Tip: 7PM Court: Quicken Loans Arena Watch it: CSNNE Hear it: WEEI
Referees: Bill Kennedy, Brian Forte and JT Orr
Spread: BOS -2.5
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The Celtics and Cavs have split the season series (1-1). Kyrie Irving dropped 40 points in the Cavs 95-90 victory on Jan. 22. The Celtics beat Cleveland, 103-91, thanks to a monumental effort from Jason Collins.
Get it to: Paul Pierce
He’s the only guy who can straighten the course. I’m talking about Paul Pierce the facilitator, not Paul Pierce the lazy 3-point shooter.
Gotta stop: Tristan Thompson?
The poor Cavs are decimated with injuries. No Kyrie Irving. No Dion Waiters. Throw Anderson Varejao on the list too, even though he’s been out since December. Thompson excels around the basket and on the offensive glass; two areas where the Celtics are lacking.
The Wild Card: Will the Celtics bigs show up?
How bad was the Celtics front line last night against the Knicks? Chris Wilcox had 0 rebounds in 9 minutes. Jeff Green dropped the softest 19 and 10 you’ll ever see. And Brandon Bass… sigh. With Thompson, Tyler Zeller and Marreese Speights, the Cavs have some scrappy front court players who can inflict damage against our zombie bigs.
How we see it goin’ down
The Celtics are desperate for a win. They gotta win tonight, right? Just remember the Celtics are mediocre on the 2nd night of back-to-backs (9-9, 5-9 on the road).
Prepare yourself for a crap fest.
I’m (praying) expecting the Celtics to be less crappy than Cleveland.