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How we see it goin’ down: Celtics vs Warriors

Chuck - Red's Army March 1, 2013 Gametime, Previews 11 Comments

Tip: 7:30PM   Court: TD Garden   Watch it: CSN   Hear it: WEEI

Referees: Mike Callahan, Sean Corbin and Tre Maddox

Spread: BOS -4.0

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The Matchup

Record: 30-27 Record: 33-25
At home: 20-9 On road: 15-18
Streak: Won 1 Streak: Lost 2
Leaders Leaders
Buckets: Pierce (18.5 ppg) Buckets: Stephen Curry (21.9 ppg)
Boards: Garnett (7.7 rpg) Boards: David Lee (11.1 rpg)
Dimes: Pierce (4.5 apg) Dimes: Curry (6.5 apg)
For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks:
Offensive Rating: 102.6 (25th NBA) Offensive Rating: 106.4 (11th NBA)
Defensive Rating: 102.6 (7th NBA) Defensive Rating: 106.9 (20th NBA)
Pace: 91.2 (20th NBA) Pace: 94.2 (6th NBA)

Last time

The Warriors smoked the Celtics, 101-83, in December. The Celtics played without Rondo and any ability to shoot the ball.

This time

Get it to: Paul Pierce

The Truth was embarrassed in the first game vs Golden State. He shot 4-20 and looked very old playing against the 20 year old Harrison Barnes. Let’s resurrect my analysis: “This may have been the worst basketball I’ve seen Paul Pierce play, and I watched a lot of games in the lost seasons (1999-2006).”

I’m expecting a lot more tonight from the savvy veteran. He remembers what happened in that game and will seek redemption.

Gotta stop:  Stephen Curry

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few days, you’re aware that Curry scored 54 against the Knicks on Wednesday night. He made 11 of 13 3 FGs. We’re all salivating at the chance to watch Avery Bradley and Curry lock horns, but this will be a team effort.

The Wild Card: Perimeter defense

Guess who leads the league in 3-point field goal percentage? The Warriors at 39.8%. The Celtics rank 5th (34.2%) in Opp. 3 FG. Curry gets all the attention (and deservedly so, he’s shooting 46%) but Klay Thompson, Jarrett Jack and Harrison Barnes are all shooting better than 36% from 3.

How we see it goin’ down

The Celtics have won 7 straight at home and own a 94.8 defensive rating* at the Garden this season. The Warriors are a high-scoring, fast-paced team. Can we dumb it down and say if the Celtics play their brand of defense, they win this game?

Celtics 101

Warriors 93

*Thanks to Chris Forsberg for the stat

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  • KWAPT

    David Lee. He’s pissed that he couldn’t play in his return to MSG the other night. He’s also well rested against a Celtics interior defense that has been less than fierce. Watch out for him tonight…hope Boston doesn’t focus to much on Steph and let Lee have a 20 & 20 paint party.

    • Curt

      If someone will put Chris Wilcox in the game often enough, we don’t have to worry about David Lee.

      • KWAPT

        “Someone”..being Doc. I hope he does..not sure why he has Wilcox in the doghouse..or did for a while anyway

        • Larry Legend

          Maybe cuz he plays zero defense. I like wilcox’s energy, but he’s a sieve defensively. He’s been better as of late. It needs to continue going forward. Lee/Bradley my eyes on you tonight…I wanna see a comPlete suffocation of curry. They’re capable….let’s go!!!!

          • http://www.redsarmy.com KWAPT

            You got your wish! If not for 10 points on FT’s, Curry would’ve had 15 tonight..they were great on him. Ref called a couple of total BS fouls on Avery too.

        • Josh

          Doc’s all about effort. Collins was terrible, but it did seem like he gave everything he had at all times—there just wasn’t much there to give. With Wilcox, he seems to drift in and out of focus at times.

  • Roy

    I’m pretty pumped for this game. Legs are rested, and we need payback for what happened when we came out to the bay area in december. Sitting there at the oracle, I was embarassed for that performance. We need this one

  • Raoul

    How I see it going down: celtics lose by 8, Curry 23 points

  • zippittyay

    A very solid victory.

  • p funk

    Nice call on the prediction!
    Raoul- better luck next time

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