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Game 25: Cavaliers (5-21) @ Celtics (12-12) Open Thread

It's helpful when Varejao isn't around against the C's

Cleveland at Boston
7:30 P.M. ET
TD Garden
CSNNE

Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 103.3 points/100 possessions (18th)
Cleveland: 101.2 points/100 possessions (23rd)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 104.3 points allowed/100 possessions (18th)
Cleveland: 108.6 points allowed/100 possessions (28th)

Probable Cleveland Starters: Kyrie Irving (PG), Alonzo Gee (SG),Dion Waiters (SF), Tristan Thompson (PF), Tyler Zeller (C)

View From The Opposing Bench: Cavs The Blog

Thumbnail: Commence the Doc Rivers throwing s*it against the wall and see what sticks part of the season. Jason Collins will make his first start of the season at center. KG is shifted to the four for the first time all year, and Jason Terry is now back into the starting five. Will it work? Potentially short term, but given the lack of success the alternatives have provided Doc so far, it makes sense to shake things up. Anderson Varejao is also out with a knee injury, making life on the C’s big tonight about 1,000 times easier. Let’s see if it will be enough.

Prediction: Celtics 100, Cavaliers 85

  • elroz

    Great photo…I remember that game in late 2009 season; the Celtics got blown out.

    Interesting to see how Collins at center and KG at pf will play. If it begins to work, then maybe Wilcox at center and KG at pf at other times. But this might just be a way of preparing KG to move to pf – I hope the team is looking at getting a quality big-man using a combo of 3 items from the Wilcox-Sully-Bass-Barbosa-2013 pick pool.

  • Phil

    I'm not as quick to jump on the whole KG back to the 4 bandwagon as everyone else is. It seems like everyone's completely forgotten that last season's turnaround coincided with KG moving to the 5. They weren't a very good team before that switch happened. With Collins at the 5, this is a lateral move at best, but probably a backwards one.

    It shouldn't matter against Cleveland minus Varejao though. Hard to take any game for granted though.

  • KevinG

    Felt like Bass still needs to step up. Din't really do much on offense. His pick and roll defense isn't very good. A win is a win though. They just couldn't handle the truth tonight.

  • elroz

    Putting JET as a starter gives more offensive punch than having Bass in there. Collins provides some of the length and dirty work that KG does, and "frees" KG up more. KG in place of Bass obviously helps as well. A line-up of 4 guys that can score, alongside Collins, is not a bad idea. I have no idea if it will work, of course. Bass, Green, Sullinger-Wilcox bench is ok as far as size is concerned.
    I would also consider Wilcox as a starting center next to KG.

    JEFF GREEN: uuuuuuugh … Danny Ainge: are you watching this?

    • CelticsBIG3

      Like I said last night Green sucks. I've got 9,000,000 reasons why.

    • Phil

      Great game from the SF spot! Pierce and Green scored a combined 43 points on 14-20 shooting with 9 rebounds and 5 assists.

      • CelticsBIG3

        Thats a joke right… I hope your joking… Green had 3 points on 1-4 shooting, 1 rebound, and was MINUS SEVENTEEN in fourteen sh!tty minutes. Yet ANOTHER crap performance from the softest player on the team. When you cost your team more points than minutes you played you SUCKED. Can't be put any more simply. Guess you were watching something else tonight and missed the box score.

        • Phil

          Yes that was a joke. Surely everyone's seen the whole schtick of combining a player's amazing game with that of someone who did nothing, right?

          Me and Paul Pierce combined for 40 points too!

          • CelticsBIG3

            Thumbs up

  • CelticsBIG3

    Jason Collins did a very respectable job in there tonight. And the Captain… Need I say more? Good to see he's still got 13-16 FG games in him still. Damn impressive.

  • CelticsBIG3

    I thought Collins was impressive tonight. He played the same roll as Perk would back in the day tonight and he was moving his feet pretty efficiently on hedges. Looks CONSIDERABLY better than Green on defense (guess thats really not saying much). And to be honest, about equal offensively. Sad @unclejeffgreen; real sad.

    • Phil

      Collins didn't hurt them tonight, but the Cs were also going against a 5-22 team who was missing their best player. He got 1 point and 2 rebounds in 23 minutes, and neither should be considered surprising. He might help the defense some, but the defense with KG on the floor hasn't been a major problem this year either.

      If we're looking for a stopgap for a few games until Avery gets back, maybe he can contribute some. Eating into Bass' minutes likely won't hurt anything. He's not the answer for anything long term though. This team will likely win with the same lineup as last year (Rondo/Bradley/Pierce/4 not named Green/KG) or they'll lose early in the playoffs.

  • I was just ok with the Celtics but after this game and saw Pierce in all his stuff during the game. I was like "WOW". Took some lovely pictures of the game that you might be interested in. http://moment.me/n/307446.