Syracuse Herald Journal- Nats And Celts In 5th Meeting Of Season Here Tonight
Each Squad Wins Twice In Own Gym; Free-For-All At Last Meeting
Boston Celtics and Syracuse Nationals resume their rivalry in the only Saturday night pro basketball game of the season at the War Memorial tonight. Tomorrow Milwaukee invades the Nats’ home lair. The last clash between the Eastern Division pennant contenders was marked by a free-for-all viewed by television fans across the nation. Earl Lloyd of the Nats and Boston’s Ed Macauley were banished. This will be the fifth meeting of the rivals. Each has won two games at home. Syracuse turned back the Celts 120-107 and 110-104 at the Memorial. At Boston the Nats bowed 107-84 and 94-90. Five of the visiting Celts boast double figure scoring averages. Bob Cousy is the pacesetter with a 21.4 average, second best in the entire league. Frank Selvy of Milwaukee who has played in less games leads the loop averages with 21.8. Other double figure men in the Boston lineup are: Ed Macauley, Bill Sharman, Frank Ramsey and Jack Nichols. Coach Red Auerbach’s well balanced high scoring machine is rounded out by Don Barksdale, Bob Brannum, Dwight Morrison, Togo Palazzi and Fred Scolari. In the Celts last start here, Syracuse established an all-time War memorial scoring record in netting 120 points. Bob Brannum did not play against the Nats in that fray while Cousy was handicapped by a charley horse. Syracuse now enjoys a two and one-half game edge over Boston in the Eastern Division standings, but in the less columns the Nats advantage is only one game. New York, now in second place, entertains Milwaukee tonight and then plays in Beantown against the Celts tomorrow. When Milwaukee arrives for Sunday’s game it will provide area fans with their first opportunity to see Selvy in action in league competition. He was here for a pre-season exhibition as a member of the College All-Americans. The Nats faced Selvy just once this season. In the season’s opener, he was with the now defunct Baltimore Bullets and tallied 30 points against Syracuse.