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Game 30: Celtics (14-15) @ Kings (10-19) Open Thread

Boston at Sacramento
9:00 P.M. ET
Arco Arena/Power Balance Pavilion/Sleep Train Arena/Wherever The Hell the Kings Are Playing These Days

Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 100.1 points/100 possessions (21st)
Sacramento: 100.1 points/100 possessions (21st)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 101.4 points allowed/100 possessions (12th)
Sacramento:107.0 points allowed/100 possessions (29th)

Probable Kings Starters: 
Isaiah Thomas (PG), Marcus Thornton (SG), John Salmons (SF), Jason Thompson (PF), and DeMarcus Cousins (C)

View From The Opposing Bench: Cowbell Kingdom

Injury Report: Tyreke Evans (out), Avery Bradley (out)

Thumbnail:  Extra! Extra! Rajon Rondo will play!

This is great news because the Celtics are desperate for a win.  The Kings are pretty bad but they’re playing at home and catching the Celtics at an extremely vulnerable time.  The C’s are finishing up their California road trip and two games where they’ve endured two blowout losses.  The Kings are a plenty-capable offensive team but an absolutely miserable defensive team.  If the Celtics don’t shoot well, they could easily find themselves in a dog fight.

Celtics also get to catch a glimpse of what life may look like if they are able/decide to trade for DeMarcus Cousins.  Cousins is capable of being an absolutely dominant big man but he’s often shown an inability to control his emotions.  It’s a gamble and luckily the C’s get a free audition.

Things I Want to See:

  • Offensive Execution.  Rondo’s return means that the execution should be there.  I just want them to make shots.
  • Defensive Intensity.  The Celtics are the 12th best defensive team in the league as of today.  It’s time they either maintain or raise that ranking.
  • Playing Up to the Billing:  So many Celtics have underwhelmed lately.  It’s time they play like they’re capable of playing and beat a team they should beat.



  • Phil

    This Collins stuff is getting ridiculous now. It was bad enough just getting out to terrible starts offensively and having him ride the bench afterwards, now he's checking back in in the first half? And to play in a Collins/Bass frontcourt?! They got down ten early before he checked out, and they've now scored on a Terry desperation 3 and given up 10 easy points the other way since he checked back in. He's hurting the offense 'and' defense.

    On the bright side, the comeback was again led by Sullinger. I'm starting to love what he brings.

  • WTF

    Time to dump Doc…

  • Phil

    When things get bad, you have to quote scripture; here's a relevant passage from Avery 0.18:

    The night is always darkest before the dawn. When thou hast seen rock bottom – like when you lose by 10+ against a bad Sacramento team- keep faith, and the savior will appear to lead you to the promised land.

    …Eesh, 20+ since I started on this post *facepalm

  • pam

    rondo playing like shit. if you're still injured- dont play!! hes getting dominated by every single point guard he plays against. pathetic. also TRADE BASS!!!! sully playing really well- give him more minutes. bass is useless. trade him for a shot blocker.

  • Morpheus

    I wanna dig my own grave right now and remain there till i die

  • CelticsBIG3

    Wow this team is really bad. They have zero ability to defend OR score.