Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 7:00PM (EST) at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
Posted: February 5, 2014
Wednesday, the Sixers (15-34) host the Celtics (16-33) for the first time this season. The game comes one week after a thrilling 95-94 victory at TD Garden.
Matchup To Watch
PG: Rajon Rondo vs. Michael Carter-Williams
Point guard Rajon Rondo returned to action three weeks ago after being sidelined for just over 11 months while rehabbing from a torn ACL. But when the Celtics and Sixers met last Wednesday – in what was the second game of a back-to-back for Boston – Rondo did not play. This time around, the 27-year-old is expected to suit up. He’s coming off his best performance of the season, a 19-point, 10-assist, six-rebound, and three-steal effort in a 96-89 win over the Orlando Magic on Sunday.
For rookie Michael Carter-Williams, this will be his first meeting with his four-time All-Star counterpart in Boston. Like Rondo, Carter-Williams is an adept playmaker, an impressive rebounder, and a pesky defender, in addition to being able to take the ball to the rim. On the season, Carter-Williams is leading all rookies in points (17.3 PPG), rebounds (5.4 RPG), assists (6.6 APG), steals (2.3 SPG), and minutes played (34.8 MPG). If that holds through season’s end, he’d become the first player since 1976 to lead all rookies in points, rebounds, and assists per game.
Scouting the Celtics
Since last Wednesday’s 95-94 loss to the Sixers, the Celtics have played just one game, defeating the Orlando Magic 96-89 at home on Sunday. Boston is 11-19 in back-to-backs and when given one day off between games, but is 3-3 when given two days of rest between games. Sunday’s win snapped a four-game losing skid.
Sullinger’s Big Week
In last week’s meeting between the Sixers and Celtics, second-year power forward Jared Sullinger led Boston in scoring and rebounding, finishing with 24 points and 17 rebounds (eight offensive). He followed that effort up with a 21-point, 12-rebound performance Sunday against the Magic.
Tony Bounces Back
After missing three games with a sprained right ankle, guard Tony Wroten struggled in his initial return, going four straight games without scoring in double figures; during that stretch, he was 8-of-33 from the field. Over his last two games, though, he’s return to early-season form, scoring 18 points in both games – he did so on just eight field-goal attempts in a 108-102 loss to the Nets in Brooklyn on Monday. He’s averaged 4.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 1.0 steals over his last two.
Last Time They Met
Sixers 95, Celtics 94 – January 29, 2014
Tale of the Tape
|Category||Celtics (16-33)||Sixers (15-34)|
|PPG||Jeff Green – 15.9||Evan Turner – 17.9|
|RPG||Jared Sullinger – 7.9||Spencer Hawes – 8.6|
|APG||Rajon Rondo – 6.3||Michael Carter-Williams – 6.6|
|SPG||Gerald Wallace – 1.3||Michael Carter-Williams – 2.3|
|BPG||Brandon Bass – 1.0||Spencer Hawes – 1.3|