THE PHILADELPHIA 26ERS: After a buzzer-beating win in Boston in late January, Philadelphia lost 26 straight games, tying the NBA record for futility. The 76ers snapped that streak last month, but are still just 1-28 since the last time they visited TD Garden. Philadelphia has stripped its roster and made no real attempt to hide its quest to nab the top pick in this year's draft by losing as much as possible.
DOES BRADLEY PLAY? It's unclear if the Celtics will have shooting guard Avery Bradley back for Friday's game. He missed the last game and a half with Achilles soreness that he says stems from working his way back from ankle woes that caused him to miss 19 games earlier this season. The Celtics held Bradley out of Wednesday's game and he was scheduled to be re-evaluated by team doctors when the team returned home Thursday. If Bradley can't go, the Celtics would likely start Jerryd Bayless in his place.
LOOSE BALLS: This is the third of four meetings this season. The teams split the first two games, with each road team prevailing. The season series wraps up on April 14 in Philadelphia. ... It's homecoming for Sixers guard Michael Carter-Williams of Hamilton, Mass., and Sixers center Nerlens Noel of Everett, Mass. Noel, a rookie who hasn't played yet this season as he rehabs a torn ACL in his left knee, had hinted on Twitter on March 9 that he might play his first NBA game in his home state. ... The Milwaukee Bucks (14-61) are only two games "ahead" of the 76ers (16-59) in the race for the league's worst record, with seven games to go for each team.