Celtics: 103.4 points/100 possessions (10th)
Thunder: 108.0 points/100 possessions (3rd)
Celtics: 104.0 points allowed/100 possessions (25th)
Thunder: 99.7 points allowed/100 possessions (12th)
View from the opposing bench: Daily Thunder
Thumbnail: Just like the game against Utah last week, the Celtics find themselves facing an old familiar face. Kendrick Perkins returns to the Garden tonight in what will probably still prove to be an emotional encounter. CelticsBlog’s Jimmy Toscano asked Perkins before the game whether or not he was over returning to the Garden as a member of the away team. His response: “Nah, [it's] still a little weird.”
It should be. The guy who the Celtics traded him for (Jeff Green) has hardly contributed on the same level and that has probably still left some linger questions in Perkins’ head. But no matter. The sad truth for the Green team is that this Oklahoma City team is a lot like the Spurs team they saw on Wednesday; except better. Everyone knows about the Thunder’s big three (Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka) but they’ve also added complimentary players like Kevin Martin and Hasheem Thabeet (I can’t believe I just wrote that, but check him out. He’s actually contributing).
The Celtics will have their hands full with their Thunder and their stomachs full of Turkey. Thunder and Turkey: catastrophic combination.
Here’s Doc Rivers pregame media session. Be sure to check out how he describes Russell Westbrook (warning: NSFW):
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