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Game 45: Kings (17-29) @ Celtics (21-23) Open Thread

http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2011/1213/bos_g_green_cr_200.jpgSacramento at Boston
7:30 P.M. ET
TD Garden


Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 99.6 points/100 possessions (26th)
100.9 points/100 possessions (18th)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 100.3 points allowed/100 possessions (7th)
 108.2 points allowed/100 possessions (30th)

Probable Kings Starters:
Isaiah Thomas (PG), Tyreke Evans (SG), John Salmons (SF), Jason Thompson (PF), and DeMarcus Cousins (C)

View From The Opposing Bench: Cowbell Kingdom

Thumbnail: Well, this Sacramento Kings team enjoys playing against Eastern Conference teams. Although they have a 6-20 record against their own conference, they are 11-9 against the opposing one. The Kings are the only non-playoff team this season to have an over .500 record against an opposing conference as of Wednesday. On Monday, they snapped their four-game losing streak, which was against four different Western Conference opponents, with a victory over John Wall and the suddenly resurgent Washington Wizards. In addition, the Kings have won their last four games against the Eastern Conference.

While the Kings have feasted on weak opponents like the Cavaliers, Raptors, and Bobcats, they also hold the distinction of having the best winning percentage in games decided by three or fewer points this season. However, that is where most of the praising of the 2012-13 Kings ends. They are one of the worst road teams this season and own the worst defensive efficiency in the league. However, the Celtics could not crack the 100-point mark when they visited Sacramento in late December. In that game, although Jeff Green made only five shots, he had a game-high 17 field goal attempts and team-high seven free throw attempts. Green’s 17 attempts remain his season-high for a game and his 31 minutes played that night are his fourth-most in any game this season.

Before Sunday’s contest, the Celtics had lost all eight of the games in which Green had played his most minutes this season. Then, he spent a season-high 42 minutes on the floor against the Heat, the third-most minutes for any Celtics player in that game. Wednesday night against the Kings could be another ‘Green’ show for the Celtics. Over his last 10 games, Green has a plus/minus of plus 59, the best of any Celtic and tied for the 18th best for any player in that span. Get ready for Green to reassert himself and make an impact as one of the players who will be stepping up to replace the ball-dominator, Rajon Rondo.

Prediction: The Kings put up a fight against the Celtics, but Sacramento is unable to get its first season sweep from Boston since 2006-07. The Celtics get their rest, display their talent, and run away with it near the end.

Celtics 100, Kings 87

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  • Phil725

    Is saying they have the best win percentage in games decided by 3 points really praising them? Seems like a negative since it means they're primed for regression.

    It'll be very interesting to see how the Cs plays tonight. They've had a few days of hearing everyone say they're done, and they owe the Kings big time from the beatdown they got in Sacramento. If they come out flat, it could be a very negative indicator of how the rest of the year is gonna go. The inconsistent effort and waiting to turn it on are done, they're either going to play out the rest of the season, or they're not.

    • Phil725

      Doesn't look like they came out flat. They started the game aggressively attacking and running leading to good shots, and Bradley's smothered Isaiah Thomas on the other end. I like what I'm seeing.

  • Phil725

    Great second quarter so far. Sacramento is a bad defensive team with no idea what to expect, and it shows.

    That said, this team can definitely not afford to lose Sully for any period of time. Hope his injury isn't bad.

  • The Cardinal

    I'm watching the Kings broadcast and their announcers are a little bit stunned after the 2nd quarter. They are truly surprised the are C's playing this well without Rondo but I'm not surprised at all. I thought we had the best 5 guard combo in the league with Rondo, and I think we still have the best 4 guard combo.

  • Phil725

    I'd like to see the Cs close strong from here, but they haven't been playing well since Pierce/Lee/Bradley went to the bench. I haven't liked what I've seen from Green/Terry/Barbosa in the second half… and Pierce is coming back as I type.

    Also, Thomas Robinson looks way better than I remember from the beginning of the year.

  • hydrofluoric

    Well we closed them out. Good to see.

    Best wishes to Sully's health, and here's hoping that this insane ball-sharing stays up. 7 players registered 2+ assists and 9 players scored 6+ points.

  • elroz

    Good ball movement tonight – KG, Pierce, Terry led in assists. Wilcox had a timely comeback as Sulligner came out. Hopefully Doc can play KG, Wilcox, Bass and some Collins to mend the line-up. But perhaps that will not be necessary and Sully will return next game.

    Both Barbosa and Terry shot .500 or better from the filed and 3-point line.

    KG and Pierce played 2-3 minutes less than their average.

  • someguyinsac

    After witnessing in person the last meeting of these two teams, I'm happy with the outcome tonight.

    I suppose the only bummer of the previous game for me is that I won't be able to attend a game locally if the Kings do move and that the memory of the last one here is of a loss for the C's.