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How we see it goin’ down: Celtics vs Spurs

Tip: 7:30 PM    Court: TD Garden   Watch it: CSN  Hear it: WEEI

                           Referees:  Bill Spooner, Eli Roe and Leon Wood

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The Matchup

San-Antonio-Spurs
Record: 30-22 (1st Atlantic, 4th East) Record: 37-14 (1st Southwest, 2nd West)
At home: 19-8 On road: 16-10
Streak: Won 5 Streak: Won 8
    Leaders  Leaders
Buckets: Pierce (19.1 ppg) Buckets: Tony Parker (19.3 ppg)
Boards: Garnett (8.2 rpg) Boards: Tim Duncan (9.0 rpg)
Dimes: Rondo (11.0 apg) Dimes: Parker (7.9 apg)
For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks: 
Offensive Rating: 100.7 (27th NBA) Offensive Rating: 109.6 (2nd NBA)
Defensive Rating: 98.8 (2nd NBA) Defensive Rating: 103.7 (13th NBA)
Pace: 90.4 (20th NBA) Pace: 92.2 (8th NBA)

Last time

The Celtics swept San Antonio (2-0) last season. The Celtics shot a torrid 58% against the Spurs in those games. Ray Allen (22 ppg) and Tony Parker (20.5 ppg) were the leading scorers.

This time

Get it to: Rajon Rondo & Paul Pierce

If you haven't noticed, the Spurs are no longer a dominant defensive team (17th in OPPG, 23rd in Opp. FG%). They like to push the pace. Call me crazy, but this is the perfect scenario for Rajon Rondo. I see no reason why he doesn't continue his sensational play tonight. San Antonio starts Kawhi Leonard at small forward. Kawhi meet the Truth.

Gotta stop: Tony Parker

Cut the head off the snake, right? Parker is having a fantastic season. He's an excellent penetrator. If only the Celtics had a couple of lighting quick guards who could stay in front of him. It's time for TP to meet AB.

The Wild Card: San Antonio's bench

The Spurs second unit packs a lot of firepower: Manu Ginobili, Matt Bonner, Gary Neal and Stephen Jackson. Boston's second unit needs to play smart defensively and PROTECT the basketball. You can't give these guys extra possessions.

How we see it goin' down

These are two of the hottest teams in the league. Boston has won 5 straight and 15 of 20. The Spurs have won 8 straight and 25 of 30. The Celtics are coming off two days of rest, but while San Antonio played last night in Cleveland, none of their starters logged major minutes.

Buckle up for this one. In the end, defense and the better rested team wins out.

Celtics 97 – Spurs 93