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http://espn.go.com/photo/2012/1130/nba_g_green11_200.jpgBoston at Cleveland
7:00 P.M. ET
Quicken Loans Arena


Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 100.5 points/100 possessions (22nd)
101.4 points/100 possessions (18th)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 99.8 points allowed/100 possessions (6th)
 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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  • end of shit

    i can smell 6 i a row

    • someguyinsac

      Cavs fan, eh?

      • KillerGymRat

        Nah probably another Heat troll. They're like roaches.

        • someguyinsac

          Hey! Don't be insulting roaches, even they're better than the Heat trolls. 😉

          • KillerGymRat

            My bad. You are correct.

  • hydrofluoric

    Shavlik Randolph with a Free Throw!!!!

    • elroz

      I cannot believe it!

  • elroz

    Pierce is SUCH A TURNOVER MACHINE it is incredible how he can be so sloopy and dumb after all these years. He has 4 and the game is not even halfway through

  • elroz

    Pierce has 6 turnovers at halftime….this is insane.

  • The Cardinal

    Tonight's a perfect example of Doc's stubbornness. Going into the 3rd, the Celtics are getting killed on the boards and in the paint and despite Shavlik's good play, he's determined to stick with an undersized front line. Ya can't run and create easy baskets if ya can't secure the doggone rebound.

  • Mark

    Bradley is not a factor of any kind out there.

  • KillerGymRat

    Nice comeback but it's risky at best to have JC on the floor in the final 2 minutes. I don't think anybody is surprised he forced a bad shot.

    This a rare game where I support the PP iso.

    • The Cardinal

      Crawford actually got bumped on that shot and it wasn't called. Then Green got fouled going to the basket and it wasn't called. But risky or not, Crawford's currently the best scoring and best ball handling guard on the team, so IMAO, he's got to be (and will continue to be) on the floor during close games.

      • KillerGymRat

        JC is indeed the best scoring and ball handling guard…but I can't agree with those two last plays being no-calls. Crawford had nothing and they clogged the lane. Instead of giving up the ball he cut across the lane and turned into the defense to force a bad shot, losing the ball in the process. Even if he would have gotten it up it clean it was early in the clock and a terrible look. It's not the play you want to close out the game. Especially when Pierce and Green have mismatches.

        Green's move was also unimpressive and while there was contact, it wasn't anything I would expect to be called. Both those guys got caught trying to play hero ball and the shots were both too early.

        Should JC be on the floor in game defining possessions? Not in my opinion. Not until you can trust he will only take a quality look or give up the ball and not when he doesn't bring anything on the defensive end.

        • Anthony

          I have no problem with the JC and JGreen plays not being called but why did CJ Miles get the call when there was even less contact?

          As far as JC being on the floor in crunch time, you have to consider the alternatives. It was either him, JET or AB. I trust JC more than JET and AB offensively right now.

  • hydrofluoric


  • High Rollers

    Thank God. Hoowa.

  • KillerGymRat

    Wow. Huge play by Green. I could swear with those two long strides he was never going to beat the clock.

    Nice to see solid end of the game execution in an otherwise mediocre showing.

    A win is a win and we definitely needed this one.

  • Art

    Good win for the Cs.

    Like Doc always says, I still like this team; I just don't know what's been worse for them the injuries or the incosistentcy?

    Is it too much to expect 20 points from Jeff Green every night?

    • hydrofluoric

      Don't expect it, but hope for it.

      • Anthony

        JGreen's averaging 21.3 ppg, 6.3 reb, 3.7 ast, 1.3 stl, 1.9 blk, and 1.7 TO as a starter. Only a 7 game sample but still.

    • KillerGymRat

      I think we'd all be happy to see him average 20.

      It does bode well that Pierce trusted him with the ball late in the game, and that him scoring more than 15 is happening a lot more frequently than him scoring under 15.

      Shavlick gets more minutes and we win. Coincidence? (I'm kidding. Mostly).

      • Anthony

        What didn't bode well was how quickly JET gave the ball to Pierce after that final rebound. It looked like he wanted no part of handling the ball. I want my shot makers to have exude confidence not give it to our leader and run away.

        • KillerGymRat

          Agreed. I hope JT can get his confidence back. As much as everybody is bashing on him (deservedly so) we really need to see him flying down the runway and making shots come playoff time. The team as a whole is really shaky with their confidence save for PP, and Green in spurts, or JC ever. Hopefully we can string together a few wins and get the swagger back.

          • Anthony

            I just want the team to KNOW that they can win without KG and are that much better once he gets back. Hope AB isn't too down on himself because he has been terrible (is there a word worse than terrible?) lately on offense. JET also needs to string together a few good games to get that swagger back. I wonder how much that Lebron dunk affected his psyche.

  • Anthony

    That's 2 game winners by JGreen.

    I predict CH will grade Bass an A+ and everyone else a C. Tonite he deserve a B+, not last nite,

    Also curious how Pierce will be graded since he had identical numbers as JGreen last nite except with 7 TO.

    Just a sigh of relief to finally get a W and hopefully a boost in confidence.