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Game 78: Nets (45-32) @ Celtics (40-37) Open Thread

 

http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2012/1128/nba_g_rondo11_400.jpgBrooklyn at Boston
8:00 P.M. ET
TD Garden

ESPN/CSNNE

Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 100.8 points/100 possessions (21st)
Brooklyn:
104.8 points/100 possessions (9th)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 100.0 points allowed/100 possessions (5th)
Brooklyn:
 103.6 points allowed/100 possessions (17th)

Probable Nets Starters:
Deron Williams (PG), Joe Johnson (SG), Gerald Wallace (SF), Reggie Evans (PF), and Brook Lopez (C)

View From The Opposing Bench: Brooklyn’s Finest

Thumbnail: The last time the Nets were in Boston, Rajon Rondo’s 37-game double-digit assist streak ended after being ejected for pushing Kris Humphries, who had fouled Kevin Garnett to the ground. The Nets went on to win that game at TD Garden, becoming just their second victory there since Garnett joined the Celtics. After Brooklyn won the first two meetings this season, Boston took revenge on the Nets on Christmas. This will be the first time that the two teams will face off since then. The Nets are hoping to win their third game over the Celtics this season after being victorious just twice against them in the previous five seasons.

However, the Celtics are looking to make it two wins in a row in order to avoid losing a season series to the Nets for the first time in seven seasons. One of the reasons that Boston can win this game is controlling the paint. In each of the three meetings in 2012-13, the Celtics have scored more points in the paint than the Nets. Although Brooklyn won the rebounding battle in both of their victories, Boston still scored more in the key. It is impressive that the Celtics have succeeded against the Nets in the paint because the Celtics are in the bottom five in the league in interior scoring. Unfortunately for the Boston, Brooklyn has made and attempted more free throws than the men in green in each of the three contests this season.

The Celtics will hope that the two days off from their last game will help them keep the free-throw margin close. Rest has been an interesting phenomenon for the Celtics in 2012-13. On the second day of back-to-backs this season, the Celtics are .500 (10-10 record). After one full day of rest, they are .500 (19-19). If the Celtics win on Wednesday, they will be .500 (6-6) on two days of rest. They have enjoyed a 6-2 record on at least three days of rest in 2012-13, but they are otherwise an average team regarding the number of days off. With Monday and Tuesday to relax, Paul Pierce will have enough energy to try for 25 points, which would make him the 20th player in NBA history with 24,000 career points.

Prediction: Pierce gets to 24,000 in a close Celtics victory.

Celtics 98, Nets 94

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  • GymRat

    Dayyummm. Bass' dunk was sick. Might be the dunk of the season for the C's. How often do you see a two handed throw down from outside the restricted area on a 7-footer!!

  • High Rollers

    Bass dunk rocked. Jeff’s butterfinger turnovers… not so much.

  • High Rollers

    That cheap third on Avery hurt. He’s got to figure out a way to stay out there.

  • Art

    I love listening to Mike and Tommy, but if Tommy wants to see the Cs shoot more free throws they have to do more than shoot jumpshots. Like Tommy always says, "Step on their throats… and go to the rim!"

  • High Rollers

    Watching Kevin out of rhythm is painful.

  • High Rollers

    Did we shoot any free throws in that half, Art?

    • Art

      None, nada, zip. Like I said, I love Mike and Tommy, but it's not always a conspiracy when the Refs don't call fouls both ways. IMO the Cs have a bad tendency to play lazy on the defense and foul guys that run by them and then play lazy on the offense and just jack up jumpshots. I say go to the rim and force the Refs to blow the whistle.

  • High Rollers

    We started off the game the right way and looked really good. Once AB headed to the bench with two, the wheels started looking glued on with Elmer’s.

  • High Rollers

    At least Shav was hustling.

  • High Rollers

    Did I just see a Jeff Green box out? What?!?

    • NZNICK33

      If you watch closely he actually boxes out a lot thus allowing his team-mates to collect rebounds.
      I'm not kidding. He does it with regularity.

  • High Rollers

    We found a pulse and its name is Shav.

  • hydrofluoric

    Just started watching, but maybe I shouldn't have.

  • chris m

    where the f*ck is bradley?

  • High Rollers

    Jon Barry is right about our offensive spacing. Just terrible right now.

  • High Rollers

    Chris M, he’s had four fouls forever.

  • I_Love_Green

    I miss Rondo.

  • I_Love_Green

    This team has been hard to watch sometimes.

  • chris m

    I can’t wait to see the grades on this one. Other than Pierce a very poor effort tonight.

  • High Rollers

    I miss Rondo too. But no excuses. We sort of quit mentally in this one. The lights were on but nobody was home, after the first couple minutes of the first anyway.

  • High Rollers

    Even P stumbled late.

  • Anthony

    Ughh….. I don't understand Doc's rotation. Why play JET so many minutes when his shots aren't falling? He's not exactly a defensive juggernaut. Wilcox with only 6 mins? JET and CLee better shape up in these last 4 games.

  • Had22B

    JET is gonna have to step up his game, we played great during the first minutes of the 1stQ, then things got out of control. We were missing wide open shots, turnovers, etc.

    • High Rollers

      Yup, once Avery went out, we got totally discombobulated. And according to Doc, soft.

  • High Rollers

    Weird stuff in this laid egg as well. Crawford using Reggie Evans’ dome as launching pad for a putback dunk. KG trying to squish the former Kardashian with his derrière. Jeff’s evil twin showing up through the first three quarters. Okay, that last one not nearly unusual enough.

    • hydrofluoric

      Kris Humphries drawing unusual ire isn't unusual either!

      • High Rollers

        I don't like the Nets, and I'm mad we made them look good tonight. I'm so distracted I almost forgot we got Miami Friday.

  • High Rollers

    I definitely saw Doc say the dreaded S word at one point.

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