Boston: 102.0 points/100 possessions (9th)
Brooklyn: 103.5 points/100 possessions (7th)
Boston: 101.1 points allowed/100 possessions (21st)
Brooklyn: 96.1 points allowed/100 possessions (20th)
Probable Brooklyn Starters: Deron Williams (PG), Keith Bogans (SG), Joe Johnson (SF), Kris Humphries (PF), Brook Lopez (C)
Injury Report: Rajon Rondo is day-to-day with a sprained ankle. Gerald Wallace is out.
View From The Opposing Bench: The Brooklyn Game (formerly Nets Are Scorching)
Thumbnail: The Celtics are 5-1 in their last six games and on a mini-tear. Why? It’s not the defense. The Celtics remain in the bottom-third of the league in defensive efficiency. It’s the Boston offense — now 9th in the league — that’s responsible for recent fortunes. Of course, if Rondo is out of the lineup with the sprained ankle he suffered against Utah, points may be at a premium unless Leandro Barbosa can repeat his second half bailout.
It’s worth pointing out the Celtics would have lost last night’s game if it was played last season. Last year’s bench didn’t have the firepower to pick up the starters. The C’s may need a similar 40+ point effort from the reserves tonight. Jeff Green is a good candidate for a breakout night. The C’s are running clearouts for him lately and he’s playing with more of an edge. He stands to go upwards of 30 minutes and there’s no reason he can’t put in 20 tonight if he gets consistent touches.
Courtney Lee could also be important tonight. The Celtics have surrendered a lot of perimeter penetration the last two seasons and Johnson and Williams will be hunting for holes in the defense all night long. Jason Terry can’t guard either of them, so expect Lee to end up doing duty on one or both. Paul Pierce will probably check Johnson as well.
Prediction: It’s a tough game for the Celtics. We’ve got the SEGABABA. Rondo is either playing injured or out entirely. They’ll need offensive contributions from a half-dozen guys to pull it out. I think the defense takes a step forward tonight but they struggle to score.
Brooklyn 88 Boston 82