The Sixers will play their first home preseason game tonight at the Wells Fargo Center against the Boston Celtics - or at least against a slimmed down Celtics roster.
The Celtics will not play Ray Allen, Shaquille O'Neal, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce or Delonte West. All but West are healthy scratches. West is bothered by back spasms.
The Sixers are still without center Spencer Hawes, who is also nursing a sore back. Coach Doug Collins' starting lineup will be Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, Andre Iguodala, Thad Young and Elton Brand.
It will be the home debut for Turner, the second overall pick in this year's draft. Turner has shown iimprovement since training camp opened, and seems to be getting more comfortable playing with Holiday in the backcourt.