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GAME SIX (CELTICS LEAD SERIES 3-2) - Wednesday, May 23, 8:00 PM at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA



92.8 PPG (46.4 percent) In Series

VS



88.2 PPG (42.0 percent) In Series

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by DAN BEAULIEU


Another "Must-Win" Game:

For the first time this postseason, the Sixers find themselves facing elimination. If they cannot manage a win on Wednesday night, their season will come to an end—albeit a successful and encouraging one. However, if they can grind out another postseason win on their home court, they will tie the series at three wins apiece and force a Game Seven in Boston.

The Sixers led the Celtics 50-47 at the half in Game Five, but were outscored 54-35 in game's final 24 minutes, shooting 37 percent from the field and committing an uncharacteristic 9 turnovers.

Coach Collins said after Game Five that "to win Game Six, (the Sixers would) have to be mentally and physically tougher than (they were in Game Five)."


Give It A Rest:

The Celtics undoubtedly benefitted from an extra day's rest over the weekend- Game Five was the first of the series preceded by more than one off day- and they hope to get as much of it as possible over Tuesday's off day. With Paul Pierce (knee), Ray Allen (ankle), and Avery Bradley (shoulder) all nursing injuries, the Cs elected not to practice Tuesday.


Key Stat:

Win the Third

The team that has won the third quarter has won every game of the series.


Who's Hot?

Sixers

Evan Turner - Turner scored 11 points and added 10 rebounds in Game Five. He has recorded two double-doubles in this series; no other Sixer has one.

Celtics

Brandon Bass - Bass, who has not scored more than 22 points in a game this season, had a career-high 27 points in Game Five. He shot 9 for 13 from the field and 9 for 10 from the charity stripe.


Who's Not?

Sixers

Andre Iguodala - 'Dre has definitely had his moments this postseason, but Game Five is one he'd most likely prefer to forget. He scored 8 points on 3-of-10 shooting and only managed to knock down one of his four free-throw attempts. The Sixers were outscored by 13 when he was on floor Monday night.

Celtics

Ray Allen - Allen didnt play poorly in Game Five, but he is still struggling to find his shot. In his first start of the series Monday night, Allen shot 2-for-7 including 1-for-5 from beyond the arc, scoring five points in 33 minutes.


Probable Starters

SIXERS

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

CELTICS:

Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Brandon Bass, Kevin Garnett




Active Playoff Leaders


Jrue Holiday: 15.5 PTS

POINTS


Paul Pierce: 19.3 PTS

Evan Turner: 7.4 REB

REBOUNDS


Kevin Garnett: 10.5 REB

Jrue Holiday: 4.7 AST

ASSISTS


Rajon Rondo: 13.2 AST

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