Sixers stop off in Beantown
(Sports Network) – The Philadelphia 76ers shoot for their third straight
win when they pay a visit to the Boston Celtics tonight at TD Banknorth
The 76ers have five games remaining on the regular season schedule and are
four games behind Orlando for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern
Conference. They stayed alive in the hunt with Tuesday’s 90-86 victory over
the Indiana Pacers in the finale of a three-game homestand at the Wachovia
Andre Miller scored 19 points and dished out 11 assists, as Philadelphia
finished with a 2-1 mark on the stand. Louis Williams added a career-high 18
points and five assists for the Sixers, who have won two in a row and three of
their past four games. Joe Smith chipped in 17 points and 11 rebounds, while
Samuel Dalembert had 15 points and 12 boards.
Philadelphia is on the road this evening where it owns an 11-27 record this
season. In injury news for the Sixers, forwards Andre Iguodala (back) and Kyle
Korver (wrist) will miss Wednesday’s game and forward Rodney Carney (knee) is
questionable. All three missed Tuesday’s win over the Pacers.
Boston has lost four straight and will open a short two-game homestand versus
the Atlantic Division-rival 76ers.
In Tuesday’s 104-96 loss to the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena, Gerald Green
scored a career-high 33 points for the Celtics, who have dropped five in a row
on the road. The team was once again playing without leading scorer Paul
Pierce and Al Jefferson. Pierce has missed six straight games with a sore left
elbow, while Jefferson, the second-leading scorer on the team, has missed the
last four with a bruised left knee. Both are doubtful for tonight’s home game.
The Celtics will also host the Milwaukee Bucks and are 12-26 as the host this
season. Also on the injury front for Boston, guard Delonte West (ankle) is
expected to miss Wednesday’s game.
Wednesday’s game between Atlantic Division rivals is the fourth and final
meeting of the season. The 76ers are 2-1 so far in the series, but Boston has
won five of the last eight meetings.
Philadelphia has lost four of seven and five of its last nine in Beantown.