Coming down the stretch I thought “here we go again”. This game was different though, the Sixers defense was unbelievable. Not just in the last 5 minutes but the whole game. Combine that with the lucky running finger-roll that Andre Iguodala threw in to ice the game, and that is a perfect recipe for an upset.
Ray Allen only had 5 points and didn’t hit his first bucket til the 4th quarter. Rajon Rondo only had 5 assists, well under his 12 per game average. Jrue Holiday played Rondo to a standstill, and the same can be said for Brand vs Garnett, while Meeks outplayed Allen and Iguodala outplayed Pierce. The only frustrating part of the entire game was watching Kristic and Jeff Green have their best games in their new Celtic uniform.
This is by far the biggest win for the Sixers this year, including the Spurs win at home recently, because this shows them that they can play with the big boys in the eastern conference at home. This win moves the Sixers an inch closer to catching the Knicks for the 6th spot in the east, only a 1/2 game back now. This loss for the Celtics also puts them only a 1/2 game up on Chicago if Chicago wins tonight at home vs the Hawks which they will.
This win makes up for the sour end of game loss the Sixers had against the Thunder the other night. My only criticism for the game is the bad end of game offense the Sixers showed again. They failed time after time to convert, until Iggy took Pavlovic 1-on-1 and hit a running, awkward lay-up over Garnett to seal the deal. Like I said earlier however, was they didn’t let up on the defensive end and let Boston hit clutch shots. The Sixers have to travel to Milwaukee tomorrow for what will be a tough road game.
About the Author
Written by Bennett Snyder
Recently graduated from Temple University with a degree in Journalism. I have been a sports fan since before I could speak. While every kids dream of making it to the professional level didn't work out for me, I still have a strong desire to be around sports 24/7. I was born and live in Philadelphia, but spent most of my life in central New Jersey, so this tri-state area of NJ/NY/PA is my forte. If you have any questions you would like to ask just email me, no matter which sport, because i follow them all except golf and nascar.