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Game 44/66: Boston (23-20) @ Denver (24-20) Open Thread

 

Boston at Denver
9 P.M. ET
TD Garden
CSN

Offensive Efficiency:

Boston: 100.9 points/100 possessions (26th)

Denver: 107.1 points/100 possessions (6th)

Defensive Efficiency:

Boston: 100.1 points allowed/100 possessions (4th)

Denver: 105.9 points allowed/100 possessions (19th).

Probable Denver Starters: Ty Lawson (PG), Arron Afflalo (SG), Danilo Gallinari (SF), Kenneth Faried (PF), Timothy Mozgov (C)

View From The Opposing Bench: Roundball Mining Company

Thumbnail: It should be a much more enjoyable visit to the Mile High city this time around, as the C’s have a full roster intact (besides injuries) instead of a demoralized squad after Perk was dealt unexpectedly to OKC last February. This time though, Boston is demoralized in a different way, after their embarrassing showing last night against the lowly Kings who put up a season-high 120 points against the putrid C’s defense.

This time around Denver will be the shorthanded squad after dealing Nene to the Wizards on Thursday. The Washington Post is reporting their newest acquisition JaVale McGee will be unavailable for the game, with the trade falling to be finalized yet due to physicals. Unfortunately for Boston, Denver will be rested anyway and still have one of the deepest rosters in the league, so McGee’s absence shouldn’t matter too much at all.

Will C’s respond after a tough loss like they did Monday night in LA for two straight wins on the second half of back-to-backs. Or will the altitude and high-scoring Denver begin to turn this trip below the .500 mark? We find out tonight.

Prediction: C’s 93, Nuggets 91

 

  • someguyinsac

    I'm looking for a win tonight after last night's horror show, please redeem yourselves.

  • Switcharoo

    They gotta win one for the green…. It’s St. Pattys day after all ;)

  • ElRoz

    Wow, the Hub has Boston wining it by 2 points?
    I hope I'm wrong, but the way they played yesterday – and the back-to-back – I'm looking for Boston to lose by no less than 10 points, and for Denver to score over 100 points. Both scenarios are quite probable (but I hope I'm wrong). I'd like a pleasant surprise tonight from this unlucky and underachieving Celtics.
    But my mind tells me Denver goes over 100 pts and Boston loses by at least 10 points.
    Moreover, thanks to the showing at Sacramento this road trip is now heading down fast into yet another mini slump of 3-5 losses in a row.

  • CG12

    I would have picked this game to be the blowout more than the Sac game. This looks rather like a game Rondo could get up for, which has a lot to do with how the Cs fare in these road trip, lots of games in few nights, affairs. Lawson has been getting good PR, whereas no one really knows who Isaiah Thomas is, beyond his amusing name. Rondo may choose to actually try on D, as opposed to his performance last night.

  • I_Love_Green

    I could see the Nuggets either blowing us out, or it being a close game that goes either way.

    Hope I'm wrong and we win by 20+ though…

  • hdavenport

    Rrrrrrrrrrrebounds!

    Last night: SAC 45, BOS 28
    Tonight at the half: DEN 28, BOS 12

    • someguyinsac

      What's a rebound? :p

  • someguyinsac

    Great, PP fouled out and now it's really going to be a nail biter.

  • someguyinsac

    *SIGH*
    On the bright side, it did seem like they put more effort into this game than the one last night.

    • someguyinsac

      The other selfish bright side is I get to drink sooner tonight than last night, since I wasn't a this game. Temporary amnesia here I come, again. ;)

  • ElRoz

    The C's are working on their third 5 game loosing streak now…likely to happen, that Sacramento game bridged them over to a 5 game loosing streak. That's why the team, and Doc, showed themselves to be unworthy of anything above 7 or 8 seed: the see the tough roads games ahead, and they go into Sacramento and stink it up…now a 5 game loosing streak is knocking on the door.

  • ElRoz

    rebounds 27 to 46?!! Wow….going down fast and no sight of improvement.

    As a rebounder, Bass is as bad as BBD…he is just utterly ineffective even for his size. He is also a weak link on defense…the poor guy cannot be relied upon to do anything but some average scoring and that's it. No boards, no defense.

  • smalltownID

    I have been tough on Bass El Roz. I agree mostly. The biggest problem I have had is lack of dependability in clutch. Baby was huge on both ends the last 2 minutes of a game. You could put together a heckuva highlight reel of Baby in the last 2 minutes of a game taking charges, hitting crazy shots, keeping a possession alive with a tip-out or a legitimate rebound. Just the last 2 minutes of a game. You have to respect that about Baby's time here. However, I have seen Bass get a few baby-like rebounds in the last 2 minutes which is a step in the right direction when it was non-existent in the first half of the season.

    People are so offensive minded it is easy to say Bass was a steal. Offensively, even I admit it was an upgrade (other than hitting clutch shots so far). He is also not as much of a black hole as early in the season. However, Bass was a huge downgrade defensively, arguably as big a downgrade defensively as upgrade offensively. I am going to have to see something out of Bass in the clutch the next season and a half to say it was definitely a good trade for Boston.

    I realize that is contrary to most people's opinions on here. You can all say I am only remembering the good things about Baby now…

  • smalltownID

    And completely disregard the fact he was the guy you wanted on your team to close the game. When the game is won. Unfortunately I may not get to watch Bass for a season and a half.

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

    It's Timofey Mozgov. Not Timothy.

    *grumble grumble*

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