Tip: 7:30pm Court: TD Garden Watch it: CSN Hear it: WEEI
Referees: Dan Crawford, Curtis Blair and Sean Wright
|Record: 3-3 (1st Atlantic, 4th East)||Record: 1-5 (5th Atlantic, 14th East)|
|At home: 2-0||On road: 1-3|
|Streak: Won 3||Streak: Lost 5|
|Buckets: Allen (20.0 ppg)||Buckets: Deron Williams (17.3 ppg)|
|Boards: Garnett (6.3 rpg)||Boards: Kris Humphries (10.0 rpg)|
|Dimes: Rondo (10.5 apg)||Dimes: Williams (6.0 apg)|
|For the Stat Geeks:||For the Stat Geeks:|
|Offensive Rating: 106.4 (10th NBA)||Offensive Rating: 95.8 (28th NBA)|
|Defensive Rating: 106.8 (25th NBA)||Defensive Rating: 111.3 (29th NBA)|
|Pace: 90.7 (23rd NBA)||Pace: 89.1 (27th NBA)|
The Celtics won 3 of 4 last season against New Jersey. Boston has won 15 of the last 17 meetings.
Get it to: Kevin Garnett
With Kris Humphries (shoulder) out of the line-up, look for Shelden Williams to guard KG. Yup, that Shelden Williams. I just don't see Shelden managing the Celtics pick-and-pop play with Garnett.
Gotta stop: MarShon Brooks
I had to go to the Nets bench to find a scoring threat. The former Providence Friar is averaging 13.7 ppg. He might end up starting tonight.
The Wild Card: The Celtics overconfidence
The Celtics have a knack for struggling with lesser quality teams. And without 3/5 of their starting five, New Jersey qualifies.
How we see it goin' down
The Nets are so bad right now, they make Washington and Detroit look like playoff contenders. They can't shoot or defend. I like Boston BIG: 112 – 88.