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    BATTLE OF THE TANK (1-29-14): Sixers (14-31) @ Celtics (15-32)

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    Philadelphia 76ers - Boston Celtics

    Location: TD Garden, Boston, MA
    Date: January 29th, 2014
    Time: 7:30 PM EST
    Broadcast: CSN (TV), 97.5 FM (Radio)

    Points per Game Assists per Game Rebounds per Game
    Sixers Turner 18.5 MCW 6.7 Hawes 8.7
    Celtics Green 16.0 Rondo 5.7 Sullinger 7.6



    Neither the Philadelphia 76ers nor Boston Celtics have found rebuilding mode to be very pleasant as they occupy the bottom two spots in the Atlantic Division.

    Each team will look to end its three-game losing streak as Boston and Philadelphia meet for the first time this season Wednesday night at TD Garden.

    The 76ers (14-31) have largely struggled after a surprising 3-0 start, and they've dropped 10 of 12 following Monday's 124-113 loss to Phoenix. First-year coach Brett Brown was forced to take a timeout 25 seconds into the game, and Philadelphia never led while trailing by 14 after one quarter.

    Rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams had 22 points and 11 assists, while Thaddeus Young and Evan Turner added 21 points apiece.

    "We didn't come out the way we intended," Brown said. "We want to be a better defensive team. We talk about it, we drill it, we show it. We've got to find a better way to get that done."

    The Sixers are allowing a league-worst 109.9 points per game and have given up triple digits 40 times. Carter-Williams, who grew up roughly 30 miles outside of Boston, said the 76ers need to be more efficient offensively if they're going to allow so many points.

    Philadelphia committed 21 turnovers and had 12 shots blocked Monday. It has had 334 shots swatted this season, 50 more than any other team.

    "We just need to play all-around better defense," Carter-Williams said. "We're sticking to our principles, and now we've just got to do better at them. We have to do a lot of things better than what we're doing."

    Boston (15-32) is averaging 83.3 points and shooting 39.8 percent during its skid after falling 114-88 at New York on Tuesday.

    Rajon Rondo went 3 for 13 from the field and finished with seven points, five assists and four turnovers, and it's unclear if coach Brad Stevens will let his point guard play Wednesday. Rondo missed the first 40 games recovering from ACL surgery and also sat out last Wednesday's win over Washington -- the team's first back-to-back since he returned.

    "We didn't take anything away tonight," said Rondo, who's shooting 27.9 percent and averaging just 6.7 points. "We pretty much gave them everything they wanted. They took away stuff from us but we didn't take anything away from those guys."

    Jeff Green scored a team-high 14 points Tuesday but shot just 4 of 13. Chris Johnson, who was signed to a second 10-day contract earlier in the day, added 12 points as Boston lost for the 14th time in its last 16 games.

    "(Tuesday) was a good old-fashioned butt kicking," Stevens said.

    Though Philadelphia is going through similar struggles, Brown is doing his best to build on the positives.

    "I think we're a few possessions away from getting it right," Brown said. "We have to be better, and that starts with me."
    Injury Report:

    Philadelphia:
    Brandon Davies, F: Out (finger)
    Arnett Moultrie, F: Questionable (ankle)
    Jason Richardson, G: Out (knee)
    Nerlens Noel, C: Out (knee)

    Boston:
    Rajon Rondo, G: Questionable (tanking)
    Avery Bradley, G: Out (ankle)
    Keith Bogans, G: Out (personal)
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    Phoenix:
    Rajon Rondo, G: Questionable (tanking)
    Avery Bradley, G: Out (ankle)
    Keith Bogans, G: Out (personal)
    Did we have a massive trade this morning. But love that reasoning.
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    I'd really like to see Rondo vs. MCW since he's favorably compared to him fairly often. It's also a match-up of two up and coming coaches with little talent on their roster. It'd be a big loss for either side!

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    I'd love to see a loss tonight. Don't think it's gonna happen though.... Stevens said he doubts Rondo will play tonight to rest him on the 2nd night of a back to back. Not that they've been any better with him in the lineup so far.

    We played so sloppy against Phoenix. Fouls, turnovers, techs, whining to the refs, no effort on defense... I bet Brown really let the players have it after that. I can see us coming out tonight and playing better because of it.

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    Time to take this tank game thread to a whole new level.


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    The Celtics are better without rondo.

    Rondo has proven to be a lousy player when he doesn't have serious weapons around him


    gotta pay the troll toll

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    Love the changes.

    .......but the injured players are still Phoenix players...
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    Quote Originally Posted by warfelg View Post
    Love the changes.

    .......but the injured players are still Phoenix players...
    Haha oops. Fixed

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    Derek Bodner ‏@DerekBodnerNBA 4m
    Rajon Rondo out tonight for the #celtics. The C's have lost all 6 games Rondo has played so far this year. #sixers
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    Quote Originally Posted by bholly View Post
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    There you go. Looks like we can chalk up a L.
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    Really pumped about this Heat-Thunder game on ESPN too. I bet almost as many people around the world will be watching that as this tank game.

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    Maybe one or two less.
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    ^Not me, though. Stupid league pass blackouts. I've barely seen Miami or OKC all year.

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