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Game 71/82: Bobcats (28-42) @ Celtics (50-20) Open Thread

 

Charlotte at Boston
7:30 P.M.
TD Garden
CSNNE

Bobcats Coach Paul Silas

Offensive Efficiency:

Boston: 104.4 points/100 possessions (15th)
Charlotte: 100.1 points/100 possessions (26th)

Defensive Efficiency:

Boston: 97.4 points allowed/100 possessions (2nd)
Charlotte: 104.4 points allowed/100 possessions (16th)

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

View From The Opposing Bench: Queen City Hoops

Thumbnail: Ailing Celtics, meet thy cure. The Bobcats, 2-10 over their last twelve games, are rapidly spinning down the drain, three games back of the last playoff spot in the East. On a normal night, this would be a worry, the kind of game the Celtics just love to mail in. But tonight, given all the scrutiny they’ve faced both internally and externally, we should all expect Boston to come out and thrash the Bobcats. Anything less would be a letdown. And it’s not like this team suffers letdowns, right? Especially not against Charlotte.

WHAT THE BOBCATS DO WELL

Lately, they’ve been doing precious little well.

Statistically speaking, they get to the line, or they did until the departure of Gerald Wallace, who was sent to Portland at the trading deadline as part of Michael Jordan’s nefarious plan to kill basketball in Charlotte for good. They also do a solid job of holding teams off the offensive glass, which, given Boston’s disinterest in second chance points, should give them a chance to get out and run.

Except they play at a relatively slow pace.

The one area where Charlotte may be able to overmatch the Celtics is effort. Boston’s has been spotty and while the same can be said for the Bobcats lately, their mid-level defense can rise into the elite on occasion, assuming everyone is focused (watch the Charlotte bench on that topic – they can out-energy you if not out-talent you).

WHAT THE BOBCATS DO POORLY

Bobcats Guard DJ Augustin

Score. If the Celtics D could assert itself for a whole game with the same effort we saw in the second halves against New Orleans and New York, Charlotte might not crack 60 points. Not only that, Jackson, their one periodically frightening player, has been slumping lately due to a hamstring injury. He’s shooting .320 for March, scoring only 13.4 points per game.

PLAYERS WHO MAKE ME WORRY

Every member of the Celtics.

Could there be any other answer? Boston has an advantage at every starting position tonight against the Bobcats. And even so, Charlotte could easily be up 10 points after one quarter.

Awesome.

PLAYERS WHO DO NOT MAKE ME WORRY

Every member of the Bobcats.

I’m not being glib. Look over their roster and tell me if anyone on that team worries you.

And yet they could be up by 15 at the half.

Awesome.

WHAT WE WANT TO SEE TONIGHT

A victory most of all, but one in which the Celtics lead comfortably after the first quarter would be nice. A return to crisp ball movement on the offensive side would be nicer. A low turnover total would be a joy. Rondo attacking the paint and actually finishing wide open layups would be wonderful. Nenad Krstic returning to his double-double form of a couple weeks back would also be impressive (if unlikely).

I’d just settle for the win.

PREDICTION

Boston 92 Charlotte 81

  • rondeezy

    win by 30+ points. after kg went mental in a "playoff type" practice yesterday the guys are going to come out strong

  • Chris O

    C'mon guys, Bobcats are weak about 25lb wildcats. Beat the hell out of them with your Shalailee's and Shamrocks or ELSE!!!!

  • Mike

    On the nba.com courtside cam it looks like Von Wafer warming up so hopefully he'll play tonight.

  • I_Love_Green

    PLEASE WIN TONIGHT!!! PLEASE!!

  • Batman

    Rondoooooo

  • Batman

    Who the heck is D.J white

  • Mike

    And why the heck does Big Baby keep shooting if he clearly can't hit anything….

  • Zee

    Seems like the refs are calling something every 2 seconds on both ends! That’s the reason we can make a lead! Let them play!

  • Zee

    Rondo is aiming to be a more aggressive shooter this game. He should’ve shot that pump fake.

  • Alex

    Wow, the offense has been putrid to close out the half. Tommy "has no words". They need to fix this before the playoffs. 1 assist in the 2nd quarter? That's not Celtic ball.

  • someguyinsac

    Yo! Where did the good O flow go?

  • steveb

    At least the defense looks good, other than the rebounding. Pour it on second half, win by by 20 and Gino stops by.

  • Zee

    I told you! Rondo is aiming to be more of a scorer tonight. Maybe Doc told him to take the shot and stop passing them up. I’m cool with that because that’s the ideal goal. We need a PG that can score.

  • Mike

    Seriously does Davis really think that he is the team's first option on offense or what?!

  • Zee

    Baby is taking shots he should. Some fall, some don’t. He’s good within his range and I don’t mind those shots.

    On the other hand, I’m loving Rondo’s agression offensively, looking to score and not just assists! :)

  • Batman

    Not loving the Rondo TOs though :(

    • Zee

      He’s not the only one though.

  • Batman

    FUCk

  • Zee

    Are they really within one? I must be dreaming… sigh…

  • Batman

    Pierce…………

  • Batman

    ARE U KIDDING ME WE R DOWN

  • WTF

    What are the Cs doing? Don't tell me they are losing to the Bobcats.

  • Mike

    Unbelievable…

  • steveb

    I take it back, no Gino tonight.

  • -JACKAL-

    What a joke. Same old no heart Celtics. It's like last year all over again.

  • Batman

    we're coming back against the bobcats…but its a comeback anyway

  • ElRoz

    this Celtics team stnks. Period.
    But last year they stunk even more than this year. Can they turn it on the same way this playoff season? Right now there's only hope, because the evidence that they are playing somewhat like last year is there in front of everbody to see. So now everybody hopes that can repeat the good part, since we all see they are repeating the bad part.

  • -JACKAL-

    I feel bad for everyone who paid good money to see this game in person.

    • complexity

      Same. But it must have been like the finals for Bobcat fans.

  • Batman

    WE LOST

    • someguyinsac

      And we really shouldn't have.

  • james patrick

    this is such crap! what a AUGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH F#$K!!!!!

    Hey, how's that trade looking now?!

  • Zee

    We just lost to an undermanned team, missing two of their best players. Smh… Highly disappointed.

  • Mike

    Pathetic team period….this is going nowhere….
    Thanks Danny!

  • kricky

    They need to hang their heads in shame the way they are playing. No fuicking effort.

  • -JACKAL-

    Lmfao. You can't even blame this on the trade or injuries. This was the most god awful basketball I've ever seen. No excuses can be made.

    • Batman

      this
      not the trade or injuries
      bad basketball
      RAY ALLEN WAS FUCKING WIDE OPEN FOR A BASELINE THREE GODDAMN IT

  • Zee

    Hopefully with this loss (since we can’t change it) it will rattle us enough to play with more urgency. I think we’ve been taking things for granted a lot lately. Teams aren’t just gonna bow down to us. Losing games will hopefully draw the team closer, and ready to fight.

    Hopefully the Bulls lose tonight.

  • WTF

    Fire Rivers, he lost the team and nobody cares what he says and wants now…

    • Zee

      You’re talking crazy now…

    • Mariya

      Whoa. You're blaming the WRONG person buddy…

  • ElRoz

    As I've saidon every post over the last 2 weeks: get ready for the #3 seed baby.

    The difference between #3 and #4 seed? I have no idea: both get homecourt in the 1st round and then no home court in the 2nd or 3rd rounds…..so what has THIS team done so far? End up in the same place as last year…..and if they are lucky, they might play games 6 and 7 in LA again.
    Let's see, they scored 81 points against the Bobcats and 87 agaisnt Memphis…and 77 against Houston…
    Doc really sux at coaching offense – last year and this year.

  • James Patrick

    I blame it on the trade because they're not playing with any consistency.

    there's no hoping here. don't count on a solid run this season. it's over. and no need to worry about rivers because he's quitting to spend time with the family. but this isn't Doc's fault. he can't suit up and play for them. they have a bad attitude right now. they got lazy and that's why they lost to a horrible team that REALLY had no business being on the floor with the celtics (from the beginning of the year). now? we had no business being on the floor with the bobcats. Ridgemont could beat us right now. This makes me sick! WTF! I hope they're all hurting in that locker room right now. They should be!

    • Mike

      You know what the worst part is, thinking ahead the Celtics have no center for the future by trading perkins, rondo as good as he is he's not a player who wins games by himself, meaning how the he*l are we gonna have a team for the future?

      • LStrike

        3 years of solid lottery drafting?

        • Mike

          which means lots of years without playoffs, shouldn't have to get to that point

      • Morpheus

        Rondo, Baby for Nash, Gortat

    • Zee

      Maybe Doc needs to say that he saw some crying and tears in the locker room, possibly needing our own version of "crygate." It seemingly worked for Miami. LOL… Sigh…

  • LStrike

    What. The. Fuck.

    I'm not a doomsayer like most of the people here, we were experiencing the exact same thing last year but people still continue to assume the worst. But I hate watching Boston lose to bottom-feeders.

    Wake me up for the first round.

    • someguyinsac

      Yeah, I'm hoping it's the "we're in the playoffs, so we'll get a little lazy" doldrums too.

  • james patrick

    people…. thre is no comparing this season to last season. we had a different team! it doesn't work that way. so okay, if we do, then i guess we're screwed because last season we lost in game 7 because we tanked in the 4th quarter. but we know that's because perk got hurt in game 6, so since perk is healthy again, we'll be fine. oh wait, he's not on the celtics anymore. that's right.

    there is no comparing last season to this season.

  • Batman

    I don’t know if they know but MIAMI IS RIGHT BEHIND US

    • Mike

      Do you honestly think we're not 3rd seed already

      • Batman

        Nope. We’re not the third seed until we are actually the third seed

  • kricky

    To add insult to injury I just watched the Bulls and their MVP PG outhustle the Grizz and pull out a gutty win.

    • Batman

      Doesn’t deserve MVPbut let’s not nitpick

      • Chris O

        Yes he does, they are a 40 win team without him

      • Morpheus

        OH HELL YES HE DOES….Rose is MVP this year, make no mistake.

    • Zee

      Saw it too… Sigh…

  • Chris O

    I can't watch another Celtics game until the playoffs start….this is a joke

  • Paul

    Nothing much to say after this one…when you follow up a bad loss with your worst loss of the year there's not too much to say…I will say as I've said before though EVERY team goes thru this at some point in the year. The Lakers lost 4 out of 5 culminating with a loss to the Cavs and they came out of it. If Shaq and JO come back healthy it will give this team a shot in the arm…

  • Disgruntled

    Celtics right now,especially the starters think that teams coming to TD Garden will just roll over and lose to them.Well they should know by now that they only win thru grit and determination which is nowhere to be seen since the trade.It has something to do with all this losses.They are a pathetic team right now,as much as the Knicks.At least the Heat has a never say die attitude and it seems that they are out of their own sinkhole by now.

  • stephen

    It Is Overrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr !!!!!!!!!!!!————–No heart—–No Balls

  • Zee

    And even after all of this… I STILL think we'll be fine once Shaq and JO return. We've gone through a lot all season with the injuries. Then we endured a trade that pretty much switched up our whole line-up. I'm not making excuses, but just saying that I understand. After all we've been through, and still with a chance at 1st and 2nd seed says a whole lot.

    Banner 18!!!!!!!!!

  • Morpheus

    SCREW THAT, wake me up when the playoffs arrive. WINNING….i mean the regular season, the #1 seed in the East obviously don't mean jack shit to this team.

    No passion. nothing. This is different than last season. Forget banner 18, it ain't happening.

  • Disgruntled

    I think Rondo and KG are tanking in because of Perk's trade,dont you think so?

    • james patrick

      i don't think they're tanking purposely, but i think mentally they definitely are. is anyone out there gonna honestly question that these guys haven't thought at least one time, "Danny, WTF?!" if we all are you sure as hell better believe they are too!

  • james patrick

    people…. thre is no comparing this season to last season. we had a different team! it doesn't work that way. so okay

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