What can you say about the Celtics that has not been mentioned yet? The Reigning World Champions are 6 - 1 having W's against the Rockets, the Cavaliers and the Pistons who started Allen Iverson last night. Their loss to the Pacers was their banner night and they shot 34%.
Tonight will be the first of 2 divisional games as they play the 76ers on Wednesday back home. The Celtics have a front court that is probably the most consistant in the league night in and night out which is why they are the champs!
Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Garnett provide a very tough front court to play man to man and both can beat you from mid range so we will have to see Chris Bosh and Andrea Bargnani as well as Jermaine O'Neal be ready for a tough struggle to contain these guys who are averaging 10 and 9 rebounds a game! KG is struggling on offense this season with only 14 ppg, but his presense alone gives defenses fits as he can attack from any where and always seems to be around the ball! Paul Pierce is averaging 16 and 7, Ray Allen is 15/4, Tony Allen is 11+ and Rajon Rondo is around 10 points and 7 assists per game.
Coming in to tonights game, the Raptors are lead by Chris Bosh with almost 27 points and 11 rebounds per game! What a season he is having! Jose Calderon brings his 16 points and 9.3 rebounds per game to a team with much quicker guards which seems to be a theme so far! Between Jose and Anthony Parker, we need to see the guards step up and play some much better perimeter defense! It has been painful to watch as we give up open look after open look! AP has had tough assignments nightly yet is still giving us 10.5 points and 2.5 rebounds a game!
Tonight, the Key for me will be the play of Jermaine O'Neal! If he can provide a 12 point 10 rebound game, this team will have a shot at knocking off the champs. The front court, whether it be CB4 and JO or CB4 and Andrea Bargnani, who has shown flashes of the talent he can offer with 3 games of 18, 19 and 12 against the Warriors, Bobcats and Pistons, brings a 9.7 points per game and 4.5 rebounds per game. If these two can combine for a 20/15 game, we should be able to control the front court. As i see it, our team rebounding has been awful and unless we can become a 44 or 45 rebounds a game team, we are not consistant enough to be always -9 or -10 on the glass, especially giving up Offensive boards! This is an area that Jamario Moon MUST contribute!