New Orleans at Boston
8:00 P.M. ET
Boston: 101.1 points/100 possessions (16th)
New Orleans: 101.3 points/100 possessions (15th)
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: Hornets 247 <http://www.hornets247.com/>
**The following post is written by Adam Lowenstein**
“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.
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