I know it’s Thursday before a big Eagles playoff game but we got ourselves some Sixers basketball today. 3 pm EST Sixers and Celtics tip off in London for what should be a wildly entertaining game.
Philadelphia hasn’t played a game since they stomped Detroit out 6 days ago, or roughly a month and a half in dog years. Both teams are coming into today’s contest well rested, and for the most part, fairly healthy.
For the Sixers, Markelle Fultz seems to be trending in the right direction. For Keith Pompey to even send this out this morning is a great sign that Fultz is very close to action.
Some reports are saying he might be back as soon as next Monday.
For the Sixers, this is listed on their schedule as a home game but it is most definitely not going to feel that way. Back in 2007 when the Celtics played in London, they were very well supported and tonight should be no different.
Embiid will most likely look to play the heel in front of the Boston backed London crowd. Fist pumps and smack talk are probably on the menu for today. The only people that will be supporting Joel not in a Sixers’ uniform will be some of the Premier League’s finest.
Joel is a huge soccer fan had the opportunity to catch a Chelsea game and meet a few of the players after this week.
Players like Eric Dier, Jan Vertonghen and Tim Fosu-Mensah all took part in NBA events this week leading up to the game. Even TLC had the opportunity to meet one of his childhood heroes.
I expect many more EPL players to be in attendance, and also for Embiid to get them involved with a high five after a play today.
The trip as a whole has been somewhat of a celebration for the Sixers and the NBA in general. Both have a huge following overseas and the NBA does an incredible job of building foreign excitement.
Now let’s get down to the actual game to be played. Sixers are coming in winners of 4 straight and the Celtics winners of 6. Each team is streaking for total opposite reasons. The Celtics have been playing lights out defense over their last 6 games. They are holding opposing teams to 91.8 PPG during that time.
The Sixers on the other hand, having been scoring in bunches over the past 4 games, averaging an impressive 114 PPG. The old “what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object” will be played out in the O2 this afternoon.
Celtics are simply the better team. Like in most sports, great defense normally beats a good offense. Boston has beat Philadelphia twice this season already, holding the Sixers under 100 in both contests. They are the top team in the East and have shown no signs of slowing down.
Which is going to make this Sixers win even more impressive baby!!!! Philadelphia rolls into London and battles Boston until the very end and Philly steals a close one.
Simmons slamming dunks that are louder than a Musket, Embiid sending shots back like the British Blockade, and Redick hitting the game winning shot heard round the world!! God save the Queen because #HereTheyCome. Those 1776ers!