Sixers Looking To Snap Two-Game Skid Against Atlantic Division Rival Celtics Tonight
Posted 12/7/2012 1:45:00 PM

Boston Celtics (10-8, 3rd in Atlantic) at Sixers (10-8, 3rd in Atlantic)
7:00 PM ET, December 7, 2012
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

Probable Starters
Sixers
PG: Jrue Holiday – 18.2 ppg. / 9.3 apg. / 3.6 rpg.
SG: Jason Richardson – 12.8 ppg. / 4.4 rpg. / 1.7 spg.
SF: Evan Turner – 14.4 ppg. / 7.0 rpg. / 3.9 apg.
PF: Thaddeus Young – 14.4 ppg. / 7.4 rpg. / 1.5 spg.
C: Lavoy Allen – 6.2 ppg. / 4.6 rpg. / 1.2 bpg.

Celtics
PG: Rajon Rondo – 13.2 ppg. / 12.8 apg. / 4.3 rpg.
SG: Jason Terry – 12.0 ppg. / 2.0 rpg. / 2.3 apg.
SF: Paul Pierce – 19.1 ppg. / 5.6 rpg. / 3.2 apg.
PF: Brandon Bass – 9.7 ppg. / 5.6 rpg. / 0.9 apg.
C: Kevin Garnett – 15.7 ppg. / 7.5 rpg. / 2.0 apg.

Injuries
Sixers
Kwame Brown – Stomach Virus (PROBABLE)
Andrew Bynum – Bilateral Knee Bone Bruises (OUT)
Royal Ivey – Right Groin Strain (OUT)
Nick Young – Left Great Toe Hyperextension (GAME-TIME DECISION)

Celtics
Avery Bradley – Shoulder Surgeries (OUT)

Last Five Games
Sixers
L - 12/4 vs. Minnesota / 105-88
L - 12/1 at Chicago / 93-88
W - 11/30 at Charlotte / 104-98
W - 11/27 vs. Dallas / 100-98
W - 11/25 vs. Phoenix / 104-101

Celtics
W - 12/05 vs. Minnesota / 104-94
L - 12/1 at Milwaukee / 91-88
W - 11/30 vs. Portland / 96-78
L - 11/17 vs. Atlanta / 101-91
W - 11/16 vs. Toronto / 98-97

Three Keys to the Game
1. Lavoy Allen vs. Kevin Garnett – Take 3: In the first meeting between these two teams, KG put together a very nice game when matched up against the supposed Garnett stopper, Lavoy Allen. He scored 19 points and grabbed 10 boards, comfortably ahead of his season averages of 15.7 and 7.5. Allen went for 6 and 4 in 22 unforgettable minutes. 

Allen’s rookie season was an up-and-down affair that saw him play significant minutes in one stretch and buried at the end of the bench during others. He rose to prominence during the second round of last year’s playoffs when these traditional rivals met in an epic seven game series. Allen played a little over 15 minutes per game in the regular season but saw his minutes almost double when Doug Collins decided that the Sixers needed to “put some strength” on Garnett.

2. Slow down Rajon Rondo: Rajon Rondo is easily one of the most exciting and dynamic players in the league. He’s been in the Association for seven years now but is only 26 and he is still continuing to evolve as a player. While it is in no way a strength, Rondo jumper has improved somewhat. After a hot three-point shooting start to this season, Rondo has come back down to Earth a bit, connecting on 27.3 percent of his shots from distance. Overall, he is connecting on just a hair under 51 percent of his shots from the field.

Jrue Holiday will have his hands full in trying to keep Rondo in front of him. Besides LeBron James, Rondo is the best in the NBA at putting his head down and getting to the basket. It might behoove the Sixers to throw a little zone defense at the C’s tonight to try to entice them into trying to shoot over it.

3. Find your range: The Sixers are 7th in the league in three-point shooting, connecting on 37.4 percent of their shots from beyond the arc. Boston is 20th in the league in three-point defense with opponents connecting on 36.3 percent of their shots from distance. Something’s gotta give.

Posted By: John Lamb  

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