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How we see it goin’ down: Celtics vs Bobcats

Chuck - Red's Army November 25, 2013 Previews 8 Comments

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)

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The Matchup

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Record: 5-10 Record: 7-7
On road: 3-6 At home: 4-3
Streak: Won 1 Streak: Won 1
 
Leaders Leaders
Buckets: Green (15.3 ppg) Buckets: Kemba Walker (15.6 ppg)
Boards: Sullinger (6.8 rpg) Boards: Al Jefferson (7.8 rpg)
Dimes: Crawford (4.8 apg) Dimes: Josh McRoberts (4.5 apg)
 
For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks:
Offensive Rating: 98.5 (26th NBA) Offensive Rating: 98.2 (27th NBA)
Defensive Rating: 104.3 (14th NBA) Defensive Rating: 100.4 (4th NBA)
Pace: 94.0 (14th NBA) Pace: 91.3 (28th NBA)

Last time

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.

This time

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.

Celtics 95

Bobcats 92

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