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How we see it goin’ down: Celtics vs Magic

Chuck - Red's Army November 11, 2013 Previews 7 Comments

Tip: 7:30pm     Court: TD Garden     Watch it: CSNNE    Hear it: 98.5 Sports Hub

Referees: Ed Malloy, Mark Ayotte, Sean Corbin

Spread: BOS -2.5 (o/u 190)

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The Matchup

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Record: 3-4 Record: 3-4
At home: 1-1 On road: 0-3
Streak: Won 3 Streak: Lost 2
 
Leaders Leaders
Buckets: Jeff Green (17.0 ppg) Buckets: Arron Afflalo (19.7 ppg)
Boards: Vitor Faverani (5.3 rpg) Boards: N. Vucevic (12.1 rpg)
Dimes: Gerald Wallace (3.4 apg) Dimes: Jameer Nelson (6.6 apg)
 
For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks:
Offensive Rating: 99.7 (25th NBA) Offensive Rating: 101.3 (22nd NBA)
Defensive Rating: 102.3 (10th NBA) Defensive Rating: 98.2 (5th NBA)
Pace: 93.0 (22nd NBA) Pace: 97.2 (10th NBA)

Last time

The Celtics defense smothered Orlando in a 91-89 victory on Friday night.

This time

Get it to: Jeff Green

Uncle Jeff managed just 10 points on 5-14 shooting in last Friday’s victory over Orlando. But I’m hoping the game-winning triple he spit in LeBron’s eyeball on Saturday proves to be the “asshole” elixir he needs to maintain the alpha-dog confidence.

Gotta stop: Nikola Vucevic

The Celtics did a decent job limiting Vucevic (14 points, 13 rebounds) in the last game. In addition to defending the big guy, Boston needs to replicate the solid overall play in the paint. The C’s hung tough with Orlando on the boards and points-in-the-paint.

The Wild Card: Courtney Lee

While I’m not Courtney Lee’s biggest fan, I have to note that he’s shooting 61% in the past 5 games. His best game of the season (13 points, 4 rebounds in 17 minutes) came vs Orlando. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that Lee benefits from the transition game.

How we see it goin’ down

Is this Celtics team capable of a 4 game winning streak? Why the hell not. Especially if they continue to dominate the perimeter (1st in Opp 3FG) and force Orlando into sloppy mistakes.

Oh by the way, if the Celtics win and Philly loses, we’ll be tied for 1st place in the Atlantic Division.

BOS 96

ORL 88

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  • Curt Hays

    You remember what I said last time, right? :-)

  • Paul Pierce

    This season for the first time in years is going to be fun. I’m just going to relax and have a good time.

    • Mike C

      Well said Paul. Like everyone else I was dreading our prospects after our rocky start. Now, I can’t wait to see what this team and new coach might be able to accomplish. Going to be fun to watch.

    • Amir Buxbaum

      Why don’t you leave the Nets and come play for us instead, ah?

  • Jake Gruber

    Somehow I missed where this whole Uncle Jeff thing started?

    • Screamin Jay

      Me too. Where did Uncle come from?

      • CFH

        He was playing on the team that scrimmages against the Olympic team just after he was drafted and LeBron James started with the Uncle stuff for… No apparent reason. It just stuck.