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Game 41/66: Celtics (21-19) @ Clippers (23-16) Open Thread

 

Boston at Los Angeles
10:30 P.M. ET
Staples Center
CSNNE/ESPN

Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 100.4 points/100 possessions (25th)
Los Angeles: 108.4 points/100 possessions (4th)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 99.2 points allowed/100 possessions (1st)
Los Angeles:105.9 points allowed/100 possessions (21st)

Probable Clippers Starters:
Chris Paul (PG),Randy Foye (SG),Caron Butler (SF),Blake Griffin (PF), and DeAndre Jordan (C)

View From The Opposing Bench: ClipperBlog

Per usual we got together with ESPNBoston’s Chris Forsberg to get ready for tonight’s tilt. Be sure to check out the full piece, including some thoughts on the C’s big man gap by clicking HERE

1. What should scare the Celtics most about the Clippers?

Robb: Two of the league’s most athletic big men in DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin is usually scary enough. The C’s having to battle this duo, along with Mr. Rebound himself Reggie Evans, with a skeleton crew of big men is a straight-up frightening proposition. Boston did a fairly decent job holding its own on the glass Sunday against the Lakers, given the circumstances, but Monday’s game will be a tall order. Everyone will have to be active on the glass for the C’s in order for the visitors to remain competitive in this one.

Forsberg: Celtics coach Doc Rivers stressed to his team that, at no point during Sunday’s game, would they be bigger than the Lakers and that Boston had to take advantage in other areas (utilizing its quickness and pushing the ball). Well, the daunting thing about Monday’s game is that the Clippers are going to be bigger than Boston and they might be quicker and more athletic, too. It’s hard to see how Boston matches up, short of Rajon Rondo going off in revenge mode for the preseason Chris Paul rumors. Sure, Los Angeles isn’t one of the better defensive teams in the league (21st in defensive rating while allowing 96.1 points pe game), but shootouts on the second nights of back-to-backs on the road seem dangerous for Boston to engage in.

  • ElRoz

    Well, for me , the hope for the win tonight will be based on
    1. Clippers also -played last night, and ended their game about 6 hours after the Celtics…perhaps that evens it? Boston's SEGEBABA is not 100% SEGEBABA – they started at 3.30 and finished around 6 yesterday.

    2. Paul Pierce is not likely (it COULD happen) to have two bad games in a row – 4-14 shooting and 0 rebounds.

    3. Boston's offense should (but might not) have an easier time with Clippers D than with the Lakers.

    What worries me most is the Chris Paul and Mo Williams backcourt…each of them can go off – both Rondo and Ray Allen have to make these guys work and take advantage when the opportunity is there on offense.

    Perhaps J Johnson will see some meaningful minutes?

    • janos

      Hi Elroy, is Janos
      What does mean SEGABABAS? I see lots article, this.

      • ElRoz

        something like second night of the back to back…segebaba…pretty sure that's what it is

  • guest

    I can't wait for this game. My two favorite teams going at it. I won't be upset no matter who wins. I'm edging more towards the C's though cause they lost last night. I also want to see The Clippers get back ahead of The Lakers though.

  • Batman

    Rondo's pregame meal was sushi and gatorade yum

    • janos

      Hi Batman!
      is true?

  • janos

    Hi Bryan, is Janos
    I cannot wait watching this games on TV , starts now!
    Will you watch games TV/ ?
    My two favorite players going play , – Blake and Rondos. What the treat! Ince game favor celtics by 25 points, two minute lef, I hope Blake do big dunk for fan!

    I was surprise see cluipper records similar celtics.

  • I_Love_Green

    I like Avery except when he dribbles. He's gotta work on that.

  • I_Love_Green

    Well that turned south pretty fast.

  • guest

    No matter who gets the victory, it's the refs that win this one. Terrible calls both ways.

  • I_Love_Green

    I've seen this movie many times before, and I know how this ends.

  • I_Love_Green

    OH MY GOD RAY NO.

    NO NO NO NO NO FOR THE LOVE OF GOD NO

    • I_Love_Green

      Holy lord thank you Ray for being okay.

  • Puneet

    hope ray is okay. are we going to blow another 5 point lead in the last 2 minutes?

  • someguyinsac

    Yeah, Ray only has a twisted ankle or so they say.

    • someguyinsac

      Not that an injury is a good thing, mind you.

  • Puneet

    Ray's back! Phew.

  • someguyinsac

    It's a win and I'll take it!

    • CelticsBIG3

      You said you were going to that game against the Kings? If so enjoy man.

      • someguyinsac

        I am and I will no matter the outcome, it's one of the few times I get to see the C's live and in person. I'm just wondering if it will be the same team as it is now, since in regular years I get to see them and then the trade deadline happens after that.

  • CelticsBIG3

    Glad they gutted one out in LA… So much for the Clips being better than the Lakers. Most impressive thing for me was our ability to nearly totally qualm lob city (only one to Blake i'm pretty sure?). On another note, Vinny Del Negro continues to be a sh!t coach. When we really started beating them to the boards in those brief minutes down the stretch, where were Reggie Evans or DeAndre Jordan? Or both? Stiemsma was nice out there in punking Blake when he tried to get tough… Really enjoyed that.

  • High Rollers

    C’s played on a string most of the game. Very focused. Very impressive.

  • TheFreedom25

    C's played on a string most of the game. Very focused. Very impressive.
    AHA paper plagiarism

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