Heading Into Wells Fargo Center
The Celtics are taking on the 76ers tonight for game 6 of their series. Boston is currently leading the series 3-2, and they will be looking to put the finishing touches on this scrappy 76ers team.
Tonight's game is a must-win scenario for the 76ers. They face elimination tonight and they will do everything in their power to send this series into a game 7. They believe they have the talent to match Boston, and they need to execute in all aspects of the game tonight in order to come out the victors.
Bass Comes Up Big
In game 5, Boston dominated every aspect of the floor. Brandon Bass had a breakout game scoring 27 points with 6 rebounds. His performance certainly ignited this lackadaisical Boston team. They started to build some momentum and they didn't look back in game 5.
Kevin Garnett also had a great game scoring 20 points. Rondo had 13 points with 14 assists. This type of collaborative performance was much needed from this veteran team. They now have the chance to move onto the East finals and take on the winner of the Pacers/Heat series.
The 76ers need to bounce back in a big way tonight if they want to bring the series even. They have the stars to do it with Iguodala, Williams, and Brand. In their loss, Brand scored 19 points and that was pretty much it in terms of offensive production. They will need a better showing tonight from Iguodala and Williams if they want to keep this game competitive. They will also need to lock down Garnett in the post, which is something they haven't done yet.
It is a do or die situation for both teams, which should only add to the intensity of the game. Both teams will be looking to set the tempo early on, which could be the difference in winning or loosing tonight.
Keys To Victory
For the 76ers, they will need to have better production for Iguodala and Williams. They will also need to contain Rondo and Garnett, which is no easy task for any team this season. They also need to finish late in the fourth quarter and take advantage of second chance points.
For Boston, they will need to execute on their perimeter shooting from Paul Pierce. Garnett will also need to establish his mid-range game in order to open up things for Boston. The Celtics might even need Bass to have another break out game to finish this series off and move on to bigger and better things. If they can do all of these things, then they are on their way to facing the Pacers or the Heat.