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Celtics, Sixers try to woo fickle lady momentum in Game 5

May 21, 2012, 4:36 PM EDT

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What part of Game 4 will we see repeated in Game 5?

The start where the Celtics looked poised and crisp and raced out to a 14 point lead? Or the second half where the Sixers dominated the offensive glass, got fantastic bench play from Lavoy Allen (guarding Kevin Garnett) and Thaddeus Young, they had Andre Iguodala knocking down big shots.

Game 5 is back in Boston Monday night and the pendulum of momentum has swung pretty quickly from side to side in this series. From game-to-game and quarter-to-quarter.

The Sixers had it last in a Game 4 where they forced 17 turnovers, grabbed 17 offensive rebounds allowed and raced out to 27 fast break points. That is exactly what Philadelphia needs in Game 5 — those are hustle points where they outworked and used their youthful athleticism to get the shots that worked for them.

But Boston is back home and they will be trying to get Paul Pierce — who has woken up and had 24 points in Game 4 — hot at the same time as Kevin Garnett. With the defense form Allen as the key, KG was held to 9 points on 25 percent shooting in Game 4 and Boston needs his points against a stingy Sixers defense.

After how it went late last game, don’t expect Doc Rivers to go with his small lineup for very long, we may see more Brandon Bass. And Boston needs him to contribute.

That ties into the real key in this game — and with it maybe the series —which team will get an unexpected pickup from a guy who is struggling? Will Ray Allen start knocking down shots? Can Philly get production out of Evan Turner or Jrue Holiday? (I’m not holding out much hope for Elton Brand there.)

This has been a back-and-forth series and predicting which bench fickle lady momentum will start or finish this game on is impossible. This is the kind of game we have grown to expect Boston to step up in, but Philly has answered every call.

  1. bozosforall - May 21, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Biggest question: Will the refs help the Celtics win, as directed by David Stern?

    • bozosforall - May 21, 2012 at 8:06 PM

      Thumb down all you want to, crybaby Celtics fans…but so far the Sixers are getting screwed over with a home-cooked 11-5 fouls-called disadvantage. Looks like the refs are listening to their boss and cheating for the home team.

      • obamablowz - May 21, 2012 at 9:29 PM

        I’m a Sixers fan and can’t blame refs tonight…problem is that idiot Andre Iguodala who doesn’t understand he is not a star in this league. TRADE RIGHT AFTER SERIES!!!!!

      • bozosforall - May 21, 2012 at 9:33 PM

        Tracking fouls tonight…the Celtics were given a 10-foul advantage by the refs before they reeled it back in to 6 once the outcome was no longer in doubt. Home cooking for sure.

      • doctorhoops - May 21, 2012 at 10:24 PM

        Through five games, foul totals are 103 called on Boston and 91 called on Philadelphia. So much for the usual one-note spew from “Flamey the Clown.”

      • andyhr17 - May 21, 2012 at 10:42 PM

        Last time I checked fouls were a result of someone fouling another player. I didn’t know that the refs weren’t allowed to call fouls on a team if they already had more fouls than the other team.

      • bozosforall - May 22, 2012 at 10:19 AM

        Not that they are allowed to CALL fouls…more about which ones they choose to ignore and which ones they choose to amplify. Yet another Boston fan who is clueless about the ebb and flow of the game.

    • andyhr17 - May 21, 2012 at 10:45 PM

      You really are an idiot.

      • bozosforall - May 22, 2012 at 10:20 AM

        Only eclipsed by the hordes of idiot Boston fans who populate the Internet, of which you are but one.

  2. obamablowz - May 21, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Lets go Sixers!!!

  3. mungman69 - May 21, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Hasn’t jtchernak started crying yet? After all it’s after 6:00 pm.

  4. chasemutley - May 21, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    10 – 9 – 8 – 76 ers!!!!!!

  5. jtchernak - May 21, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Haha I have a reputation but I was wrong I always get a bit over angry over that and dont relize that we really lost due to the turnovers my bad

  6. acdc363 - May 21, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    Great win tonight

  7. mungman69 - May 21, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    NO! When you lose you lose because the other team beats you. Even when your team wins (whomever they are) you cry.

  8. packhawk04 - May 21, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    Tracked the game tonight…. the celtics kicked the sixers ass. Sorry sixer fans.

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