Tip: 7pm Court: Verizon Center Watch it: CSN Hear it: WEEI
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Derrick Collins & Kane Fitzgerald
|Record: 55-25 (1st Atlantic, 3rd East)||Record: 22-58 (5th Southeast, 13th East)|
|On road: 31-8||At home: 19-21|
|Streak: Lost 1||Streak: Won 1|
|Buckets: Pierce (18.9 ppg)||Buckets: Nick Young (17.4 ppg)|
|Boards: KG (8.9 rpg)||Boards: Andray Blatche (8.3 rpg)|
|Dimes: Rondo (11.2 apg)||Dimes: John Wall (8.5 apg)|
|For the Stat Geeks:||For the Stat Geeks:|
|Offensive Rating: 106.4 (19th NBA)||Offensive Rating: 102.5 (28th NBA)|
|Defensive Rating: 100.4 (2nd NBA)||Defensive Rating: 110.4 (25th NBA)|
|Pace: 90.2 (23rd NBA)||Pace: 93.9 (9th NBA)|
The C's toyed with Washington last Friday night with the end result a 104-88 win in Boston. It was a classic "the starters had to play way too minutes vs a bad team" game. Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett had double-doubles.
Get it to: Ray Allen
If Ray doesn't get 25 points soon, my head is going to explode. Do you know who Washington plays at the 2? Jordan Crawford and D-Leaguer Othyus Jeffers. Enough said.
Gotta stop: Javale McGhee and Andray Blatche
Fresh off a putrid rebounding peformance in Miami, the Celtics frontline now has to deal with a pair of athletic bigs. Blatche (23 ppg and 11 rpg) and McGhee (14 ppg and 9 rpg) are red hot over their last ten games.
The Wild Card: Energy level
Will the Celtics quit on the regular season? Are they resigned to the #3 seed? Is there any regular season fight left in these ole dogs? All valid questions. Even when playing well, the Celtics struggle on the 2nd night of back-to-backs. I'm afraid to see the effort in this game.
How we see it goin' down
I have no clue. Doc Rivers might even throw in the towel with this squad and rest several starters with the hopes of starting fresh in the playoffs. Because I believe the Celtics have some pride left, I'll say they win 94-86 no matter who starts.