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How we see it goin’ down: Celtics vs Thunder

Chuck - Red's Army November 23, 2012 Gametime, Previews, Rajon Rondo 14 Comments

Tip: 7:30 PM     Court: TD Garden    Watch it: CSN  Hear it: WEEI

Referees: Derrick Stafford, Eric Lewis and Derek Richardson

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The Matchup

 
Record: 6-6 Record: 9-3
At Home: 3-3 On Road: 3-1
Streak: Lost 2 Streak: Won 3

Leaders Leaders
Buckets: Pierce (19.3 ppg) Buckets: Kevin Durant (25.4 ppg)
Boards: Garnett (7.0 rpg) Boards: Durant (10.1 rpg)
Dimes: Rondo (13.3 apg) Dimes: Russell Westbrook (8.4 apg)

For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks:
Offensive Rating: 105.0 (12th NBA) Offensive Rating: 110.1 (3rd NBA)
Defensive Rating: 107.2 (26th NBA) Defensive Rating: 103.2 (14th NBA)
Pace: 91.8 (21st NBA) Pace: 92.7 (11th NBA)

Last time

The Thunder swept the season series (2-0) last year. Russell Westbrook averaged 28.5 points against the Celtics in those games. Rajon Rondo missed one of the games due to a suspension for throwing a ball at an official.

This time

Get it to: Whomever Kendrick Perkins is guarding

We all know Perk’s strength is interior defense. The further away he gets from the basket, the less effective he becomes. Will the Celtics target him in pick-and-pop situations? Let’s hope Brandon Bass and KG have their jumpers working tonight.

Gotta stop: Russell Westbrook

Kevin Durant may be all-world, but penetrating guards like Westbrook are the main reason for the Celtics defensive woess. We’ve heard it many times, the bigs find themselves out of position when they are forced to help on dribble penetration. Rajon Rondo, Courtney Lee and Jason Terry (gulp) must work their asses off to keep Westbrook out of the lane.

The Wild Card: Kevin Martin vs ??? 

Martin is averaging 17.8 ppg off the bench for the Thunder. Who on the Celtics will match that output? Courtney Lee and Jeff Green have been disappointing, to say the least. If the Celtics are going to compete with OKC, somebody on the bench must score.

How we see it goin’ down

The Celtics are in a horrible defensive rut. What are the odds they turn things around against the 3rd most efficient offense in the league? OKC isn’t perfect. Their starters aren’t meshing offensively, so it’s possible the Celtics could jump on them early.

The Celtics have too many negatives. They might get their defense settled tonight, but will the bench deliver? I feel like too much has to go right for Boston to win.

BOS  94

OKC  99

 

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  • Ben

    thundah up

  • KWAPT

    I think Boston wins. Solely because Chuck picked them to lose.

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

      you nailed that!

  • Brick James

    After 4 years as a season ticket holder, my first game in over a year. Very excited for this one, even though the Celtics will most likely have their asses handed to them.

    The only person on the team with a remote chance of containing Durant is Green, given both his athleticism and familiarity with the player. In other words, Durant will go for 30+ tonight.

    • Brick James

      112-94 OKC wins

  • CelticsKid34

    yeah we werent ready for this tuff schedule so early…

  • terlo

  • Drew

    OKC is going to MURDER us. Everyone get your sad faces ready.

  • Drew

    Also, I’m still pretty mad at OKC for letting LeBron get a ring. What kind of jerk let’s LeBron get a ring? Not cool.

  • Mannie

    It’s going to be on nba tv? Well then, the celtics are winning. C. Lee and bass will have good games.

  • Greens

    Can someone please tell Green to stop throwing up hook shots, doc? It’s embarrassing

    • eddysamson

      can someone please tell Jeff Green to keep throwing down 17 points!!!! seriously man quit your god damned nit picking.

      • KWAPT

        YESSS. Best comment. Ever. Oh…and I told you so. (see above)

  • 17rings

    Chuck, pick them to lose every game!! They must hang your “how we see it goin down” article on the bulletin board in the locker room