So we're still tinkering with the previews. We're ditching the last one. Let us know what you think of this one in the comments.
Tip: 7:30pm Court: TD Garden Watch it: CSN Hear it: WEEI
44-15 (1st Atlantic, 1st East) At home: 26-5 Streak: Won 3
Buckets: Pierce (18.9 ppg)
Boards: KG (9.3 rpg)
Dimes: Rondo (12.2 apg)
For the stat geeks:
Offensive Rating: 107.4 (14th NBA)
Defensive Rating: 100.0 (1st NBA)
Pace: 91.0 (22nd NBA)
27-33 (3rd Pacific, 12th West), On the road: 8-20 Streak: Won 1
Buckets: Ellis (24.7 ppg)
Boards: Lee (9.5 rpg)
Dimes: Curry (5.8 apg)
For the Stat Geeks:
Offensive Rating: 107.9 (12th NBA)
Defensive Rating: 111.2 (28th NBA)
Pace: 94.7 (5th NBA)
The Celtics handled the Warriors last week behind strong performances from Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett. This was the game Perk injured his knee. A couple of notes from that game: Monta Ellis did very little (15 points, 6-18 FG) and the Celtics bench was weak.
Get it to: Rondo
Golden State loves to push the pace. Fortunately, the Celtics can counter with Rajon Rondo. The stats prove he thrives (22 ppg, 14 apg in last 3 games) vs GSW. I also see no reason why the Celtics shouldn't routinely feed Kevin Garnett. Why stop now?
Gotta stop: Monta Ellis
I dont' care that he's ice cold (17 ppg, 36% FG) since the All-Star break and hurting (sore wrist), Ellis remains the most dangerous player on the Warriors team. Rondo and Ray need to keep him from penetrating and kicking to sharpshooters Stephen Curry and Dorell Wright.
The Wild Card: Celtics reserves
Glen Davis' knee injury leaves the Celtics bench even thinner. How will they respond following the disasterous second half vs the Suns? It's possible Doc Rivers will mix-and-match his starters with the reserves to avoid having Avery Bradley, Von Wafer, Jeff Green and Troy Murphy on the floor at the same time.
How we see it goin' down
Tonight's game is the Warriors fourth stop on a 7 game cross-country trip. Their sole win in the last four games came Wednesday vs the Wizard in which they peed away a 20 point lead and won by 3. They are not a good team. But as we all know, the Celtics have this reccuring habit of playing poorly against bad teams. I don't see that happening tonight. The Celtics are in a groove and I expect it to continue. We might see a big game from Jeff Green who can excel in an up-and-down game. Look for the Celtics to win by 20+, 109-88.