The final push: Boston Celtics @ Philadelphia 76ers preview

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Practice has been going on in earnest to integrate the various new guys, and priority will definitely be on resting the older guys like KG, Pierce and JET in this final stretch of the regular season. Can the C’s begin this push the right way with a Sixers win?

“He has given us more [rest days]. We’ve given him some rest, we’ve done practices off more than we ever have for him,” Rivers said. “In the past, you couldn’t even broach that subject with him. And this year, he wants the days off, so I think he’s gotten smarter in that regard. And that, to me, is probably the reason he’s been able to play in more games. I think the days off have really helped.” – Kevin Garnett relaxing about rest, ESPN Boston

Stat check: The Sixers have won only 2 of their last 10 games, with 4 losses being home games.

Game time: 06 March 2013, 1100hrs AEDT

Watch it on: NBA League Pass

Roster changes:

  1. Rajon Rondo (ACL), Leandro Barbosa (ACL) and Jared Sullinger (back) are out for the season.
  2. Andrew Bynum is out indefinitely with his knees (bone bruise and swelling).
  3. Jason Richardson is out for the season with left knee surgery.
  4. Nick Young’s status is uncertain for now with a left ankle sprain.

Top enemy performers:

  1. Scoring: Jrue Holiday (19.1)
  2. Rebounds: Thaddeus Young (7.7)
  3. Assists: Jrue Holiday (8.5)

Keys to the game:

  1. Bench contribution: It will be interesting to see how the new guys (White, Randolph) perform in this game. The Sixers are currently slumping pretty badly, and giving them extended game minutes might just help them get things off on the right foot. I’m looking forward to rebounding contributions, so very looking forward.
  2. Playing our own game: Defend, share the ball, get the open shot. Stick to the simple things, no hero ball please. This is important for the bench guys, who are still learning to play with the team and might settle into one on one moves on offense.
  3. Staying aggressive: Do not settle for jump shots, look for driving opportunities. Defend hard, disrupt the passing lanes and look for chances to get into transition. Fast break points eases the offense into a good rhythm, and nets the easy points.

As the postseason draws ever closer, it’s important to win games without over-tiring Pierce and KG. I’m looking for this to be a relatively solid victory without playing heavy Ticket/Truth minutes.

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