New Jersey at Boston
TD Bank Garden
Boston: 107.5 points/100 possessions (13th)
New Jersey: 97.5 points/100 possessions (30th)
Boston: 101.6 points allowed/100 possessions (1st)
New Jersey: 110.2 points allowed/100 possessions (27th)
Probable NETS starters:
Brook Lopez, Yi Jianlian, Courtney Lee, Jarvis Hayes, Devin Harris
Nets: QUESTIONABLE: Keyon Dooling
It’s really unfair to both the Celtics and the New Jersey Nets to devote an entire Celtics Hub preview to this game. The Nets are in a free fall which was only exacerbated by their two point loss to Philly last week. If I went through every little thing that this team was bad at, a confessional stop would be necessary to cleanse my soul. These Celtics Hub previews are suppose to be funny ways to talk smack at an opponent and get fans revved up for the game. Unfortunately, I just can’t heap dirt on this team anymore- they are just too sad.
The NETS only out do their opponents in three statistical categories according to basketball-reference.com and only one of them is actually positive. They foul more than their opponent, shoot more (while making less, eeek!) and shoot a higher free throw percentage on average. The free throw percentage is actually a great stat to have, and a testament to the NETS solid front court of Brook Lopez and Yi Jianlian.
Brook Lopez is a stud and the only player on this team with which the Celtics need to be concerned. He also seems like a nice guy on and off the court. In interviews he’s awkward but in the most endearing way possible. He also helps teammates and opponents up off the floor, exhibiting solid sportsmanship. Sportsmanship, for me, is big in terms of my player evaluations. This kid plays the right way and will be in the league a long time. Don’t worry Brook, better days are ahead of you.
Honestly, I only want to see two things out of the Celtics tonight. I want everyone to come out unscathed and I want to see both Billy Walker and Ray Allen play 25 minutes. This is the only team Doc can do that with and feel comfortable regardless of the score. Play Walker a lot in the first half and if the need arises, step on the NETS’ throats in the second half.
Enjoy the win guys, ’cause it’ll be big.
Celtics 105, Nets 83