By Frank Dell’Apa
The Celtics extended their season-opening winning streak to five games in taking a 105-74 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers Nov. 3.
But the Celtics (10-4) have not been winning many blowouts since then. And coach Doc Rivers is being cautious in approaching Wednesday night’s game against the Sixers at the TD Garden.
“Really, the second unit handled them well,” Rivers said of the Nov. 3 result in a post-practice interview Tuesday. “Our first unit really struggled and our second unit bailed us out. We got off to another slow start in that game. With a bunch of athletes you’re paying with fire when you get off to a slow start with athletes and they catch fire then you’re in trouble. We avoided the last time there, so we have to play better.”
Said Celtics captain Paul Pierce: “They’re (the Sixers) playing better, Elton Brand is really picking up his play. They have a number of weapons, they‘ve been a playoff team the last couple years. You’ve got to figure they are going to start playing better basketball.”