The Celtics are coming off a 15-point loss to the New York Knicks Tuesday night. Just like the Cavaliers, the Celtics currently have key players injured. Rajon Rondo is out for the year with a torn ACL and Kevin Garnett is out with a left ankle sprain. He is estimated to miss the next two weeks. The Cavs will be without their two leading scorers, Dion Waiters and Kyrie Irving.
|Cavaliers||97.2 (17th)||96.0 (9th)||20.5 (26th)||24.0 (28th)||40.6 (25th)||42.1 (13th)|
|Celtics||96.0 (18th)||101.5 (26th)||22.9 (t-8th)||21.3 (9th)||39.7 (29th)||43.7 (25th)|
Free Throw Rate
Offensive Rebound Rate
|Cavaliers||47.5% (25th)||.206 (17th)||13.0% (26th)||28.5% (22nd)|
|Celtics||49.9% (13th)||.207 (14th)||14.1% (10th)||20.2% (1st)|
Players to Watch:
Cavaliers: Tristan Thompson, power forward
1. 13.0 PPG last 10 games.
2. 16.0 PPG against Boston this season
3. 9.3 RPG
Opponent: Jeff Green, power forward
1. 19.4 PPG last five games
2. Shooting 83 percent from free throw line
3. 19 points, 10 rebounds, six assists in last night’s loss vs. Knicks
Key Matchup: Paul Pierce vs. Alonzo Gee
With all the injuries Boston has been facing, Pierce seems to be the only familiar face on the court. Gee has taken on the responsibility of defending the opponent’s best player all year, and will have that responsibility once again tonight. Pierce is averaging 18.7 points this season on 43 percent shooting from the field.