Tip: 7:30pm Court: TD Garden Watch it: CSN Hear it: WEEI
The Celtics 5 game winning streak began with a 99-92 victory in Los Angeles on Feb. 27. Delonte West had an effective game off the bench (9 points in 19 minutes), only to sprain his ankle a day later. The Clippers are still without leading scorer Eric Gordon (wrist). The Celtics inexplicably allowed Randy Foye to score 32 points.
Get it to: Rajon Rondo
Rajon is coming off an awful performance vs the Bucks. What’s the remedy? A heavy dose of the defenseless Mo Williams. I’d love to see Rondo push the tempo and penetrate. On defense, he can set the tone by harrassing Williams into turnovers.
Gotta stop: Blake Griffin
Griffin finished with 21 and 11 in the last meeting, but he struggled in 1-on-1 situations against Kevin Garnett. He’s clearly the Clips energy guy, so if Garnett can limit his effectiveness, the Clippers will struggle.
The Wild Card: Celtics reserves
I will continue to peg the Celtics reserves as “wildcards” until they get more bodies back. No Delonte, Glen Davis, Von Wafter or Shaq for this one. Jeff Green is averaging 16 points over his last two and he will be asked to carry the load for the 2nd unit. Anyone else excited to see Carlos Arroyo, Sasha Pavlovic and Troy Murphy play together?
How we see it goin’ down
The Clippers are a horrible road team. The Celtics have had two days off between games. Not only does that mean added rest, but it’s more time to incorporate the new guys. Anything less than a Celtics 20+ point blow will be disappointing. Celtics 104 – Clippers 84.