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How we see it goin’ down: C’s – Nets

Tip: 7:00pm    Court: IZOD Center   Watch it:  CSN    Hear it:  WEEI

Refs: Bennett Salvatore, Derrick Collins, Mark Lindsay

The Matchup

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Record: 47-17 (1st Atlantic, 1st East) Record: 21-43 (4th Atlantic, 12th East)
On the Road: 19-11 At Home 17-16
Streak: Won 1 Streak: Won 4
Leaders Leaders
Buckets: Pierce (18.9 ppg) Buckets: Brook Lopez (20.0 ppg)
Boards: KG (9.2 rpg) Boards:  Kris Humphries (9.9 rpg)
Dimes: Rondo (11.8 apg) Dimes:  Deron Williams (15.2 apg [since trade])
For the Stat Geeks  For the Stat Geeks
Offensive Rating: 107.2 (14th NBA) Offensive Rating: 102.9 (27th NBA)
Defensive Rating: 99.9 (1st NBA) Defensive Rating: 109.0 (19th NBA)
Pace: 90.9 (21st NBA) Pace: 89.7 (26th NBA)

Last Time

The Celtics toyed with New Jersey in the last game before the All-Star break. The Truth led all scorers with 31 points including a vicious dunk (he's had many of those this season) in the opening minutes. Boston is 3-0 vs New Jersey this season. They've also won 15 of 16.

This Time 

Get it to: Kevin Garnett

I love his chances against the other Mr. Kardashian – Kris Humphries. The dude is a banger, but he isn't savvy enought to hang with Garnett. And I see the Celtics taking advantage of his cerebral limitations on the pick and roll.

Gotta stop: Brook Lopez

This is going to be a touch match-up for Nads. The Celtics have done a decent job slowing down Lopez – his numbers this season vs Boston (13 ppg) are much lower than his season average (20 ppg). But that was before the Celtics let the likes of Spencer Hawes and DeAndre Jordan dominate the paint. The Cs will need a team effort to corral Lopez. The return of Glen Davis will certainly help.

Wild Card: Deron Williams

Williams has missed the last two games due to the birth of his child. He's averaging 15 points and 15 assists per game since landing in New Jersey. His size makes him a tough cover for Rajon Rondo.

How we see it goin' down:

While I'm hoping the Celtics approach this game with the same defensive intensity we saw against Milwaukee, I'm skeptical. This is the dreaded 2nd night of a back to back. Brook Lopez scares me… a lot. Deron Williams also tends to have solid games against us. With that said, I still like the Celtics to pull this one out… by a narrow margin.

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  • One thing that could make this better than most back to backs is many of the starters spent most of the second half on the bench Last night. There certainly wasn’t much pressure in the second half.