Boston: 101.1 points/100 possessions (17th)
Brooklyn: 103.8 points/100 possessions (10th)
Boston: 101.2 points allowed/100 possessions (11th)
Brooklyn: 103.5 points allowed/100 possessions (20th)
Probable Brooklyn Starters: Deron Williams (PG), Keith Bogans (SG), Joe Johnson (SF), Gerald Wallace (PF), Brook Lopez (C)
View From The Opposing Bench: The Brooklyn Game
Injury Report: Kris Humphries (abdominals) is day-to-day. Chris Wilcox (thumb) is out. Avery Bradley (shoulders) is day-to-day.
Thumbnail: Happy Holidays! The C’s are the first of the five Christmas games and there’s plenty of intrigue to thicken today’s plot, starting with the potential for some holiday bloodletting between two teams that like each other less every time they play. Brooklyn agent provocateur Humphries is nursing an abdominal problem and may not take the court, the upside of which is that Rajon Rondo may not get suspended again.
We’re also formally on Avery Bradley watch, as he prepares to rise like a phoenix from Arizona, turn the Celtics’ season around and completely reshape the league’s idea of what perimeter defense is all about. Or something like that.
Spill some rum into your eggnog, watch that inescapable commercial about the special Christmas uniforms one last time and let’s do this!
Prediction: A Christmas Miracle!
Boston 102 Brooklyn 96