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How we see it goin’ down: Celtics – Bucks

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) December 1, 2012 Previews 10 Comments

Tip: 8:30 PM    Court: BMO Harris Bradley Center     Watch it: CSN     Hear it: WEEI

Referees: Marc Davis, Bennie Adams, Haywoode Workman

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The Matchup

Record: 9-7 Record: 7-7
On Road: 4-3 At Home:  3-4
Streak: Won 1 Streak: Lost 2
Leaders Leaders
Buckets: Pierce (19.2 ppg) Buckets: Monta Ellis (18.9 ppg)
Boards: Garnett (7.4 rpg) Boards: Larry Sanders (7.1 rpg)
Dimes: Rondo (12.9 apg) Dimes: Brandon Jennings (6.8 apg)
For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks:
Offensive Rating: 104.6 (12th NBA) Offensive Rating: 102.4 (23rd NBA)
Defensive Rating: 104.9 (16th NBA) Defensive Rating: 103.3 (12th NBA)
Pace: 92.5 (14th NBA) Pace: 94.5 (2nd NBA)

Last time

The Celtics scored 57 second half points and held off the Bucks 96-92.  Paul Pierce scored 25 for the C’s.  Jason Terry had 15 on 5-7 shooting.  Monta Ellis had 32 for the Bucks.

This time

Get it to: Jason Terry

He’s shooting 51.3% over his last 10 games, 54.8% over his last 5, and 69.2% against Milwaukee.  And Monta Ellis isn’t going to put forth too much defensive effort… so I say let the JET fly….

Gotta stop: Brandon Jennings.

The Celtics withstood a 32 point barrage by Ellis the last time around and survived… mostly because they held Jennings to 4 points on 1-11 shooting.  Courtney Lee should draw this assignment, and if he even comes anywhere close to keeping Jennings to a similar performance, he’ll earn his game check and then some.

The Wild Card: Larry Sanders

Sanders just blocked 10 shots as part of his first career triple double.  Will he be able to come close to that against the C’s, or will he be so anxious to replicate it that he bites for every fake?

I say test him when he’s in the game.  Attack him, challenge him, throw some fakes and see if you can draw fouls on him.  Get yourself in to the penalty early and give yourself a chance to score some points from the free throw line.

How we see it goin’ down

Both teams will be on back-to-backs and their third game in 4 nights.  The difference is the Bucks big guns of Ellis and Jennings played 35 and 36 minutes last night while only Lee logged big minutes for the C’s. The Bucks are scuffling along while the C’s are in “rally without Rondo” mode.

I know Chuck said he wouldn’t be surprised to see the Celtics lay an egg tonight… but I think the blowout last night helped rest the core guys and they’ll pull through in the end.  It’ll be a close one, but I like the C’s over the struggling Bucks who have lost 5 of their last 6.  The Celtics defense is improving and the Bucks aren’t exactly lighting up the scoreboard.

Celtics 92
Bucks 84

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  • Tyler

    As expected, The C’s are bringing the half-ass effort tonight. DA needs to make a trade for a big man. This team needs rebounding. REBOUNDING! REBOUNDING!

    • ME

      ANDERSON VAREJAO FOR OFFENSIVE REBOUNDS GARNETT ON DEFENSINVE REBOUNDS……………………………………………………

  • MJ

    Go fuck yourself Marc Davis. That offensive foul was bullshit and you know it.

  • http://rachelder.coolpage.biz/ rachelder

    RONDO-LESS CELTICS LOSE TO BUCKS

    • Drew

      You should write news headlines! Brilliant work!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003407165819 Kavita

      Come on, get it done!I have not watched the NBA since they left Vancouver. If they would be back, I would be back too.Miss going to the games a lot. NBA games were a lot more fan flneidry then the Canucks games but I would support both(and the Lions in summer/fall).

  • Drew

    “Clutch” has been removed from this teams lexicon. Meanwhile, Ray Allen is in Miami nailing game winning 3’s every game. This is rough. Really really rough.

    • http://rachelder.coolpage.biz/ rachelder

      Yeah!!! Ray Allen is doing well for the Heat
      but I still hate Miami

    • ME

      ANDERSON VAREJAO FOR OFFENSIVE REBOUNDS GARNETT ON DEFENSINVE REBOUNDS……………………………………………….

      • NorthernGreen

        Please try to be a little more creative. We’ve seen this response a few times too many!