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How we see it goin’ down: Celtics vs Blazers

Chuck - Red's Army November 30, 2012 Gametime, Previews 21 Comments

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

Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Pat Fraher and Leroy Richardson

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The Matchup

Record: 8-7 Record: 6-9
At Home: 4-4 On Road: 2-6
Streak: Lost 1 Streak: Lost 3

Leaders Leaders
Buckets: Pierce (19.7 ppg) Buckets: LaMarcus Aldridge (20.4 ppg)
Boards: Garnett (7.5 rpg) Boards: JJ Hickson (11.1 rpg)
Dimes: Rondo (12.9 apg) Dimes: Damian Lilliard (6.1 apg)

For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks:
Offensive Rating: 104.9 (13th NBA) Offensive Rating: 105.1 (12th NBA)
Defensive Rating: 106.5 (23rd NBA) Defensive Rating: 109.0 (29th NBA)
Pace: 92.4 (15th NBA) Pace: 91.5 (18th NBA)

Last time

The Celtics dominated Portland 104-86 in their sole meeting last season. Overall, Boston has won 5 in a row against the Blazers, including eight straight in Boston.

This time

Get it to:  Paul Pierce

Who generally steps up when the Celtics are facing tough times? It’s almost always the Truth. With Rajon Rondo out (suspension), I’m expecting Pierce to assert himself in all phases of the game. Portland is not a good defensive team and Nicholas Batum, while athletic and long, can be beat.

Gotta stop:  Damian Lilliard

The rookie point guard is averaging 19 ppg. He’s a very good offensive player with deep range (40% from 3). The Blazers rank 6th in the league in transition offense. Normally I wouldn’t be overly concerned with a rookie point guard facing the Celtics defense, but 1) the Celtics defense hasn’t been very Celtic-like this season and 2) Rondo won’t be in the building. Leandro Barbosa needs to stick with this kid.

The Wild Card: Battle of the bench

You thought Boston’s bench was weak? Portland’s reserves average a league low 12.3 ppg. Old friend Sasha Pavlovic, Jared Jeffries, Myers Leonard, Victor Claver and Ronnie Price make up the Blazers second unit. With Barbosa thrust into a starting role, and Jeff Green (knee) and Chris Wilcox (illness) likely out, the Celtics second unit might not be much better. Which unit will step up?

How we see it goin’ down

This has the makings of a circle-the-wagons game. The Celtics have lost 3 out of 5. They got beaten up by the Nets and called soft by their coach. They’re missing their all-star point guard. The bench is depleted.

Do you really think this team is going to roll over and die tonight? I don’t.

Celtics 106
Blazers  91

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  • http://naterich21.wordpress.com naterich21

    I’m expecting Sully to have a big game

    • http://www.redsarmy.com KWAPT

      Would be perfect time for it..I hope you’re right.

    • Jester00

      me 2

  • http://www.redsarmy.com KWAPT

    This def has trap game written all over it. Blazers are in a rut-just lost to the lowly, lowly, LOWLY Washington Wizards. But word on the street is that the C’s are soft, so Portland’s coming in looking to steal a win in Boston.

  • Eddie Allen Powe

    Why can’t Jeff Green play extended minutes and drop 25 points tonight to prove us doubters wrong??

    • eddysamson

      His sore knee?

    • Jester00

      because he sucks

  • eddysamson

    Anyone know what the deal with Wilcox is? Kinda worried about him.

    • http://www.redsarmy.com KWAPT

      He’s fine. Had a 24 hour “bug”. He’s going to play tonight according to CSNNE.

  • Drew

    On a positive note, Pierce has potential to get triple doubles when Rondo is out. I’d love to see that happen.

  • CelticsKid34

    not such a big marigin of a win i think… maybe by 3. we dont have our offensive facilitator in rondo what makes you think we will go 100+ points. no jeff, no wilcox… your hypothesis makes zero sense. nba players do not take everything to heart. there are still 60+ games left in the season they arent gonna go all out and risk injury just because there egos are hurt… i say save it for the next nets encounter

    • eddysamson

      Last time we didnt have Rondo this season we almost beat the Nets (right?) and the offense really wasnt lacking.

      • CelticsKid34

        but 106? naaahh this game will probably come down to defense. because offense will be one on one or simple screen plays or pick and roll. nothing too elaborate.. i guess we will find out in 40 minutes. i say we win by 3-8 points and the score will be in the 80′s

  • Mr Curet

    With Green out I think tonight is a good opportunity to see what Joseph’s got. I got a good feeling about this kid, I’m not saying he’s gonna be a star but I think he can be a very solid player. Also, it’s a good time for Terry to unleash his offense.

    • eddysamson

      I really want to see what KJ can do. He might mature into a Avery Bradley kinda player, but an offensive version.

  • http://www.redsarmy.com KWAPT

    Wow.Didn’t realize Doc is 8-0 against Portland at the Garden..and I’m with those who’d like to see KJ get some burn tonight…

  • Jayfox

    I’m feel a big lost tonight. Rondo gone and wilcox plus green out I just don’t see us winning this. LaMarcus is going to have a field day with Bass guarding him. Our back up “point guard will be have to step up which up to now can’t do that. Their team will kill us on the break. I’m hoping I’m proved wrong. KG and PP will have to have big nights tonight.

    • http://www.redsarmy.com KWAPT

      Green is going to play and Doc says Wilcox is ready & will be used if needed…

      • eddysamson

        Hell yeah!

  • sev

    theres actually more ball movement when Rondo is out. Obviously Rondo is one of the most important players, but because he knows the offense so well(and he likes to get his assists) he usually passes the ball to a player that he expects will shoot it(and usually they’re in a position to score). However, when he’s out, there is much more ball movement which can tire out the defense, not to mention other players get the opportunity to make plays that don’t necessarily involve scoring. This gives more players a chance to get some touches which helps them get into a rhythm and overall more involved in the game. I think players like Jeff Green need that to get them more comfortable so that they can work themselves into the game before being expected to score. Kind of like the whole idea that when a shooter gets a few easy buckets it gets him warmed up and confident to hit the jump shots. I think the ball needs to move around the perimeter and inside/out more as opposed to Rondo setting up everybody, which may be why he doesn’t have energy(or whatever the reason) to stay in front of his man on D. I like Rondo involved, but sometimes it seems like he gets a little assist happy(you don’t hear that much haha) and the ball doesn’t touch everybody’s hands on most plays, but instead goes from Rondo directly to the scorer. I know in 07 the big 3 were around their prime, but the ball movement was phenomenal then. That’s why I think the “brawl” was a blessing in disguise as the assist record won’t be in the back of Rondo’s mind. I would just like to see a mixture of team ball and then Rondo running the offense….which would keep the D on their toes, allow our players to get more touches before having to just shoot, and give Rondo more energy to play D. Bass, Wilcox, and Terry may be fine with the catch and shoot, but maybe not so much for Green and Lee. Nothing against Rondo as I believe he is a top 3 pg.

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