Don’t tell me we are going to have to add a W to the win column this weekend. Tonight the Boston Celtics host the Philadelphia 76ers at TD Bank North Garden in too winnable of a game. The Sixers have been historically bad over the last 30 games or so, and if not for a win against the lowly Detroit Pistons last week, we would still be talking about their embarrassing streak of defeats. The Celtics have put together a nice little losing streak of their own. They are coming off their six-straight loss after getting trounced by the Washington Wizards a few nights ago.
Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk have been the lone bright spots in this stretch, with some helpful performances from Jerryd Bayless and Rajon Rondo. Jeff Green has been struggling over the last eight games, but had one of this best performances earlier in the season against the Sixers. There is no way the C’s catch the Sixers or the Milwaukee Bucks for the worst record in the Eastern Conference.
Normally, I have been rooting for more Celtic losses to get a better draft pick, but I think it is important to win this game against Philadelphia. It would be a poor precedent to set for the young guys on this team to throw a game against one of the worst teams in recent memory. Guys like Rondo and Green need to stress how important it is to beat up on teams that are worse than you, even if you aren’t in the playoff picture yourself. Brad Stevens should have his guys motivated for this game, but I would be very worried if the team comes out flat against these lowly Sixers.
Prediction: Celtics 110, Sixers 97