DeMarcus Cousins still skeptical of 76ers’ chances to beat Celtics
Despite the Philadelphia 76ers’ impressive 8-3 start to the season, former NBA All-Star DeMarcus Cousins remains unconvinced of their ability to compete with the Boston Celtics.
“The Celtics have a very strong roster and I don’t think any team can top them. I think the 76ers are going to run out of firepower one day,” Cousins said.” I could be wrong, but my gut tells me they’re going to run out of firepower, especially during the playoffs when the plan kicks in and adjustments are made on the defensive end.”
Cousins’ skepticism stems from the Celtics’ impressive offseason additions, which included Kristaps Porzingis and JU Holliday. Those additions bolstered an already strong Celtics roster that included stars like Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
While the talent on the Celtics is undeniable, the 76ers have proven that they can play alongside the best of the Celtics. In the first game of the season, the Phillies defeated Boston 106-103, led by Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey.
The win highlighted the unity of the 76ers and the rise of Maxi as a promising young organizational centerpiece. It also raises the question of whether the team would have been better without James Harden, who was traded away in the offseason.
The 76ers’ success will depend on their ability to overcome injury setbacks. With Kelly Oubre Jr. already out with an injury, Embiid will have to be at his best if Philadelphia wants to secure the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
Despite their early success, the 76ers will still face stiff competition from the Celtics, who are considered the favorites in the East. Cousins’ assertion of the Celtics’ strength is correct, as evidenced by their recent win over the 76ers without Brown and Porzingis.
The depth of the Celtics’ roster was on display as Derrick White came off the bench to score an impressive 27 points and Jayson Tatum scored a team-high 29 points. Ju Holliday’s 18 points and 10 rebounds were also valuable contributions.
It’s early in the season, but the Celtics have proven the ability to win even when undermanned. Their firepower and depth on the roster make them a formidable opponent for any team, including the 76ers.