Celtics (23-7) at Suns (20-12)
Game time: 9pm U.S. Airways Arena; Phoenix. TV – CSN, NBATV. Radio – WEEI-AM (850).
Bos: Pierce – 18.2 Suns: Amar'e Stoudemire – 20.3
Bos: Perkins – 8.0 Suns: Stoudemire – 8.5
Bos: Rondo – 9.7 Suns: Steve Nash – 11.3
Who'll go off: With Paul Pierce out and KG and Rondo questionable, I'll have to go with Ray Allen. With a depleted roster, the Celtics will need Ray to go off, if they want to keep this game competitive.
Who needs to be stopped: Jason Richardson. Nash and Amar'e will get theirs, but the Celtics need to contain Richardson. He scored 34 points (6 threes) in the first game at Boston.
The C's will lose if… their second unit falls flat. Phoenix has a deep bench – Dudley, Barbosa, Lopez, Dragic and Amundson dropped 52 points on the Lakers. The Celtics will need big games from Eddie House and Rasheed Wallace (provided Sheed isn't starting for KG).
Wildcard: Phoenix is sky high coming off a 118-103 thrashing of the Lakers Monday night. The Celtics are rock bottom coming off two losses to the Clippers and Warriors. Can the Celtics really lose a third straight game?
Prediction: Phoenix 107 – Celtics 101
After the jump, some spectacular photos of the Suns dance team. Let me rephrase, some photos of the spectacular Suns dance team.