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How we see it goin’ down: Celtics vs Clippers

Chuck - Red's Army December 27, 2012 Gametime, Previews 26 Comments

Tip: 10:30PM     Court: Staples Center     Watch it: TNT     Hear it: WEEI

Referees:  Marc Davis, Eric Lewis and Tre Maddox

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The Matchup

Record: 14-13 Record: 22-6
On Road: 5-8 At Home: 13-3
Streak: Won 1 Streak: Won 14
Leaders Leaders
Buckets: Pierce (20.5 ppg) Buckets: Blake Griffin (18.1 ppg)
Boards: Garnett (7.1 rpg) Boards: Griffin (18.8 rpg)
Dimes: Rondo (11.9 apg) Dimes: Chris Paul (9.5 apg)
For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks:
Offensive Rating: 103.5 (16th NBA) Offensive Rating: 110.3 (4th NBA)
Defensive Rating: 103.4 (10th NBA) Defensive Rating: 99.8 (3rd NBA)
Pace: 91.8 (17th NBA) Pace: 91.8 (15th NBA)

Last time

The Celtics beat the Clippers, 94-85, in the only meeting last season. Paul Pierce (25 pts) and KG (21 pts, 8 rebounds) were the heroes. Chris Paul shot 3-12 with 4 TOs.

This time

Get it to: Paul Pierce

Caron Butler is a decent defender, but the Truth is red hot. He’s shooting 47% and averaging 5 rpg and 5 apg over his last ten games.

Gotta stop: Chris Paul

The Clippers have a multitude of weapons and role players, but Paul is still the head of this snake. He’s shooting 48%, 38% 3FG while averaging nearly 10 assists this season.  On the bright side, Paul is 3-for-21 is his last two games vs Boston. Doc Rivers must hold some sort of CP3 antidote. Or maybe, Rajon Rondo simply plays to his defensive potential vs Paul.

The Wild Card: Jamal Crawford

Crawford leads a stellar bench that’s averaging a league best 42.7 ppg. Not only will the Celtics need Courtney Lee to suffocate Crawford, but Jeff Green and Co. must produce some points.

How we see it goin’ down

It doesn’t get much better than a nationally televised game against the team with the league’s best record. While we like to think the Celtics rise to the occasion in big games, they’re just as capable of laying a collective egg.

The Clippers have incredibly athletic front-court players.  I’m curious to see if Doc Rivers will start Jason Collins against DeAndre Jordan. Will KG tire guarding Blake Griffin? Will Jared Sullinger be effective?

Predicting these match-ups and the Celtics play overall is nearly impossible. I have a better chance of predicting my ex-wife’s mood.

I’m going with the Celtics tonight for the sole reason that the Clippers winning streak has to end at some point. Why not tonight?

One other note, if the name of official Marc Davis rings a bell, it’s because he has a notorious history with the Celtics. 

Celtics 101
Clippers  97

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  • Chris

    I, honest to God, believe the Clippers will win tonight. I’m a die-hard Celtics fan, but reality is what it is. The Clippers actually play really good defense and their offense is “showtime” (according to Magic Johnson)

    I could be wrong and the Celtics could somehow beat the Clippers, but until the final buzzer sounds, I’ll have to go with the Clippers in this one.

    They proved me wrong against Brooklyn on Tuesday afternoon, I hope they do so again tonight.

  • RedsLoveChild

    Obviously…nobody gave Chuck a new and improved crystal ball for Christmas!

  • ChiefLittle

    I think we win a nail biter! Rondo’s triple double sets the stage for the Celts to snap the Clippers streak! The defense continues to improve and the JET goes off. Celtics 97
    Clippers 95

    • JIMWRAT

      Jason Collins is going to drop 40, Rondo will hold Chris Paul to 1 point off of a free throw and Blake Griffin will forget how to jump. Larry Bird will come out retirment. Celts 153 Clip 59

      • SamR

        This prediction is about as reasonable as the rest.

    • ChiefLittle

      Could I be more wrong! We looked terrible tonight!

  • GreenCro

    If there is the right time, place and the opponent to make a new direction, a major shift so to say…
    Well, it hardly comes better than this
    Truly like THESE kids from LA, but I believe in our guys tonite!
    On another note…
    Boards: Griffin (18.8 rpg)
    R u sure?!
    ;)

  • W_AMPARAN

    i think its ok to start JC, we need that big body that can give a hard foul to contain their athletlic fast non talented bigs… KG needs to bring his lock down mode for us to win, and also it would be pretty nice to have AB to defend Paul or their guads, so CL needs to step up his D tonight as well

  • LA Flake

    Just scored two tickets to this game on ebay! If you see two dudes decked out in green from head to toe a couple of rows behind the Clippers bench, that’ll be me and my buddy.

    Gooooooooooooooooo C’s! Can’t wait to taunt Lamar Kardashian.

    Oh. I’m calling this game for the C’s tonight. Got to.

    • Ryan

      Actually the celtic fans really used to come out strong when they were in town to play the clippers. It’s been a long time since I lived out there but I’d be curious to know if that’s still the case (especially with the clippers becoming a legit team).

    • Drew

      You’ll be in your Rondo jersey? I can’t wait to judge you. Please be fat and dorky. PleeeeaaaSsse.

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

    Rondo and Paul hate eachother, at least it seems that way everytime they face eachother. Other than that, this game worries me….if the Clippers start beating our bigs up and down the court, this could be ugly. Would love to see Sully have another good game tonite, we’ll need him.

    This has little to do with this game other than the guy will be there….but Bill Simmoms has gome from being a decent writer who watches too much tv to a complete d-bag whose presence in the national spotlight is really annoying. If their (ESPN) goal is to make Jalen Rose seem smart or credible, they’re nailing it. Go C’s!

    • Topfor

      Seriously, Bill Simmons has just about lost every fan he’s ever had in Boston. He’s been one of the biggest LeBron hero worshipers since he came into the league. The worst part about it is that I’ve personally read articles where he reams officials for being shady and unfair, yet every time LeBron gets away with a win because of corrupt officiating he ignores the bad calls and worships LeBrons “great performance.” At this point it just seems like he’s trying to chase a pay check without David Stern breathing down his neck for talking shit about the special treatment of his golden boy. Worshiping popular players=great pay check.

  • Nate

    This game is winnable if we stop Crawford. Remember Lee’s job on Martin against the Thunder?

  • stephanie

    This is one of those games where I think the Clippers will win, but hope that they don’t. If the C’s lose I wouldn’t totally be upset. I just don’t want them to get embarrassed. They need to set the tone tonight in “lob-city”

  • eddysamson

    Maybe Varnado will be of use tonight or too soon for him?

  • Drew

    We’ll win. I think we are at that point of the season where we start beating good teams and losing to lottery teams.

    • Chulinho

      That seems accurate to me. This team has mastered the art of surprise.

  • http://mrcuret.wordpress.com mrcuret

    If Rondo shows up on triple double mode (which I think he will bc it’s against CP3) the Celtics will win tonight.

  • Drew

    This is fucking frustrating. The Clippers are a half a step faster in EVERY GOD DAMNED ASPECT of the game than The Celtics are.

  • eddysamson

    so apparently everything the Celtics do is a foul but nothing the Clippers do except the most obvious shit are fouls.

    Griffin has drawn 3 calls purely by getting whoever is on him’s arms caught up with his, when they fight their arms out of his they get the foul call. I’ve seen it 3 times the exact same thing every time…once with Sully, once with Collins, once with Rondo.

    WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS?

    • Drew

      All you do is bitch about fouls. Shut up. Good teams fight through bad offiacting, bad teams suffer through bad officiating. I’m sick of hearing it. Cap it, little cry baby. You come on this blog frustrated when we play like shit calling for bad officiating like its the sole reason we are losing. We are losing because we SUCK.

      Side note. I hate wiggers. They really drive me insane. They are almost worse than Samoan football players.

      • eddysamson

        Does it make you feel better to call other people little cry babies on a blog?

  • Drew

    I hate Blake Griffin. I used to make him sandwiches in a deli I worked at about 5 years ago. I should have spit in them.

    • Kristovar

      I would hope you would with every OU player purely based on principle.

      I’ll love this team until the day I die, but at this point I feel like I did in 2006-7 where I dreaded nationally televised games because I knew I had to watch them, but they were gonna be painful. It’s like the fire is gone. I won’t give up until a month after the ASG, though. At least I have the Patriots to get me through that time.

  • David

    Lets just put the crapping elephant picture up now and call it a night.