Boston: 100.6 points/100 possessions (T-19th)
Phoenix: 100.6 points/100 possessions (T-19th)
Boston: 101.2 points allowed/100 possessions (11th)
Phoenix: 105.5 points allowed/100 possessions (26th)
Probable Suns Starters:
Goran Dragic (PG), P.J. Tucker (SG), Jared Dudley (SF), Luis Scola (C), and Marcin Gortat (C)
View From The Opposing Bench: Valley of the Suns
The Celtics return to TDGarden tonight in hopes of extending their current three game winning streak. It appears they have a head start in this endeavor as they welcome the 12-24 Suns to Boston. By no means is this game a given however. Last week, I all but called the game in Sacramento for the C’s and we all know what happened then. Unlike the game against the Kings, the Celtics are playing well, they’re at home, and Isaiah Thomas has not been traded to the Suns. Things are already looking up for the C’s. To make the situation even rosier, Rajon Rondo will be back tonight after serving his one game suspension. Let’s get this game started already!
Wait, not so fast. There’s still a little matter to address. In case you missed BRobb’s post earlier or the picture accompanying this post, Celtic legend Jermaine O’Neal makes his triumphant return to the friendly confines of TDGarden. I can only speculate what the Celtics might include in his tribute video but my educated guesses include: a charge taken, a block made, some labored running, a still of his empty locker after he was bounced out of town, and a clip from an interview where he explained how he wasn’t happy with his role in Boston. There won’t be a dry eye in the 300s.
Another reason to be confident in this game: the Suns are on the second night of a back-to-back and JO had 4 points and 5 boards and was an overall -13. There’s no way he can duplicate that effort (maybe the -13).
In all seriousness, Celtics will get another chance to watch Marcin Gortat play; a player who is constantly being brought up in trade rumors. Enjoy the Polish hammer and I welcome your evaluation in the comments section.