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