With the Celtics getting badly outrebounded in what is becoming a troubling pattern, Doc Rivers turned to a player many Celtics fans may have forgotten about--Leon Powe.
Entering the game with 3:04 left in the third quarter and the Celtics up one, Powe immediately grabbed an offensive rebound and made two free throws. He then grabbed another offensive rebound, and then another. Before it was all said and done, the Celtics Agent Zero had scored ten points on 4 of 6 shooting, and grabbed six rebounds, four of them offensive.
What happened to the Celtics one point lead?
By the time Powe left the game with ten seconds left in the fourth quarter, the Celtics had widened their margin to 27. Powe scored eight of his points and grabbed five rebounds in the fourth quarter where the Celtics outscored the Sixers by 38-16.
It seems unlikely that Powe represents the additional big the Celtics have needed season the start of the season, mostly because he's only 6'8". It is equally unclear whether Powe will get any more minutes from Doc, or return to the important business of thumb twiddling.
But it is good to know that when called on he has some game to bring.