94 overtime [...]

Regret and disapointment in Boston Celtics loss

Paul Pierce and the Celtics were losers on Friday night Rajon Rondo had a triple-double by the time the third quarter was over, but you would not have been able to tell from his post-game comments. “I should have took the layup,” said Rondo after he missed a game-winning opportunity slipping while taking a jump-shot. “I tried to make a plant and just slipped.” As an aside...

Wilcox Fined for Gesture

The NBA announced today that Chris Wilcox was fined $25,000 for making an obscene gesture toward fans during Friday's loss in Philadelphia. From ESPN: During a fourth-quarter timeout, Wilcox gave an in-house television camera broadcasting on the video board the middle finger when a "Kiss Cam" segment ended with a shot of him and teammate Jared Sullinger sitting...

Celtics Drop Heartbreaker to Sixers in OT

The Celtics dropped the first of their back to back home and home series with the Sixers 95-94. They had had a chance to win it in regulation but Rondo missed a shot at the buzzer. They then had a chance to win it at the buzzer in overtime and, once again Rondo missed the potential game winner at the buzzer. Instead, Evan Turner's shot with 3.9 seconds to go that put the Sixers...

Kevin Garnett thinks it’s f—ing bulls— he was not credited with rebound (Video)

Kevin Garnett has been one of the NBA’s best rebounders his entire career. In fact, he had a streak of recording at least one rebound in every game he played since January 21, 1997. But on Saturday, that streak came to an end when he failed to grab a rebound in the Boston Celtics’ 92-79 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. The Celtics may have won the game, but Garnett was not happy...

Bird’s Rookie Year — Game 27 vs. the Cavaliers

Celtics (20-6) vs. Cavaliers (14-16) December 8, 1979 Richfield Coliseum The Cavaliers were thrilled to find the Celtics on the second night of a back-to-back and took it to former coach Bill Fitch, 116-100. An exquisite performance from Larry Bird went to waste.  Bird set a new high by compiling 32 points, 18 rebounds, and five assists.  Cedric Maxwell added 11 boards and 18...

Celtics Live Blog: Paul Pierce, C’s Return to TD Garden to Close Out Home-and-Home Set With Rival Sixers

8 a.m. ET: The Celtics are lucky to be playing at home Saturday, because they made need an extra pick-me-up from the home crowd. The Celtics will be playing their third game in four nights and their second straight game against the Sixers, a scrappy squad that has renewed its rivalry with Boston in the last two seasons. Although such a tight stretch of games normally would put Celtics...

Photo Gallery: Celtics-Sixers

Celtics fell to the Sixers in Philly last night, 95-94 in OT. Very frustrating loss for the team, and it’s fans. Tonight, the two Eastern Conference foes will get back in the ring for Round 2. The 2nd game of the home and home tips-off at TD Garden at 7:30pm EST. Check out some pics/GIFs from last night’s contest in the meantime…

The Best of Tommy

It's time for the best Tweets from Tommy Heinsohn during the rematch with the Sixers and Tommy was on his game tonight! As Jeff Green was called for traveling, Tommy was counting his steps and Mike wasn't too thrilled with his counting skills. Green called for traveling. Counting steps: "One-two! One-two!" Mike: "I don't want you counting my change...

Boston Celtics News from Around the Web: Daily Links for Saturday, 12/8

76ers – 95, Celtics – 94 Boston Globe Chicago Tribune Courier Post Detroit News Columbus Dispatch Mainline Media News SB Nation Boston The Sixer Sense The 700 Level SF Gate NBA roundup, Dec. 8 - A roundup of all the NBA games that took place last night. CSNNE Rivers: Final shot was for Garnett - A. Sherrod Blakely reports [...]

RedsArmy presents Fan Friday #33: “Hal Dogg”

Chris (far right) with his cousin Jackie & friend Mark About 2 years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting die-hard Celtics fan Chris H, aka “Hal Dogg” at TD Garden. This guy is just full of energy and Celtic Pride. He’s at the Garden for pretty much every home game with the attitude that the Celtics are going to win, no matter what. Chris, a 23 year-old C’s fan from Blackstone...

Role Players, Second-Tier Scorers and How Danny Ainge Can’t Tell The Difference

Meet Courtney Lee, shooting guard for the Boston Celtics. He’s a decent on-ball defender at-best and can score in bunches when given the chance. Some would call that being a role player, but I assure you that’s not the case.

76ers In Market For Bench Scorer

Doug Collins would like to add a scorer off the bench.
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