I would say “Home, sweet home,” but, well, the Celtics seem to be better away from the confines of the Boston Gah-den. Philly will be without Allen Iverson tonight (who I wish would play), and his spot in the starting lineup will likely be taken by Willie Green. The same Willie Green who somehow, miraculously and unexpectedly, torched the Celts in the two teams’ last meeting.
Here are three things to look out for during tonight’s game:
- Allen Iverson’s reaction to not starting - I know he’s hurt and all, and not even cleared to play but, well, it’s Allen Iverson we’re talking about. We’re not talking about practice, we’re talking about a game… and Allen Iverson likes to start games on the floor, not on the bench. Can’t you just see a postgame explosion from Iverson, ripping into a bewildered Eddie Jordan for not starting him while Jordan thinks to himself, But you weren’t even healthy enough to play…?
- Celtics big men – Kevin Garnett, Kendrick Perkins and Rasheed Wallace will be going against a thin, injury-riddled front line lacking much punch. The Celtics should look inside early and often tonight.
- Philly’s athleticism – Philly doesn’t have much going for them so far this season, but one thing they do have is athleticism. With wings like Andre Iguodala and Thaddeus Young, Philly can get up and down the court in a hurry, and could cause problems for Boston… that is, if Boston plays like they’re in a coma. If Boston exerts even minimal effort in this one, they’ll win. They’re just far more talented than Philly. Period.