With the Boston Celtics in danger of losing the number-two seed in the East to the Miami Heat, they made a statement against the Sixers tonight.
The Celtics shot 52.6-percent from the floor and had a sensational second half on their way to a 99-82 victory. Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 18 points and seven rebounds in the win.
The Sixers found themselves only down 54-50 at halftime and were playing the Celtics very tough on the road.
But then they came out of halftime and didn’t score until more than halfway through the quarter. This drought period seemed to do the Sixers in. They couldn’t seem to get any closer than four points down.
The poor shooting was the main story tonight. Spencer Hawes was 3-for-14 for six points while Jrue Holiday was 4-for-12 with 11 points.
There was a silver lining in the defeat.
The emergence of Evan Turner, as he received quality minutes in the absence of Lou Williams. Williams is expected to miss the rest of the regular season and Turner needed a strong performance to show he can provide some offense.
Turner certainly exhibited his scoring ability, notching 21 points and dishing out five assists in the loss. At times, Turner really was threading the needle in the passing lanes and didn’t look afraid to go up for tough rebounds.
He did all of this coming off the bench. The rest of the Sixers bench only contributed a total of 12 points.
The Sixers rely heavily on their bench production to keep them in games. Outside of Turner, they just didn’t get any of that tonight.
The Sixers seemed overmatched and they were dominated in the second half by a stronger, more experienced Celtics team. This could be significant as these two teams may face each other in the first round of the playoffs.
It may have not been a win, but we did learn something about a youngster that should be an important part of the Sixers’ future.