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Enes Kanter will shut down Joel Embiid tonight on the way to a Boston Celtics victory!


I rolled out of bed a bit disappointed this morning.  Not because we lost to Indiana last night.  That was a tough game on the road against a good team that played hard.  That’s a game we are going to lose every now and then.  What disappoints me is the condition of my beloved Celtics as we roll into a truly important game tonight against the 76ers.  Here’s why tonight is an important game:

1. We are at home.  If you are gonna win the title you gotta protect home court.
2. Philly beat us earlier this year. 
3. The 76ers are our regional arch rival.  Yes we all hate the Lakers, but the 76ers ain’t far behind.
4. It’s only one game, but this game could end up deciding who has home court in a playoff series.
5. Al Horford is coming back to Boston for the first time.

We don’t want to lose this game.  We are going to give everything we’ve got from an energy perspective.

But here’s why I’m worried:

1. It’s the second night of a back to back and we played hard last night.
2. Gordon Hayward seems to get hurt every other game now.  He played last night and didn’t look great before getting whacked in the nose.  As I remember, it took him a couple of games at the start of the season before he found his groove.  Then he broke his hand.  Even if Gordon plays tonight, he probably isn’t operating on all cylinders.
3.  I can’t think of anything else.

Put the brakes on being worried!  There are tons of reasons why the Celtics will win tonight. Here are just a few:

1. Marcus Smart is coming back.  Enough said.
2. We are better than the 76ers.  That matters.
3. Enes Kanter can guard Joel Embiid.  HOT TAKE ALERT! I’m sure it sounds strange to read.  But that’s why I am the best Celtics blogger in the business.  I know things other folks don’t.  Yes, I have written time and time again about how Kanter’s D is horrible.  But Embiid is the type of player he matches up extremely well against.  Why?  Because Kanter is strong as an ox.  You can’t move him.  Embiid’s entire offensive game is based on getting where he wants to go and then just overpowering smaller people in his way. Watch this matchup tonight.
4. Jaylen Brown has been playing outstanding and he owes Ben Simmons some payback.  I say this next statement with the utmost of respect.  Ben Simmons absolutely dogged Jaylen Brown on opening night.  Simmons shot 11-16 from the field on the way to 24 points with 8 rebounds and 9 assists.  He did whatever he wanted.  Jaylen Brown that night had 5 fouls and 8 points on 3-6 shooting.  Ben Simmons is the point guard for Philly, but Kemba is too small to guard Simmons with the type of game he plays.  It was Jaylen Brown’s job to stop Simmons that night.  He didn’t do it.  And as a result, we lost.

Not everyone remembers this, but Ben Simmons and Jaylen Brown come from the same draft class.  Simmons was the #1 pick and Brown was #3.  Jaylen knows this and he always gets amped up to play Ben.  Well Jaylen, Ben’s probably gonna be amped up to play you tonight too.




Let's get after it.  Philly - bring your best.  We will be here waiting for you.  As I see it, tonight we are relying on Jaylen Brown to outplay Ben Simmons.  And Enes Kanter to hold his own against Joel Embiid. 

I like our chances.

The Boston Celtics are going to win the 2019-2020 NBA title!

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