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Game 67/82: Celtics (48-18) @ Rockets (35-34) Open Thread

 

Boston at Houston
8:30 P.M. ET
Toyota Center
CSNNE

Offensive Efficiency:

Boston: 107.0 points/100 possessions (16th)

Houston: 111.0 points/100 possessions (4th)

Defensive Efficiency:

Boston: 99.8 points allowed/100 possessions (2nd)

Houston: 109.5 points allowed/100 possessions (21st)

Probable Houston starters: Kevin Martin, Kyle Lowry, Chase Budinger, Patrick Patterson, Chuck Hayes

View From The Opposing Bench: Red94

Thumbnail: March Madness got the best of me this afternoon, so this relatively brief preview will have to suffice as the Celtics kick off their three-game road trip in Houston. Boston will need to step up the defense tonight against the run-and-gun Rockets who go 10 deep and don’t have a lot of household (healthy) names left on the roster, but still can put up points with the best of them.

Houston is just two games out of the final spot in the West, and have won four of six, so they will be well rest and ready to fight the C’s in the midst of a long homestand. Nonetheless, the Celtics are looking to avenge an ugly loss against Houston earlier this year and finally have the horses to do it for the second straight game, especially off the bench, which is pivotal to compete with a team like the Rockets.

If the C’s make a conscious decision to play some defense, they should be able to sneak out of town with the win, which will be even more crucial than usual, given tomorrow night a back to back is looming.

Prediction: Celtics 99, Rockets 91. The bench shines once again and Rondo’s slump continues.

  • Chris O

    You mean Rondo playing through an injury like the O'Neals can't continues???

  • Batman

    GODDAMMIT IT

    • someguyinsac

      He didn't dam it, the beavers did. =)

  • someguyinsac

    Gadzooks! Hope the Celtic D shows up in the second half.

  • kricky

    This is embarrassing.

    meanwhile the Bulls come back against the Pacers.

    • ny cs fan

      Thats because the bulls are TRYING

  • Chris O

    There goes the neighborhood

  • ny cs fan

    I order the nba package so a little effort would be nice. This is a disgrace!

  • I_Bleed_Green

    Watching the bulls games on league pass. Man, Derrick Rose is amazing. Wish rondo can be half as good.

    • BunkerHillG

      Are you serious?

      • I_BLEED_GREEN

        YES

  • Conall

    My link get copping out, every time it came back the lead had ballooned further. What the fuck happened. I know every good team occasionally has bad outs. But it seems that recently the Celts are routinely made to look anything but a contending team. What is wrong with this ball club?

  • ny cs fan

    I am sick of this they do this every night. And i am sure there will be alot more the rest of the way. I understand getting beat but they arent even trying and doc knows it you can see it in his face

  • Jason

    This team's a joke. They lose the three-point line, can't rebound and their leading scorer takes like 10 shots a game. Being unselfish doesn't mean the 6th and 7th guys get as many shots as the two leading scorers. No wonder this offense sucks.

  • Batman

    If Rondo leads up back in the 2nd half i will support him

    • I_BLEED_GREEN

      Good luck

  • Conall

    At least Chicago lost!

  • kricky

    Bulls lose! C'mon Guys lets mount the biggest comeback lf the season and take back the #1 Seed!

    I wanna see the Cap leaping on the scorers table with his fist-pumpin' at the end of this one!

  • I_BLEED_GREEN

    Rondo, KG and Ray have been playing like crap recently

  • Chris O

    Guys honestly I don't know if you have checked the schedule but we are is SERIOUS JEOPARDY of falling to the 3 seed the way we are playing….yes the THREE,3, TRES, seed. Miami and Chicago have MUCH easier schedules and they don't lose to INFERIOR competition. We have been playing like garbage…WHERE ART THOU SHAQ

    • dslack

      Only 1 game ahead of Lakers in the loss column.

  • Mike James

    Should we start worrying about the 2nd seed now?…

  • nbsmatambo

    lol, good thing Chicago lost…cuz we r getting raped…smh

  • ElRoz

    Darn…this Cetis team is looking like trash the past 6-7 games….

    Doc is really NOT doing his job well…..or maybe the veterans are not listening to him…but this team is playing bad at the wrong time….looking like 2nd round elimination right now for these C's.

    Let's look for excuses: they played two days ago….not that one…they are missing KG and Rondo…no……. they are tired from an exertion over a long , 19 game wiing streak…no

    they stink….enjoy the #3 seed.

    • Tom W

      Can we just get this dude banned somehow?

  • someguyinsac

    Hopefully we'll be back to putting Diesel in the tank soon, this unleaded stuff is killing me.

  • Batman

    What is with these trolls!??! Yes we have problems, yes we have issues to fix, but writing obituaries even before the season ended!?!?

    • someguyinsac

      Don't feed them and maybe they'll get bored and go elsewhere.

      • Batman

        Right but they are on every single day its annoying me

      • kricky

        Stick them in the microwave like in "Gremlins"!

        But seriously. I don't like the way the team has been playing at all. No excuse for tonight's effort.

        Even last year, with all those bad losses, I don't remember them losing a game like this.

  • I_Love_Green

    Struggle city right now. What the fuck is happening to us…

  • LStrike

    #3 seed or not, it all comes down to the playoffs.

    Everybody remember how down we were on Ray Allen last year? He came good. Remember how down we were on the C's heading into the post-season, where we had no idea what was going on? We came good.

    • Mike

      Last season the Celtics were a great if not the best team on the road. This year they're anything but…. and not to mention they just can't seem to defend the perimeter, every game its 3 after 3… that's what started the Rockets run tonight too.

  • Chris O

    I am not a troll, or writing an obit, they could just fall to the 3 seed if they don't step it up. I am worried, we need the Diesel soon. The starts look gassed most nights…too many minutes

  • Morpheus

    Taken to the cleaners.

    I just hope we end up with a better record than the Lakers. If not, we're FU*KED. Anyone see the reactions from the vets on the bench, being down 30. You wouldn't think it looking at them. They were like "eh another day at the office…another game".

  • kricky

    Maybe we should try to drop to #4, I'd rather face the Hawks than the Sixers.

  • phoniq

    no hunger. patterson is looking like a great pick for the rox.

  • someguyinsac

    Well, at least the bench showed up tonight unlike the starters. But tomorrows another day, let's do better.

  • David G.

    We're getting beat down every other game by the non-elite teams. What's going to happen when we play someone that's actually good?

  • james patrick

    @LStrike. Remember how everyone thought Brett Favre was washed up last season as he signed with the Vikings. He came good. Remember how Favre looked this past season?

    Last year was last year.

    I don't know about the rest of you, but I am definitely worried here. The 4 games the C's have lost in the last 6 should not have been losses! They're not playing with any enthusiasm. I'd rather watch reruns of the Association than these games! lol

    • Mike

      Yes I too am worried about the team right now and if we, at least , don't get the 2nd spot I'll be even more, reasons being they don't defend the 3 well, they can't score on the road more than 75-80 points. Hopefully they can figure it out though…
      At this pace the top 3 seeds in the west will have HCA over any eastern team.

  • GowGow

    Cs sure did everything they could… RIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT.

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