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Game 7/66: New Jersey (1-5) @ Boston (3-3) Open Thread


Drink up, boys. It's gonna be a long season.

New Jersey at Boston
7:30 P.M. ET
TD Garden

Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 104.1 points/100 possessions (5th)
New Jersey: 92.4 points/100 possessions (29th)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 103.3 points allowed/100 possessions (22nd)
New Jersey: 107.9 points allowed/100 possessions (29th)

Key Injuries:  Boston: Mickael Pietrus (knee) is out. Ray Allen (flu) unlikely. New Jersey: Deron Williams (ribs), Kris Humphries (shoulder) and Brook Lopez (foot) are all out. Yikes!

Probable New Jersey Starters: Sundiata Gaines (PG), Marshon Brooks (SG), Damion James (SF), Shelden Williams (PF), Mehmet Okur (C)

View From The Opposing Bench: Nets Are Scorching

Thumbnail: This could get ugly. The Nets are fielding the equivalent of a D-League team tonight against the Celtics with Williams, Lopez and Humphries all out. Even with Williams, the Nets have proven to be one of the worst teams in the league (they’re second to last offfensively and defensively). After that ugly 0-3 start, the Celtics have won three in a row, and barring a letdown of mythological proportions, should make that four by the final buzzer tonight.

Pregame Analysis: The Celtics have advantages at every single position on the floor, and only at the center position is the matchup even close (whether it’s Jermaine O’Neal or Greg Stiemsma). The Celtics also have home court advantage tonight. There is absolutely no reason the C’s shouldn’t win this game and four reasons (Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett) why they should blow out the Nets.

The counterpoint to all this sunniness is the notion that Boston might play down to New Jersey’s level, something they’ve proven capable of doing over the last few years. The Nets could just try and out-energy and out-hustle the Celtics. But I still think the talent gap is far too great for this to turn out as anything else but an easy Celtics win (if Brandon Bass was starting for the Nets tonight, he’d be their best player).

Update: Ray Allen now expected to miss tonight’s game with the flu.

PREDICTION: Boston 112 New Jersey 89

  • Phreesh

    I love it when you guys predict easy wins for the Cs. I predict that Garnett will trip over some random Net and break a knee.

  • Batman

    If we don’t blow out the nets today somebody’s getting smacked

  • Mark

    "Boston might play down to New Jersey’s level"

    The urgency of a shortened season should prevent this from happening. Should…

  • LACelticsFan

    Interview with Keyon Dooling – “Ray (his nickname for Rondo) is awesome. I’m enjoying my time with him,” Dooling told CSNNE.com. “I heard about his reputation before I got here, of course, and I never judge a book by its cover, I never judge people off their reputation. All I can judge off is the time that we spend together and he’s been amazing to me so far. I’m enjoying it.” While Dooling waited to get to know Rondo as a person, he already had formed a strong opinion of him as an athlete. Dooling, in fact, has told his young son he wants him to play like Rondo (he did note with a smile that he wants him to shoot more). “I’m a fan of him. I really like his game,” said Dooling. “I really like the way he plays, the toughness, the approach that he takes in a day when most of the point guards are like hybrid point guards, like Derrick Rose, guys that are scoring over 20 points, Russell Westbrook. He’s like an old school throwback point guard who really plays just as aggressive as those guys but not necessarily aggressive to score.”

    • hdavenport

      Keyon Dooling: "Hey, Ray!"
      (Ray Allen looks up)
      Keyon Dooling: "Oh, sorry. I meant someone else."
      (Ray shakes his head, returns to reading the New Yorker fiction issue).

      • High Rollers

        Nice, Hayes. Very nice.

  • ElRoz

    Wow, the Nets have their three best guys out….Why not sit 2 of the 4 Big Four for Boston? Or at least have all of the starters play reduced minutes, say 20 min each?

    Have Bradley, Moore, Pavlovic, Stiemsma, and Wilcox get some minutes together.

    • skeeds

      Amen. I'd like to see Ray sit one out completely. He's averaging 34 minutes, and even though at this point I'm convinced he's either a god or an alien, it's still too much.

      This is the most suited game for Jajuan to make an appearance. He has to start playing sometime, and this is probably the easiest game we'll play this season. If Doc doesn't play him tonight, he might as well drop him off the roster and sign me in his place.

  • SteveB

    This could be a good night to get a look at the rookies. I'd really like to see Johnson get some run with some first team minutes. Let him take some of Bass' minutes to spell KG and see what he can do. I still think Doc makes it harder on rookies trying to play strictly on the second unit. I loved Steimsma's play so far but most of that was with the first unit. Johnson or Moore should be able to hold their own with Rondo and Pierce on the floor with them. As the season is developing I don't think the Celtics are that far from the top right now. The Heat appear invincible at times but then can't solve a zone defense. OKC has issues as well. Seems odd now but just think if we did have Jeff Green for this season. Absence makes the heart grow fonder?

  • Ryan DeGama

    Just updating the article now guys, but looks like Ray Allen is out with the flu.

    • High Rollers

      If this were a playoff game… either A) he'd be playing or B) he'd be hearing from MJ. (That is, if player MJ hadn't turned into owner MJ. Ahhhhh, the good old days…)

  • I_Love_Green

    Really should win by 20+ Hopefully Moore and JJJ get some action tonight!

  • ElRoz

    Nice move to rest Ray Allen…in this shortened season, they should plan for things like that.

    However, Bradley is tossing up bricks already…the guy just cannot shoot! His offense stinks.

    • High Rollers

      He'll make'em eventually. But, man, I sure wish he could grown another three or four inches.

  • ElRoz

    and Marquis is a brick-layer himself as well…with both on the floor, I have little confidence.

  • ElRoz

    the bench is 1-8 from the field……uughhhh

  • ElRoz

    Brooks looks very nice….J. Johnson is on the bench.

  • IBleedGreen

    This could easily be the most boring/slowest game of the season…

    • ElRoz

      Boston's bench will make this an exciting game – with Bradley and Marquis laying bricks…and Dooling afraid to shoot (even though he is starting in the place of Ray Allen), this game should go down to the wire and make C's fans feel even more uneasy about this team….

      neither Bradley nor Rondo nor Marquis appear to be able to shoot the ball….

      I just have had enough of Bradley and his great talent…I prefer not to see him play again…maybe Moore can knock down a shot or two?

  • Greenman

    I think its almost time to pull the plug on the Avery Bradley experiment. He is terrible and shows no signs of improvement. He runs away from the ball on offense and it looks like he pisses his pants every time he touches it. And when he is out there with Daniels you have 2 guys running away from the basketball. I cant believe this guy was the #1 ranked recruit coming out of high school. Whatever happened to that Brooks guy we drafted last year? Oh. Yeah.

    • I_Love_Green

      We didn't even draft him. The nets feared they weren't going to get him, and the Celtics knew nobody past them would take JaJaun, so the Nets basically said "Take Brooks for us and we'll take Johnson for you."

  • IBleedGreen

    Last season I said AB will be out of the league in two years, I stand by it now.

    • Batman

      are you taking that from this game or his career up to now? he had a decent game

    • High Rollers

      As much as I still find the jury to be out on AB-, the league keeps guys who play real D. Go Bradley.

  • I_Love_Green

    Brandon is a BEAST

  • Batman

    I think people need to chill
    Notice how I didn't post during the game? I was so calm during the game
    Only bad thing-Rondo looks to becoming normal Rondo, which isn't bad hes still an all star, but he needs to be SuperRondo for us to do anything in the playoffs

    • IBleedGreen

      I think you fell asleep during the game

      • Batman

        i was hoping no one would say that
        i fell asleep before halftime

        • I_Love_Green

          I fell asleep late in the 2nd quarter and woke up early in the 3rd. Either way, I'd like to reassure you that GodRondo appears when we're either playing a really good team, or everyone is struggling and he's feeling energetic.

          Wish he'd show up every night though…

          • High Rollers

            News Alert: Six games gone, six games Rondo has "shown up"… and then some. Not GodRondo, just Rondo. That's enough.

          • High Rollers

            My bad… seven. Four up, three down. Yeah, baby.

  • Batman

    Nice to see Moore hit a 3!

  • Jack

    I am usually not a fan of Avery but I thought he looked much better tonight. Not sure why everyone is so down on him after this game. While he doesn't have much on offense, he is very active on D.

  • Batman

    I think Avery can become our new "enforcer"
    think about it:
    1.) Pretty muscular
    2.) Mean looking
    3.) Always has a dirty look on his face
    4.) Unkempt facial hair

    • High Rollers

      If he we're 6'10 yeah, but I'll settle for all 6'2 of him being a perimeter gadfly any day.

  • Chris from Danvers

    Nice to see the Celtics come back in this one. Looked a little sketchy in that first half.

    Bench continues to impress. Liked the Brandon Bass double double. This guy really is fitting in even better than I expected. Loved the dunk toward the end. Though Stiemsma came back to earth, liked his steady game again. And, it was great to see that Avery Bradley has game in a non-garbage (see NY Knicks at end of last season) game. Also, Moore looked nice on that three.

    Agree with the Avery muscular look. Noticed he is working on the Paul Pierce scowl. And, speaking of the enforcer attitude, enjoyed watching Stiemsma swat away an after whistle shot in the 4th quarter. Reminded me a little of KG – can see his presence is rubbing off on the "Steimer."

    Good game.

  • Anthony

    Enjoyed the Stiemer swat after the whistle as well. And the Bass throw-down. Bradley looked more confident offensively in the 2nd half and shots didnt look too bad. His on ball defense is really good so no complaints.

    JJJ doesnt seem NBA ready… wish the Celts wouldve drafted and kept Marshon Brooks instead. I've seen him in play live and he reminds me of young Kobe. Same body type and loads of confidence offensively. And even though he's listed as 6'5", he supposedly has a 7'2" wingspand. That's insane! Rondo is 6'1" with 6'9" wingspan and AB is 6'2" with 6'7" wingspand.

    Go Celts!

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