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How we see it goin’ down: Celtics – Hornets

Chuck - Red's Army January 16, 2013 Celtics News, Gametime, Previews 13 Comments

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The Matchup

Record: 20-17 Record: 12-26
At Home:  13-6 On road: 6-13
Streak: Won 6 Streak: Won 1
Leaders Leaders
Buckets: Pierce (19.6 ppg) Buckets: Eric Gordon (16.9 ppg)
Boards: Garnett (7.1 rpg) Boards: Anthony Davis (7.7 rpg)
Dimes: Rondo (11.1 apg) Dimes: Greivis Vasquez (9.1 apg)
For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks:
Offensive Rating: 103.1 (23rd NBA) Offensive Rating: 103.8 (17th NBA)
Defensive Rating: 103.5 (8th NBA) Defensive Rating: 108.8 (27th NBA)
Pace: 91.1 (20th NBA) Pace: 88.0 (29th NBA)

Last time

The Hornets took a steamy dump on the Celtics in their lone match-up last season, winning 97-78.  Go ahead, read the recap because it’s rather funny. I wasn’t too high on the Celtics back then. New Orleans has won three of four against the C’s.

This time

Get it to:  Kevin Garnett

Number 1 draft pick Anthony Davis comes with a lot of athleticism and defensive prowess, but you can bet the Celtics are going to make him think. Oh, and KG will be giving him an earful. Despite the ability, Davis, like most of his teammates, has struggled on defense this season. Baskets should be easy to come by tonight.

Gotta stop:  Greivis Vasquez

Who? Vasquez is a 26-year-old Venezuelan who is averaging 14 points and 9 assists (3rd in the league) this season. He’s upped his game recently; averaging 18.5 points on 51.2 percent shooting and 10.3 assists in his last 11. He’s not a burner or a killer three point shooter, but his mid-range game is lethal and he can pass.

The Wild Card:  Eric Gordon or Austin Rivers

The Hornets star guard is averaging nearly 17 ppg since his return from a knee injury. He can shoot and get to the rim. As of noon, the Hornets had yet to decide if he will play tonight – his first back-to-back since returning. If Gordon sits, expect those minutes to go to Austin Rivers. Doc’s kid has struggled mightily all season. He’s averaging 6 points on 33% shooting. Let’s just say there’s a big drop-off from Gordon to Rivers.

How we see it goin’ down

Don’t be fooled by the Hornets 12-26 record. They’ve won 5 out of 6 and beaten San Antonio and Houston this month. They rank 1st in transition offense and 8th in 3-point percentage.

But… they are lousy on defense. Really lousy.

Even with the Rivers family reunion looming as a distraction, I expect the Celtics to drop the hammer tonight. And I got a feeling Jason Terry delivers a big game.

Celtics 106

Hornets 89

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  • swissflix

    Looking forward to watching this one. Somehow expecting Green to drop the hammer. Go Celtics!

  • LA Flake

    If Austin Rivers gets any meaningful PT, he might just have a breakout game. If not, Gordon is a big time threat and G. Vazquez is a really good PG.

    I hope Sully plays for 35 minutes tonight. He’ll wreak havoc in the paint.

    • Shawn

      Sully vs Davis would be fun ahaha. watch the 21st pick dominate the 1st. Plus both would get rookie whistles and Sully in the post might be able to draw some fouls

  • swissflix

    and Rondo needs to dominate Vasquez. Anything else is not accepted. His D against the bobcats was just lazy at times (despite the great all around game).

    • KY Celts fan

      At 6’6″, Vasquez is pretty tall for a PG. Even if Rondo was on his best behavior, he could still struggle against him.

      • Brian

        Bradley and lee will cover Vasquez most of the game so no worries there.

        • LAF

          then who guards eric gordon?

          • Swissflix

            See, that’s what i mean. We need rondo’s d tonight.

  • Vcjhj

    Yea it’s about time for jet to have a big game

  • Victory18

    No Eric Gordon tonight

  • SF Celts fan

    Celts are wack. Always playing down to the competition. Fire Danny Ainge and blow it up.

  • ZabJudah

    how do you explain this garbage performance?

  • phillyfan

    no disrespect, but your team just took the night off, and I believe your coach did to… Almost as though they threw the game with moneyline stacked so heavily in their favor at home.