The Celtics will take a well needed trip to Time Warner Cable Arena to play the Charlotte Bobcats. This is the perfect game to remedy a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder during Sunday’s NBA action. For the Celtics, this should be a feel good game.
The Bobcats are the worst team in the league once again–though slightly better than last season’s iteration. Kemba Walker has been a very good piece for them this season, but that’s been it. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist started the year off strong, but has slowed down every since.
The Celtics should have no trouble taking care of this team, but just to give the Bobcats a bit of a boost, Paul Pierce won’t be playing in this game. Jeff Green will start tonight’s action along with Avery Bradley, Courntey Lee, Brandon Bass, and Kevin Garnett. That leaves Boston with a shorter bench, and one starter out.
Three Keys to Victory
- The Celtics will need to find a way to score points. That shouldn’t be hard against the NBA’s worst defensive team. They’ll run a lot of full court press, and the Celtics may struggle at certain points against that. But if they can whether that storm, they’ll have wide open looks at the rim without a doubt. Kevin Garnett should be able to feast in the post game as well as they lack good post defenders.
- The Celtics will have to worry about stopping Kemba Walker. Though the Bobcats are a bad team, Kemba Walker is a very good player. He’s been one of the better point guards in the league this season. At home, Walker shoots 46% from the field and scores 19.8 points per game. He also shoots 42% from beyond the arch at home. He’s the Bobcats most dangerous player.
- The Celtics are going to have to find a way to stay focused. The Bobcats are a bad team, yes, but they get paid to do this as well. Boston tends to play down to some teams–though they haven’t recently–and give up games that should be wins. The Celtics can’t do that tonight if they want any hope of getting the division title.