Tip: 7PM Court: Time Warner Cable Arena Watch it: CSNNE Hear it: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Referees: Ken Mauer, Marat Kogut, Leon Wood
Line: CHA – 4 (o/u 185.5)
Al Jefferson’s 22 points and 11 rebounds led the Bobcats to an 89-83 victory in Boston earlier this month. You might not remember this game because it put you to sleep.
Get it to: Jared Sullinger
After battling an illness the last few days, Sullinger should be feeling better. The sight of Josh McRoberts guarding him could settle his stomach better than any bottle of Pepto. According to Bobcats blogger Ben Swanson, McBob “doesn’t deny position well and isn’t a very good shot-blocker.”
Gotta stop: Al Jefferson
Big Al had his way with the Celtics front court in the last meeting, a front court that will be without Kelly Olynyk (ankle sprain). Hey Hump, I know you haven’t played much but are you still capable of fouling guys in the post?
The Wild Card: Courtney Lee vs Ramon Sessions
Which back-up guard will have a bigger impact on this game? As John pointed out yesterday, Lee is quietly having one of his most productive seasons. Sessions is a threat to drop 10-15 points. Points will be hard to come by tonight, and the team that gets even the slightest boost from its bench might win.
How we see it goin’ down
Lost 4. Won 4. Lost 6. Won 1.
The Celtics are a streaky bunch.
It won’t be easy and it won’t be pretty, but the Celtics find a way.