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Game 60/66: Celtics (34-25) @ Nets (22-38) Open Thread

 

Boston at Brooklyn New Jersey
7:30 PM
Prudential Center
CSNNE

Offensive Efficiency
Boston: 98.6 points/100 possessions (25th)
New Jersey: 100.5 points/100 possessions (19th)

Defensive Efficiency
Boston: 95.4 points/100 possessions (1st)
New Jersey: 106.8 points/100 possessions (29th)

Probable New Jersey Starters: Future Maverick Deron Williams (PG), MarShon Brooks (SG), DeShawn Stevenson (SF), Kris Humphries (PF), Shelden Williams (C)

View from the Opposing Bench: Nets Are Scorching

THUMBNAIL: I checked StubHub expecting to find tickets for this one in the $5 range but you can’t get into the soon-to-be-abandoned Prudential Center for less than twenty bucks. I assume that’s because there are Celtics fans in the swamps willing to make the trek, not because the Nets fans are still queuing up for late-season tanking.

After last night’s what-the-hell-was-that in Toronto, the Celtics should be primed to give actual effort tonight, which may be necessary against a Nets team that has won three of its last four. As well, for those considering blowing off tonight’s game in favor of Saturday night activities, you may want to check in on old friend Gerald Green who’s not only throwing down preposterous dunks like this…

… but actually putting up efficient overall numbers (17.57 PER) and may have arrived as an NBA player.

PREDICTION

The Celtics come out with seeding in mind and a victory is sown.

Boston 103 New Jersey 90

  • ElRoz

    I hope they do come out with seeding in mind…but the 5 games in 6 days are really bunch of BS…that's too many games. IF they win this one tonight, then I would think of resting KG on Sunday against Charlotte…if not – got to play him Sunday (can't believe I'm saying that they could actually lose the first two of this road trip). Hopefully they got another urgency talk from Doc.

  • Morpheus

    They should walk all over this team tonight, 7 games left and i say 5 of those are winnable including this one.

    It's all about 18.

  • Switcharoo

    After last nite I’ll believe it when I see it done. I still say these ba2ba2ba setups are all part of a screw you from Sterns for the lockout.

  • Switcharoo

    I mean Stern (damn you Auto-correct!!!)

  • Jay

    lovely word play

  • ElRoz

    Anybody watching this game will realize how overrated Rondo is: the guy CANNOT FINISH at the rim, cannot hit jump-shots, cannot hit free throws…has a lot of turnovers already. Want to wish my best to Danny Ainge's efforts in the off-season. Rondo sux.

    • IBleedGreen

      I predict 10 thumbs downs for you by the end of tonight even though every word you said is true.

  • Switcharoo

    Rondo might not have a shot to speak of,on that I have to agree,but he does do his job which is to create open shots for the guys that can where they can. IMHO there aren’t too many pure PG out there like him unless you count the lobster CP3, most PGs go for their own points over their team mates. I don’t really care if he can shoot so long as he keeps feeding the players that can.

    • IBleedGreen

      Its funny whenever people are defending Rondo they have to state that he's a "pure" point guard and then compare him to Chris Paul. The difference is that Chris Paul (and other elite point guards) can score 30+ points on any given night if he wants. Why are people so caught up in position? It is just a label, man. If you are the point guard but also happens to be best scorer on your team, why shouldn't you look for your own shots? The "pure" point guard argument is so lame. If you (e.g. Rondo) have the ball in your hands 90% of the time and your only purpose in the game is to pass the ball, you're going to get tons of assists, which is a very overrated stat. It doesn't hurt to have some of the best shooters on your team too.

      • Anthony

        While I was a bit down on Rondo at the start of the season, I'm changed my view of him after the All-Star break. In the "pure PG" argument, I think it's someone that controls the tempo of the game and makes his teammates better and Rondo does that as good if not the best as anyone.

        Rondo outplayed DWill and CP3 in their matchups this season. I actually think DWill is overrated. Stats aren't everything and being able to score 30pts does not mean a better player. Is Wilt a better player than Russell? Is Iverson better than CP3?

  • Switcharoo

    At this moment
    Rondo 14 assists
    Net 17 assist
    nuff said

    • IBleedGreen

      OKC is the worst assisting team in the NBA and they have the best record. Nuff said.

      • IBleedGreen

        *One of the best, if not the best

      • IBleedGreen

        Milwaukee is the best assisting team in the NBA. Nuff said.

      • Anthony

        Who's to say that OKC wouldn't be better with Rondo instead of Westbrook? Or Boston be worse with Westbrook? But that shouldn't a knock on Westbrook for being more of a scoring guard and Rondo being more of a passing guard. Both are great at what they do with their respective teams. Since I'm a Celtics fan so I enjoy Rondo's play more. Simple as that.

        • IBleedGreen

          I am trying to make the point that assist is an overrated stat. That's all. I didn't even mention Westbrook…

          • Anthony

            Stats in general is overrated. Just look at the D'antoni Phoenix team. All their stats were inflated. They were a fun team to watch but they weren't a championship team.

            Stats tell better story in baseball than it does basketball.

            I guess my point is why the knock on Rondo, especially when he's been playing really well.

  • Switcharoo

    Okay I’ll eat the part about “pure” point guard because I’m not really that into that whole argument. My point is that although he can’t shoot he can read the floor better than most and that makes up for it , for me at least. He could be worse, he could suck at shooting and be a ball hog.

  • Switcharoo

    103 to 90
    Couldnt have done it without Dooling
    See that just don’t sound right so if not Rondo then who?
    Just asking

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