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How we see it goin’ down: Cs – Clippers

Chuck - Red's Army March 9, 2011 Uncategorized 6 Comments

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The Matchup

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Clips

Record: 46-15 (1st Atlantic, 1st East) Record: 24-40 (4th Pacific, 13th West)
At home 27-5 On road: 6-25
Streak: Won 5 Streak: Won 3
Leaders  
Buckets: Pierce (19.1 ppg) Buckets: Eric Gordon (23.7 ppg)
Boards: KG (9.3 rpg) Boards: Blake Griffin (12.5 rpg)
Dimes: Rondo (12.2 apg) Dimes: Mo Williams (7.0 apg)
For the Stat Geeks:  
Offensive Rating: 107.4 (14th NBA) Offensive Rating: 105.6 (21st NBA)
Defensive Rating: 100.2 (2nd NBA) Defensive Rating: 109.1 (19th NBA)
Pace: 91.0 (22nd NBA) Pace: 92.4 (13th NBA)

Last time

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.

This time

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.

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01157053529f970b zippittyay

    I will have to agree on this one. Garbage time for most of the 4th quarter and hopefully the bench guys finally mesh a little.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/mdsample greenbeand

    celts -9 and o/u 192
    @ home take the under ;)

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01157053529f970b zippittyay

    give the points and take the over

  • http://profile.typepad.com/mdsample greenbeand

    give the points and take the under- they’re at home and the refs will call it their way. at least we agree 1/2 way :)

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p014e5fc17dc6970c me.yahoo.com/a/BQeBMr9tksU71LU6UpsYcNpLiWQW

    Looking at the Defensive Rating for the C’s…who’s #1? Does Thibs really have CHI playing the best defense in the league right now??

  • http://profile.typepad.com/norag79 Nora

    Games like this prove how silly it is to predict outcomes. Do a normal preview please.