Believe it or not, the Celtics have a chance climb above .500 and won their third consecutive game against the shorthanded 76ers, who are missing big men Andrew Bynum and Kwame Brown. The 76ers will go with a quicker more athletic lineup, the type that usually gives the Celtics major trouble.
Jared Sullinger will start again tonight for Boston, which is trying to get the struggling Courtney Lee going. He is averaging just 6 points per game in 26 minutes. He said he worked on his jumper in Waltham during the Celtics’ off day Thursday.
BOSTON CELTICS (2-2)
PG Rajon Rondo
SG Courtney Lee
SF Paul Pierce
PF Jared Sullinger
C Kevin Garnett
PHILADELPHIA 76ERS (2-2)
PG Jrue Holiday — 18 points per game is career best
SG Evan Turner — leads 76ers in rebounding
SF Dorell Wright — Still only 26 although in eighth year
PF Thaddeus Young — Athleticism gives Celtics fits
C Lavoy Allen — Key to 76ers pushing Celtics to seven games last year.
- Doc Rivers expressed sympathy for fired Lakers coach Mike Brown: “I think it’s awful. Five games into a season, that’s hard to believe. Hard to believe when guys are injured. I haven’t paid much attention but I don’t think Dwight (Howard) at all during preseason or Kobe (Bryant). That’s their mess. I just feel for Mike.”
- Kwame Brown is out with a strained left calf and Jason Richardson is out with a left ankle sprain.
- Rajon Rondo has hit three 3-pointers this season though four games. He hit 10 last season in 53 games.
OFFICIALS: James Williams, Sean Wright, Rodney Mott