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GAME FOUR (CELTICS LEAD SERIES 2-1) - Friday, May 18, 8:00 PM at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA



Won Round-One Series Vs. ATL (4-2)

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Won Round-One Series Vs. CHI (4-2)

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by DAN BEAULIEU and MAX RAPPAPORT


THE GAME:

Don't Get Mad, Get Even

Through a season filled with ups and downs, one thing has remained consistent with this Sixers team: if they give up 100 points or more, they’ll most likely lose. And Wednesday was no different than 12 of the other 13 times they let an opponent crack the century mark.

After an NBA-record three-straight playoff games decided by one point, Philly experienced its first double-digit loss at home in the 2012 playoffs. And while the Sixers are not facing elimination, this is easily the biggest game of the postseason to date.

Historically, the 3-1 deficit has been unkind to trailing teams in the NBA playoffs. Teams up 3-1 have a 90 percent chance of winning the series if Game 5 is a home game for them, and an 86 percent chance of winning the series if Game 5 is on the road. The Magic, Hawks, Nuggets, Knicks, and Grizzlies all found their teams in the 1-3 hole in the first round and none of those teams advanced to the second. In fact, in 192 such opportunities, only eight teams have overcome a 3-1 series deficit.

To be frank, Game Four is must-win, and Coach Collins and the Sixers will approach the game as such.


THE KEY:

Keeping The Cs Out Of The Paint

Doug Collins will be the first to say that his 76ers must do a better job on the defensive end than they did in Game 3, in which the Celtics scored 50 points in the paint and shot 52 percent from the floor. The Sixers not only need to find a way to stop Boston’s bigs from scoring, but they also need to figure out how to keep them from off the boards; Forward Kevin Garnett has logged double-digit rebounds in all three games this series.


WHO'S HOT:

CELTICS

Kevin Garnett: For the fourth-straight game, KG posted a double-double. The 17-year veteran is averaging an unbelievable 24.8 points and 12.5 rebounds per game during that span.

SIXERS

Thaddeus Young: The 23-year-old forward has broken out of a postseason slump that saw him averaging just 6.5 points per game on 37.5 percent shooting Wednesday night. Young dropped in 22 points on 10-of 16 from the floor in Game Three.


WHO'S NOT:

CELTICS

N/A: In Game Three, every Celtic who logged minutes contributed to a Boston victory. Even Avery Bradley and Ray Allen, who combined for just three points in 46 combined minutes at the shooting guard position, were able to make a difference on the defensive end of the floor.

SIXERS

Evan Turner: ET was 1-of-10 in Game Three and was only able to muster four points in 35 minutes of play. Turner, who has done a good job giving the Sixers more consistent rebounding and better defense in the starting five, has been ineffective as a playmaker at times this postseason and will look to get back on track in a huge Game Four Friday night.


Probable Starters

SIXERS

Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, Andre Iguodala, Elton Brand, Spencer Hawes

CELTICS:

Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley, Paul Pierce, Brandon Bass, Kevin Garnett




Active Playoff Leaders


Jrue Holiday: 16.7 PTS

POINTS


Kevin Garnett: 20.3 PTS

Spencer Hawes: 7.8 REB

REBOUNDS


Kevin Garnett: 11.0 REB

Jrue Holiday: 4.9 AST

ASSISTS


Rajon Rondo: 12.9 AST

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