Nov 20, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) drives to the basket under pressure from Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk (41) during the second half at AT&T Center. The Spurs won 104-93. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics - San Antonio Spurs: Preview

The Boston Celtics look to head into the All-Star break feeling good about themselves and their playoff chances.

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The San Antonio Spurs are looking to head into the All-Star break before they lose more players to injuries.

These two teams will battle tonight in TD Garden before earning some much-deserved time off thanks to the All-Star Weekend festivities that begin in New Orleans this Friday, and it will be a case of two teams that are desperate, but in different ways.

The Celtics are desperately trying to fight their way back into playoff contention, having slipped from first in the Atlantic Division (remember that?) and fourth in the East all the way down to fourth in the division and twelfth in the Eastern Conference.  Boston identified the month of February as its best chance to make up some lost ground in the standings, and have gone 3-1 on the month so far.  They would love to take advantage of a depleted Spurs’ roster and push their winning streak to two games tonight.

Meanwhile, the Spurs, who have 2 out of their last 3 games, are sitting on top of the Southwest Division and seem more interested in getting healthy than they do in winning tonight’s game.  This strategy has worked well for the Spurs – they did make it to the NBA Finals last year! – so the fact that the team has decided to rest Tony Parker and sit Tiago Splitter (right calf contusion) for this game is nothing new.  It should be noted, though, that the Spurs have also been playing without Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonardwhich contributed to their 109-100 loss to the Detroit Pistons on Monday.  The Spurs gave up 59 points in the first quarter of that game and trailed by as many as 23 points, so it would be an understatement to say that they have not been playing “Spurs basketball” as of late.  Let’s hope that trend continues tonight!

The Celtics should have point guard Rajon Rondo back in the line-up, who sat out Monday’s game against Milwaukee since it was the second of back-to-back games.  It is not clear whether Rondo’s fellow starter in the back court, Avery Bradley, will play tonight, who also missed Monday’s game against the Bucks due to a sprained ankle.

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