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Game 19: Celtics (7-11) @ Bucks (2-13) Open Thread

 

http://espn.go.com/photo/2012/1110/bos_g_green_b1_576.jpgBoston at Milwaukee
9:00 P.M. ET
BMO Harris Bradley Center

CSNNE

Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 96.1 points/100 possessions (25th)
Milwaukee:
91.7 points/100 possessions (30th)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 100.3 points allowed/100 possessions (10th)
Milwaukee:
104.3 points allowed/100 possessions (T-26th)

Probable Bucks Starters:
Brandon Knight (PG), O.J. Mayo (SG), Khris Middleton (SF), John Henson (PF) & Zaza Pachulia (C)

View From The Opposing Bench: Bucksketball

Thumbnail: After the Grizzlies stomped all over the Celtics in the first quarter on Wednesday night, the C’s took it to the Cavaliers in a wire-to-wire win two days later. The green’s 18-2 run led to arguably the team’s best first quarter this season. It was reminiscent of the Celtics on another Friday earlier this month at TD Garden. Exactly four weeks before Boston’s drubbing of Cleveland, the Celtics outscored the Bucks, 29-14, in the first 12 minutes. However, Milwaukee rode a 34-point fourth quarter to complete a 22-point comeback.

If the Celtics would have just held onto their large lead against the Bucks like they did against the Cavs, the men in green would have a .500 record at home in the Brad Stevens era. Nevertheless, Boston now travels to Milwaukee to try to avenge the early-season loss to Larry Drew’s squad. Oddly enough, the Bucks’ only two victories in 2013-14 have come against the Celtics and Cavaliers. Since beating Cleveland, the Bucks have lost 11 consecutive games, their longest streak since 1996.

Contests between Boston and Milwaukee bookend the month of November for both teams, but they have had different types of schedules thus far. This is the 19th game of the season for the Celtics, which is more than any other team in the league. In addition, this is their sixth SEGABABA of the month, all of which will have been on the road. The previous five SEGABABAs were against projected playoff teams, but the Celtics are finally getting a break in the schedule. A win on Saturday against the Larry Sanders-less Bucks would give the Celtics an impressive 3-3 record in those November SEGABABAs. Hey Now!

Prediction: The Celtics stop their three-game losing streak in games against the Bucks.

Celtics 94, Bucks 91

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  • The Cardinal

    First Varejao, then Pachulia – literally the two biggest floppers in the NBA and both give this team fits.

  • The Cardinal

    Disturbing trend with Bradley – nearly every game after he makes an unforced turnover, he then fouls on the very next defensive play.

  • High Rollers

    @ The Cardinal… Saw that a lot with Jeff Green last year. Frustration fouling is never a good thing. No doubt Stevens will call AB’s attention to it when they finally have a practice or two.

  • Eric

    I know the coach can't say it, but to me the Celtics looked tired tonight. *I'm* a bit tired after this November, and all I had to do was sit back in my chair and watch. It'll be very interesting to see how the C's do with more rest and more practice time in December. And . . . dare I say it . . . Rondo.

    Also, I love how Stevens competes TO THE END. In fact, he brings in a whole different coaching style. Being 10 down with two and a half to go doesn't faze him, and he's making a believer of me: the Bucks had to make at least four good plays in those final minutes in order to keep their win. We beat Miami, we could easily have won this one, and I'll bet we pull out a couple more before this season is over.

  • Sightline

    Stop winnin, start riggin.

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