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How we see it goin’ down: Celtics vs Bucks

Chuck - Red's Army December 21, 2012 Gametime, Previews 17 Comments

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

Referees:  Ken Mauer, Brent Barnaky and Sean Wright

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The Matchup

Record: 13-12 Record: 13-11
At Home: 9-4 On Road: 6-6
Streak: Won 1 Streak: Lost 1
Leaders Leaders
Buckets: Pierce (20.4 ppg) Buckets: Monta Ellis (18.4 ppg)
Boards: Garnett (7.0 rpg) Boards: Larry Sanders (7.7 rpg)
Dimes: Rondo (12.3 apg) Dimes: Brandon Jennings (5.9 apg)
For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks:
Offensive Rating: 103.8 (17th NBA) Offensive Rating: 101.6 (27th NBA)
Defensive Rating: 104.3 (12th NBA) Defensive Rating: 103.0 (9th NBA)
Pace: 91.8 (16th NBA) Pace: 93.5 (7th NBA)

Last time

The Bucks lead the season series 2-1. The last meeting was a 91-88 Bucks win in Milwaukee on Dec. 1. You may remember the Celtics raced out to a 17-0 lead.

This time

Get it to: Paul Pierce

Despite averaging 18.3 vs Milwaukee this season, Pierce is shooting a disgusting 38%. The Bucks can throw a couple of decent defenders his way – Luc Mbah a Moute and Marquis Daniels (don’t laugh, he ranks in the 94th percentile at 0.687 points per play). I don’t care. While I don’t expect the Truth to shoot 81% like he did against Cleveland, I want the ball in his hands. A lot.

Gotta stop: Larry Sanders

It seems silly to focus on a role player, but Larry Sanders is KILLING the Celtics this season. He dropped 18 points, 16 rebounds and 5 blocks in the last game and is averaging a double-double vs Boston this season. They have to find a way to keep him off the offensive glass.

The Wild Card: Doc Rivers

Which button will Doc push tonight? The Jason Collins experiment worked (kinda, sorta) vs Cleveland, but will JC be back in the starting line-up? I don’t see him matching up well with the athletic Larry Sanders. Does Doc go small or will he force the Bucks to contend with a big line-up?

How we see it goin’ down

The Bucks are a mediocre offensive team that thrives in transition… oh screw it. It’s impossible to predict how the Celtics will perform.

I’m turning to the only historically reliable source I know – The Magic 8 Ball.

I asked: Will the Celtics beat the Bucks?

Magic 8 Ball’s response: All signs point to yes…

Celtics 98
Bucks  82

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  • Jon Doe

    How I see it going down? I see the Celts playing down to the Bucks, again. Don’t fear the deer! I would be shocked if the Celts play 48 minutes of consistent basketball.

  • jose

    Yeah….Celtics will lose. Again. Everyone we brought in that we thought would be awesome will suck. Again. Paul pierce will shoot terrible percentages. Again. The opposition will get every rebound. Again.

    • LA Flake

      Jeff Green will go off tonight. Just a hunch.

      • Jester00

        wow don’t bet on that JG with less then 14 mins

        • LA Flake

          He just needs to get off to a quick start, get some easy layups. Once he does that, he’ll get in a groove and Doc will keep him in the game. If not, his ass will be glued to a chair and watch Bass having a seizure in the post.

  • LA Flake

    Oh Gawd…Kenny Mauer AND Sean Wright reffing this game? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

  • Eddie Allen Powe

    Why do y’all think they recalled Kris Joseph? Will doc give him minutes from Lee and Greens punishment?

    • eddysamson

      I fucking hope so. At this point why not try him out?

  • RedsLoveChild

    Milwaukee will jump out to a 17-0 lead….then coast to a 104-93 win.

  • Celtic Geezer

    I think that they’ll win tonight but this is the best post of the year. This is a Magic Eight Ball team this year. lol

  • Dr. Evil

    Run it up bucks! 1 miiiilllllliiiiooonnn baskets.

  • joeblow

    anyone think bass, lee, bradley and some picks would get a Tyreke Evans Jason Thompson deal done?

    • KGino

      i wouldn’t trade Bradley for Tyreke & Thompson straight up. If they were good, the Kings would be good. The Kings are terriibllleeee

  • Quest

    You are absolutely on …..who knows how the Celtics will perform any more…..just hope it’s a win

  • CFan

    Game is over… that was the most bullshit calling I’ve seen in a while. It seems that the refs are always ignoring fouls when they’re on the celtics. Monta shouldn’t hav gotten free throws in the last minute, Pierce should have, and Green should have. Looked like Pierce may have gotten fouled on the last shot as well. ABSOLUTE BULLSHIT

  • Drew

    I fucking hate Jeff Green. Can this guy just die already? Pretty please. I’d WAAAAAYYY rather have problems trying to find another back up for Pierce than worry night in night out how Jeff Green is going to preform. What a worthless piece of shit. My hate for this lump of shit is nearing LeBron’s each and every day.

  • Drew

    If the league doesn’t fine him for delaying the game with that SISSY BITCH flop I’ll be livid. I’ve injured myself worse at jobs that pay 15 dollars an hour and finished my shift. What a fucking soft ass bitch.