YOUR Philadelphia 76ers opened the pre-season with a thrilling victory over the defending champion Boston Celtics in Beantown on Wednesday night. To my dismay, this game was NOT televised (WTF Comcast?), a freakin’ Meet and Greet with the Flyers over THIS, the first game of the ELTON BRAND era in the 215. Christ.
Lou Williams scored 27 points and Thaddeus Young added 21 to help the Philadelphia 76ers beat the NBA champion Boston Celtics 98-92 on Wednesday night in the preseason opener for both teams.
Williams was 7-of-12 from the field and 12-of-13 from the line. Leon Powe led the Celtics with 12 points and Tony Allen had 11. The Celtics’ Big Three: Jesus Shuttlesworth, The Truth and KG — got off to a fast start, but played limited minutes. Allen had nine points, on three 3-pointers in an opening burst, while Pierce had eight and Garnett six.
Elton on the win:
This was an important game for us. Boston has those three great stars. This gave us a barometer to see where we are.
The first sellout crowd of the year, over 20,000 fans, came out to see YOUR PHILADELPHIA 76ERS take on the Boston Celtics last night. With the Sixers surging of late, Monday night’s game against the Eastern conference leading Celtics had that playoff musk in the air. The ticket booths were jam packed as tons of fans were scrambling to find last minute tickets to what Mo Cheeks described as “one of the biggest games of the season.”
However it didn’t play out so well during the first few minutes for the Sixers as they spotted the Celtics a 15 point cushion. Jesus Shuttlesworth and Da Truth came out on FIRE, torching the Sixers D from all over the hardwood. The Sixers got back on their horse and mounted a nice comeback eventually tying the game at 44 with five minutes to go in the second quarter. The crowd went nuts and everyone was prepping themselves for an exciting second half.
The second half was a totally different story however. The Sixers could not buy a bucket coming out of the gates and slowly feel into a 10 point hole. Iggy, who was hot all first half was struggling in the second as he air-balled a free throw and starting building a house with all his bricks he was chuckin’ up. It wasn’t pretty to watch and proved the 76ers are a ways away from where they need to be.
Down 16 at one point during the fourth, it was definitely time to leave when Jason Smith started launching three balls. The Celtics went on to win their 50th game of the season, the first time since their 1992 campaign, 100-86. Notes:
Slammin’ Sammy – 2 points, 5 fouls – SHUT YOUR MOUTH and PLAY you LOSER!
Young Bucks: Lou Will didn’t look so good, Thad DID
Nice to see Sam Cassell return to NBA action in a Celtics jersey last night. He played AWFUL and received a standing ovation as he exited the game with three fouls after approximately 5 minutes of action, good stuff.
PJ Brown is still in the league, in case any of you were wondering, HA who knew. #93 by the way (Dennis Rodman ‘esque).
KG is a beast.
Oh You Know What Really Grinds my Gears:
Parking at the Sports Complex. WTF is with these morons that run that shit. For the love of God, why can’t they open more entrances right off Broad and around back between the Linc. They make everyone late because they have 2 or 3 entrances open for 20,000 fans to get their cars into. It’s ridiculous. And $11, are you serious?