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Sixers Non-Sixers Report: Sixers Sign Iverson...


No, this article isn't what you think it's about.  The Philadelphia 76ers haven't signed Allen Iverson and I certainly don't want them to for the betterment of the team.

Last week on my first Sixers Non-Sixers reports I said they should sign Iverson so that the team becomes a complete trainwreck.  Upon further review I am retracting said statement.

Iverson will probably make this team a hair better, which is what we don't want.  I am actually envious of the Nets.  This is where I want the Sixers to be; completely dead.  

Iverson will breathe some life into this team and they may go and win 5 games in a row.  Those 5 games can make a world of difference between getting a #3 overall pick or another Thaddeus Young.

My message to Ed Stefanski if he reads this tonight is to not sign Iverson.  The Sixers should throw Jrue Holliday out there, let the team struggle, and watch the losses roll in.

Now that I have that out of the way let's update you on the Boston Celtics.  If this is your first time reading the Non-Sixers Report, then you will know that I have adopted the Celtics as a model team to write about.  For further notice they will be covered in this column.  

The Sixers actually played pretty well against the Celtics, but lost to them by 3 points last Wednesday.  They even managed to put up 110 points on the vaunted C's defense.  Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades though. And, bad teams often lose those close games.  A juggernaut like the Celtics should never play down to the likes of the Sixers, but they got the W.  

After struggling during the middle of November, the Celtics have reeled off four straight wins and are 13-4 on the season. Kevin Garnett

I won't sit here and give you some BS metrics like that Hollinger guy over at ESPN, so I'll give it to you straight.  The Celtics are a pretty damn good basketball team.   And, their defense is probably the best in the game right now. Rajon Rondo is a steals machine and Kedrick Perkins is their version of Bill Laimbeer.  And, Kevin Garnett is the best defensive player in the game.  Bar none.  If he's healthy in June, this team will take the prize once again.  Garnett is off to a slow start this season, but is starting to heat up. He had 24 and 8 against the Heat the other night and finally played 35 minutes. Rivers needs to continue giving him those kinds of minutes then KG can produce the way he's expected to.

They rank third in the NBA in points allowed (91.7 ppg) behind Charlotte and Portland.  They won't blow you away with their scoring stats, but average a hair under 100 ppg.  But, the number which stands out to me is their average point differential of +8.6, which basically means they outscore their opponents by an average of 9 points every game.  

(Before I get to my next point I shall point out that I just saw a Sixers commercial where they are enticing people to go to the game.  And, just how are they enticing potential ticket buyers.  They are offering a Jrue Holliday practice jersey.  Woo hoo! Sign me up)

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

The Celtics head into December with a nice little winning streak, but go up against Charlotte, who under Larry Brown is playing some serious defense.  They face off tomorrow night and it should be a good, defensive battle.  Then the C's head out west to take on the bottom-feeding Oklahoma City Thunder and the Spurs after that.

Look for the Celtics to return to Boston next week with a 2-1 record on their road trip.  I don't see them taking the Spurs since it's on the other end of a back-to-back on the road. 

Until next time, Good Night and Lose Sixers!