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Game 51/82: C’s (38-12) @ Bobcats (21-29) Open Thread

 

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UPDATE: Chris Forsberg is reporting Semih Erden will miss tonight’s game with a right adductor strain. The latest injury leaves the C’s with just four bigs tonight (Harangody and Big Baby off bench) and 10 healthy bodies overall including Avery Bradley who arrived flew from North Dakota to Charlotte this morning. Getting everyone home healthy instead of a win may become priority number one in this one….and the sad thing is that I’m only half kidding.

Boston at Charlotte

7:00 P.M. ET

Time Warner Arena

CSNNE

Offensive Efficiency:

Boston: 108.0 points/100 possessions (13th)

Charlotte: 103.0 points/100 possessions (25th)

Defensive Efficiency:

Boston: 100.2 points allowed/100 possessions (2nd)

Charlotte: 106.7 points allowed/100 possessions (14th)

Probable Charlotte starters: DJ Augustin (PG), Stephen Jackson (SG), Gerald Wallace (SF), Boris Diaw (PF), Kwame Brown (C)

View From The Opposing Bench: Queen City Hoops

Injury Report:

Celtics: Shaquille O’Neal (out), Delonte West (out), Jermaine O’Neal (out), Marquis Daniels (out). Bobcats: DeSagana Diop (out), Tyrus Thomas (out).

Thumbnail: The new-look Bobcats under Paul Silas (12-10) have hit a bit of a bump in the road recently, losing four of their past five games against some stiff competition (Miami, Dallas, Utah). Despite the recent slide, these Bobcats are still entirely capable of beating the C’s on any given night, although they lack the interior muscle to match up with the C’s front line of KG, Perk, and Big Baby.

Nonetheless, Silas has taken off D.J. Augustin off the leash since his arrival and the young point guard has lit it up alongside Stephen Jackson for what is still one of the worst offenses in the league. The C’s have had the Bobcats number this year, but those are the guys who will likely be responsible for any win tonight over Doc Rivers’ crew while they come out for the second night of a tough back-to-back trip. Also keep an eye for Boris Diaw’s long-range shooting (43.5 percent from deep in past 10 games)

WHAT WE WANT TO SEE FROM BOSTON TONIGHT:

Squeaking a win out tonight by any means necessary. Big minutes for Paul Pierce and Ray Allen yesterday means we should see a healthy dose of Von Wafer tonight, as we will for the next month or two in Marquis Daniels’ absence (more on that tomorrow). Still, productive minutes from the bench on the road have been hard to come by lately, so Semih, Nate and Von would all do well to give Doc something to help from keeping him playing Paul, Ray and company 35+ minutes tonight in order to win.

Getting the ball into KG is probably a good idea too, as is Rajon Rondo keeping up his attacking mentality which began last Tuesday in Sacramento and will be needed in order to achieve a win tonight.

PREDICTION:

Boston 89 Charlotte 87 and Ray waits till he comes home to break the record.

  • someguyinsac

    Here's to an injury free win and Ray to at least tie the mark for made 3's or break it.

  • ElRoz

    Darn! Shaq, Delonte, Semih – GET HEALTHLY already!

    Marquis and JO – safe and fast healing and recovery.

    This is getting ridiculous….who are they going to have agaisnt Lakers and Miami? At least there will be 2 days in between those games..

  • lakershater13

    I love seeing the Celtics win but with a lot of guys down lets not over play our Vets. We have rookies. Lets get them out on the court and let them eat up some minutes. Im glad Allen, Pierce and Kg are in great shape for their age but its like having an old car. You drive that car 20 mins to work every day it might hold up great. You decide to take a road trip and that old car might not be as in good of shape as you thought. Something could break down. Our older guys are playing at levels no players their age ever have. Lets let Bradley and Wafer eat up some mins for Pierce and Allen. Anyone notice Bradleys stats in the d-league. PPG 17.1 RPG 4.8 APG 5.2 STPG 3.0. Those are quality stats and he leads the dleague in Steals per game. Winning is great but we will not be putting up Banner 18 with out one of the big three. Allen and Pierce both had over 40 mins last night. Second night of a back to back. Rest your Vets!

  • Batman

    I really like aggressive Rondo, Note it!

  • skeeds

    damn we're laying some bricks tonight…
    Ray's 2-2, he ain't shooting another unless it's for the game.

  • kricky

    We are getting outhustled by the bobcats tonight. Lucky to be in this one. Back to backs are just a killer on our old legs.

  • WTF

    The C's starting to play 50% ball, two weeks earlier than last season. If they keep doing this, they can kiss #18 goodbye.

  • ElRoz

    As expected Boston loses a second night of a back-to-back on the road.
    I don't think there is anything more certain for this team that
    1. Somebody will go down with an injury every 5-6 games
    and
    2. Boston will lose the second night of a back-to-back on the raod…it can be ANY TEAM – Cleveland, Washington, Charlotte…ANY team and the Celtics will basically fall apart in the 4th quarter – GUARANTEED…their vaunted offense basically crumbles.
    These two are the main reasons Boston is not likely to have the best record in the East this year and will likely lose a key game on the road 5 or 7 – they have been horrible in wining clinching playoff games on the road during this short 3 years run with the KG-Allen-Pierce team (won only 1 in Detroit 08 and lost something like 9).
    So somewhere in Chicago or Miami the season will end…but we will have a good excuse – "they are not healthy, don't have all their players", "if they were healthy, they would…".

    • someguyinsac

      I was with you on #1 and #2, but then you became a Debbie Downer like you were setting up an exit from the fan bandwagon.

      (Don't take it personally, it's just how it was read by me and I'm grumpy because we lost a winnable one.)

  • stephen

    Every fucking time I start to sing this teams praises they pull an effort like this one. Has this team won in a back to back situation all year? Lakers and Heat now coming in. Start rebounding the G** D*** basketball !!!

    • ElRoz

      It doesn't matter who they play on the second night of a back-to-back on the road: they have lost at Cleveland, Washington, and now Charlotte – this is one of two certain things for this team this season.

      The other one is an injury to key payer every 5-6 games…guaranteed.

      The same will be taking place in mid April…and into the playoffs. That's the sad part…I can easily see a healthier Orlando knocking Boston out in the second round.

    • CG12

      I like how you feel free to drop an F bomb but star out "god damn."

  • ElRoz

    If you think that after the All Star break they will have Shaq, Delonte…wake up – not are the existing players are going down every other week, but Shaq will ALWAYS have injury issues during his two years here, he'll play a few, then take even more games to heal up.
    When Delonte comes back it will be barely enough to make up for the Daniels loss.

  • lakershater13

    Allen 40 mins the first night. They recall bradley and allen still plays 39 mins. I think the fans could accept losses easier if we put out young rooks out on the court on the second night of a back to back. Am I the only one thinking this?

  • stephen

    @ElRoz–Are you smoking something? Have you been paying attention to the way Orlando plays? They are not going to beat the C's in a seven game series unless they shoot 50% from beyond the arc.Why I am so pissed off is that sooner or later this team is going to have to find a way to win in a back to back situation or they are going to blow the home court advantage. The C's are going to deal with more injuries then many other teams based on the physical style they play–that's a given. I just can't accept throwing away these types of games to completly inferior competition.

  • I_Love_Green

    Slowly but surely the Heat are creeping up on that #1 seed, and the Bulls are right behind them ready to take the #2 seed. I hate these games.

    • Batman

      We really need to beat the Lakers and the Heat to cease the naysayers

  • stephen

    We aren't going to beat either team unless we rebound the basketball. You get outworked on the boards– you get beat!!!

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