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:
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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.
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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.
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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.
Boston Celtics 102- Philadelphia 94