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How we see it goin’ down: Celtics vs Spurs

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The Matchup


Record: 30-22 (1st Atlantic, 4th East) Record: 37-14 (1st Southwest, 2nd West)
At home: 19-8 On road: 16-10
Streak: Won 5 Streak: Won 8
    Leaders  Leaders
Buckets: Pierce (19.1 ppg) Buckets: Tony Parker (19.3 ppg)
Boards: Garnett (8.2 rpg) Boards: Tim Duncan (9.0 rpg)
Dimes: Rondo (11.0 apg) Dimes: Parker (7.9 apg)
For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks: 
Offensive Rating: 100.7 (27th NBA) Offensive Rating: 109.6 (2nd NBA)
Defensive Rating: 98.8 (2nd NBA) Defensive Rating: 103.7 (13th NBA)
Pace: 90.4 (20th NBA) Pace: 92.2 (8th NBA)

Last time

The Celtics swept San Antonio (2-0) last season. The Celtics shot a torrid 58% against the Spurs in those games. Ray Allen (22 ppg) and Tony Parker (20.5 ppg) were the leading scorers.

This time

Get it to: Rajon Rondo & Paul Pierce

If you haven't noticed, the Spurs are no longer a dominant defensive team (17th in OPPG, 23rd in Opp. FG%). They like to push the pace. Call me crazy, but this is the perfect scenario for Rajon Rondo. I see no reason why he doesn't continue his sensational play tonight. San Antonio starts Kawhi Leonard at small forward. Kawhi meet the Truth.

Gotta stop: Tony Parker

Cut the head off the snake, right? Parker is having a fantastic season. He's an excellent penetrator. If only the Celtics had a couple of lighting quick guards who could stay in front of him. It's time for TP to meet AB.

The Wild Card: San Antonio's bench

The Spurs second unit packs a lot of firepower: Manu Ginobili, Matt Bonner, Gary Neal and Stephen Jackson. Boston's second unit needs to play smart defensively and PROTECT the basketball. You can't give these guys extra possessions.

How we see it goin' down

These are two of the hottest teams in the league. Boston has won 5 straight and 15 of 20. The Spurs have won 8 straight and 25 of 30. The Celtics are coming off two days of rest, but while San Antonio played last night in Cleveland, none of their starters logged major minutes.

Buckle up for this one. In the end, defense and the better rested team wins out.

Celtics 97 – Spurs 93

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  • djisinthehall

    i am always surprised how good Tony Parker is. He just ATE Kyrie Irving for dinner last night, be interesting to see how AB handles him.

  • Danno

    He is an excellent penetrator.
    Just ask Eva.

  • wil

    Avery needs to look for his shots off the bench.
    C’s weakness is the bench. And they have struggled against teams with good bench players.
    I’d say C’s are in for a fight in this one.
    Rondo needs another “Take it Away” game.

  • Who’s the other quick guard that can stay in front of Parker?

  • Gixr1

    You sound upset, it wasn’t you he was penetrating? How about we keep the comments about basketball and not your homosexual fantasies. Time to get out of your moms basement Danno!

  • Gixr1

    The same one Parker can’t seem to keep in front of either! I believe he tuned him up with a triple double the last time they played at the garden.

  • May be. But he can’t stay in frint of Jarrett Jack or Nate Robinson, so I’ll be shocked if he stays with Parker.

  • surprised that neither coach was factored in. this is just as much a clash between 2 of the best minds in basketball, someone’s about to get out coached.

  • Gixr1

    Important Matchup worth watching. Let’s see how it plays out

  • That’s what Brent Barry’s wife said too!

  • Danno

    Really? I sound upset because I made a joke about Tony Parker that referenced what the above blog post said, verbatim?
    It was a joke about Tony based on his penchant for boning women other than his wife. I’m sorry this upset you. As for the homophobic comments, I do believe it was you who was begging to meet me to buy me a drink and see how things go the last time you came trolling through this blog. I’m still not interested. Go make passes at someone else if you’re so hard up for a date.

  • James Eisenman

    I agree. Rondo usually saves his best efforts for the big games but those are often the nationally-televised ones. I just have gotten so frustrated with his defensive effort this year, that I sometimes let myself forget how potent he can be when he plays the game right. The last game, he played just right. His defense wasn’t much better but the other team was not working to his man. Let’s just hope he puts out a defensive effort tonight as well.

  • Alot of negativity in the pregame comments today.
    These are the 2 hottest teams in the league right now, so this should be a fun, well-played game with some great match-ups. Hopefully the C’s play another great 3rd quarter tonite, and the Spurs remember they played last night. GO C’s!

  • Gixr1

    I offered to leave you tickets to the Budweiser Premium Club, but not in the capacity you would like danno!
    I simply want to see if you are as tough in person, as you act behind the comfort of a computer in your parents basement. Fucking loser!
    Offer still stands by the way.

  • We could have taken Parker in the 2001 draft…but, Chris Wallace could not believe his eyes when he saw Joseph Forte was still available at #21!

  • sev

    i got you man….it was funny and eva is hot…nothing gay about it. Parker was a lucky bastard and still is as he plays in the nba and therefore can prob get any girl he wants….if Gixr1 is thinking about dudes than that’s his thing.