Brick Top: "Do you know what nemesis means? A righteous infliction of retrobution manifested by an appropriate agent. Personified, in this case, by a horrible ****...
The Celtics will be looking to Snatch a victory from Allen Iverson and the 76ers. The Sixers, meanwhile, will be hoping that their playoff hopes aren't chopped up into six pieces and fed to the pigs.
Iverson is that trash-talking, tattoo-sporting point guard who is putting up MVP numbers and is harder than a coffin nail. The elder AI is averaging 30.6 ppg, which is the most he's scored in three years and a career high 7.7 apg. Iverson's 2.4 spg are good for second in the league. However, Iverson does average a league high 4.63 turnovers, which is also a career high for him.
"**** me, would you look at the size of him? How big are you?"
Chris Webber is indeed a large fellow. The 6-10, 245 lb powerforward hasn't played up to form since coming over from Sacramento. Webber is averaging just 15.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg, and 3.1 apg, while shooting a poor 38.8% from the floor. He has also hurt his shoulder and is questionable for the next game against the Cavs and should be for this game as well. Marc Jackson is another large individual who has done well for Jim O'Brien's boys. Jackson averages 11.7 ppg and 5.2 rpg in just over 24 minutes a night. Kyle Korver, who is obsessed with the three pointer, averages 11.2 ppg on 40% three point shooting. Korver also averages 4.6 rpg and has taken 74% of his shots from behind the arch. Andre Iguodala has shown flashes of supreme brilliance this season. The lottery pick averages 8.8 ppg, 5.7 rpg, and 1.69 spg while shooting a terrific 49% from the floor. Sam Dalembert hasn't been the breakout success that people were predicting, but has been a steady performer with 8.0 ppg and 7.5 rpg while shooting a team high 52% from the floor. Willie Green has been the top bench performer with 7.7 ppg, but shoots a poor 36% from the floor. Rodney Rogers is the other backup of note with 6.2 ppg and 3.9 rpg, but is also struggling with the shot, hitting just 38.8% of his attempts.
It looks like Philadelphia is out of the division race as they have fallen 3.5 games back, while the Celtics only have seven more to play.
"They'll charm the paint off the walls these fellas."
To win this game, the Celtics will have to avoid being charmed by the 76ers. They can't afford to let Iverson have his way dribbling and slashing through the defense to the hoop. They can't afford to let Andre Iquodala and Sam Dalembert get highlight reel dunks that get the crowd in the game. They can't afford to let Chris Webber, assuming he plays, have his way shooting and passing out of the post.
It should be noted that we lost to these same Sixers sans Webber on April 3rd at home. Iverson scored 38 points and had nine assists and six steals to lead the team. Sam Dalembert provided 18 points and 15 boards as well. Andre Iquodala had 10 points, five boards, and five steals, as the Sixers had 19 as a team. Ricky Davis led the Cetlics with 27 points. Paul Pierce had 26 points, 13 boards, six assists, and three steals. Raef LaFrentz had 14 points, 13 boards, and three blocks. The Sixers shot .365 from the field to the Celtics also rough .392. However, the Sixers took 96 shots to the Celtics' 76 and also led by as many as 26 in the first quarter.