Tip: 8PM Court: Toyota Center Watch it: CSNNE Hear it: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Referees: Mike Callahan, Derek Richardson, Gary Zielinski
Line: Houston – 10.5 (o/u 199.5)
The teams split (1-1) the season series last year.
Get it to: Jordan Crawford?
Hand him the keys and get out the way. Houston plays at a frenetic pace and they will essentially force the Celtics to run. Crawford’s shooting has dipped the last two games (8-26) but his season TO/A ratio is a fantastic 3-1. I love watching Jordan Crawford pass the ball. I repeat, I love watching Jordan Crawford pass the ball.
Gotta stop: Dwight Howard
It appears Brad Stevens is going with Vitor Faverani in the starting lineup. He might foul out in 4 minutes… or he might dominate if he has an arsenal of fart jokes for Houston’s 7-foot goofball. The problem with collapsing on Howard is that the Rockets love to jack up 3s. Kris Humphries better loosen up those elbows.
The Wild Card: Chandler Parsons vs Jeff Green
If the Celtics have any chance in this game, Green MUST outplay Parsons. Chandler is averaging 21 ppg over his last 5, while Green is shooting 4-18 in his previous two.
How we see it goin’ down
Houston can score, run, shoot the 3, and offensive rebound. They have a dominant defender in the middle and a dynamic scorer.
The Celtics have a scrappy bench.
I don’t like our chances much in this one.