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