Coming off a disappointing loss to Lakers, Boston is looking to get their first win on the road against a Western Conference opponent.
As per usual, Rajon Rondo will NOT be taking the floor on the second night of a back to back. Brad Stevens has said in the past that it might become less frequent and we might get to see Rondo available for every contest. Jared Sullinger is also OUT. According to the Boston Globe’s Baxter Holmes, Sullinger took a blow to head last night in their loss to LA. Not having those two puts a damper on trying to get a win against a team with talent — they don’t exactly have the record to prove it though. Rondo and Sullinger are without a doubt the Celtics’ best players and key cogs in an offense that already struggles to score points consistently — Boston ranks 26th in Points per 100 Possessions(98.4).
The Celtics took the last game against Sacramento earlier in the month by 10 points. Boston got an impressive 31 points and 16 rebound performance out of Jared Sullinger which signals the need that someone is going to have to step up in his absence. We’re always talking about how we need more consistency out of Jeff Green for him to take on a bigger role, and while that is an unfair expectation to put on him on a game-to-game basis, we do need a big game out of him tonight. It’s time we come to terms that Jeff is average but it’s not unfair to ask for him to give a nice performance tonight.
Defending Isiaiah Thomas and Demarcus Cousins should be their top priority tonight. Both are some incredible talents on offense and give a lot of teams trouble trying to defend — which happens to be their main flaw as a team, they’re the 26th ranked defense in the league giving up over 106.3 point per 100 possessions per game.
We got past the trade deadline and are in the home stretch, so to speak, of the regular season. The team will most likely be picking in the lottery, unless they go on some unprecedented winning streak and find themselves as an 8th seed in the East, — it won’t happen — so we might as well just enjoy this team for what it is.
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