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The C’s Play Tonight, But Seriously What Just Happened? Open Thread

 

Boston at Denver
Pepsi Center
10:30 pm EST
TNT

Offensive Efficiency:

Boston: 105.1 points/100 possessions (13th)
Denver: 109.7 points/100 possessions (1st)*

Defensive Efficiency:

Boston: 97.5 points allowed/100 possessions (2nd)
Denver: 107.2 points allowed/100 possessions (23rd)*

*Irrelevant

View from opposing bench: Roundball Mining Company

Needless to say, we’re going to scrap the regular format for tonight’s preview. The Nuggets are a completely new team and you can basically throw all their stats from this season out the window. Tonight marks the true beginning of the post-Melo era for Denver, as the 4 newly acquired former-New Yorkers get set to make their debut.

But enough about the Knuggets. We have enough on our hands already…

WHAT TO LOOK FOR TONIGHT?

Body language. I’m sure the Celtic players are devastated by this. Particularly Rajon Rondo, who was very close with Kendrick Perkins. I really just wouldn’t want to be in that locker room today…just a sad place to be. Perkins was supposed to be out tonight anyway, but I wonder what kind of effect today’s events will have on their play against the Nuggets. Fortunately, this is a veteran team and they will stay focused on the task at hand. Kevin Garnett won’t allow them to lose that mental concentration. Even with only 9 players dressed tonight, I really expect the Celtics’ to come out motivated and determined. I just don’t know if they can survive with KG, BBD and Chris Johnson up front. Speaking of which…

DOES BIG BABY HAVE IT IN HIM?

Even for a BBD critic like myself, I can’t ignore the fact that a tiny part of the Perkins trade probably had to do with Davis’ superb play this season. As confused as I am by the trade, Danny Ainge obviously knows that he has a year-and-a-half window left with the Big 3. And he wouldn’t have made this deal if he didn’t have confidence in Perkins’ replacement(s). Perhaps Troy Murphy is already packing his bags for Boston. But ultimately, BBD is going to be the guy that Doc Rivers wants on offense at the end of a close game. Davis has proven he deserves to be on the offensive side of the ball in these situations. Now the question is, does he have what it takes to be a strong enough defensive player to help the Celtics close out games?

SOMETHING ON THE NUGGETS:

I honestly feel a little sorry for Raymond Felton. I think he got the worst of the whole Melo deal. In the midst of a career year (17 -9), living in New York, dishing out assists to Amare left and right. Things were finally coming together for him. It’s not often that you see an NBA player battle for 5 years before finally blossoming into a border-line All-Star in his sixth season. And Felton most certainly elevated his game to a new level this season. But who knows? Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe his inflated numbers are a direct by-product of the D’Antoni Effect and the fact that Amar’e played out of his mind for the first 3 months of the season. On this Nuggets team though, he suddenly becomes “the guy”, or at least “the co-guy.” And my hunch is that he keeps it up. Starting with tonight.

However, I think Danilo Gallinari completely folds under the pressure tonight. Just think Celtics fans, it could be worse. The future of your franchise could rest in that guy’s hands.

Prediction: Nuggets 101, Celtics 94. Just get me to the post-game news conference so I can get some answers.

  • Jeff in Portland ME

    What about the rumor that Cleveland is looking to buy Leon Powe out? Powe returns to Boston?

    • Section328

      It is done – Cavaliers waive Leon Powe (5 points, 3 boards in 14 games this season);

      • talesofJP

        I like Leon, maybe we bring him Murphy and Rasual Butler in, that would be nice.

  • MP!

    They waived him. Doesn't mean he's coming here though, he's not the same player he was in '08.

    • Section328

      The fact that he was playing for the FREAKIN' CAVS about as much as Harongody was for the C's is proof of how right Danny was to let him go in the first place.

  • Rich

    one part that also needs some explaining is: semih and harangody for a 2nd rd pick… this could mean the celtics already have a shooting guard in mind, but I thought the celtics were trying to acquire anthony parker through a deal like this one and it never happened… hopefully it means more good players to come…

    • Section328

      What about the 2017 pick from the Anaheim Kings? That part boggles my mind too.

      • kricky

        This is a friggin' fiasco all around. Unless Gliber promised to buy out a couple players and send em our way I don't see the point.

  • hoopkala

    Don't understand the perkins thing at all. the celtics are the best team in the league on the offensive end (best shooting pct.) so it can't be a defense vs. offense trade. Green is also coming up on a contract year, so are they thinking of paying him what they wouldn't pay Perk??? Perk is harder to replace that Green would be. Even if Rasheed/Murphy/Powe are being brought in, they could have moved Daniels, Erden etc. to clear up the roster space. None of it makes sense. Did Ainge just have a reactionary move based on Perk not signing an extension????

    The only reason that makes sense is to clear cap room to get people in 2012… but really, sacrifice a run at the title this year for 2012? and Perk would be a good person to keep regardless, unless you are making a run at Dwight in 2012. Unless they get Dwight this would make no sense. They wouldn't want to grab Paul or DWill… who else is in that class?

  • I_Love_Green

    Well this is going to be a tough game. One new team, and one depressed team.

  • Tom W

    I think the mood in the Celtics locker room is gonna pretty much reflect the mood on the Celtics Hub comment boards.

  • I_Love_Green

    Oh man Chris Johnson is so good!!! Lock him up for life DA!

  • Zee

    Gotta admit, this bench looks pretty good and energetic on the court! I like that!

  • kricky

    Outrage is turning to despondence. I will miss Perk. His toughness. His hard work. This is what this team exemplifies. He was the heart and soul of this team and it feels like it's guts have been ripped right out.

    On a brighter note: I like Chris Johnson So far. Great Energy and athleticism.

    Man I need more Whiskey.

  • I_Love_Green

    Great, Ray Ray can't shoot tonight.

  • kricky

    And so it begins…………..

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