Celtics take on banged-up 76ers
=== Celtics take on banged-up 76ers ===
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – The injury-plagued Philadelphia 76ers will
go for their second straight win tonight when they welcome Paul Pierce and the
Boston Celtics to the Wachovia Center for an Atlantic Division battle.
Philadelphia posted an 81-75 win over the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada
Centre on Wednesday.
Marc Jackson scored 23 points and Aaron McKie added 21 to lead the Sixers over
Eric Snow collected 18 points, eight assists and six boards and Kenny Thomas
contributed 12 points and 13 rebounds for Philadelphia, which halted a two-
game losing streak.
The 76ers played the Raptors without starters Allen Iverson (right knee
contusion), Derrick Coleman (strained left knee) and Glenn Robinson (injured
Iverson’s streak of 110 straight games played was snapped against Toronto. He
hurt his knee in the first quarter of last Friday’s game against San Antonio
and played through the pain in the next two games against Cleveland and
In addition, Philadelphia’s Samuel Dalembert was forced to leave Wednesday’s
game in the third quarter with a strained left hamstring.
Iverson, Coleman and Dalembert are all questionable for tonight’s contest,
while Robinson is doubtful.
Philadelphia is 2-3 at home.
The Celtics were defeated by the New Orleans Hornets, 81-73, on Wednesday at
Pierce scored 23 points for the Celtics, who have dropped two straight and
three of their last four contests. Vin Baker netted 12 points in the setback.
Mike James posted 10 points, as Boston dropped to 9-21 in the last 30 meetings
with the Hornets.
Boston is 2-3 as the visitor this season.
In 2002-03, the teams split four meetings as each club won once on its
homecourt and took once as the visitor.
Overall, the 76ers have won two of the last three meetings. Philadelphia has
been victorious in 11 of 14 and 14 of the last 18 contests between the two
Boston leads the all-time series, 127-96.