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Game 23: Celtics (12-10) @ Spurs (18-6) Open Thread

 

Boston at San Antonio
8:30 P.M. ET
AT&T Center
CSNNE

Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 103.4 points/100 possessions (19th)
San Antonio: 109.1 points/100 possessions (5th)

Defensive Efficiency:
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

  • elroz

    I don't know if they will win, but the Celtics should actually play better tonight. They don't do well with time between basketball games. But when they play back-to-back so far, they actually come out and play better… of course they might get tired later on in the game…but that's a problem of the bench: the bench doesn't provide quality minutes: Green, Wilcox, Terry, Lee, Sullinger – these guys are not "old" nor have they played heavy minutes this season. No excuses. KG and Pierce are the only older players here. Terry is not in that age group yet, nor does he play heavy minutes.

  • Phil

    Sometimes I come out of games feeling sorry for the other teams fans since their team is just so unwatchable… well there's none of that feeling today. The Spurs are so much fun.

    Both teams have played well on offense the entire game. That's on the Celtics D some, but I think they've held up admirably considering the competition. Looking forward to a good competitive fourth quarter. Hopefully the Cs can string together some stops and scores during the same run.

    • Phil

      In my defense, I posted this right before Terry missed a wide open 3 to cut the deficit to 3, followed by the Cs defense completely imploding.

      Time to worship at my Avery Bradley shrine, be back later.

      • High Rollers

        Is this a case of a) giving up too easily, b) fatigue or c) fatigue but giving up too easily nevertheless?

        I hope it's not c, because that would be a terrible indictment.

        • Phil

          I actually thought it was more of running into a buzzsaw than anything else. I've been on the Spurs bandwagon for a couple of years, but they're just a terrible match up for the Cs no matter how you look at it. The Cs defense is just too inconsistent/bad right now to deal with this specific type of attack.

          Forced to choose one of those, I'd say B. The defense collapsed late, but I don't think it was an effort thing. It was probably a combination of fatigue and bad lineup choices. Doc tried playing small for basically the entire 4th (all of the non KG bigs were between 11-15 minutes I believe,) and they got burned just like you'd expect a lineup with Green at the 4 to get burned. Those lineups just aren't good enough on offense to overcome their toastability.

          For silver linings, this was a schedule loss by all accounts. You'd just like the team to look a little more competitive to the end.

  • Phil

    Interesting, Doc coming out in the press conference firing at the refs.

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