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How we see it goin’ down: Cs vs Grizzlies

Chuck - Red's Army March 23, 2011 Uncategorized 2 Comments

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The Matchup

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Record: 50-19 (1st Atlantic, 1st East) Record: 39-32 (4th Southwest, 8th West)
At home: 29-6 On road: 14-22
Streak: Won 2 Streak: Lost 2
    Leaders  Leaders
Buckets: Pierce (18.5 ppg) Buckets: Zach Randolph (20.1 ppg)
Boards: KG (9.0 rpg) Boards: Randolph (12.6 rpg)
Dimes: Rondo (11.5 apg) Dimes: Mike Conley (6.7 apg)
For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks: 
Offensive Rating: 106.8 (17th NBA) Offensive Rating: 107.4 (15th NBA)
Defensive Rating: 99.9 (2nd NBA) Defensive Rating: 105.4 (10th NBA)
Pace: 90.5 (21st NBA) Pace: 92.1 (15th NBA)

Last time

The Celtics beat the Grizzlies 116-110 in OT back on November 13. Paul Pierce (28 points) and Rajon Rondo (17 assists) led the box score, but Shaq got everyone's attention with his 18 points and 6 rebounds.

This time

Get it to:  Paul Pierce

Who will the Grizzlies use to defend Paul Pierce? Noted Grizzlies fan Matt Moore (HPbasketball on Twitter) says Memphis will probably "put Sam Young on him to start, switch to Shane Battier when Pierce kills him." And there's always a chance TA gets the assignment. Can you say pump-fake?

Gotta stop: Zach Randolph

Randolph is putting up some of the best statistics of his career. He'll be a tough matchup for anyone in the Celtics frontcourt.

The Wild Card: Rondo's effectiveness

Will Rondo maintain his aggressiveness? We can only hope. Moore says "Mike Conley has trouble stopping perimeter penetration and the bigs are slow to rotate." Keep an eye on the second units, too. The Grizzlies can bring some punch off the bench (Darrell Arthur, Shane Battier and OJ Mayo). The Celtics second unit scored just 16 points vs the Knicks.

How we see it goin' down

The Celtics are coming off one of their more emotional wins of the season – the 96-86 beatdown of the Knicks. While the Celtics starters didn't play an alarming number minutes, they did expend a ton of energy during their 2nd half comeback. I'm concerned they may come out flat. Meanwhile the Grizzlies are fighting for their playoff lives. Logic points to a Celtics letdown, but I'll take the Cs in a squeaker: 97-94.

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

    no more L’s this month. the c’s can’t afford to blow tonight’s game. it would be nioce to see rondo continue his recent groove. defense!!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/kennyromes TheRealMonk

    Damn, I was kinda hoping you’d predict a loss tonight. The past 2 games you predicted losses and we had big wins. And if I’m not mistaken, since you started the “How we see it goin’ down”, you predicted all wins and the C’s were something like 5-4. Numbers might be off slightly but it’s around there.