Celtics school Sixers, 99-82

By TIMOTHY PARKER
Staff Writer — tparker@highhopesblog.com
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Things did not go the way the Sixers were hoping when they went into the Garden Tuesday night. (Courtesy AP)

Sixers’ fans should make like a maid and get themselves a broom; because if Tuesday night’s possible first round playoff preview against the Celtics is any indication, they need to be prepared for a sweep!

The Celtics explode in the second half to give the Sixers a Beantown beat down with a 99-82 drubbing.

The truth of it all, is that the Sixers were flat all night long, and seemed emotionless as they kept the game close in the first half going into the locker room down 4.

The lack of energy can be attributed to the absence of their pistol, their engine, they electricity off the bench – the man himself – Lou Williams.

Williams, who is out most probably for the rest of the regular season, provides more than just points. He wears out defenses and his mere presence causes headaches for opposing coaches. Undoubtedly, with his presence Tuesday night, the Sixers would have showed much more fortitude in the second half and ultimately competed with the Celtics, as they have all year long.

Though, Evan Turner did pick up Williams’ scoring slack. Turner, led all scorers with 21 points off the bench. Though, it was earned the hard way. With Williams, points come quick, sometimes recklessly, but often game-changing and ultra-productive.

The Sixers didn’t help themselves in Williams absence, however. Jrue Holiday started out hot scoring 11 points in the first quarter on 4-4 shooting. Unfortunately, he ended the game with 11 points and shot 0-8 in the last three quarters.

Spencer Hawes was abysmal, as he went 3 of 14 from the field. Defensively, he wasn’t any better. The inside should have been accompanied with a welcome mat. Rajon Rondo used it with ease all night long to score his 18. He also finished with 13 assists.

The big three weren’t overwhelming but Paul Pierce scored 18, Kevin Garnett dropped 14, and Ray Allen finished with 13.

The Celtics went on a 9-0 run to start the second half ; pushing their lead to 63-50.

The Sixers fought back cut the lead to 4. But, a late third quarter run including a Rajon Rondo buzzer beater deflated the Sixers. The fourth quarter belonged to Boston capping off a great team night for the Celtics.

No rest for the weary, though. The Sixers return home Wednesday night for a pivotal matchup with the Knicks in a battle for the 6th seed in the Eastern Conference.

The 6th seeded team right now would play the Celtics in the first round. Despite, Tuesday night’s sample, the Sixers would probably better fitted to face the aging Boston squad than the evil empire that is the Miami Heat.

Though, that is with one big HUGE assumption; the re-institution of Lou Williams!

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