Boston at Charlotte
7:00 P.M. ET
Time Warner Cable Arena
Boston: 100.2 points/100 possessions (22nd)
Charlotte: 97.2 points/100 possessions (29th)
Boston: 99.2 points allowed/100 possessions (5th)
Charlotte: 109.3 points allowed/100 possessions (30th)
Probable Bobcats Starters:
Kemba Walker (PG), Gerald Henderson (SG), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (SF), Byron Mullens (PF), and Bismack Biyombo (C)
View From The Opposing Bench: Queen City Hoops
UPDATE: Pierce is out due to rest. Jeff Green will start in his place.
Thumbnail: Paul Pierce may have to wait until Wednesday at TD Garden to try to pass Charles Barkley for the 20th-most points scored in NBA history. He might miss this contest against the Bobcats, which would the Truth’s first missed start of 2012-13. Just a couple weeks ago, Doc Rivers chose to sit Kevin Garnett for his first missed start this season. On February 22, Jeff Green started for Garnett against the Suns and had one of the best games of his career. Green will most likely get his second start of the season on Tuesday.
As evidenced by the last time the Celtics were in Charlotte, this will be no easy game. The last time Boston traveled there, it was the day after the Celtics defeated the Nuggets in triple overtime. The men in green were able to take a six-point lead into halftime against the Bobcats, but then Charlotte dominated the third quarter en route to their comeback victory. Led by Byron Mullins’ 12 points, they outscored Boston, 33-24, in that third quarter. Mullins finished with a game-high 25 points and Ramon Sessions chipped in 19 off the bench.
However, this time around, Sessions is sidelined with a sprained MCL and no one is sure how much Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap will play Mullins. After starting the previous 14 games, Mullins came off the bench to play just five minutes on Saturday in Charlotte’s 10th consecutive loss. If the Celtics want to push that streak to 11 games, Garnett cannot shoot as poorly as he did on Sunday at Oklahoma City. It was only the fourth time as a Celtic that he shot worse than 30 percent from the field on at least 15 field goal attempts while only scoring 10 or fewer points.
Prediction: Garnett gives the Celtics more offense as they get revenge against the Bobcats.
Celtics 97, Bobcats 90
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