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Game 37/66: Rockets (21-17) @ Celtics (19-17)

Houston at Boston
7:30 PM
TD Garden

Offensive Efficiency
Boston: 98.5 points/100 possessions (24th)
Houston: 102.1 points/100 possessions (10th)

Defensive Efficiency
Boston: 95.8 points allowed/100 possessions (3rd)
Houston: 100.6 points allowed/100 possessions (17th)

Injury Report: TBD (To Be Disclosed)

Probable Houston Starters: Kyle Lowry (PG), Kevin Martin (SG), Chandler Parsons (SF), Luis Scola (PF), Samuel Dalembert (C)

View From the Opposing Bench: Red94

It’s been almost two years since the Celtics beat the Rockets. There’s something about random middling Western Conference teams that give the Celtics trouble. The losses are probably explainable given how seldom the Celtics play the WC and Houston is usually a part of the deadly Texas Triangle. Luckily, the C’s are at home tonight and are still riding high off that emotional win against the Knicks.

As usual, the Rockets have a roster that is much more talented than the casual NBA fan would believe.  Kyle Lowry, at one point deemed less of an NBA prospect than Allen Ray, Randy Foye,  and Curtis Sumpter, is now virtually untouchable as far as the Rockets are concerned.  They drafted Chandler Parsons last offseason and most people saw the pick as a reach in the hopes for some future potential being realized.  Now Parsons is starting for the Red and is utilizing his motor and high-flying ability to really help the Rockets this season.

The Rockets are the 10th fastest team in the league, which is semi-surprising because they have some semi-plodding big men in Luis Scola and Samuel Dalembert.  It’s obvious that their wings and guards do most of the running and the Celtics will have to really try to keep up.  Speaking of Luis Scola, for some reason the Rockets have been trying to deal him for seemingly anything that comes down the pike.  I’m not sure if it’s his age, his lack of lift, or his contract but the Rockets seem hell bent on getting rid of him (so I keep hearing) and I don’t completely see why.  He’s been consistently productive (although his numbers are a bit down this season) on the boards and has a great midrange jumpshot.  I wonder what it would take for the C’s to nab him?  Would this and a second round pick (or two) work?

Who really knows?  It looks lopsided but if the Rockets want to shed some salary, they could do worse than flipping Scola for an expiring contract.  I mean, if Lamar Odom can be had for a FREAKING trade exception, anything is possible.


Rockets 100, Celtics 95 (reverse jinx ya’ll!)

  • Batman

    Let’s go Cs!

  • I_Love_Green

    You're not supposed to say when its a reverse jinx!!

  • ripsonics


    Rondo showed up
    We got easy buckets and have 22 (at least) points in the paint in the first half
    We are BOXING OUT! which is really helpful when you are trying to rebound
    Execution looks great, ball movement looks great and the little things on the defensive end are paying off.

    Good half of Boston basketball. WORD.

  • I_Love_Green

    Our 10 point lead just disappeared in a matter of seconds it seems.

    This offense right now is puke worthy

  • Batman

    Our team is flowing well offensively……then Doc reverts back to the peek-a-boo
    the rest of the team is ice cold
    this loss is on Doc

  • I_Love_Green

    RONDO ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?!?!??!?!?!??!

  • I_Love_Green

    Thank you Rondo! Now we get to play over time when we have another game tomorrow.

    Wow I'm pissed

  • Batman

    Rondo….shoulda thrown that down

  • I_Love_Green

    Ray misses a free throw late in the fourth, Rondo misses the layup, KG misses two free throws late in OT. Are we trying to lose?

    • I_Love_Green

      8 second violation…..

  • Batman

    Well a wins a win

  • tbunny

    This was a really good win. The Rockets played hard and competed the whole game. Seemed like the celtics really wanted it and refused to lose. That's the kind of determination I like to see.

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