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How we see it goin’ down: Celtics vs Lakers

Chuck - Red's Army February 7, 2013 Gametime, Previews 17 Comments

Tip: 8PM     Court: TD Garden     Watch it: TNT    Hear it: WEEI

Referees:  Monty McCutchen, Nick Buchert and Ed Malloy

Spread: Even

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The Matchup

Record: 25-23 Record: 23-26
At home: 17-9 On road: 8-16
Streak: Won 5 Streak: Won 3
Leaders Leaders
Buckets: Pierce (18.5 ppg) Buckets: Kobe Bryant (27.6 ppg)
Boards: Garnett (7.4 rpg) Boards: Dwight Howard (11.9 rpg)
Dimes: Pierce (4.0 apg) Dimes: Steve Nash (7.8 apg)
For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks:
Offensive Rating: 102.2 (26th NBA) Offensive Rating: 107.7 (8th NBA)
Defensive Rating: 102.7 (7th NBA) Defensive Rating: 105.9 (16th NBA)
Pace: 91.3 (17th NBA) Pace: 94.6 (3rd NBA)

Last time

The Lakers swept the season series last year. Boston fell 88-87 in OT at the Garden, and 97-94 in Staples. LA has won 4 straight regular season games in Boston. Ouch.

This time

Get it to:  Kevin Garnett

Sure, the big fella might be a bit fatigued after playing 32 minutes and carrying the Celtics last night in Toronto, but the Lakers have a damaged front line. Pau Gasol (foot) is out for several weeks and Dwight Howard is questionable (shoulder). I hope Earl Clark and Robert Sacre are ready for a heavy dose of KG.

Gotta stop:  Kobe Bryant

No Pau, a damaged Dwight and the spotlight of a nationally televised game means Kobe (that mug shot never gets old) might take 45 shots tonight. I’m not sure how many looks Kobe gets in the post in Mike D’Antoni’s offense, but the Lakers might go there considering the size advantage over Boston’s guards.

The Wild Card:  Metta World Peace vs Paul Pierce

I’ll give Artest credit, he’s does a helluva job irritating Paul Pierce. I’m hoping Pierce stays in control, reigns in the one-on-one play and gives the game what it needs.

How we see it goin’ down

The Lakers have won 6 of 7.  For all the praise heaped on Kobe over this stretch for his passing (averaging 7.8 assists), his shooting has been atrocious: 38% in his last 5 and 41% of his last ten.

The Celtics are never good on the second night of back-to-backs, but I don’t see them losing this game. Not against a Lakers squad missing Gasol.

Celtics 106

Lakers  98

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  • Curt

    Most important game of the year. Gotta win.

    • Nate

      not. even. close.

      We’re going against a beaten up West team. Far from important

      • Curt

        It’s the Lakers. You have no pride if you don’t care about beating the Lakers…especially when they’re shitty.

        You must not be a fan.

      • Curt

        I TOLD YOU SO

  • http://infinart.com Simon

    Hah, what a burn with the Lakers image after the Kobe praise article.

  • Lakers4Life

    If we don’t have dwight tonight, I look for the celtics to go in the post every single time

    • Nate

      That, and we’ll beat your below average defense with the pass

      • Lakers4Life

        Below average? I think it’s worst in the league, watch Duhon at pg, man he embarrasses me so bad lol

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  • Nate

    I predict blowout win.

    Crazy on a back-to-back right?

    Wrong. Lakers have no big men so they can’t make life difficult for the Celtics at all. Lakers D isn’t all that great so our winning streak average of 48% shooting is looking pretty probable. Assuming we bring our defense and shoot anywhere north of 40% this game, it’s ours.

  • screaming jay

    Ha! Love the Kobe mug shot…

  • I bleed green in L.A.

    GO CELTICS! That KoMe pic made my day.

  • Justsomeffinguy

    I’m gonna be at the game tonight. Gahden is gonna be rocking for sure. We play defense, we win this game easily…

  • dk

    LOL great to see the mug shot!

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

    This is always a big game, and tonites “who sucks worse” match is a point of pride for all. If they play some defense & Avery and the guards can contain Kobe & Nash, we got this.

  • Quest

    back to back …..optimistic score prediction

  • eddysamson

    WOW. 2 minutes in and the refs have already blown the game. The 2 on KG were clear fouls committed by DWIGHT