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How we see it goin’ down: Celtics – Nets

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) November 28, 2012 Previews 15 Comments

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

Referees: James Capers, Kevin Fehr, Kane Fitzgerald

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The Matchup

Record: 8-6 Record: 9-4
At Home: 4-3 On Road: 2-3
Streak: Won 2 Streak: Won 3
Leaders Leaders
Buckets: Pierce (20.1 ppg) Buckets: Brook Lopez (19.2 ppg)
Boards: Garnett (7.4 rpg) Boards: Kris Humphries (8.6 rpg)
Dimes: Rondo (13.7 apg) Dimes: Deron Williams (8.9 apg)
For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks:
Offensive Rating: 105.9 (11th NBA) Offensive Rating: 108.1 (6th NBA)
Defensive Rating: 106.7 (22nd NBA) Defensive Rating: 103.2 (13th NBA)
Pace: 92.4 (14th NBA) Pace: 87.8 (30th NBA)

Last time

The Celtics, playing without Rajon Rondo (sprained ankle) fell to the Nets in Brooklyn, 102-97.  Paul Pierce led the C’s with 22 points and  Leandro Barbosa chipped in 17 in Rondo’s place.  Brook Lopez and Deron Williams had 24 each for Brooklyn.

This time

Get it to:   Rajon Rondo

Rondo is going to have to be in full attack mode for the Celtics.  Deron Williams is nursing a sprained wrist, so we’ll see if that distracts him or limits him.  The Nets are playing some decent team defense, so it’ll be up to Rondo and his dribble penetration to force the Nets into a few extra rotations.  Don’t confuse some good defense with being a good defensive team.  Apply the pressure and the cracks will be exposed.

Gotta stop:  Brook Lopez

Against the Knicks and DPOY Tyson Chandler, Lopez dropped 22 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks.  Against KG and the Celtics, he shot 11 of 14.  Lost in all the boo-hooing over his max contract this summer is the fact that Lopez has always been a pretty damn good offensive player.  He might still drop 20 on the C’s, but it would be really nice to see him need 20 or more shots to do it.  The Nets don’t get a whole lotta shots up as it is… forcing one guy to take most of them to score his points will give some other pretty good offensive players a less of a chance to get going.

The Wild Card:  Brandon Bass

He’s been a rebounding machine lately…. well… as much of a “machine” as a Celtic can get.  He had 12 boards against the Magic and 6 each against San Antonio and Oklahoma City.  The Celtics will need him to not only rebound, but to keep Kris Humphries off the boards as best he can.  Hitting a few shots will be nice, too.

How we see it goin’ down

The Celtics led the Nets in points in the paint (46-36) and fast break points (19-5) in their first match up… and that was without Rajon Rondo.  Credit Leandro Barbosa’s explosion in Rondo’s spot for that.  This time, Rondo should be able to keep up the same pressure with Barbosa attacking off the bench (here’s hoping Keith Bogans doesn’t try to put another sleeper hold on him).

I like the Celtics to continue their slow but steady progression.  I think a couple of days off helps them come out strong while this is the fourth game in six days for the Nets (including a tough, emotional OT win against the cross-town rival Knicks).  That’ll make for some tired fourth-quarter legs on the Nets side.

I think the C’s come out strong… relax and maybe lose the lead… and then finish with a fourth quarter flurry.

Celtics 98
Nets  90

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  • zippittyay

    So what’s your prediction record so far?

    • http://redsarmy.com John – Red’s Army

      I think I’m 0-4. Predicted 3 wins and a loss…. got 3 losses and a win.

  • lkk23

    tonight is the one game that I’m most nervous about with the whole ‘streak’ I think if there is one game to snap it, it could be this one…I hope I’m wrong though!!! GO CELTICS!!!!

  • Larry Legend

    I’m gonna tell ya exactly how this goes down…celts gonna come out strong get a lead, then give it up. It will see-saw back and forth with equal parts excitement and utter frustration. As true Celtics fans you will get very fired up over good stretches of play only to rip your fucking hair out at the lack of ability to ever close someone out. It will be much more difficult than it should be, but in the end I think celts win and we all go to bed happy but burnt out by the maddening nature of this team. Celts 96-93

  • eddysamson

    random unrelated question…

    Did anyone see that they were thinking of starting Avery Bradley in the D-League when he is game-ready again? Thoughts on that?

  • CelticsKid34

    if you guys are watching the game you will see the Celtics doing what they do best, which is getting leads and loosing them. they really have perfected that… why cant they just put 100% on the floor at all times?…smh

  • Drew

    Jesus, Blatche has 10 boards in 11 minutes and 34 seconds!!! 5 of them offensive. We are playing dead under the rim.

  • eddysamson

    2 things are evident tonight…1) the celtics cant shoot for shit and 2) the refs dont want the celtics to win

  • CelticsKid34

    im suprised KG didnt get ejected in that fight! he was elbowing and hitting gerald wallace like crazy and wallace just ran!! ahahah

  • Jester00

    Another great night for Jeff Green

    • JETson

      Agree

  • Larry Legend

    Is anyone here concerned about how much the Celtics suck?! This team is not good. I’m disgusted.

    • Drew

      Yes

  • JETson

    This team needs to make some serious chnges. My favorite lineup of the night was:
    LB
    JT
    PP
    JS
    KG

    Nothing is going to change when Bradley comes back. We need to develop Sullinger (Bass doesn’t belong in starting lineup) and move green or Lee (they’re effectively the same player). I say bring in Gortat AND Kenyon Martin. We need some size and more toughness

  • Drew

    Jeff Green is a pretty bad basketball player in a league full of good ones.