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How we see it goin’ down: Celtics vs Spurs

Chuck - Red's Army November 21, 2012 Gametime, Previews 14 Comments

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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The Matchup

 
Record: 6-5 Record: 8-3
At Home: 3-2 On Road: 4-1
Streak: Lost 1 Streak: Lost 1

Leaders Leaders
Buckets: Pierce (19.3 ppg) Buckets: Tim Duncan (18.0 ppg)
Boards: Garnett (7.4 rpg) Boards: Duncan (10.0 rpg)
Dimes: Rondo (13.1 apg) Dimes: Tony Parker (7.7 apg)

For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks:
Offensive Rating: 105.0 (11th NBA) Offensive Rating: 106.7 (8th NBA)
Defensive Rating: 106.3 (22nd NBA) Defensive Rating: 101.9 (9th NBA)
Pace: 91.4 (21st NBA) Pace: 92.5 (12th NBA)

Last time

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?

This time

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.

BOS 90

SA  88

 

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  • Joseph

    Feeling a blowout… hope not I’m going.

  • Drew

    That Gary Neal 3 was a back breaker in that game last year. If i remember correctly we had a complete breakdown in communication on a last second shot for Pierce to win the game. He was forced into a contested jumper going to his left.

  • Drew

    Also, The Spurs last year were a team I was really hoping to see in the Finals against Boston. What an epic match up it would be to see Duncan and KG go toe to toe.

    • eddysamson

      Thats exactly what I wanted and still want to see!

  • Brick James

    I don’t know why but I think Sully can guard Duncan and I hope he’s given the opportunity. I started drinking early today.

  • Jester00

    anyone else drinking right now getting ready for this game? If not I would suggest a Great Lakes Brewery Christmas Ale. Jeff Green suck sign Sasha

    • Mannie

      Go home, you’re drunk.

      • Jester00

        Sasha talk good point but I am home no more Sasha talkie

  • Bill

    I cracked open a Malbec, mon frere, as I wait on some paneer makhni, naan, and mango lassi.

  • Drew

    This team is driving me mad. San Antonio is out rebounding us by a billion. What a shitty game full of lack of hustle.

  • Drew

    Jeff Green is BY FAR the most over paid player in the NBA. What a scrub.

    • http://driveittothemoon.com/ Lee in Oregon

      I wouldn’t blame one guy for this mess but if I was gonna, C Lee is killing me….

      • Drew

        I didn’t say I was blaming anyone for this. I just said he’s the most over paid player in the league. I’d love to blame Doc for this, but I just find it too arbitrary for anyone who doesn’t see and hear every practice and thoroughly study tape to assess whether or not Doc is making the right decisions. That being said, I get the feeling that Doc isn’t coaching this team right. But that’s all I’ll say about that until further notice.

  • Drew

    Wow, in the history of The Boston Celtics, not one game has gone by with at least 1 offensive rebound. That streak could end in less than 2 minutes. That would be absolutely disgraceful.