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How we see it goin’ down: Celtics – Warriors

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) March 14, 2012 Uncategorized 13 Comments

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The Matchup


Parish celtics

Parish warriors
Record: 22-19 (2nd Atlantic, 7th East) Record: 18-21 (4th Pacific, 13th West)
On the road: 6-11 At Home: 10-10
Streak: Won 1 Streak: Won 3
    Leaders  Leaders
Buckets: Pierce (18.4 ppg) Buckets: David Lee (19.0 ppg)
Boards: Garnett (8.2 rpg) Boards: David Lee (9.8 rpg)
Dimes: Rondo (10.0 apg) Dimes: Stephen Curry (5.3 apg)
For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks: 
Offensive Rating: 100.6 (25th NBA) Offensive Rating: 105.9 (7th NBA)
Defensive Rating:  99.2 (3rd NBA) Defensive Rating: 107.0 (26th NBA)
Pace: 89.8 (24th NBA) Pace: 92.3 (8th NBA)

Last time

Celtics swept the season series last year 2-0.  Paul Pierce led the C’s with 25.0 points per game while Ray Allen connected on 53.8% of his three-point attempts en route to an average of 22.5 points per game.

This time

Get it to:  Rajon Rondo

Monta Ellis is in Milwaukee and Stephen Curry is probably sitting out for a while to let that right ankle of his heal.  That means Nate Robinson will probably draw the assignment of guarding Rondo in this one.  And with Udoh's departure leaving the Warriors even more short handed, Rondo should do whatever he can to carve up the defense and get the shorthanded Warriors out of position and into foul trouble.  

Gotta stop:  David Lee

He's a tremendous rebounder that can make the Celtics pay even after they've forced a miss.  Lee is a legitimate threat to have a 20 rebound night and make tonight hell for Boston.

The Wild Card:  Ray Allen's ankle

The Warriors are in disarray right now.  After hearing about the Ellis trade, one of them yelled "so we're giving up on the season now?"  That's not the sign of a team that's going to want to come out hard, fight through screens, and chase Ray Allen all over the court.  If Ray's ankle is good to go, then he'll find himself WIDE open as Golden State's already not-so-great defense gets worse.

How we see it goin' down

The Warriors are a mess.  One primary scorer is apartment shopping in Wisconsin, the other is trying to duct tape his ankle together, and the rest of the guys are generally pissed off at how this whole thing went down.  

The Celtics have had a day to rest and prepare.  This has a lot of the ingredients for Golden State that led to the post-trade demolition the Celtics suffered last season.  I thought this was going to be a win with the Warriors at full strength… now I think the starters will sit the fourth quarter. 

Celtics 101 – Warriors 83

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/muffinmsm misel

    … will be there @ the oracle later… lezzgo C’s! :-)

  • Danno

    this just in:
    D’Antoni has resigned as Knicks head coach, Knicks on the verge of trading Melo & Chandler to ORL for Howard & peanuts.
    Also: LOL. LMFAO. ROTFLMAO.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/kwapt KWAPT

    C’s have only won once at Oracle in the last 7 years. That building hates them. I agree 100% with John that this is a blowout waiting to happen, but hope the C’s don’t sleep and rest on their “laurels”. The fans in the building will be mad too, and loud as hell like always. Stay focused C’s.

  • KY Celts fan

    Source?

  • http://profile.typepad.com/vandelay28 Lakerhater

    Love that trade makes two teams worse.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/vandelay28 Lakerhater

    Hoopsworld has dantoni gone

  • KY Celts fan

    Everyone is talking about D’Antoni leaving. However, I don’t see a single person talking about a Melo/Dwight swap.

  • Danno

    it’s in the rumors on the front page of Hoopshype. It’s just a rumor, as is everything until tomorrow.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/redslovechild1 Redslovechild

    Bird`s only scoreless game ever took place there on 1-2-81
    37 mins…0-9FGA….No FTA…..0 Points…Celts lose, 121-106

  • http://profile.typepad.com/kwapt KWAPT

    Exactly.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/andreas24x7 Andreas24x7

    this scenario is perfect for Rondo to have a big game..and usually that means he mails it in..lets hope he doesn’t.
    Also lets hope the Celtics dont make any foolish trade in the mean time..trading away Paul Pierce is the equivalent of giving up on 2012

  • https://twitter.com/piecz piecz

    Post-up Nate every possesion in halfcourt, please.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f5d5008970c Jester00

    Just got my Job back for the 4 th time at the Waffle House hope your right just bet my weeks pay on this one 2bills and some change. it’s cheese sandwich for the fam or if I win or we are going to Sizzler!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!