Regardless of the fact that Elton Brand is averaging 4.7 points and 3.0 rebounds in three games against the Boston Celtics, and that reserve forward Lavoy Allen is averaging 8.7 points and 5.3 boards, Brand will still start for the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
Starting alongside Brand are Andre Iguodala, Spencer Hawes, Evan Turner and Jrue Holiday. Meanwhile, the Celtics will stick with their usual starting five of Brandon Bass, Avery Bradley, Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.
Other news of note -- but not really -- is that Doc Rivers doesn't think his team is old.
"We don't think old," Rivers said in the hours leading up to Game 4. "We are what we are. We do know that. The rest is important for us but I think the rest is important for everybody. I don't think it matters what age you are. Athletes require recovery. We understand that. We like to call it experience." (via WEEI)
Sound good to everyone? Alright, then. We're ready to roll. Let's go Celtics! Beat the Sixers!