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Game 35/66: Nets (11-25) @ Celtics (17-17) Open Thread

 

New Jersey at Boston
7:30 PM
TD Garden
CSNNE

Offensive Efficiency
Boston: 98.1 points/100 possessions (23rd)
New Jersey: 100.5 points/100 possessions (15th)

Defensive Efficiency
Boston: 96.0 points allowed/100 possessions (4th)
New Jersey: 108.9 points allowed/100 possessions (30th)

Probable New Jersey Starters: Deron Michael Williams (PG), Marshon Scitif Brooks, DeShawn Stevenson (SF), Kris Nathan Humphries (PF), Brook Robert Lopez (C)

View From the Opposing Bench: Nets Are Scorching

Injury Report
Boston: Brandon Bass might be out. Jermaine O’Neal and Chris Wilcox are questionable.
New Jersey: Mehmet Okur is out.

Boston last played the Nets two months ago and won 89-70. This was the New Jersey starting lineup:

Sundiata Gaines (PG), MarShon Brooks (SG), Damion James (SF), Shelden Williams (PF), Mehmet Okur (C)

For our purposes, the Celtics have not played the Nets yet this season. Only one of those players above is starting tonight. It might not be fair to lump New Jersey in with the other Eastern Conference gruel the Celtics have been slurping up lately: they have an elite player in Deron Williams, and now a very strong frontcourt with Humphries and Lopez. They’re looking to prove themselves after a couple of nice wins against New York and Dallas, and they’ll be rolling out their full lineup against Boston tonight.

PREGAME ANALYSIS
Kevin Garnett will probably be responsible for guarding Brook Lopez, who scored 38 points on Brendan Haywood three nights ago on 28 shots. Look for Williams to seek out Lopez in the post many, many times.

Williams, meanswhiles, went 3-15 against Dallas, probably because with Lopez back he’s limited his drives to the rim. Williams can definitely hit jumpers, so it’s not an 100%-reliable strategy to limit him to outside shooting. But he’s been running a little cold lately, FWIW (For Williams Information Wishers).

For Boston, Brandon Bass is listed as OUT on the ESPN preview page. I haven’t heard anything else about him sitting, hence the “might be.” But without him and potentially O’Neal, I can see trouble with the Nets frontcourt. Bass also seemed to provide a little spark for the starting offense in the Milwaukee game, and though the Nets have the league’s worst defense that doesn’t account for Brook Lopez’s return.

PREDICTION
Celtics 90, Nets 87. Boston’s favored by 6.5, but this one feels closer than that. I’d be more confident if I knew Bass were playing.

  • CelticsBIG3

    Why are Bass and Wilcox out again? Good god really… This one could be rough. Seeing here also that Ray Allen is out with flulike symptoms. Argh

  • JCP

    So that’s weird… Bass is playing but Ray isn’t in the starting lineup?

  • jonathan

    Rondo brought the headband back!!!!!!!!

  • guest

    Rondo bringing the headband back gives me more hope for some odd reason.

  • CelticsBIG3

    Where did the info come from that Bass and Wilcox were out?

  • LStrike

    So it wasn't just me, Rondo is wearing his headband again!!

    He's got the logo on the back of his head though, must be his new thing.

    • CelticsBIG3

      he used to wear it upside down. nba shook their head no no at that so thats why he went away from it the first time.

      • LStrike

        I know.

  • Batman

    HEADBAND RONDO

  • skeeds

    Headband Rondo is 10 times more fun than regular Rondo.

    Oh, and headband Rondo might actually pull off a quadruple double tonight, what with having 5 steals in 18 minutes…

  • CelticsBIG3

    Thats a first half of basketball. Lets get another third quarter like wednesday night and put new jersey in the sleeperhold

  • CelticsBIG3

    Mickael Pietrus is front runner for Tommy Award tonight. He has been poking the ball away all over the place.

  • onecowboytoo

    I hope they get a chance to get Moore and Johnson some playing time.

  • CelticsBIG3

    This is awesome, retro Celts

  • LStrike

    Nets with all the momentum heading into the 4th, we've been so careless with the ball this quarter.

  • Batman

    Headband Rondo is a monstrosity
    GG NBA

  • CelticsBIG3

    Nice to see GINO TIME

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