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Game 20/66: Celtics (9-10) @ Cavaliers (8-11) Open Thread

Boston at Cleveland
7:00 PM
Quicken Loans Arena

Offensive Efficiency
Boston: 98.9 points/100 possessions (18th)
Cleveland: 97.6 points/100 possessions (22nd)

Defensive Efficiency
Boston: 95.4 points allowed/100 possessions (3rd)
Cleveland: 101.5 points allowed/100 possessions (22nd)

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

View from the Opposing Bench: Cavs the Blog

Injury Report
Boston: Rajon Rondo is out. Jermaine O’Neal will play.
Cleveland: Anthony Parker and Boobie Gibson are both out.

Tonight the Celtics trudge into an arena named after an online mortgage lender to steal their dignity back after giving it away for free on Sunday night. In the one giant game that spans that game and tonight’s, the Celtics are currently on the wrong end of a 12-0 run and are struggling both to stop Kyrie Irving and score against Brazilian Justin Guarini. But even though Rondo’s still out tonight, Boston remains a better team that Cleveland is, and capable of finding solutions after a two-day halftime.

The loss earlier this week came down to offensive rebounding, turnovers, and Alonzo Gee shooting nine free throws.

Offensive rebounding: The Cavs had 11 to the Celtics’ 5, including a couple by Anderson Varejao in the final minutes that kept Cleveland alive. Jermaine O’Neal will triumphantly limp onto the court tonight, and he should contribute a lot more on the boards than Brandon Bass did as a starting big. O’Neal was forcing people to question his reputation as a bad rebounder in the games before he got hurt; he actually has the highest rebound rate of any non-blonde Celtic.

Turnovers: Pierce turned the ball over seven times, six of them on bad passes after being forced to act as distributor after the Avery Bradley Point Guard Experiment ended in an unfortunate lab explosion. Pierce needs to realize that he’s not in the game to replace Rondo, or find the same impossible looks that Rondo does (though Pierce has done that successfully on several occasions this past week). He either needs to create offense for himself or hit teammates who find space out of Doc’s playbook.

Alonzo Gee shooting nine free throws: This had never happened before, so there is no research on how to prevent it.

Celtics 90, Cavs 85

  • winningislikedeodorant

    I love you Hayes. Always chuckle worthy material.

    Go Celtics!

  • I_Love_Green

    We better win tonight! It'd be such a letdown after last weeks wins.

    On a side note, on the left of the ticker is just a bunch of blank space. Not sure if thats the intention but it makes everything smaller on my screen!

  • I_Love_Green

    Absolutely ridiculous turnovers ruining a good opportunity to extend the lead. Instead, the 10 point lead is now 4.

  • IBleedGreen

    Anderson Varejao wishes he plays the Celtics every night.

  • Greenman

    How many minutes have we been stuck on 76 points? Ridiculous!

  • Greenman

    now this looks like the team from last year. coughing up giant leads and losing to bad teams.

  • WTT

    How incompetent is Doc Rivers? The Cs have been having the 4th qtr problem for several years now and the players are different, but the issue is still there.

  • IBleedGreen


  • Greenman

    WTF happened to the Defense. looks like ghosts out there

  • Eric


  • someguyinsac

    Escaped with a win, but barely because they let off the gas pedal when they were spanking the Cavs.

    It's freakin' maddening!

  • LStrike

    Time to put on a new pair of underwear.

  • hdavenport

    The spread for this game was Celtics +4. That last three-pointer, totally inconsequential to the game outcome, stopped the Celtics from covering. Millions of dollars lost and gained over a meaningless shot. I love when that happens.

    • JR99

      Gotta ask yourself if that's why the refs tried SO hard to hand the game to the Cavs. If so, they succeeded nicely in getting under the line. Gotta hand it to the refs… they're good in their rottenness.

  • LACelticsFan

    10-10 after 1/3 of season is maddening. We should easily be 15-5, but considering the injuries, I guess we can take it, like we have a choice. But now we gotta pin our ears back and get some good wins, for the next 20 games. Hopefully some great health will cure what ails us. We need to look at Kaman or Kenyon Martin, tho.

    • ElRoz

      no money – KG, Pierce, and Ray ate all the salary.

  • ElRoz

    with all respect to Sasha Pavlovic…Why is Marquis Daniels not playing?

    Wilcox only got 11 minutes as well.

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