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Game 39/66: Trail Blazers (19-20) @ Celtics (20-18) Open Thread

Portland @ Boston
TD Garden
7:30 PM EST

Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 97.7 points/100 possessions (25th)
Portland: 102.6 points/100 possessions (8th)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 96.2 points allowed/100 possessions (3rd)
Portland: 99.1 points allowed/100 possessions (11th)

Probable Blazers starters: Raymond Felton (PG), Nicolas Batum (SG), Gerald Wallce (SF), LaMarcus Aldridge (PF), Marcus Camby (C)

View from the Opposing Bench: Portland Roundball Society

In what may be the last home game for this current roster together, with a long road trip and the trade deadline looming next week, the C’s host another reeling opponent in Portland. Per usual, I got together with the guys over at ESPNBoston to throw around some thoughts about the Blazers and C’s. You can check out the full post at  ESPNBoston.com

1. What should scare the Celtics most about the Trail Blazers?

Greg Payne: Getting into a run-and-gun style shootout. Portland has too many offensive weapons for the Celtics to overcome if they try and get by tonight without playing any real defense. The Blazers have a legitimate (and still underrated) All-Star in Lamarcus Aldridge, athletic wing players in Gerald Wallace and Wesley Matthews, a point guard capable of pushing the pace in Raymond Felton, and a true offensive force off the bench in Jamal Crawford, who has made some of the most ridiculous shots the league has seen over the last several years. An offensive-oriented game won’t favor the Celtics tonight. Defense has to be the main priority, even more than usual.

Robb: Just like Philadelphia, they are a desperate team right now having dropped four of their last five games. There are plenty of trade rumors swirling in the Pacific Northwest as the Blazers have dropped out of the top 8 spot in the Western Conference, making this pit stop in Boston even more crucial than normal. This roster has plenty to prove if they want to stay together and plenty of athletic talent as well which could give Boston fits. Look for Portland to come out hungry Friday night.

Chris Forsberg: Portland’s in last place in the Northwest Division. They’d be a playoff team in the East. They truly are one of those sneakily deceptive teams. Look at their stats and you’ll wonder how they’re not five wins better than their record reflects. About the only thing the Blazers don’t do better than average is rebound and that shouldn’t exactly be a concern against Boston. Not that past success matters much, but the Blazers haven’t won in Boston since 2004 and have been one of the league’s worst road teams this season. That said, the Celtics know how daunting a desperate team could be. If the Blazers are clicking offensively, this one will be a grind for Boston.

  • someguyinsac

    Winning the game before their road trip would be a nice send off and can't wait till next week when I get to see them play here.

  • CelticsBIG3

    Hopefully not another lackluster performance tonight with a trip to LA looming. If this team has any merit to the heart they usually give, you gotta know this team is gonna get this last game at the Garden for a long time.

  • Anthony

    Oh wow, the Celts can leave the Garden and come back a different team. Could potentially be the last game at the Garden for the Big 3 + 1.

    Honestly wouldn't mind if they come back the same team minus JO.

  • guest

    My big question: Why the hell is Rondo not wearing the headband again?

  • winningislikedeod

    This is ridiculous. Nice seeing the offense flow from the defense so well. But, I feel kinda bad for portland…

  • Sophomore

    Holy cow. Seventeen turnovers in the first half for Portland? What?

  • Leeboo1211

    KG and the Cap'n enjoying some Gino time.

  • NICK33

    If the Blazers season is going in the tank, why don't we offer them JO, Dooling & a pick for Gerald Wallace?

    Imagine the havoc Wallace could wreck coming off the bench!

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