The Boston Celtics look to make it four straight wins today as they face the Los Angeles Clippers. Five weeks ago, the Clippers led by as many as 32 points and crushed the Celtics in L.A. In this meeting, both teams will look different. Rajon Rondo and Jared Sullinger are out for the season for Boston while for Los Angeles, Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups are inactive with injuries.
Once again, Boston will have to rely on an uptempo offense to supply most of their points. The Celtics have been successful in running the ball and in turn, their defense has gotten better. With the guards for L.A out for today’s game, Avery Bradley and Courtney Lee must take advantage on both ends of the court. If they pressure the guards like they did against the Orlando Magic, it’s going to be a long day for the Clippers.
The Celtics also have to box out and keep Blake Griffin out of the paint. The Clippers may not have the backcourt they’d prefer for this game, but their front court is at full strength while Boston’s front line is very thin. If the Celtics keep the Clippers off the boards and box out effectively, Boston should have an easier time trying to beat L.A.
Despite being short handed, I think Boston comes away with the win. As long as the Celtics box out, pressure the guards, and run an uptempo offense, Boston has a good chance at winning the game.