Heading Into Wells Fargo Arena
The NBA features a great game tonight between the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers. The series is currently tied up 1-1, and both teams will look to go up in the series tonight with a win.
This series so far has been predicated off of energy and motivation, which is something Boston seems to be lacking. They came out flat in game 2 and ended up losing to the 76ers with a final score of 81-82. In their loss, there was controversy late in the game when Kevin Garnett was called for a moving screen, which costs them a much-needed possession that could have allowed them to take the lead. Some argued that the ref shouldn't have made the call with just seconds in the game. Garnett ended up leading Boston with 15 points and had 12 rebounds. Regardless of the call, Boston seemed to be lacking any urgency in game 2.
The 76ers did what they needed to do. They hung around with Boston and ultimately took the lead with the help of Iguodala making some clutch shots. Jrue Holiday went on to score 18 points and had 3 assists. Evan Turner also made a key lay up down the stretch to send the ahead 76-75. This collaborative effort will need to be duplicated if they want to go up in the series.
Keys To Victory
Tonight's game will come down to who wants it the most. Game 2 didn't really display great offense from both teams, but they will both look to rebound and come back stronger tonight. For the Celtics, they will need to start this game off with a bang. They will need to execute on the offensive end, and they will need to establish Garnett down low early in order to open up their perimeter shooting. They seemed to be fatigued at this point in time, and they will need to reassess their strategy heading into tonight's game.
For the 76ers, they will need to thwart off Boston early on to keep this game within their reach. If they can get production from Evan Turner, Iguodala, and Jrue Holiday, then they should find themselves on the winning side tonight. They are the younger team, and their energy could be the difference in them taking a lead in this competitive series.