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How we see it goin’ down: Celtics vs Nuggets

Chuck - Red's Army February 10, 2013 Gametime, Previews 12 Comments

Tip: 6PM     Court: TD Garden     Watch it: CSN    Hear it: WEEI

Referees:  Tony Brothers, Olandis Poole and Eddie F. Rush

Spread: BOS -2.0

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The Matchup

Record: 26-23 Record: 33-18
At home: 18-9 On road: 11-15
Streak: Won 6 Streak: Won 9
Leaders Leaders
Buckets: Pierce (18.6 ppg) Buckets: Danilo Gallinari (17.1 ppg)
Boards: Garnett (7.3 rpg) Boards: Kenneth Faried (9.7 rpg)
Dimes: Pierce (4.1 apg) Dimes: Ty Lawson (6.9 apg)
For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks:
Offensive Rating: 102.6 (25th NBA) Offensive Rating: 109.5 (5th NBA)
Defensive Rating: 102.7 (7th NBA) Defensive Rating: 105.2 (13th NBA)
Pace: 91.4 (18th NBA) Pace: 95.0 (2nd NBA)

Last time

The Nuggets out-hustled Boston, 98-91, in their only meeting last season. Kenneth Faried (18 points, 16 rebounds) torched the Celtics with his high-energy game. Denver has lost 18 of their last 21 in Boston.

This time

Get it to:  Kevin Garnett

KG is averaging 18.4 ppg over his last 7 games. For all his hustle and ferocity on the boards, the 6-8 Kenneth Faried struggles defending the post. Kosta Koufos is better at defending the pick-and-roll, but is just as weak in the post.

Gotta stop:  Ty Lawson and Andre Miller

If the Celtics want to keep Denver from running, they’ll have to clamp down on Denver’s point guard. These two have drastically different styles. Lawson is a lighting quick penetrating guard, while Miller is the crafty veteran who can score on the block.

The Wild Card:  Denver fatigue vs Boston’s time off

The Nuggets are a high octane offense that loves to run and crash the offensive boards. But will they have any gas left after playing last night in Cleveland and arriving in Boston at 1 am? The Celtics last played Thursday night, practiced Friday and had Saturday off. Too much time off isn’t necessarily a good thing for the Celtics.

How we see it goin’ down

The Nuggets may be the hottest team in the league, but only two of those 9 consecutive victories came on the road. I can’t see them coming into Boston and winning on the second night of a road back-to-back. Not the way the Celtics are playing.

Celtics 109

Nuggets  99

Good luck to anyone attending the game. It’s a bitch getting around the city.

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  • JimmyG

    I think this is the biggest post-Rondo test for the Celtics thus far – I’m not including the Heat game because they weren’t aware of the extent of his injury. If they can beat some tough opponents like the one they have today then I’ll feel a lot more mixed about how they perform without their star pg.

    • eddysamson

      How can you say that about the Heat game? They literally played the entire game without Rondo and didnt force anyone into his exact role. They played team ball with a lot of passing….it was the same as weve seen these last 2 weeks.

  • $tephanie

    I will feel A LOT more comfortable if they beat the Nuggets because they have all their players and it wouldn’t be a “Well they didn’t have so and so” situation.

    • eddysamson

      So who didnt the Heat have?

      • $tephanie

        I forgot about the Heat game, but that game was “pre-Rondo injury” because they really didn’t know what was going on. This game tonight is a no-excuse game all around. They’ve been playing without Rondo and we’re playing a good team that will have all their key players…No excuses if they win.

        • eddysamson

          But the injury isnt the point. Its the absence. Who cares what they are thinking, the fact of the matter was they HAD to play the game without him just like they have to now. You shouldnt separate the win streak up like this, its silly. Its the fact that hes gone that matters and we beat a few good teams this season without him, even outside this streak.

          • $tephanie

            I’m not talking about the players..they have to show up and play regardless. I’m talking about people like you and me that are analyzing the “post-rondo injury” games. Each win was prefaced with a “But they didn’t have this, and that team sucks”. This is a legitimate win and it’s not silly to separate it b/c that’s how it’s been analyzed by EVERYONE.

  • KWAPT

    FYI for anyone locally depending on public transport to get to the game, leave very early. Service is extremely limited and guessing it will be slow going.

  • Sheets

    Who’s carrot will be snapped tonight? I say the nuggets. Lets not slow the game down, let’s run with them and see who is the better team.

  • Caterpillar from Italy

    This team has grit and balls.
    The win tonight was EPIC, now they can even lose tomorrow, I don’t care! ;)

  • kobe

    amazing game!!! now I really believe in this current Celtics Roster! very tough!!!

  • Me

    Brandon Bass (32:33minutes = 4 Rebounds) Vs. Kenneth Farried (38:31minutes = 12 Rebounds)