Well, that was awful.
With the day’s lone game, Celtics-Sixers, having been so abominable I literally fell asleep watching it — and because I possess some kind of mental block that prevents me from falling asleep except at night, I cannot stress to you enough how rare an occurrence this is — I’m not particularly inclined to spend much time writing about it. So we’ll cover the basics and then leave it at that.
Philadelphia 76ers 82, Boston Celtics 75: Series tied 3-3
I cannot believe this series is really going seven games. I haven’t been this uninterested in a series since Hawks-Heat back in 2009, which also went seven games, interestingly enough. Seriously, both teams are good defensively and terrible offensively. It’s like the perfect storm of bad basketball. And when I think about how the Bulls should already have beaten both of these teams soundly and should be gearing up for a conference finals rematch with the Heat…actually, let’s not go there, lest I start crying again.
Anyway, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett combined for 44 points and 21 rebounds; the entire rest of the Celtics team had 31 and 27. That should pretty much get the point across. On the Sixers side, only Jrue Holiday and Elton Brand can really claim to have played well, but five players scored in double figures and Spencer Hawes was a point away from joining them.
Concerns for Philly going into game seven in Boston on Saturday: They got thrashed on the boards like the proverbial red-headed stepchild, including somehow surrendering a staggering 14 offensive rebounds to the Celtics…who have a defensive philosophy that specifically calls for them to NOT get offensive rebounds unless they are handed to them on a platter. Draw your own conclusions. The truth is, if Boston had shot even 37% instead of the 33% they did shoot, they win this game and we all rejoice because we never have to see another game in this series. Alas, they did shoot 33% and we have a horrid game seven awaiting us on Saturday. Joy.
Thursday, May 24th: