Greetings from Philly
October, 12, 2010
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com
Chris Forsberg/ESPN BostonA look outside the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.PHILADELPHIA -- Greetings from the Wells Fargo Center, where the Boston Celtics visit the Philadelphia 76ers for the teams' second meeting of the preseason. Boston throttled Philadelphia, 93-65, in the Celtics' preseason opener last Wednesday in Manchester, N.H.
In that game, the 76ers rested starters Elton Brand and Andre Iguodala. This time around, Boston is expected to lean on its younger players. Doc Rivers said Monday that Shaquille O'Neal (hip) will not play and that he might sit a handful of his veterans as the Celtics are in the midst of a stretch that features five games in seven days, including tonight's, the first of back-to-backs to close out the week.
Boston is expected to ramp up minutes for Jermaine O'Neal (hamstring), who played just seven first-half minutes in his Celtics debut Sunday at TD Garden. Could this be the night rookie guard Avery Bradley (ankle) gets the green light for his Boston debut? He warmed up hard before the game.
According to the stadium scoreboard, the normal starting lineup is in place, with Jermaine O'Neal at center. Let's see if that holds. More to come throughout the night.
Nate Robinson warms up before Tuesday's game.