Boston at Cleveland
7:00 P.M. ET
Quicken Loans Arena
Boston: 100.5 points/100 possessions (22nd)
Cleveland: 101.4 points/100 possessions (18th)
Boston: 99.8 points allowed/100 possessions (6th)
Cleveland: 107.1 points allowed/100 possessions (27th)
Probable Cavaliers Starters:
Shaun Livingston (PG), Wayne Ellington (SG), Alonzo Gee (SF), Tristan Thompson (PF), and Tyler Zeller (C)
View From The Opposing Bench: Cavs: The Blog
Thumbnail: There are not too many positive ways to describe the Celtics’ current five-game losing streak. They are now just one loss away from tying their losing such skid since the beginning of the 2007-08 season. Playing without Kevin Garnett and Courtney Lee has been tough for this squad. Boston has recently failed to bail out its weak rebounding. The Celtics are typically able to make up for their flaws with strong shooting, but it cannot be the Jordan Crawford show all the time. He can take a few possessions for himself, but the team needs its big-contract players to take charge.
In order for Boston to succeed without two of its starters, the team needs Paul Pierce and Jeff Green to make an impact on most of the offensive possessions. On Tuesday, I discussed how Pierce’s scoring has been vital this season. As for Green, he impressed fans in the game against the Knicks by recording his second double-double as a Celtic. In addition, just for the second time in his career, he scored at least 10 points, grabbed at least 10 rebounds and dished out more than five assists in the same game. Doc Rivers is complimenting Green’s aggressiveness, so Green just needs to continue what he is doing.
Fortunately for the Celtics, they get to face a Cavaliers team that has also lost five consecutive games and is missing their three best scorers. Their starting backcourt, Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters, is out and do not forget Anderson Varejao, who is done for the season after being diagnosed with a blood clot in his lung a couple months ago. Those three players have combined for more than 50 points per game this season. Although it is the second night of a back-to-back for the Celtics, they need to take advantage of the starless Cavaliers and their weak defense.
Prediction: The Celtics stop their losing streak in a relatively close game.
Celtics 100, Cavaliers 94
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