Preseason Game 1, Sixers vs. Celtics, 7 p.m., Mullins Center in Amherst, MA.
It's official. Head coach Maurice Cheeks confirmed that his starting lineup will be:
PG Andre Miller, SG Andre Iguodala, SF Thaddeus Young, PF Elton Brand, C Sam Dalembert.
"It's going to be the same starting lineup that you been begging us to do," joked Cheeks while standing in the hallway an hour before tip.
But Cheeks was non-committal about the long-term status of this lineup. We asked: Is the small forward spot Thaddeus Young's to lose?
"Not necessarily," Cheeks said. "Thad has been very, very good in training camp. That’s probably an understatement. But so has Willie Green. We know Andre Iguodala can play that position so these games will pan it out."
How will Kareem Rush's injury (left-ankle sprain) impact the distribution of minutes?
"Someone was not going to play anyway," Cheeks said. "We can’t play 14 guys anyway ... Somebody will play probably who would not have played." (Read: Jared Reiner or Antywane Robinson.)
Is Cheeks looking for more from his team on the defensive side?
"As I talked to our team today, [we'll play] the way we like to play, uptempo game, create turnovers," Cheeks said. "To do that we have to have defensive pressure. We want to be one of those teams that create turnovers, get in the passing lane. We have two guys now that can block shots. We don’t always want to play against five people, we want to play in the open court."
Photos: We have Elton Brand (yes, that's him, a blurry Mr. Brand) warming up; A static shot of Gatorade -- it seemed like a good idea at the time; The player's entrance to the Mullins Center floor; A group shot of the Sixers warming up (that's Royal Ivey, I believe, on the left shooting a jumper); And my lone picture of the Celtics: Ray Allen waiting for the ball at the top of the key; A group of fuzzy Celtics fans, the place is filled with green and they're booing the Sixers starting lineup; Okay, honestly? I actually think this photo of Ray Allen is good. I wouldn't, say, buy it via that "Buy Photo" link, but it has some redeeming qualities. Plus, that's my view from press row .... This stuff is Pulitzer worthy.
Be back later ...