Big Three Finally Intact?

51-18 @ 45-22
Friday, March 20, 2009
8:30 pm ET
AT&T Center (San Antonio, TX)

There is a lot going on in the basketball world right now, highlighted by “March Madness,” the NCAA’s 2009 tournament. The buzz around your place of business and/or amongst your group of friends is centered around bracket selections, upsets, sleepers, pool standings, etc. It’s a great time.

All bracket busters aside, the Celtics still have 13 regular season games to play before shifting their focus towards playoff basketball. Tonight, the men in green will be hosted by the San Antonio Spurs, who hold the NBA’s fourth-best record at 45-22. This is a tough game against a tough team, in a tough building to win it.

However, the Celtics may be getting a much-needed boost for tonight’s showdown, as Kevin Garnett may give it a go for the first time since February 19 due to a knee strain. Throughout that stint, the struggling C’s settled for an underwhelming 7-6 record. Ray Allen, who sat out of Wednesday night’s overtime victory vs. Miami with a hyperextended right elbow, is also listed as a gametime decision.

San Antonio’s “big three” has fought the injury bug of late, as well. Manu Ginobili remains sidelined with a stress reaction in his right ankle, while Gregg Popovich is sitting Tim Duncan on the second night of some back-to-backs as he battles knee soreness. Even Tony Parker missed nine consecutive games in November.

Hobbled or not, these clubs are two of the scariest that the league has to offer, and are both hungry for late-season victories in order to secure the two-seed in their respective conferences.

Projected Starters
G G F F C

Team Leaders
PPG: Paul Pierce (20.6)
RPG: Kevin Garnett (8.8)
APG: Rajon Rondo (8.5)
SPG: Rajon Rondo (1.9)
BPG: Kendrick Perkins (1.8)

Projected Starters
G G F F C

Team Leaders
PPG: Tony Parker (21.4)
RPG: Tim Duncan (10.7)
APG: Tony Parker (6.7)
SPG: Manu Ginobili (1.5)
BPG: Tim Duncan (1.8)

Key Matchup

Injury Report
Kevin Garnett (posterior muscle strain – probable)
Ray Allen (hyperextended right elbow – probable)
Leon Powe (bruised right knee – questionable)
Tony Allen (recovering from thumb surgery – out)
Brian Scalabrine (concussions/strained neck – out)
Tim Duncan (sore knees – will play)
Manu Ginobili (stress reaction in right ankle – out)
Ian Mahinmi (recovering from right ankle surgery – out)

Keys to Victory

  • Ball Control
  • Perkins’ Interior Help D
  • Cut Off Parker’s Penetration
  • Bench Play

16 Responses

  1. Balla in the houuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse!

    Well done, my friend. I’m gonna settle in and watch this bad boy in high style. It’s high time the C’s start playing like the defending champions they are. High time.

    W I N

  2. Saw KG and Ray in warmups…they are playing.

  3. JTB…. you’re alive…. good to hear.

  4. DAMN it’s good to see Ticket. Welcome back baby.

  5. Um..can we puhleeease guard Bonner this time? Thanks…

  6. God i hope the C’s win cause i would rather read comments like “we kill those spurs” rather than “SM is still learning to fit in and KG needs time to get back to speed”

  7. Now THESE are the muthafuckin’ Celtics BABY!

  8. Ball REALLY dont lie!

  9. MY NIG BIG BABY!!

  10. BIG BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAABY!!

  11. Let’s see if I can find my list of people who kept telling Davis to stop taking jumpers… it’s around here somewhere.

  12. My, I try my best to not have the mindset that the refs are tryign to make the Cetics lose, but, I’ve got to say that had to be the worst refereed game I have ever seen this season. I can’t recall a game where the refs were worse.

  13. yeah baby! second straight texas sweep!
    KG is back! ray is back!
    that’s a good way to start the weekend.

  14. I’m not on that list..but I know someone who IS! lmao

  15. Baby sucked earlier in the season…… people had the right to criticize him.

    He’s played real well of late….. he deserves all the credit in the world for that.

    Great, great win. Marbury is really starting to fit in. Tonight was the first game where I didn’t think of him as Stephon Marbury but rather as a member of the Celtics.

    And yes Matt, those refs were doing everything in their power to not allow the C’s to get the win. Really obnoxious there at the end of the game.

  16. Tim, I think Mikki is doing better as well. Tonight it really showed. Am I the only one who thinks Stephon will work really well with Tony Allen? Something tells me those two will have great chemistry together, maybe that’s because the ball will finally be out of TA’s hands going down court.

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