What the Celtics need to do to win Game 7

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What the Celtics need to do to win Game 7

Saturday is a huge game for the Celtics franchise as the season, and possibly the big three era could end with a loss. What do the Celtics have to do to make sure they move on to the next round?

Sometimes there is one key stat that can make a difference in a basketball game. Paul Pierce believes turnovers may make the difference in Saturday's pivotal game seven between the Celtics and Sixers.

"I really look at our turnovers," said the Celtics' captain "if we can keep our turnovers down, rebound the ball well, I think it gives us a good chance to win."

Celtics guard Avery Bradley's season was cut short after the 21-year-old underwent season ending shoulder surgery. Doc Rivers addressed how the loss would impact the defense of the team.

"We're a great defensive team. What Avery did was he allowed us to do was be a a great defensive team and put an individual on one guy and say 'go shut him down.'"

The Celtics may have a gameplan to beat the Sixers on Saturday night. Do they have what it takes to execute their plan? That execution could determine the future of the team, as their season hangs in the balance.

Quotes, notes and stars: Pomeranz 'made one pitch that hurt' Red Sox

Quotes, notes and stars: Pomeranz 'made one pitch that hurt' Red Sox

BOSTON - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 4-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers:

QUOTES:

"He pitched as we had anticipated at the time of the trade.'' - John Farrell on Drew Pomeranz.

"I had a good curveball and I was locating my fastball a lot better. I was in a lot better counts all night, but I made one pitch that hurt us.'' - Pomeranz on his outing.

"He was able to limit the damage against a very good offensive team. He pitched well enough to win. I just wish we could have put more runs on the board for him.'' - Jackie Bradley Jr. on Pomeranz.

 

NOTES:

* Until Monday night, the Red Sox had won their last six series openers.

* Drew Pomeranz has allowed four or fewer hits in 12 of his 18 starts this season.

* Eleven of Travis Shaw's last 15 hits have been for extra bases.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. had his 25th multi-hit game.

* Sandy Leon is hitting .500 (11-for-22) with runners in scoring position.

* The Red Sox are 21-21 in games decided by two or fewer runs.

* Dustin Pedroia (walk, single) has reached base in 28 straight games.

* Xander Bogaerts has 133 hits through 97 games. Since 1940, only Wade Boggs (134 in 1983; 135 in 1987) and Adrian Gonzalez (135 in 2011) had more.

STARS:

1) Justin Verlander

Verlander has enjoyed a bounce-back season of sorts this year, and the Red Sox got to see it up close Monday night as Verlander limited them a single run over six innings.

2) Jose Iglesias

The former Red Sox shortstop haunted his old team with a two-run homer in the sixth to put the Tigers ahead to stay.

3) Drew Pomeranz

The lefty absorbed the loss, but pitched well enough to win, giving up two runs in six innings while striking out seven.