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Game 38: Hornets (12-26) @ Celtics (20-17) Open Thread

 

New Orleans at Boston
8:00 P.M. ET
TD Garden
CSNNE

Offensive Efficiency:
Boston:
 101.1 points/100 possessions (16th)
New Orleans:
 101.3 points/100 possessions (15th)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston:
 100.5 points allowed/100 possessions (7th)
New Orleans:
 106.0 points allowed/100 possessions (27th)

Probable Hornets Starters:
Greivis Vasquez
 (PG), Eric Gordon (SG), Al-Farouq Aminu (SF), Anthony Davis (PF), and Robin Lopez (C)

View From The Opposing Bench: 
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**The following post is written by Adam Lowenstein**

THUMBNAIL

“With the 10th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, the New Orleans Hornets select Austin Rivers from Duke University.” Less than seven months after David Stern uttered those words, it is father vs. son in Boston on Wednesday night. While Austin Rivers may not start for the Hornets, he will hope to impress Doc Rivers who will be looking on from the other bench.

Interestingly, since Monty Williams removed Rivers from the starting lineup, New Orleans has played fantastically. Obviously, the return of Eric Gordon has coincided with Rivers’ benching, but the Hornets have won five out of their last six games (.833 winning percentage) after beginning the season with a 7-25 (.219) record. Gordon has the only positive single-player plus/minus on the team.

This young team out of New Orleans is looking to make strides after a horrendous start to 2012-13. While the Hornets have almost no chance of making the playoffs this season, they are looking to find how to make this extremely young roster compete in the future. Let us also not forget the number one overall pick, Anthony Davis. While he has suffered a concussion and an ankle injury this season, he has started 15 consecutive games and has averaged 12.0 points and 7.9 rebounds, including 2.7 offensive, per game in that span.

The Celtics will have to contain the Hornets starting frontcourt that can be an offensive rebounding machine at times. Boston’s defensive rebounding rate has dropped off over the last few games, so they will have to improve in that area on Wednesday. They will hope to not give up 10 offensive rebounds for the fifth consecutive game.

What will be even more important for the Celtics against the Hornets will be their shooting. Boston has had a better field goal percentage than their opponent in 6 consecutive games, which is now the team’s longest streak of 2012-13. The Celtics have a 17-3 record this season when they have a better field goal percentage. When the Hornets have a lower field goal percentage than their opponent this season, they are 2-21.

PREDICTION

Although the Celtics have lost three of their last four meetings with the Hornets, the Celtics take advantage of the Hornets playing on the second night of a back-to-back.

Celtics 96, Hornets 90

  • shrizzy shrek rogers

    you guys make odd predictions…only 6 over the hornets??

    • Stats Adam

      Odd prediction? Celtics were only an 8-point favorite

    • Vincent

      An odder, and more correct prediction, would be for the Cs to lose by 15.

      • ronjohn63

        Should you feel better that they "only" lost by 12?

        Go Hornets!

  • Phil725

    I really like the energy that the team started with. First time in a while they've out-energied the crowd, who came out dead. They were extremely active on defense. I really like how Rondo's played so far, he was the only one who played well at the start of the first and after coming back in.

    Unfortunately, the bench completely no-showed the first half. Looks like the Green game he's been due for for a while, and no one else can buy a bucket. They let the offensive drought creep into their defense too, which the team has a tendency to do. Hopefully they clean it up in the second half.

    • Phil725

      Additional note: They didn't clean it up in the second half. I think they've been outscored by about 112 over the first 6 minutes of the third quarter in the last 3 games.

  • WTF

    What the heck has Doc been telling his players about all those jump shots and turnovers? Nothing! Nice.

  • Phil725

    What is it with African royalty against the Celtics? Mbah a Moute and Aminu are barely in their team's rotations, and they'd both be in the Hall of Fame if they played every game against the Cs.

    • Anthony

      They understand how to stop Celts' ubuntu.

      46 pts in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th quarters? SMH.

      I don't want to be harsh on JET but I just don't see how Barbosa can't bring more to the table offensively and defensively given the same mins. KG had a real stinker too.

      Oh well, time to start a new winning streak on Friday.

      • Anthony

        My mistake…..It was 46 pts prior to Barbosa's 7 pts in the final min.

  • WTF

    Doc is trying to boost up Austin's fame by assigning Terry to defend him! :-)

  • I_Love_Green

    Well this would be a disappointing end to the winning streak.

  • Josh_5

    Grades better be harsh tonite cuz these guys played like shit.

  • High Rollers

    While Doc's attention was divided, the C's took the opportunity to descend into hero-ball chaos. Tonight the Matrix won.

  • Mark

    T-R-A-P G-A-M-E!

    Rondo and Pierce were the two best tonight and they had okay games. Just bad all around.

  • elroz

    Shameful outing by these slackers…. they had a golden opportunity to extend the streak…and in site of the fact that they wallowed and slacked for the first quarter of the season, they still show themselves incapable of extending a short winning streak against a poor…VERY POOR team – last in the West when the game started.

    Apparently they think that they have achieved a lot already – a record barely over .500… an underdog by all the experts… shameful losses in the western conference- yes shameful … but this does not motivate them… finishing 8th seems to be the destiny or this team
    … they just waste opportunities left and right.

    • ronjohn63

      against a poor…VERY POOR team

      Against a team that's 7-3 in it's last 10 games, and 6 or it's last 7, do you really mean?

  • Danny

    Saw that pathetic mess in person. What a waste of 150 bucks. I hate games like that where they continue to do the same stupid things over and over. Pierce three possessions in a row in the 2nd turning around throwing backwards mid air turns it over. Jumper after jumper miss and turnovers. Letting aminu and Lopez do their best lebron and shaq impersonations. All in all just infuriating.

  • Bill

    Only saw the 4th quarter … game was winnable, they were within 5, but I think in the last 11 minutes of the 4th quarter there were 5 drives to the rim, and they were all in garbage time.

    When Rondo doesn't drive, this team is teeeeeeerrible.

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