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Game 36: Rockets (21-15) @ Celtics (18-17) Open Thread

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

Offensive Efficiency:

Boston: 102.6 points/100 possessions (22nd)

Houston: 108.4 points/100 possessions (7th)

Defensive Efficiency:

Boston: 103.8 points allowed/100 possessions (10th)

Houston: 105.5 points allowed/100 possessions (15th)

Probable Houston starters: Jeremy Lin, James Harden, Chandler Parsons Patrick Patterson, Omer Asik

View From The Opposing Bench: Red94

Thumbnail: After a demolition in Houston a few weeks back, Boston gets another chance against the surging Rockets tonight. Winners of 10 of their last 13 overall, the mission tonight will be to slow down their pace (1st in league), defend the 3-point line against a plethora of shooters, featuring Carlos Delfino first and foremost. Perhaps most importantly though, James Harden needs to be stopped. The guy is averaging 28.7 ppg in his last 10 contests and has scored 25+ points in 14 consecutive games overall.

Luckily, the Celtics have a little trick they were missing out last time around in the form of Avery Bradley. The third-year guard will be unleashed on Harden, who with a little luck, should slow down Houston’s most valuable weapon from making the paint his second home. Rajon Rondo will need to show up tonight as well to keep Jeremy Lin out of the paint as well, or the rollers like Greg Smith will continue to have a field day.

The wildcard? Turnovers. It’s Houston’s biggest weakness (1st in league) and the C’s newfound tenacity on the defensive end would work wonders in slowing the Houston attack. Boston also needs to find their offense too, as the starters won’t be able to skate by with the duds they had against Phoenix Wednesday night.

Prediction: Celtics 95, Rockets 91

  • Phil725

    Another brutal start for the starters and another bailout by the bench. The defense was good early, but it got torpedoed by the bad offense. Hopefully they pick it up going forward.

  • Phil725

    I'm really starting to feel good about this bench + KG lineup. I just love the way it flows with Terry on the ball and options all around.

  • Josh_5

    Dear God Sully stop it!!!

    • Phil725

      After an offensive rebound/put back with two guys holding him, I have to disagree. Please don't stop!

  • Phil725

    You know how sometimes you say something, then it immediately gets disproven and makes you look stupid? The bench + KG lineup just did the exact opposite for me :)

  • Josh_5

    Ok seriously, our bench currently has 31 of the 46 points on 14-19 shooting…….I will now attempt to contain myself and not type crazy stuff in all caps…….

  • Switcharoo

    My god Sullinger is an animal! I swear Ainge you even dream of trading this kid and I’ll be in your head like Freddy Kruger man. And Bradley, does anyone defense like Bradley? I could watch him all night, he absolutely shuts down whom ever is unfortunate to be up against him; I love it.

    P.S I couldn’t make this game but my kid and wife are there…so jealous!

  • Phil725

    Alright, I'm usually quick to point out that there's not as many "rookie whistles" on Sullinger as everyone likes to say… but that was a terrible one to get his fifth. Not a coincidence; the team has fallen apart since he went to the bench.

  • Josh_5

    Were up to 5!!
    Btw – nice call on Houston's point total Brian.

  • Switcharoo

    Its all happenin’! This team IS starting to jell and it’s fun to watch!