Boston: 95.2 points/100 possessions (26th)
San Antonio: 102.5 points/100 possessions (12th)
Boston: 101.7 points allowed/100 possessions (T-14th)
San Antonio: 91.2 points allowed/100 possessions (2nd)
Probable Spurs Starters:
Tony Parker (PG), Danny Green (SG), Kawhi Leonard (SF), Tim Duncan (PF) & Tiago Splitter (C)
View From The Opposing Bench: 48 Minutes of Hell
Thumbnail: Well, that [Rockets lead] escalated quickly. Tuesday evening might have felt like 48 minutes of hell, or at least 12 minutes. Now, the Celtics are in San Antonio to face a team that has won seven consecutive games, but the men in green have had a few streaks of their own. They have had four losses, four victories and four losses, so you know what this means? In keeping with the trend, this SEGABABA has to be a surefire victory, right? Well, looking at the Vegas numbers, it might be the complete opposite: the Celtics are 14.5-point underdog for the first time since 1997. Ouch.
One man who hopes to quickly turn the page from the game at Houston is Avery Bradley. He had more misses than his combined number of points and rebounds on Tuesday. In addition, Bradley recorded the worst single-game plus/minus for a Celtic since Walter McCarty’s -45 in 2003. He also has not dished out an assist in any of his previous five games. Bradley is the only player in the NBA this season to play at least 20 minutes in five consecutive games and not have an assist. However, in his only career contest against the Spurs, he scored a game-high 19 points on 9-of-16 shooting. In the two games this season in which he shot that well from the field, the Celtics are 2-0.
It will need take more than a solid night from the starting shooting guard to give Boston a chance at the victory on Wednesday. The green are coming off the second-worst shooting performance of any team this season. Jeff Green was one of the biggest culprits, as he has now combined for just six points over the last couple of games. When he misfired on a seven-foot attempt with 2:18 remaining in the second quarter on Tuesday, he had missed a career-worst 14 consecutive shots. It is all coming apart for Green, who has made it to the line for just two free throws in the last two games. The Celtics really have nothing to lose in San Antonio, so they need to just get out there and play freely.
Prediction: The Celtics do not lose by 24 again, but they start the season 4-9 for the first time since 1996. For just the second time in franchise history, San Antonio begins a season 10-1.
Spurs 97, Celtics 90
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