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How we see it goin’ down: Celtics-Warriors

KWAPT December 29, 2012 Gametime, Previews 7 Comments

Tip: 10:30PM     Court: Oracle Arena    Watch it: NBA TV/CSNNE     Hear it: WEEI

Referees:  Danny Crawford, Haywoode Workman, Gary Zielinski

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The Matchup

Record: 14-14 Record: 20-10
On Road: 5-9 At Home: 9-4
Streak: Lost 1 Streak: Won 2
Leaders Leaders
Buckets: Pierce (20.5 ppg) Buckets: David Lee (20.0 ppg)
Boards: Garnett (7.1 rpg) Boards: David Lee (11.2 rpg)
Dimes: Rondo (11.9 apg) Dimes: Steph Curry (6.4 apg)
For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks:
Offensive Rating: 103.5 (17th NBA) Offensive Rating: 104.4 (9th NBA)
Defensive Rating: 100.8 (12th NBA) Defensive Rating: 100.9 (11th NBA)
Pace: 93.7 (19th NBA) Pace: 98.4 (6th NBA)

Last time

The Celtics beat the Warriors in Oakland last season 105-103 on a Kevin Garnett jumper in the closing seconds. It was the only time the teams played due to the lockout. Garnett torched GSW for 24 points on 11 of 15 shooting, and Rondo handed-out 14 assists.

This time

Get it to: Paul Pierce

Paul is due for a big game. Despite dishing-out a bunch of assists on Christmas Day in Brooklyn, scoring wise he’s in a drought. Pierce has a total of 20 points in the C’s last two games on 8 of 23 shooting from the floor.

Pierce is averaging 24.9 points versus Golden State since the start of 2000-01 – tied for his second-highest mark against any team over that stretch.” -AP

Gotta stop: David Lee

Lee lives in the painted area, and will kill the Celtics on layups, tip-ins & bunnies if not checked. He recently had a streak of 12 straight games with 20 points or more while shooting 50% or better from the field.

The Wild Card: Steph Curry

We all know what this kid is capable of. He’s shooting the lights-out in December with scoring performances of 27 and 32 points this month. If our perimeter defense is not on point, Curry can easily get hot and bury trey after trey.

How we see it goin’ down

Boston has been a hard team to nail down this year. On one hand, I see the Celtics playing with a sense of urgency after getting embarrassed by the Clippers on TNT Thursday night. But on the other hand, a young, hungry and much-improved GSW team will be looking to prove that they can hang on the second night of a back-to-back.

It’s going to be important for Boston not to let the Warriors get out to a big lead early. Oracle Arena is a very loud building, and despite winning their last 2 games there, Boston had lost 12 of 14 there before that.

Basically, our guys need to do what they do- i.e. Pierce needs to score, Rondo Jet and Lee need to be aggressive and KG needs to be the heart and soul of the defense.

I have a superstition on doing predictions, so I’m leaving them to you. Give me your predictions in the comments…..

GO CELTICS.

 

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  • Drew

    99-86 Warriors. Their crowd is going to be INSANE tonight.

    • Olivia

      Honestly this team has been so up and down I have no idea what the outcome will be. I agree that Pierce is due for a big game. I really hope Rajon has his head in this one because he seems pretty lost as of late.

  • KWAPT

    * Editor’s note: Please see newest post on Rondo injury before making prediction..lol

  • Jon

    courtney lee has slowly been getting back on track, tonight will be a breakout game as a celtic if he gets enough time

  • Chris

    Warriors: 110
    Celtics: 90

    Celtics defense is abysmal and the offense is only as good as what the defense of the other team allows. Warriors are actually “not bad” at defense but aren’t as great as what many people in the Bay Area believe.

    Celtics will hit some shots, but they won’t be able to stop Golden State. It’s not going to be a pretty night…

    • CelticsKid34

      yeah… can someone say BLOWOUT?!!! we truly are horrible. banner 18 has long since been out of reach and rapidly leaving our sight…

      • Chris

        Amen brotha! It is a blowout indeed. I don’t think Banner 18 will come until we sign or trade for a impact player… that stays healthy!