Tip: 7:30 PM Court: TD Garden Watch it: CSN Hear it: WEEI
Referees: Ron Garretson, David Jones and Mark Lindsay
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In their only meeting last season, the Spurs beat the Celtics, 87-86, in Boston. The Celtics have won 7 of the last 10 in the series. Shocking, huh?
Get it to: Paul Pierce
The Spurs will be without their best small forwards; Stephen Jackson (finger) and Kawhi Leonard (leg). They signed James Anderson (who?) and recalled Corey Joseph (who?) from the D-League. I have no clue will guard Pierce in this game, but the advantage will be in the Truth’s favor.
Gotta stop: Tony Parker
Parker may be the best penetrating guard in the league. He can finish at the rim or pull up for floaters. The Spurs are one of the best half-court teams in the league. Stopping Parker won’t rest squarely on the shoulders of Rajon Rondo, as the Celtics pick-and-roll defense will be tested.
The Wild Card: Manu Ginobli vs Courtney Lee
You can’t sleep on Manu, even though he isn’t exactly lighting it up this season (10.4 ppg, 40% FG, 29% 3 FG). Courtney Lee’s biggest impact in this game will be his defense on Ginobli.
How we see it goin’ down
The Celtics enjoyed two days of rest following their disgusting performance in Detroit. I expect a much higher energy level for this one. The Spurs, while shorthanded, are one of the most complete teams in the league. The transition game will be key for Boston as that’s the weakness in San Antonio’s defense.
I like Boston in a tight one.