Boston: 103.4 points/100 possessions (19th)
San Antonio: 109.1 points/100 possessions (5th)
Boston: 103.2 points allowed/100 possessions (10th)
San Antonio: 101.3 points allowed/100 possessions (6th)
Probable San Antonio starters: Tony Parker (PG), Gary Neal (SG), Danny Green (SF), Tim Duncan (PF), Tiago Splitter (C)
View From The Opposing Bench: 48 Minutes of Hell
Thumbnail: Remember what we saw last night from the Rockets? Driving, dishing, and a bunch of 3-pointers? Get ready for another healthy diet of that tonight, likely executed with even more precision by the Spurs. Boston gets a tough draw here, facing San Antonio on the second night of a back-to-back, along with the unfortunate reality that they’ll be getting a hungry SA team that has dropped two straight games.
Courtney Lee will see his second straight start at the shooting guard position, as the Celtics hope to not dig themselves into another early hole on the defensive end, as they did last night. Fresh off his career night against the C’s in Boston, Splitter will get the starting nod at the center spot, as Boston’s backcourt will have to work hard to keep the pressure off the bigs by finding a way to keep Tony Parker and company from creating a revolving door through the paint all evening. Given the heavy minutes logged last night by the starters, I’m not optimistic about their chances.
Prediction: Spurs 99, Celtics 91