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Game 42/66: Celtics (22-19) at Warriors (18-21) Open Thread

 

Boston at Golden State
10:30 P.M. ET
Oracle Arena
CSNNE

Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 98.4 points/100 possessions (25th)
Golden State: 103.9 points/100 possessions (7th)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 96.2 points allowed/100 possessions (3rd)
Golden State:103.7 points allowed/100 possessions (24th)

Probable Warriors Starters:
Nate Robinson (PG), Klay Thompson (SG), Dorell Wright (SF), David Lee (PF), and Andris Biedrins (C)

View From The Opposing Bench: Warriors World

THUMBNAIL
Steph Curry and new addition Andrew Bogut are both hurt while Monta Ellis is Wisconsin bound. The Celtics should be a prohibitive favorite tonight, unless they play down to the level of their competition. In related news, coming off two big games in Los Angeles, the Celtics could be primed to play down to the level of their competition. Which means this one could be a lot closer than it should be. Also, expect at least one member of the roster to be playing his final game as a Celtic tonight.

Brian fielded a couple of questions on tonight’s game over at ESPN Boston. Have a taste here, and hit the link for additional thoughts on the trade deadline.

1. What should scare the Celtics most about the Warriors that weren’t traded to Milwaukee on Tuesday?

Chris Forsberg: Sure, the Warriors traded away Monta Ellis, but they are still one of the league’s elite offensive teams. According to Synergy Sports data, they rank fifth in the league averaging .942 points per play. What’s more, they thrive in a halfcourt set, ranking first in the league in spot-up shooting at 1.122 points per play (spot-up accounts for a team-high 19 percent of the Warriors’ plays). David Lee, Dorrell Wright, and Steph Curry (if able to suit up) give Golden State more than enough firepower. Brandon Rush is the type of bench spark the Celtics don’t have, while old pal Nate Robinson ought to be fired up (especially around the trade deadline given that the C’s shipped him out as part of the Kendrick Perkins deal last year after acquiring him at the deadline the year before). The shorthanded Warriors still put up 115 points and throttled the Kings by 26 points Tuesday night.

Brian Robb: High-energy offense and youth. Despite missing former teammates Ellis and Ekpe Udoh, as well as Stephen Curry (ankle injury) last night, Golden State blew out the Kings on the road thanks to a standout effort from Klay Thompson among other young role players. Despite the roster changes, Mark Jackson has this team playing well lately, winning four of its last five contests. High-powered offensive teams have usually been the demise of the C’s on these west coast trips and tonight should be no exception. Boston must be efficient on offense in order to keep up.

PREDICTION

The Celtics come out soft, finish hard and walk away with the win.

Boston 101 Golden State 92

  • http://twitter.com/KIDPRINCE22 @KIDPRINCE22

    C`s trade Stiemsma,Johnson,O`Neal, & 1st round pick to Washington for J.McGee and trade Pierce,Pietrus,Bradley, & 2013 2nd round pick to NYK for C.Anthony,JR Smith, and T.Douglas. C`s trade Dooling and Moore to Portland for N.Smith. C`s trade Daniels,Pavlovic, and 2nd round pick to Detroit for A.Daye by tomorrow before 3 p.m.

    • Lantrell Walker

      Stop, just stop

    • CelticsBIG3

      shut up dude. this is no time for your stupid trades. another sad heart issue. go away kid prince you absolutely positively SUCK SUCK SUCK. Idiot… sorry I had a rough day at work. I'm feeling being mean.

    • I_Love_Green

      Please guys just start deleting his comments. Its just spam now.

    • lakershater13

      I am so sorry your life ends tomorrow at 4pm.

      • lakershater13

        3pm***

  • I_Love_Green

    Nate Rob gonna try and go off, and we win.

    • CG12

      I can definitely see Nate being even more ridiculous than usual. Go for it, buddy, it will be fun to watch.

  • Lantrell Walker

    Heard a rumor earlier today that the Wizards were willing to move McGee if it meant they'd be able to move Blatche, so I played around with the trade machine & here's what I got:
    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId

    Wizards move McGee & Blatche(if that's really what they want) & get J.O's expiring contract(Birdman gets more minutes in the capital)
    C's get an athletic 5 that can run the floor, block shots & rebound
    Faried gets even more minutes in Denver & the Nuggets get a younger, more versatile player in Blatche

    Just curious as to what the rest of you think & how much of a chance this has of going down in reality

    • Anthony

      Why would Washington give up 2 young talent for JO and Birdman? I'm pretty sure they can get much better deal. I would love the get rid of JO and Dooling for pretty much anybody so I'll remain optimistic for the next 15 hours.

      • Lantrell Walker

        My thoughts exactly, but I've heard that there isn't a lot of interest for Blatche. All-in-all, how desperate Wizards management is to unload the two & the supposed lack of interest in Blatche could play into our advantage if Danny pursues.

        • Anthony

          What about JO and Dooling or 2nd round pick for Kris Humphries? It works on the Trade Machine.

          LOL. Outside of me wanting to get rid of JO and Dooling, not sure what reason Nets would have outside of shedding contracts to get DHoward and resign DWilliams. And at least from what ESPN is saying, Nets might still be able to get Howard before deadline and I'm sure they would have to give multiple players/ picks to do it.

  • lakershater13

    Dooling, Wilcox, and Oneal for Kaman. C's need to put in draft picks for Kaman. All depends on what nola will accept. A couple of second rounders…do it. A first rounder this year… nola can keep him.

    • Anthony

      Don't think David Stern would allow that trade and I don't think Kaman is the solutions short-term or long-term. He's played in only 195 out 328 games in the past 4 years. That's 59% if you're calculating. Definitely want somebody that's more durable.

      • lakershater13

        Stern wouldnt allow a trade with expiring players for an expiring player? Nola would get picks. It helps them. Instead they are talking about a buy out?
        Lets see… Get picks for him or pay millions to let him go…
        As far as his durability…The Cs have 25 games left. Wilcox and Oneal both already done. If Kaman doesnt go down huge bonus for Cs

        • Anthony

          I want to get rid of JO and Dooling as much as the next person but would you be willing to give up multiple picks to rent Kaman for remainder of the season? I hope you weren't planning to give up 1st rounders in what is supposed to be a loaded draft year.

          • lakershater13

            The first post basically says second rounders only.

          • Anthony

            If you're Nola, would you make that trade? I doubt it.

          • lakershater13

            Maybe not but maybe they wont get any better offers.

          • Anthony

            If we have to give up picks, I rather go for Javale McGee as Mr. Lantrell Walker pointed out above.

            What do you think about my JO, Dooling, and/or 2nd rounder for Kris Humphries? That assumes that Nets are able to get DHoward though. Otherwise they would have no reason to trade Humphries.

  • someguyinsac

    Have to wonder who I won't be seeing on Friday when they get here, hopefully they leave the core intact and safe from any trades before then.

  • Ryan DeGama

    Heads up guys. We'll have a live chat tomorrow as we close in on the deadline (probably 2-3 p.m. ET but check back in the morning for specifics). Last year when we did it, Perk got traded. Maybe we'll have a repeat of that chaos.

    • someguyinsac

      Thanks for the heads up, maybe we'll be lucky and it's some other team that has to deal with chaos this year not us.

  • guest

    That Rondo pass better be the #1 highlight on Sportscenter. I don't care what else happened tonight. Do it.

  • Batman

    Argh the chat is on when I'm busy :( Hopefully the only person who gets traded is the Doodler

  • NICK33

    NOLA would save 3 million this season (KAMAN = 14m, 3x CELTS = 11m) plus they could probably buyout Jermaine and get insurance to cover Wilcox (another 3M). Remember Mike Dunleavy's group of investors is trying to buy the Hornets, so if they can save 5 – 6M, I'm sure they'd do that. Especially, if they could pry a 1st Rd pick from the Celts (and no I haven't pro-rated the contracts but savings are savings).

    Of course, it'd be better for us if NOLA buys out KAMAN and he signs as a FA for the remainder of the season. Then parlay JO, Dooling & a pick into Gerald Wallace or similar.

    I wanna see the big 3+1 go out with a BANG. I'm eternally optimistic and I feel we could still compete for a ring if we add either Kaman or Wallace (or both).

    Get something done Danny!

  • I_Love_Green

    Oh god please close this out!

  • someguyinsac

    Man, it shouldn't be this hard to win this game.

  • IBleedGreen

    Rondo's defense is flat out pathetic.

    • CG12

      So true.

  • IBleedGreen

    KG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • I_Love_Green

    YESSIR!!! The Big Three closing us out again!

  • someguyinsac

    Looks like it's a wrap. =)

  • lakershater13

    Great win plus it puts Cs 1 1/2 games back in the division.

    • Anthony

      Also just 1/2 game back for #6 seed, meaning no Miami in 1st Round.

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