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Game 13: Thunder (8-3) @ Celtics (6-6) Preview & Open Thread

 

Oklahoma at Boston
7:30 PM
TD Garden
CSNNE

Offensive Efficiency
Celtics: 103.4 points/100 possessions (10th)

Thunder: 108.0 points/100 possessions (3rd)

Defensive Efficiency
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):

 
Prediction: YOU DECIDE IN THE COMMENTS

  • Morpheus

    KG needs help. Danny needs to come up with a way to get Gortat without touching AB. Green,Bass, Sullinger, Lee, picks are on the table. Sooner the better, the Cs can’t afford to wait for the deadline to roll around to make that trade either.

    Just don’t trade AB.

    • Phil

      It's doubtful the Suns would even trade Gortat for a package centered around Bradley. Their owner cares about cheapness above all else, and you don't get better value than a borderline all star center making 7m a year. It's not even worth discussing possible trades that don't include Bradley.

  • Phil

    Checking in at halftime, and dare I say, the defense looks good. We'll see how it holds up in the second half, but it's been a good game so far.

  • tbunny

    That was a Boston Celtics basketball game, first of the season basically. Team defense, commitment to winning. I like it.

  • High Rollers

    Yup, a good one, a close one. And we went and took it!

  • OKCeltic

    More Jeff Green like tonight please

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