3-Dei: Sixers must be ready for Rajon Rondo

3-Dei: Sixers must be ready for Rajon Rondo
February 5, 2014, 12:15 pm
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Rajon Rondo averaged 12.3 points, 15.0 assists and 8.0 rebounds against the Sixers in three games last season. (USA Today Images)

The Celtics pay a visit to the Wells Fargo Center tonight, exactly one week after the Sixers left Boston with 95-94 win.

Michael Carter-Williams grabbed a defensive rebound with 10.7 seconds to play and dribbled across halfcourt before giving the ball up to Evan Turner, who despite being just 5 for 16 from the floor at the time, made a play to the basket and converted the bucket at the buzzer last Wednesday.

The second of four meetings has revenge written all over it. Here's a look at tonight's Celtics vs. Sixers game in 3-Dei:

1) Be responsible, respect the ball
The Sixers committed a season-low 10 turnovers against Boston last week. In the three games since -- all losses -- they have totaled 64 turnovers, including a season-high 26 turnovers two nights ago in Brooklyn.

Taking care of the ball is a must and it requires the focus of the entire team. There are five Sixers averaging at least two turnovers per game, with MCW having the highest average at 3.41.

2) Help, help with Rondo
Last season the Sixers faced Boston in a home-and-home on back-to-back nights. Rajon Rondo on the first night had a triple-double with 16 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds. He came back the next night with seven points, 11 assists and nine rebounds.

It has been more than a year since the Sixers went up against a Celtics team being run by the veteran point guard. Rondo had ACL surgery last February.

He has been back playing for seven games but last Wednesday was not one of them. Rondo is coming off his best game of this season in Sunday's win over Orlando, when he scored 19 points, handed out 10 dimes and grabbed six rebounds.

MCW must be ready to face Boston's constant triple-double threat.

3) Rebound by committee
The Celtics out rebounded the Sixers 59-40 and 18 of their boards were on the offensive glass. On the season, the Celtics are a middle of the pack rebounding team, averaging 43 rebounds per game (11 offensive).

The Sixers cannot give Boston second opportunities. Defensive stops are hard enough for the Sixers to come by, let alone having to get them repeatedly on a single Celtics possession.