After three seasons of “rebuilding” the Philadelphia 76er’s are no closer to having a title contending team then when they started the process, but, the fan base has gotten behind the team and the process. Will they keep doing so if the Sixers fall again this season?
The team is expected to suit up only nine players in the season opener against the Celtics tomorrow night and Brett Brown is promising that his squad “will be ratty offensively.” Injuries to the squad include most recently Robert Covington, Tony Wroten, Kendall Marshall, Carl Landry and Nik Stauskas.
The Sixers home season opener is this Friday against the Utah Jazz. Plenty of affordable tickets and great seat are still available so get out and help support your Philadelphia 76er’s~
Even Allen Iverson took some time out and showed up to support the Philadelphia 76er’s in their quest to advance into the Eastern Conference Finals. The Sixers took the home crowd for a ride as the Celtics fell 82-75 in game six. Led by Sixer veterans Elton Brand and Andre Iguodala, (both of whom may very well not be back in Red, White and Blue next season).
Brand, with his wobbly knees and all, scored 13 points and added 10 boards while Andre Igudala, wobbly ankle and all, managed 12 points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal while Guard Jrue Holiday dropped 20 points with six assists while remaining perfect from the line going 6-6.
Head Coach Doug Collins knew that the Celtics were still dangerous and wanted to keep the peddle to the metal.
“We just wanted to keep in the attack mode. I didn’t want to start shooting jump shots against that team,” Sixers coach Doug Collins.
Philadelphia returns to the TD Garden for Game 7 Saturday May 26th.
“We like playing against Boston. We think we match up well against them.” PG Jrue Holiday
The Philadelphia 76er’s used thier final nine possessions to score 17 points leaving the Celtics scrambling to come back as they did in game one, but the Sixers held them at bay for the one point 82-81 victory.
“Our young guys keep growing,” Philly coach Doug Collins said post game, “and they’re really becoming men.”
For Celtics head man Doc Rivers, the fact that the team took three quarters off (with the exception of the first 9 points in the game scored by the Celtics) for the game plan to actually materialize on the floor left him disappointed.
“I don’t like the fact that we took, to me, almost three quarters to play the right way, offensively,’’ Celtics coach Doc Rivers said postgame. “Listen, we knew the blueprint before the game. It took us three quarters to get into it.’’
The Celtics had a chance to win the game as they went on to score 32 points in the 4th but down by one point with 1:44 left, they allowed Holiday to dribble the ball until Ray Allen finally fouled him with 14.4 seconds remaining.
“My thinking was it’d be a four-second differential,’’ Rivers said. “There’s no guarantee you’re going to get the rebound – by the time you got the rebound it’s probably three seconds. And then they have a foul to give, so they foul and now you’re down to two seconds. That’s a tough way to score. So, you know, I was hoping we could foul – I wanted to foul two seconds earlier than that, but we didn’t.’’
Be sure to catch Game Three Wednesday at 7 p.m. Eastern time.