76ers at Celtics
Rajon Rondo admitted on a local radio show that he doesn't have time for friends on the basketball court. Considering that there is no love lost between the Boston Celtics and Atlantic Division rival Philadelphia 76ers, it's a safe assumption that the ultra-competitive point guard won't change his stance during Friday's game in Beantown. "Anything I do, I want to win," Rondo said on the "Mut and Merloni" program on Thursday. "I don't have time for friends. I don't talk to a lot of these guys (the opponents) in the offseason, so why should (I) talk to them on the court and try to be their friend?"
The teams certainly weren't friendly last season when they stretched their Eastern Conference semifinal series to seven heated games before the Celtics finally advanced. This season, Boston is starting to get it together after posting a 100-94 victory over winless Washington on Wednesday to complete a home-and-home sweep. Philadelphia also evened its record with a 77-62 triumph over New Orleans on Wednesday.
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, CSP (Philadelphia), CSNE (Boston)
ABOUT THE 76ERS (2-2): Jrue Holiday has enjoyed being the focal point of Doug Collins' offense this season. The 22-year-old is logging more minutes, is averaging 18.0 points and has more assists (38) than the combined effort of the rest of his teammates (32). The 76ers have yet to score more than 88 points in a game this season and are averaging a league-worst 83.3, but a swarming defense has allowed them to split their first four contests.
ABOUT THE CELTICS (2-2): Kevin Garnett isn't concerned about Boston's slow start, noting that one can't rush chemistry. Never one to leave well enough alone, the outspoken Garnett then issued an expletive-filled rant at Comcast - a cable/Internet/phone service provider which is based out of Philadelphia. After a sluggish start to the season, veteran guard Jason Terry shot 7 of 15 from the field for 16 points on Wednesday.
1. Philadelphia guard Jason Richardson, who is nursing an ankle injury, is expected to return to the lineup for Saturday's game versus Toronto.
2. Rondo has recorded 28 straight games with double-digit assists.
3. The 76ers, who were a woeful 4 of 22 from 3-point range on Wednesday, saw their performance dip from 36 to 31 percent from beyond the arc or the season.
Celtics 88, 76ers 81