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Game 31/66: Celtics (15-15) @ Mavericks (20-12) Open Thread

 

Likely no rematch tonight

Boston at Dallas
8:00 P.M. ET
American Airlines Center
TNT

Offensive Efficiency:                                         
Boston: 100.7 points/100 possessions (24th)      
Dallas: 102.1 points/100 possessions (19th)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 98.3 points/100 possessions (3rd)  
Dallas: 
98.5 points/100 possessions (4th)

Probable Dallas Starters: Jason Kidd(PG), Vince Carter (SG), Shawn Marion (SF), Dirk Nowitzki  (PF), Brendan Haywood (C)

View From The Opposing Bench: The Two Man Game

THUMBNAIL: Once again, the C’s will likely be without Kevin Garnett (personal reasons) and Brandon Bass (knee), this time on the second half of a back-to-back against the defending champs. The good news? The Mavs are coming off playing in New York yesterday as well, increasing the odds this will be an ugly matchup between the two aging squads. In order to help get us ready, I did another 3-on-3 with the boys over at ESPN Boston to get ready for this national affair. Be sure to check out the full piece but here’s our thoughts on the biggest worries we have about the Mavs.

1. What worries you most about this game against the Dallas Mavericks?

Payne: Dallas’ defense and overall talent level. The Celtics’ defense, overall, this season, has been very good, but Dallas has so many offensive weapons and they have great length throughout their whole roster. Given the Celtics’ offensive struggles lately, I’m worried about Dallas just smothering them on the defensive end.

Robb: Before yesterday, Dallas had been playing extremely well as of late, rolling off five straight wins over quality opponents. With a refreshed Dirk Nowitzki wreaking havoc on defenses already and the Celtics ill-equipped to stop him without the services of Kevin Garnett, this back-to-back could get ugly in a hurry.

Forsberg: Dallas opponents are shooting a league-worst 41.6 percent from the floor and average a mere 91.2 points per game. For a Boston team struggling to generate any sort of rhythm on offense at the moment, that’s an incredibly daunting obstacle on the second night of a back-to-back. Opponents have shown an ability to get to the free throw line against the Mavericks, but that’s clearly not one of jumper-happy Boston’s strengths at the moment. The Celtics need to be super aggressive this evening if they’re going to score enough to hang around against a team with this many weapons.

  • I_Love_Green

    We're going to win this game.

    That is all I have to say.

    • Batman

      I like it

      • CelticsBIG3

        It's time to wake up Boston. I expect our typical performance against a good team as much as I expect our typical performance against bad teams. Ridiculous how well they can play (I was in the Garden last Sunday against Chicago) and how badly they can play at the same time.

        • CelticsBIG3

          OR NOT. That was (add several expletives here) AWFUL

    • I_Love_Green

      No Rondo, no KG, no Bass.

      WE GOT THIS

  • someguyinsac

    Playing the Mavs on the road at the TD Garden are they? ;)

    • someguyinsac

      Sure, fix it and make my comment an orphan. :(

  • CelticsBIG3

    Any word on a possible Rondo suspension yet? You'd think that would have been handed down already

    • Batman

      I'm crossing my fingers he just gets fined

  • Jamie

    NBA just gave Rondo a 2 game suspension

    • Batman

      Jesus

      • I_Love_Green

        Both those games against the Mavs and Thunder.

        OUCH.

    • lakershater13

      Love the NBA when a guy gets landed on/kneed in the head and gets suspended 2 games for being upset. Would anyone not be upset with a no call after being landed on like that?

      On the bright side i do enjoy seeing Bradley and Moore play.

      • Batman

        Too bad Moore is buried on the bench and Dooling is gonna take all his minutes

        • lakershater13

          Yes you make a good point

          • Anthony

            Like Kenny Smith said…. no look pass to the ref is a 2 game suspension.

    • CelticsBIG3

      Good thing they waited until 2 hours before tip off

  • High Rollers

    So glad to see the league office has decided to add a few more twists and turns to the Celtics' roller coaster.

    Not.

  • ripsonics

    this is almost comical..

    am I alone in thinking that these next two games will be rather telling?

    • CelticsBIG3

      Wild out man

      • ripsonics

        im not sure I know what that means.

        • skeeds

          so what, do you think that if Pierce steps up again in Rondo's absence and plays out of his mind it will mean something?
          Pierce might win tonight's game by himself. But it says more about him being bored to play every night except if he absolutely has to, than Rondo's value to the team…

          • CelticsBIG3

            So much for that

  • someguyinsac

    STU, you suck! How about suspending the ref for blowing that foul call for 2 games too?

  • I_Love_Green

    When it rains it pours boys, and its a full flood right now. Only thing we can hope is that when Bass comes back (hopefully no one else goes down) that we'll right the ship, and don't force Ainge to blow it up.

  • http://twitter.com/SpaceKappa @SpaceKappa

    I think we can all agree that these next two games will have a tremendous impact on Rondo's future in Boston.

  • ElRoz

    What Boston needs is not to make any moves right now….any playoff wins this season will be a bonus

    The best move – but the most painful one in terms of pride and sentiment – is to trade the big 3 to some non-playoff teams for draft picks…do the same, if needed, with some other players. Then go for the lottery this season – miss the playoffs. The the team would have 2 draft picks – maybe two in the first top 10 even – and also free cash to sign free agents.

    The second best option is to just play this season out, go into the playoffs, and spoil somebody's plans and hopes, try to knock out a #1, 2, or 3 in the East in the first round. Then comeback and offer to re-sign KG and Ray Allen to league minimum (trust me you will NOT find better younger players for that money)

    With that said, I would hate to see the first option take place…but it would make the most sense: load up for 2012-2013, and do not make any forced and silly moves right now. But I would hate to see KG go – especially since it is KG that makes this team play better, more than Rondo: they beat Orlando twice, Indiana, and Memphis w/o Rondo but with KG…switch that around and with Rondo but w/o KG they cannot beat Detroit once.

  • ElRoz

    I meant veteran's min for KG and Ray.

  • I_Love_Green

    Trade the whole team for someone who can rebound.

    • CelticsBIG3

      Terrible rebounding what a joke. VERY DIFFICULT TO WATCH

    • ripsonics

      This made me laugh out loud.

      We look Terrible.

  • Batman

    We are sooo bad
    and Jermaine died again

    • http://celticshub.com Ryan DeGama

      Wilcox also done for the night.

  • guest

    Now I truely know how bad the 90's C's fans must of felt…

    • CelticsBIG3

      Ya I was there for that. And the early 2000s

      • CelticsBIG3

        Paul Pierce = Dominique Wilkins as a Celtic at the end of his career in 94-95

    • Anthony

      Please make no mention of the ML Carr and Rick Pitino era. Too traumatic.

      How is it I have more confidence in AB's jumper than Rondo's?

  • I_Love_Green

    I'm honestly ready to unload a couple of guys.

    • CelticsBIG3

      Who are your guys to unload?

      • I_Love_Green

        Anyone but Pierce, depending on what we'd get for them.

  • someguyinsac

    Here's a crazy thought. Trade some veteran pg away and give the reins of the team to some 2 year point guard. what's the worst that could happen?

    • I_Love_Green

      Depends on who's he's traded for.

  • High Rollers

    WoW.

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