The Celtics head to Philly to take on the 76ers as they are without Isaiah Thomas and they will try to hold down the fort and get another victory. This game should be another must-win, as the Cavs lost Saturday night, putting the Celtics a game and a half back for the 1st-seed. If the Celtics drop this game, they are in danger of possibly falling back down to the 3rd-seed as they would have another big matchup tomorrow night against the Wizards. A win would result in putting the Celtics just a game back of the Cavs.
Boston is coming off a tight, ugly win against the Nets as they struggled to get anything going offensively throughout the entirety of the game. Though they didn't have their main source of offense, Jae Crowder spoke to the Boston Globe about what the game was like without Thomas:
Crowder had himself a pretty big game and helped propel the Celtics to a third straight win. Another game, another opportunity for another player to step up and prove what they can do for this team offensively. Who will be the hero of this game? Will it be Crowder again? Or will someone like Smart or Rozier?
Philadelphia beat down the Mavericks on Friday night 116-74. The 76ers are a little bit tougher of competition compared to the Nets, so they might give Boston a little bit more of a run. Robert Covington will be a key player for the 76ers if they want to come away with the win in this game with obviously the Celtics' main focus will be Okafor. The 76ers will give the Celtics their best shot but Boston should understand the importance of this game in relation to their chase of the 1st-seed.