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How we see it goin’ down: Celtics vs Cavs

Chuck - Red's Army November 29, 2013 Previews 3 Comments

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

Referees: Bill Kennedy, Mark Lindsay, James Williams

Line: BOS -3.5 (o/u 189)

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The Matchup

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Record: 6-11 Record: 4-11
At home: 2-5 On road: 1-8
Streak: Lost 1 Streak: Lost 4
 
Leaders Leaders
Buckets: Green (15.8 ppg) Buckets: Kyrie Irving (21.1 ppg)
Boards: Sullinger (7.2 rpg) Boards: Tristan Thompson (9.4 rpg)
Dimes: Crawford (4.9 apg) Dimes: Irving (6.1 apg)
 
For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks:
Offensive Rating: 99.5 (25th NBA) Offensive Rating: 96.9 (27th NBA)
Defensive Rating: 104.4 (12th NBA) Defensive Rating: 105.9 (21st NBA)
Pace: 93.4 (18th NBA) Pace: 93.6 (17th NBA)

Last time

The Celtics and Cavaliers split last year’s season series, 2-2. You may remember Jeff Green’s buzzer-beating layup back in March or Kyrie Irving’s 40 point explosion last January.

This time

Get it to:  Jeff Green

The Cavs Earl Clark isn’t what you’d call a defensive stopper. Opposing SFs are torching him for 58% eFG, 19.9 PER and 10.6 RP48. I typically stray from placing Jeff Green in the “get it to” category, but the match-up is too good.

Gotta stop:  Kyrie Irving

If the Celtics escort Irving into the lane the same way they did Mike Conley on Wednesday night, his 41% FG in November is bound to increase. Here’s hoping Brad Stevens has a plan for stopping Irving on the pick-and-roll. Screw it, I’d consider trapping him on early play. Avery Bradley needs to be in full pit bull mode.

The Wild Card:  The Cavs front line

They may be playing poorly, but Cleveland rolls out some talented bigs. Anderson Varejao is playing the best right now (51% FG, 8.5 ppg, 7.6 rpg). Tristan Thompson (11.1 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 42% FG) is capable of destroying us. The best game of his young career may have been the 29 points and 17 rebounds he dropped in Boston last April.

How we see it goin’ down

These teams struggle in the same facets of the game; scoring, ball movement and turnovers. This could be one ugly game. I fear Kyrie Irving’s ability to take-over a game, but the Celtics are the better defensive team.

Something in my turkey-bloated gut tells me the C’s get the home crowd a much deserved win.

Celtics 99

Cavs 91

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  • pierce Hart

    Lol the cavs are awful. I’m sick of them being a lottery team and having so many top picks but wasting them, it’s holding back the league immensely I mean 2 of their 4 top picks have been busts waiters is an offensive sixth man at best and Bennett looks like a bad sullinger. Just another team embarrassing the shitey east no wonder LeBron left that embarrassment of a franchise should be banned from having any top picks in the next two years and allow other franchises rebuild with wasted talent. Dito to the kings

    • tvor03

      If you’re the number 1 draft pick and not starting for your team, then someone somewhere has seriously screwed up.

      • pierce Hart

        I’m just sick to death how teams take so long to rebuild which has a knock on effects. I mean look how quickly the pelicans rebuilt bought the first pick and traded for Jrue Holiday and they look scary good now. But teams just hog all the talent coming out of drafts and waste them which is saddening