This Friday, how many points will we lose by tonight edition of “Fo’ with the Foes” — Philadunkia’s advanced scouting series which with the help of an accomplished journalist from around the NBA beat or blog world, previews upcoming 76ers opponents — features tonight’s opponents the aging, but still very good Boston Celtics and of course the lovely Alison Preston.
Are you old enough to remember when the Celtics at 76ers on a Friday night in March was something really big? Some of us here at Phildaunkia are old enough to remember the days when a nasty rivalry existed between these two franchises and we miss it. Back in those days, a Friday night game against the visiting Celtics would have been the only thing people in this in town would be talking about and the Spectrum would have been standing room only. Sadly, in 2010 a visit by the Celtics does not garner a whiff of interest from sports fans here in Philly and there are plenty of seats available for tonight’s game down at the Wachovia Center. Everyone in this sports crazy city is significantly more focused on the Phillies spring training games or the Eagles free agent moves. To be honest, we can’t blame the Philly sports fan for not caring about the 76ers, as the Sixers (22-38) have been horrific to watch lately and they are an NBA team that lacks direction in every aspect of the game.
It’s not going to get any better tonight with Boston in town either, as this game is a brutal mismatch. Boston will be looking for its League best 22nd road win tonight. The Sixers are the third worst home team in the NBA. Philadunkia’s home team has lost four straight, the last two by an average of 20 points, while the C’s have won two straight and 6 of 9. The Sixers are ranked 24th in the League in scoring at 97.6 ppg., which is not helpful when you are facing Boston, the #1 ranked defensive team in the NBA (94 ppg. by opponents). The Celtics boast stars like KG, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo. The Sixers, well we have Iguodala, Louis and Willie G. The C’s are intense and focused as they are fine tuning their game for a big playoff push. Philadunkia’s home team, to be honest, based on their last two on-the-court efforts, we’d say they’ve mailed it in for 2009-10. Alright, you get the point. This isn’t going to be fun tonight. So let’s move on.
For a little more insight into the Celtics team the Sixers face tonight, we turn to our man Brian Robb from celticshub.com to answer two questions on the Celtics from us here at Philadunkiaas well as provide us with two points of analysis on this Boston squad from an insider’s perspective.