Oct 15, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) drives to the basket against Boston Celtics power forward Jeff Green (8) and power forward Jared Sullinger (7) in the fourth quarter of pre-season NBA game at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets: Pregame Coverage

All right, Boston Celtics fans!

The Cs return to NBA action tonight after two nights of rest, as they play host to the Brooklyn Nets in the TD Garden.

With only one win to their credit so far, the Celtics would love to wrap up their preseason by earning a W in front of the home crowd.  As it turns out, the Nets are in a giving mood, as they have announced that veteran stars, an ex-Celtics, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett will both be given the night off, thereby allowing those two to make their return to the TD Garden during the more meaningful regular season match-up that these two teams will play on January 26, 2014.

The Celtics and Nets have already squared off against each other once this preseason, with Boston just barely falling short of pulling out a victory, going down 82-80.   Maybe a little home-court advantage, along with the Nets gift, will provide the Cs with enough of a boost to reverse their fortunes and secure their second win of the preseason.

Regardless of the final outcome, the preseason is about making adjustments, tuning up for the regular season.  When these two teams first met, Boston’s offense was – how should I put it? – atrocious, shooting just 35.6% from the field.  The Celtics also turned the ball over 22 times, so what i expect to see from the Celtics tonight is better ball control and a higher percentage of quality shots being taken.  Win or lose, this is the final tune-up this team will have before it opens the regular season next Wednesday, so it is imperative that the Cs demonstrate that they have been working on this facet of their game.

Game time tonight is 7 p.m.  Be sure to come back here for our thoughts on tonight’s action.  Celtics Pride!

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