Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 12/8/12
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 coach Doc Rivers on an extreme minutes-watch with veterans like Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, he can be a little more aggressive than usual since the Celtics have three days to get relief next week before they host scuffling Dallas. Still, Rivers could not have been happy about playing Pierce and Jason Terry more than 40 minutes each in Friday’s overtime loss in Philadelphia. For the Sixers, Evan Turner will try to top his performance from the first game of this home-and-home set. The third-year guard/forward canned 26 points, including the game-winner with 3.9 seconds remaining in overtime, and added 10 rebounds as the Sixers (11-8) knocked off the Celtics (10-9). Join us for updates and analysis from the TD Garden during the game, which tips off at 7:30 p.m. ET.

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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