Feb 5, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens during the third quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Celtics defeated the Sixers 114-108. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Celtics - Mavericks Preview: Cs Look to Stay Hot Without Rondo, Bradley

The Boston Celtics have jump-started their lightest month of the 2013-2014 season by going 3-0 so far.

Granted, all of the Celtics’ opponents during this streak have been sub-.500 teams. Tonight, the Celtics finally get a chance to see how they stack up against a team with a winning record, as they welcome the 30-21 Dallas Mavericks to the TD garden tonight for their first hoe-down of the season.

Dallas is riding it own four-game win streak and have climbed to a season-high nine games above .500.  The Mavericks currently sit in the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.    By comparison, the 8th spot in the East is currently held by the 22-29 Charlotte Bobcats.  Yeah: the West is a tiny bit better this season.

The good news for the Celtics is that Dallas’ Monta Ellis is doubtful for tonight’s game.  Ellis won’t be easy to replace, as he contributes right around 20 points and 6 assists per contest.  That’s nearly 32 points per game Ellis provides for Dallas’ offense, which scores are a rate of 104.6 points per game, 7th-best in the NBA.

Of course,with the good comes the bad: not only will the Celtics probably be without the services of point guard Rajon Rondo for the second-straight game, they may also be without starting two-guard Avery Bradley, who is still nursing a sore ankle.  I sure hope Jared Sullinger is ready to enjoy a career night for the second time is as many games!

The game is set to tip off at 6 p.m.  Make sure you check back in with me later tonight as I provide my reactions to the actions!

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