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Game 37: Bobcats (9-27) @ Celtics (19-17) Open Thread

 

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

Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 100.8 points/100 possessions (18th)
Charlotte:
 99.1 points/100 possessions (27th)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston:
 100.7 points allowed/100 possessions (9th)
Charlotte:
 108.3 points allowed/100 possessions (29th)

Probable Bobcats Starters:
Kemba Walker
 (PG), Gerald Henderson (SG), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (SF), Hakim Warrick (PF), and Bismack Biyombo (C)

View From The Opposing Bench: Queen City Hoops

***The following post was written by Adam Lowenstein

THUMBNAIL

Since we turned the page to the 2013 calendar year, the Celtics have been arguably the league’s best team. They have been playing their best basketball of the 2012-13 season and are riding a five-game winning streak, tied for the second-longest current streak in the NBA. On Monday, the Celtics will look for their first six-game winning streak in over two years.

Since Doc Rivers put Avery Bradley and Brandon Bass together into the starting lineup on Friday, January 4th, the Celtics have had a perfect record. They even beat the Eastern Conference’s second-place New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Monday, January 7th without Rajon Rondo. Recently, it has been a full team effort by this Celtics team. The bench his risen to new heights and is only improving.

Jared Sullinger has been a huge part of the Celtics’ success this season and could be the first player since Al Jefferson and Leon Powe in 2006-07 to play a full season in Boston and finish in the top 20 in rebounding rate. The Celtics also have Courtney Lee, who has turned around his season in his last nine games. Over that span, he is averaging 8.7 points per game and shooting 50% from three-point after having just 6.3 points per game and 28% three-point shooting in his first 27 games. In addition, Chris Wilcox’s return will only bolster the bench. He practiced on Sunday and is expected to begin playing within the next week.

While the Celtics have been firing on all cylinders in 2013, this could be the ultimate trap game for this experienced team. Boston is flying high after having a better field goal percentage than their opponent in five consecutive games, which is tied for the team’s longest streak this season. The Celtics have a 16-3 record this season when they have a better field goal percentage in 2012-13 and are facing one of the NBA’s worst shooting teams on Monday in the Charlotte Bobcats.

After matching their 2011-12 season win total in their first 12 games of this season, the ‘Cats have played like the league’s worst team since. They are 2-22 in their last 24 games and are double-digit underdogs in their first visit to Boston in 2012-13. The only bright spot for Charlotte is that the team is 4-0 when holding opponents to fewer than 90 points this season. While they are 5-27 otherwise, the Bobcats have a chance if the Celtics have a very cold night shooting. That is really the only shot for this struggling team.

PREDICTION

Charlotte puts up a fight, but Boston secures their first victory of 2012-13 on two-day rest (0-5 coming into Monday’s contest).

Celtics 98, Bobcats 85

  • Todder

    Speaking of Leon Powe….bring him back, he's currently playing in Puerto Rico!

    • Phil725

      Powe's story makes me so sad. He was just a couple games away from landing a solid contract when he tore up his knee, and he was never able to get back. Great guy who was trying to take care of his family too. As unfair as life gets.

  • Phil725

    Very good start for the Cs. The Bobcats are terrible, especially on offense, and the starting five made them look even worse. Hoping for a nice comfortable game.

  • Phil725

    Wow, I just realized how bad of a matchup the Bobcats are for Sullinger. He has to bang in the post against a tall, athletic guy with no rhyme or reason to his game, the kryptonite for an IQ based banger like Sully. And to make matters worse, he has to share the court with master flopper, Kemba Walker.

  • Phil725

    Random lineup alert; Rondo/Barbosa/Lee/Sully/KG just sparked a 6-0 run. I've been wondering if we would see some three guard lineups as a change up from time to time. Anything that ends with the Sully/KG front court I'm fine with.

  • elroz

    Jason Terry has disappeared offensively over the last 5-6 games…and over the season, he is putting up career low numbers in FG% and 3-pt FG %.
    If you compare what Barbosa might do with the same minutes, perhaps it's Terry that could be dealt along with Wilcox and 2013 pick, not Barbosa. JET stinks this season so far.

    Yet, he plays well with the second unit, and his D and effort are there.

  • james patrick

    Time to start Jared Sullinger. he's earned it!

  • jpbl1976

    Tough night for KG — the Bobcats' strategy of swarming him (and our other bigs) after a rebound really seemed to take him out of a rhythm so much so that KG had one of the worst shooting nights I've seen him have in a while. Sully, fortunately, made all his shots so that made up for it somewhat. Also, even when he's not having a great night shooting, KG does other things — those 10 boards he got were vital.

    Jason Terry also had a rough night (zero points and a team-worst minus 8) but my thinking there is that he's been off so much that he's bound to rebound strongly over the next few months. I'd rather he was hot going into April than for him to peter-out like Ray did in the past (it's happening again to Ray in Miami, incidentally).

    Still, a win is a win and even though I'd rather win by 20 and see Gino, the fact of the matter is that we're on a 6-game winning streak!!

    Lastly, I thought it was great that on the night his SportsCenter commercial debuted, Rondo had a triple-double. Can't do that without Big Hands…

  • Josh_5

    KG played terrible offensively tonight, but if he has to throw up a terrible game, Id prefer it be against a bad team like the Bobcats.

    • Josh_5

      Enough guys picked up the slack tonite that it didn't matter.

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