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Game 74/82: Celtics (51-22) @ Spurs (57-17) Open Thread

 


Boston at San Antonio
8:00 P.M. ET
AT&T Center
CSNNE/TNT

Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 104.4 points/100 possessions (15th)
San Antonio: 109.1 points/100 possessions (2nd)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 97.4 points allowed/100 possessions (2nd)
San Antonio: 102 points allowed/100 possessions (8th)

Probable San Antonio starters: William Anthony Parker (PG), George Hill (SG), Richard Jefferson (SF), Antonio Keithflen McDyess (PF), Tiago Splitter Beims (C)

View From The Opposing Bench: 48 Minutes of Hell

The last time the Celtics faced the Spurs was my favorite game of the season. It was only three months ago, and yet to read the recap it’s hard to connect that Celtics team with this one. Shaq, Marquis, Von Wafer, and Harangody all played. Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic were chilling in Oklahoma not bothering anyone. Glen Davis took over the game at times. And Rajon Rondo was nothing short of a different player: 12 points, 10 rebounds, 23 assists. That was his last game over 16 assists this season.

Still, like the last four, this is a game the Celtics can win. San Antonio is about as beaten up as Boston is; you just don’t hear about anything that happens there because it’s more important what Bosh, Wade, and LeBron each have to say about Derrick Rose’s MVP candidacy. This game could, could turn out to be a sloppier, shorthanded version of the last one against the Spurs. That would be nice, because Miami’s only one game back in the loss column.

WHAT THE SPURS DO WELL

Shoot three-point basketballs. Because they’re boring and sanctimonious, casual fans tend to think of the Spurs as a defensively-oriented team. But the truth is that they’re an offensive juggernaut thanks to how well they shoot from long range. Between New Hampshire Matt Bonner, Richard Jefferson, Gary Neal, Tony Parker, George Hill, and Manu Ginobili (actually not that great percentage-wise, but pretty amazing considering the kind of shots he takes), this team can go on runs. The C’s have defended shooters better than big men in the last few games, but it remains to be seen how they’ll do against the league’s best-shooting team.

WHAT THE SPURS DO POORLY

Pretend that the stretch run matters to them. In their recent loss to the Blazers, Gregg Popovich sat Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and Antonio McDyess. He’s known for benching his stars at the end of the season, and this year in particular he really doesn’t seem to care whether his team hangs on to the top seed, as long as they’re healthy once the playoffs get going. Fans complain about this because it punishes people who buy tickets early and, they argue, demonstrates a lack of competitive intensity. Gregg Popovich does not care. He spells him name with an extra “g” just to upset people. Here’s what he does when he sees somebody crying.

Duncan and Ginobili are both probably out tonight.

PLAYERS WHO MAKE ME WORRY

Dejuan Blair and Tiago Splitter. Check the box scores of the last three losses. The top scorers in all three games were bigs, and in two of them they were scrubby backup bigs (DJ White and Leon Powe). Those two along with Roy Hibbert did most of their damage against Glen Davis. The interior defense is not getting it done. Jermaine O’Neal should improve matters tonight, even by just standing around like he probably will.

Plus Blair has no ACLs and he still kills it on the autotune.

PLAYERS WHO DO NOT MAKE ME WORRY

Richard Jefferson. You might still think Richard Jefferson is having a good year. There was a lot of press coverage surrounding his improved three-point shooting at the beginning of the season, and it’s true that he’s inexplicably gotten much better from distance. But all other aspects of his game are still in decline, and his overall stats have dropped marginally from last season when Spurs fans tried to bury him in the desert. Without Ginobili or Duncan, Jefferson will probably see a decent amount of ball tonight, but Pierce’s defense has been tight in recent games and Jefferson’s not that good anyway.

WHAT WE WANT TO SEE

Rajon Rondo do what he did on January 6, 2010. Jermaine O’Neal do what he did in 2002.

PREDICTION

Celtics 92, Spurs 89. Yes!

  • Batman

    Blair is small so we definitely can size him up with Big Baby
    I wanna see Rondo domination cause I like watching the Celtics win nationally televised games
    Also I like Gregg. One of the greatest coaches ever. Great man.

    • Batman

      sorry *love Gregg not like

  • Chris O

    Agree with Batman, Blair is small similar to the make up of a Big Baby or Craig Smtih, shorter wider PF's who should struggle but are superior in ways that make them still competitive even with a lack of height. Although Blair not having ACLs since he was like 12 is amazing

  • Ryan DeGama

    Hey guys – just a heads up. The recap may go up late tonight so feel free to glory in the C's triumphy/wallow in their defeat in this game thread until it arrives.

    • Batman

      Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    • someguyinsac

      Hmmm, sounds like the "I've got some company tonight" excuse to me. =)

      • Ryan DeGama

        Just for the record, I really enjoyed this comment.

  • Mike

    This is what I want to see in the nba finals Boston vs San Antonio.

  • Mike

    Man manu might be a worst flopper than fisher

    • Batman

      he's not as worse but he's 2nd

  • Batman

    JERMAINE SCOREED

  • Batman

    RONDO WITH A SUPER LAYUP WITH SHADES OF 2009!

  • kricky

    Need to shore up the D and rebounding or we are losing this one handily.

  • kricky

    The Cap'n keeping us in this one. 11 points and 7 Boards. But guys let's give him some help on the glass for Christ sake!

  • hdavenport

    Nenad Krstic blew out his knee. I can hear the broadcasters during commercials on my feed.

    • hdavenport

      Kevin Harlan is fake vomiting watching the replay. "Here comes that bratwurst I ate! BLERRRRGH!"

      • Batman

        Jesus we have to start Jermaine?

  • I_Love_Green

    Nenad's injury better not be serious. Rondo seems to be forcing too many shots, and we still aren't getting Ray involved! Also, could we grab a rebound? I mean my god, they're just getting every single one of their misses it seems. Paul looks great, we need to feed Ray and KG more, and Jeff Green needs to get his ass in the post against Ginobli.

  • Morpheus

    I hope Krstic is alright. I know his defense is atrocious and all, but we need all our bigs healthy for the playoffs. Well he was actually playing decent D tonight.

    Rondo vs Parker show tonight.

    Pierce might go off for 40

    Ray????? The missing ingredient, hopefully he can hit some shots in the 2nd half.

    KG…at least his long jumpers are falling, would love to see him in the low post. He should, with Dyess and Blair on him.

    JO looks good out there, loved that turn around jumper he connected on, in the post.

  • hdavenport

    Harlan and McHale are now discussing their plans to grab a beer and a sandwich after the game.

    • jack

      where are you watching the game?

  • hdavenport

    McDyess is out now, tweaked his ankle.

  • Zee

    I believe this is a Finals preview people!

    Rondo has me speaking in tongues! RONDO SHONDO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • I_Bleed_Green

    Did Rondo read my post last night and use it as motivation? Haha.

  • hdavenport

    Rondo's gassed, asked to be taken out of the game

    • Batman

      Deserves a rest

  • Batman

    The rondo show!

  • Batman

    Vonwafer!

  • kricky

    Jeff Green sighting too!

  • Batman

    What the he’ll was the point of that? Have rondo come out and chuck up a 3?

  • Morpheus

    haha Harlan actually talks like that normally. His commentator voice is his normal, everyday voice. I never knew. LMFAO

  • Zee

    We have all but two players back now! Shaq and Murphy! With JO and Wafer back, we're looking like ourselves again! :) And oh… with Rondo Shondo attacking!

    • hdavenport

      Well…Krstic…

      • Zee

        Yeah, but I believe something is gonna turn around for him quickly!! ;)

  • kricky

    Guys are playing hard. and JO is giving some toughness inside. you won't find it on the stats sheet, but he's really making a good contribution.

  • talesofJP

    we get rid of Perk's balky knee, heal JO's, then Kristic hurts his… How?

  • talesofJP

    PP is the best cheerleader!

  • talesofJP

    Around the 7 minute mark in the 4th, the Celtics started to play like they did to start the season, great to see

  • urbeltic

    If Kevin Mc says "Timmy" Duncan again I'm going to kick his coat hanger ass.

  • Batman

    Celtics!!!!!!!!!

  • hdavenport

    About Krstic:
    Harlan — "He's done."
    McHale — "I agree."

    • kricky

      Was that the knee Nads injured in NJ?

  • kricky

    I feel happy again for the first time in weeks.

  • sdv

    I agree, winning does wonders for my self confidence.

  • Morpheus

    I hope Krstic is alright. I know his defense is atrocious and all, but we need all our bigs healthy for the playoffs. Well he was actually playing decent D tonight.

  • sdv

    what happened to Krissy? didn't see it.. is he gonna be okay? or are we screwed again?

  • Zee

    CLEARLY Rondo's best game this season! Not a single turnover either??? BEAST MODE!

  • Morpheus

    Have faith fellow Cs fans. The Big 3…ok Big 4 are exceptional leaders, they know when to turn it on and tonight was a glimpse.

  • Batman

    Shoot Kristic :(

  • I_Love_Green

    WHO SAYS THIS TEAM IS FINISHED!?!?!

    Yessir! Rondo is back, KG looked GREAT, Paul is just a joy to watch, Ray Ray wit dat 3ball in the 4th, and JO didn't look half bad either!

    Now lets just hope Nads isn't done for the year.

  • Zee

    Krstic will be fine quickly… mark my words….

  • Zee

    Where's the lil Kobe Bryant troll now? LOL! Hope the Mavs win tonight!

    • Paul

      LOL…that would be the icing on the cake for sure!!

  • Paul

    Great win tonight! Rondo looked great…I expect we're gonna see the best of the Celtics coming up!
    Go C's!

  • kricky

    Rondo was absolutely fucking amazing. No TOs and controlled the game all night!!

    Incredible MVP level performance on a night the team really needed a win.

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