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Game 19/66: Cavaliers (7-11) @ Celtics (9-9) Open Thread

 

Cleveland at Boston
6:00 P.M. ET
TD Garden
CSNNE

Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 98.8 points/100 possessions (18th)
Cleveland: 97.6 points/100 possessions (T-21st)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 95.3 points allowed/100 possessions (3rd)
Cleveland: 101.5 points allowed/100 possessions (22nd)

Key Injuries:
Boston: Rajon Rondo is out.  Ray Allen and Keyon Dooling are both questionable.  And it looks like Jermaine O’Neal is going to give it a go.
Cleveland: Injury free.

UPDATE: Boobie Gibson for Cleveland  is out with a stiff neck.  Ray is going to play.  Rondo and Dooling are out.  Jermaine O’Neal is a true game time decision.  Doc still doesn’t know.

Probable Cleveland Starters: Kyrie Irving (PG), Anthony Parker (SG), Omri Casspi (SF), Antawn Jamison (PF), Anderson Varejao (C)

View From The Opposing Bench: Cavs The Blog

THUMBNAIL

The Celtics get their first look at the number one overall pick Kyrie Irving tonight and I doubt the outing will disappoint.  While I have serious doubts about Irving’s ability to become an elite player, it was cool to see him put up an efficient 32 points against the Nets.  I don’t expect the same kind of production against the C’s.  If Avery Bradley can slow down Jameer Nelson and John Wall it’s only natural to assume he’ll pester to rook’ all evening.

On the injury front, the Celtics look like they’ll be without Rajon Rondo, Keyon Dooling, and Ray Allen.  This is all subject to change but honestly, I hope it doesn’t.  The C’s are rolling right now and the none of those players are going to allow Paul Pierce or Kevin Garnett to play less minutes.  It’s true that with Rondo and Allen back, Pierce won’t be required to be as versatile but he’s still going to be running up and down as much.

As for the Cavaliers, the league’s worst team last season have played much better this season.  They are still going to need some time before the young guys really put it all together but there are definitely reasons to be encouraged (if you’re a Cavs’ fan, of course).  The Cavs have played pretty well in their wins, sporting double-digit point differentials in 6 out of their 7 victories.  They can score and they also give themselves extra opportunities by how well they rebound the ball offensively.  Brian said as much today in ESPN Boston’s 3-on-3:

Varejao is an absolute menace.  He never stops moving and works hard for every board, point, and scrap he can get on the court.  To Cavs fans, he’s the quintessential energy player.  To everyone else, he’s annoying.  The Celtics will need to do everything necessary to contain him.  And I mean everything:

PREDICTION

There’s really no point in betting against the C’s right now with the way they’re rolling.  Couple that with the fact that the Cavs only have one quality win on the season (1/6 against Minnesota) and the C’s should prevail.

Celtics 101, Cavaliers 93

  • I_Love_Green

    The last three games it seemed as though we should've lost, and now in this one it looks like we should win.

    And we will! Bass will beast today, Paul will stay hot, and Avery will cause a whole lot of problems for Irving.

    GO CELTICS!!

  • CelticsBIG3

    Keep it up green team. I gotta watch NHL Allstar game first

  • guest

    I know the C's got this one. I'm just praying for a Chris Kamen buyout right now. JO would be banished back to the bench.

  • ripsonics

    Anything on Ray??

  • CelticsBIG3

    Nice hack on Ray from Casspi

  • CelticsBIG3

    For real does anybody know what happened to Greg Dickerson? I can't take much more sideline reporting from Kyle Draper

  • ElRoz

    Pierce has been a turnover machine the last 4-5 games…7 turnovers tonight…ugh…

  • ElRoz

    no defensive rebounding for Boston..Cleveland just gets all the offensive boards down the stretch…sad

  • ElRoz

    MAJOR CHOKE JOB by the C's…reminds me of those games against Dallas last year…no points in the last 3-4 minutes and stuff…chokers

  • ElRoz

    0 points for Boston in the last 4 minutes…wow…zero points

    Cleveland got around 4-5 offensive boards during that stretch.

  • ElRoz

    wow….Boston is back in the gutter just like that…an ugly performance..chokers all around…

    just an immature display form the veterans

  • someguyinsac

    Guess we're on the losing end of the bar fight tonight. Sure didn't think we would be.

  • guest

    Back to reality again. A glimpse of hope and now it's back to the basement.

  • Rich

    "I don’t expect the same kind of production against the C’s. If Avery Bradley can slow down Jameer Nelson and John Wall it’s only natural to assume he’ll pester to rook’ all evening."

    Swing and a miss!

  • CelticsBIG3

    We cannot lose to teams like the Cavs

  • ElRoz

    SHAMEFUL how this team squandered a 9 point lead with about 4.5 minutes to go …at home…with veterans and an experienced coach…SHAMEFUL.

    I hope these hacks get blown but in Cleveland and lose by 20 points…they are just utterly disorganized and have no freaking clue. They could not score one freaking point in the last 4 minutes of the game…gave up 3-4 offensive boards, KG traveled, Bass lost the ball, and Pierce had two turnovers. BLOW THIS SORRY TEAM UP DANNY…I don't care that they were able to put 3 good games in a row…they are a waste.

    9 point lead with 4.5 minutes…at home…against Cleveland. Blow this sorry bunch up now…and go for the lottery + cap space next year…no point sticking around with these hacks: Pierce 7 turnovers…the team cannot rebounding the ball…and Doc cannot coach a bucket in the last 4 minutes. Just like the Dallas games last year…except now its Cleveland. If the Knicks ever pick it up, they get into the playoff. Now it's a race between Boston and NY of who has the sh*tier team.

  • -jp

    Bad way to finish this one, really not much to say about it

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