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Game 17: Celtics (9-7) @ Bucks (7-7) Open Thread

Boston @ Milwaukee
BMO Harris Bradley Center
8:30 PM EST
CSNNE

Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 102.5 points/100 possessions (12th)
Milwaukee: 98.8 points/100 possessions (24th)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 102.0 points allowed/100 possessions (16th)
Milwaukee: 101.3 points allowed/100 possessions (15th)

Probable Bucks starters: Brandon Jennings (PG), Monta Ellis (SG), Tobias Harris (SF), John Henson (PF), Sam Dalembert (C)

View from the Opposing Bench: Bucksketball

Thumbnail: Back-to-back Boston and Bucks. Both Milwaukee and the Celtics are coming off Friday night games. The Bucks dropped one to the surprising T-Wolves and the Celtics obliterated the TrailBlazers. Here are a few carryover performances we’d like to see from the Celtics out of last night’s palate-cleansing win:

Courtney Lee’s mini-Rondo routine. Lee’s hustle is starting to translate into tangible gains for the C’s. Last night, he put up 10 points, 5 assists, 7 rebounds and 3 steals as Doc Rivers stretched him out to 37 minutes as the starting PG. He’s got one of a couple of tough covers in Jennings and Ellis tonight. Can he neutralize one of those guys and build on his big night?

Jeff Green’s big night. Chief among the frustrations with Green is that even if he’s not getting a lot of shot attempts, he’s being paid as a star and he has to find a consistent way to impact the game in other ways. Two games in a row is not too much to expect.

Jared Sullinger is quietly making the case for longer minutes with his rebounding and increasingly efficient offensive game. The Bucks have some length that could bother him on the block but another extended outing could be in the cards.

Prediction:
The Celtics bring it two games in a row, particularly on defense.

Boston 90 Milwaukee 78

  • JCP

    On my wish list… A little more consistency from Pierce… Especially down the stretch.