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How we see it goin’ down: Celtics vs Nets

Chuck - Red's Army April 10, 2013 Gametime, Previews 5 Comments

Tip: 8PM     Court: TD Garden     Watch it: ESPN/CSNNE    Hear it: WEEI

Referees: Scott Foster, Sean Corbin and Josh Tiven Wood

Spread: BOS -3.5  O/U 193.0

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The Matchup

Record: 40-37 Record: 45-32
At home: 27-12 On road: 21-17
Streak: Won 1 Streak: Won 2

Leaders Leaders
Buckets: Pierce (18.8 ppg) Buckets: Brook Lopez (19.4 ppg)
Boards: Pierce (6.5 rpg) Boards: Reggie Evans (11.0 rpg)
Dimes: Pierce (4.8 apg) Dimes: Deron Williams (7.6 apg)

For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks:
Offensive Rating: 102.8 (25th NBA) Offensive Rating: 108.1 (8th NBA)
Defensive Rating: 102.9 (6th NBA) Defensive Rating: 106.2 (16th NBA)
Pace: 91.7 (16th NBA) Pace: 88.5 (29th NBA)

Last time

The Celtics thumped the Nets 93-76 on Christmas day. Brooklyn won two vs Boston in November, one of those games included the Rondo vs Humphries brawl.

This time

Get it to:  Jeff Green

Green does not have good numbers vs Brooklyn this season (7.3 ppg), but those performances came earlier in the season before Green flipped the switch. The Nets are physical. Green cannot be tentative and he must attack the paint, even if Brook Lopez and Reggie Evans will be waiting for him.

Gotta stop:  Brook Lopez

The 7-footer is on a tear. He’s scored more than 25 points in three of the last 5 games.

The Wild Card:  Defending Joe Johnson

While Joe Johnson is stumbling through a mediocre season (16.2 ppg, 42% FG), I’m curious to see who gets this defensive assignment. Paul Pierce plays shooting guard in Doc Rivers’ new line-up. Will Pierce be quick enough to chase Johnson around the perimeter? Or will the Celtics slide Jeff Green over to Johnson and let Pierce guard Gerald Wallace?

How we see it goin’ down

This might be the final meaningful regular season game for both teams. I’m expecting a playoff atmosphere in the Garden.

The team that’s won the rebounding battle has won all three games. Reggie Evans is coming off a 17 point, 24 rebound performance vs Philadelphia last night. The over/under on how many times I scream – “They didn’t bother to box out!” – is 6.

I think the scrappy Celtics are showing up tonight.

Celtics 93

Nets 90

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  • Lee in Oregon

    Would be nice to beat a quality team before the playoffs but I’ll settle for a W against the Nets.

    Hopefully Scott Foster doesn’t have dough on this one…..

    • Chulinho

      I see what you did there.

  • celts4life

    i could see reggie evans and brook lopez having their way with offensive rebounds tonight…we will win if we box out and hit shots

    • Chief_00

      Yeah have to agree especially with Evans he’s boarding like crazy the last couple of weeks

      • celts4life

        Either that or the celtics let some random nets bench scrub score 30 pts in classic boston fashion…