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How we see it goin’ down: Celtics – Nets

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) November 15, 2012 Previews 12 Comments

Tip: 8:00 PM     Court: Barclays Center    Watch it: TNT    Hear it: WEEI

Referees: Tony Brothers, John Goble, Scott Wall

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The Matchup

   
Record: 5-3 Record: 4-2
On Road: 3-1 At Home: 3-1
Streak: Won 3 Streak: Won 3
Leaders Leaders
Buckets: Pierce (19.8 ppg) Buckets: Deron Williams (17.7 ppg)
Boards: Garnett (8.1 rpg) Boards: Kris Humphries (9.2 rpg)
Dimes: Rondo (12.7 apg) Dimes: Williams (7.7 apg)
For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks:
Offensive Rating: 103.9 (14th NBA) Offensive Rating:  107.8 (6th NBA)
Defensive Rating: 104.7 (21st NBA) Defensive Rating: 103.0 (17th NBA)
Pace: 92.5 (13th NBA) Pace: 89.5 (30th NBA)

Last time

The Celtics swept the series with the Nets last season, winning all three meetings.  Paul Pierce averaged over 22 points a game in the series, while Rajon Rondo averaged more than 13 assists.

This time

Get it to: Kevin Garnett

Yeah, I know he played the whole fourth quarter last night and Doc will probably hope to limit his minutes if he can, but I’m going to give the ball to whomever is Brook Lopez is guarding every time.  Run the offense through Garnett right away, force the Nets to help Lopez, and let KG decide whether to shoot or pass.

Gotta stop:  Deron Williams

Regardless of whether Rondo is in or out (still no word yet as of this writing, and he’s considered a “game time decision”), DWill is obviously and elite point guard that can disrupt everything you’re trying to do defensively.  If Rondo is out, the job of containing Williams is that much harder.  Boston’s not great at stopping the dribble penetration as it is… if they let DWill run amok and get into the lane, it could be a long night.

The Wild Card: Kris Humphries

Lopez is allergic to rebounding, but Humphries is there to do the dirty work.  He’s fully capable of grabbing 20 rebounds (he’s done it 4 times in his career) and he’s had six career games with 8 or more offensive rebounds.  Considering the Celtics horrific rebounding numbers, and the fact that they’re on a back-to-back, I’m worried that Humphries will have a huge game simply by putting back second-chance points.

How we see it goin’ down

Pardon my channeling of Dennis Green (some NSFW language), but the Nets are who we thought they would be.  They’re a pretty good offensive team an a below-average defensive team.  That will probably make for a fun game to watch, and maybe a chance for a few guys to get going offensively.

I don’t think one of those guys will be Pierce, who has to deal with Gerald Wallace.  I do think the Celtics bigs can get some work done, and I think this is a good chance for the bench to keep their roll going.

I don’t think Josh Childress is going to be able to hang with Jeff Green.  And I think we’ll see either Barbosa or Courtney Lee find plenty of opportunities to put up some buckets.

I don’t think it will be easy, and I think the Nets have a sour taste in their mouths from getting whomped by the C’s in the preseason (they considered it a message being sent to a division rival), but I see the Celtics sneaking by.

Celtics:  102
Nets: 98

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  • Nate

    I’m pretty sure Wallace is out, Pierce should have it easy.

    • 17rings

      yea he’s out according to ESPN

  • eddysamson

    WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW the last 2 minutes of this game have had some of the worst calls I’ve seen all season….

    HOW CAN YOU PUT SOMEONE IN A GOD DAMN HEADLOCK AND NOT GET A FLAGRANT!?!??!?!?!

    • eddysamson

      also excuse my caps but that royally pissed me off. and that shot (I forget who took) that was identical to PP’s no call and the ghost call on the Barbosa reach happened back to back to back…ridiculous officiating.

    • Drew

      Don’t cry about the officiating. We are losing this game by getting out rebounded. It’s disgusting and painful to watch. They have 15 offensive rebounds at the half to our 6. You don’t win games that way. We are handing them this game on a silver platter.

      • eddysamson

        Woah guys look out its captain obvious!

        • Drew

          Well, when people sound like morons and are complaining for the wrong reasons sometimes simple facts need to be presented. If officiating is what is bothering you about this game, that makes you look like a half wit fan boy.

          • eddysamson

            Its obvious on the rebounding it is literally all the announcers are talking about. But I am a positive person and we have at least still been in this game so at this point, and I just want the damn win. That streak of bad calls could have knocked us out of the game if it came at the wrong time!

          • Drew

            Well looky there, they have 1 offensive rebound in the second half and we are up by 6 now. Point proven. LETS GO!!!

        • Drew

          Now you are aloud to bitch about officiating.

          • eddysamson

            haha! I was just going to say SEEEEE!

  • Drew

    DA is going to need to go and get us some rebounding at the deadline some how. It’s going to be our Achilles Heel all year. We just won’t be contenders this way.