Celtics vs. 76ers: What to Watch for in First Round Playoff Rematch
The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers will see how they measure up to each other in their preseason game Monday night.
These two Atlantic Division teams are a lot different from their first round playoff matchup from last season. Andre Igoudala and Ray Allen are gone, but Andrew Bynum, Jason Terry and Jared Sullinger enter this East Coast rivalry.
The two revamped squads will meet in Philadelphia in preparation for their season openers in the last weekend of October. What should viewers watch for and take seriously during this preseason game?
Andrew Bynum will likely be out, but there still is a ton of intrigue in this match up.
Here’s your viewing guide.
Jared Sullinger’s Involvement
Report of Sullinger’s back issues look like fluff, as the Celtics first-round pick looks like a steal in the preseason. The former Ohio State standout provides the Celtics with a post presence they no longer have with Kevin Garnett.
They may be able to utilize Sully’s solid inside game for eight to 10 plays a game, which will be a huge boost to the previously anemic Celtic offense.
The 76ers Wing Rotation
Philadelphia Head Coach Doug Collins will need to sort out his backcourt, as he has a few guards who are expecting serious minutes.
Lou Williams' minutes are up for grabs and they’ll likely be split between to third-year guard Evan Turner or new addition Jason Richardson.
One wonders whether Collins will use Turner as Jrue Holiday’s backup at point guard; the 76ers do not have anybody experienced to fill for him and Turner played point-forward at Ohio State.
Nick Young and Thaddeus Young somehow will have to fit into the rotation as well. Collins has his work cut out for him before opening night.
The Celtics' New Additions
Along with Sullinger, Boston welcomes a youth movement this season to help their squad battle the Miami Heat. Jason Terry and Courtney Lee, in particular, will be complementary cogs that are expected to have large roles off the bench.
It may take some growing pains to get acquainted on the hardwood, but it’s nothing Rajon Rondo can’t handle. The Celts dynamic triggerman is one of the league’s best distributors that makes sure his teammates get involved.
It won’t matter that Rondo has only played with Terry or Lee for a few weeks, he’ll find him open shots like they’ve known each other for years.
Mike Shiekman is a Breaking News Writer for Bleacher Report. He loves Ray Allen's jump shot and Andrew Bynum's afro. Follow him on Twitter @TheRealShiek
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