Something has to give in game six as the Celtics look to close out the 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center tonight in Philadelphia.
Both teams have yet to win two straight games, and Philadelphia is 4-0 this postseason following a loss. The 76ers are also relatively good at home, especially with their fans behind them.
Oddly enough, this is the first time this postseason Philadelphia has trailed in a series. So what went wrong in game five?
Well, you can’t count on Brandon Bass having an out of character 27 point performance every night, so Philadelphia couldn’t have game-planned that. But the 76ers were outscored 54-35 in the second half, utterly unacceptable this deep into the playoffs.
In Philadelphia’s game four victory, the 76ers outscored the Celtics 61-37 in the second half, supplemented with balanced scoring from their nucleus. It was that game the 76ers held Kevin Garnett to a mere nine points.
The 76ers need to find motivation within themselves, stemming from the mere fact they defeated the number one seed in the first round. They should consider themselves a valid part of the playoffs, rather than a mishap because of an opposing team’s injuries. I can’t imagine that Coach Doug Collins is going to be the armory of that motivation, the 76ers need to motivate themselves, and in no better place than their own arena.
It appears, at least from their words; the 76ers are just focused on game six, and aren’t calling it an elimination game. This is a strong method, but hopefully their actions are louder than their words. History, and their so called “rivalry” aside, Philadelphia has showed they are more the capable of playing well against the league’s best, they just need to remind themselves of that tonight against the Celtics.