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The struggeling Sonics are coming to Beantown trying to put an end to their nightmare start. Tonight, they'll be taking on a team that allows 110 ppga in this young season. Ray Allen, averaging 23/4/4 on the season, hasn't been able to find his shot and is shooting just 40% so far. The last thing the Celtics want to do is give him any confidence because once he starts, the game ends.

Another guy that will give the Celtics some problems tonight is Rashard Lewis, as he's been on fire the past two games scoring a combined 70 points; 41 on the Raptors. Whoever guards this man will have a ton of work on his shoulder.

The Celtics, playing as good basketball as they've played in years (eventhough the W% doesn't show it), should once again give us a game full of excitment.

Ricky Davis is also comming off of a season high dropping 31 points on the Easter Conference defending Champs, the Detriot Pistons, while also giving out nine early Christmas presents.

Paul Pierce, after leading his team in the 3rd quarter vs the Pistons, did very little in the 4th as the Celtics let a W get away. Pierce will need to attack the hoop more in this game and, with a bit of help from the refs, should be able to go for a new career high. It's going to be a nice matchup of Pierce/Davis vs Allen/Lewis.

The key for the Celtics, try to keep Nick Collison under control as he loves to have big nights against them, and get Al Jefferson more shots.

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We just limit ONE of Lewis or Allen and keep everyone else relatively in check we should win this one. Plus we house Seattle every time they show up in Beantown so we got that going for us
 

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Stay around after the game as a select group of whities of both teams will be joining together for post game concert. From left to right, The Click Five are Dan Dickau, Nick Collison, Vitaly Potapenko, Vladimir Radmanovic, and Raef LaFrentz. Brian Scalabrine, Luke Ridnour, and Robert Swift will be backup dancers, while Danny Ainge will be wearing a clock-bearing necklace and playing the role of hype man, like his idol, Flava Flav.

As for the opening act, The Celtics have taken five of the last six and 10 of the last 13 against the Sonics. The Sonics are struggling on the year going 1-4 on their current road swing. As would be expected, Ray Allen leads the Sonics with 23.0 ppg, but is averaging 3.9 rpg and apg as well as 2 spg. Allen also has 3.14 tpg and is shooting a poor 39.7% from the field and a dismal 28.3% from three point land. Rashard Lewis might want to look into becoming the focal point as he is getting his 19.6 ppg on 48.9% shooting, to go with 5.7 rpg. Luke Ridnour is also struggling with 9.1 ppg on 32.2% shooting to go with 5.9 apg and 2.29 spg. Ridnour still couldn't defend my lamp, but he could possibly steal it. Ronald Murray is solid off the bench with 9.0 ppg in 18.2 mpg while shooting 43.8% from the floor. Nick Collison does not have the most impressive numbers on the season, but he has pulled down 19 boards over the last two games, leading the team both nights and is shooting 61.5% from the floor this year.

While the individual numbers are not exactly great, the team numbers are even worse. The Sonics are averaging 96.4 ppg while giving up 110.9 a night, which is not exactly a good number. The Sonics are shooting 41.6% from the floor and 29.0% from three, while leting opponents shoot at 50% from the floor and 37.4% from three.

Look for a lot of playing time for backups as the Celtics seem set to trounce this team. Solid shooting from Pierce, LaFrentz, and Blount should allow the starters to bow out early and let us see the future with Perkins, Jefferson, Gomes, Reed, and Greene on the floor. Hell, we might even see Kendrick Perkins hit a shot, which would be his first of the season.
 

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Haha, nice game thread. :D

The Sonics have been struggling on this road trip, but they are probably not as bad as the numbers would suggest. The rotations have been crazy, Lewis missed a game, and Luke/Vladi were in bad funks for the first 3 games.

The past two games have been an improvement, with a slightly more stable lineup and better offense. Got a win against the Raptors, and played it close with the Nets, even though Ray couldn't buy a bucket. The defense has still been awful though.


The last time we played the Celtics, I remember Payton and Tony Allen killing us. So i'm glad they're not around for this one. I still think the Celtics will win, but it should be a competitive game (I hope).
 

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Haha, nice game thread. :D

The Sonics have been struggling on this road trip, but they are probably not as bad as the numbers would suggest. The rotations have been crazy, Lewis missed a game, and Luke/Vladi were in bad funks for the first 3 games.

The past two games have been an improvement, with a slightly more stable lineup and better offense. Got a win against the Raptors, and played it close with the Nets, even though Ray couldn't buy a bucket. The defense has still been awful though.


The last time we played the Celtics, I remember Payton and Tony Allen killing us. So i'm glad they're not around for this one. I still think the Celtics will win, but it should be a competitive game (I hope).

We make all games competitive, if it's the Pistons or the Raptors (7-0 and 0-7), so I'm sure this one will be competitive. :p

Sidenote: Since the Sonics, apparently, don't like Swift, do you think they'll showcase him for Danny tonight? :D
 

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We make all games competitive, if it's the Pistons or the Raptors (7-0 and 0-7), so I'm sure this one will be competitive. :p

Sidenote: Since the Sonics, apparently, don't like Swift, do you think they'll showcase him for Danny tonight? :D
Well Swift hasn't played at all this season, so if he plays tonight something might be up. I think the Sonics coaches still like him, but he hasn't developed as fast as they would like, or shown the intensity they want. It sounds like he plays well in practice, but he loses confidence when he actually gets on the court. As a result, Petro jumped ahead of him in the depth chart during the preseason.
 

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The Celtics are passing very well near the basket. Often, players are penetrating but instead of forcing a shot and drawing a foul, they are finding the cutter who makes the layup.

Great move by Ricky Davis (and one).
 

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Damn. It's frustrating to see Delonte struggle with his shot. He was a great shooter in college, and even looked good last year.
I wouldn't say he is a particularly good shooter, though it seems like his form is good, but he doesn't often make the shots (bad luck, perhaps). Also, I would hardly say he was a good shooter last season (based on percentages, again).

Good shot by Raef.
 

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I wouldn't say he is a particularly good shooter, though it seems like his form is good, but he doesn't often make the shots (bad luck, perhaps). Also, I would hardly say he was a good shooter last season (based on percentages, again).

Good shot by Raef.
I'm not putting too much weight on last year. He was a 51% shooter in college. Obviously it's different, but he's at least an average shooter.
 

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I'm not putting too much weight on last year. He was a 51% shooter in college. Obviously it's different, but he's at least an average shooter.
He benefited from Jameer Nelson. I do think he is at least an average shooter. Nothing special, but decent.
 

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Celtics down three at the end of the first, 28-31.

<table class="bodytext" bgcolor="#dcdcdc" border="0" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td class="head" colspan="13" align="center" bgcolor="#1c3f2c">SEATTLE SUPERSONICS</td> </tr> <tr class="xb" align="right" bgcolor="#cccccc"> <td align="left">STARTERS</td> <td width="5%">MIN</td> <td nowrap="nowrap" width="7%">FGM-A</td> <td width="7%">3PM-A</td> <td width="7%">FTM-A</td> <td width="6%">OREB</td> <td width="6%">REB</td> <td width="6%">AST</td> <td width="6%">STL</td> <td width="6%">BLK</td> <td width="6%">TO</td> <td width="6%">PF</td> <td width="6%">PTS</td> </tr> <tr align="right" bgcolor="#ffffff" valign="middle"> <td align="left" nowrap="nowrap">Luke Ridnour, PG</td><td>11</td><td>0-1</td><td>0-1</td><td>0-0</td><td align="right">0</td><td>1</td><td>5</td><td>1</td><td>0</td><td>1</td><td>2</td><td>0</td></tr><tr align="right" bgcolor="#ececec" valign="middle"> <td align="left" nowrap="nowrap">Ray Allen, SG</td><td>12</td><td>5-7</td><td>1-2</td><td>2-3</td><td align="right">1</td><td>3</td><td>1</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>13</td></tr><tr align="right" bgcolor="#ffffff" valign="middle"> <td align="left" nowrap="nowrap">Rashard Lewis, SF</td><td>7</td><td>2-3</td><td>0-0</td><td>2-2</td><td align="right">0</td><td>0</td><td>1</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>1</td><td>6</td></tr><tr align="right" bgcolor="#ececec" valign="middle"> <td align="left" nowrap="nowrap">Nick Collison, PF</td><td>9</td><td>3-3</td><td>0-0</td><td>0-0</td><td align="right">2</td><td>3</td><td>1</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>6</td></tr><tr align="right" bgcolor="#ffffff" valign="middle"> <td align="left" nowrap="nowrap">Johan Petro, C</td><td>4</td><td>0-1</td><td>0-0</td><td>0-0</td><td align="right">0</td><td>1</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>1</td><td>1</td><td>0</td></tr><tr class="xb" align="right" bgcolor="#cccccc"> <td align="left">BENCH</td> <td width="5%">MIN</td> <td nowrap="nowrap" width="7%">FGM-A</td> <td width="7%">3PM-A</td> <td width="7%">FTM-A</td> <td width="6%">OREB</td> <td width="6%">REB</td> <td width="6%">AST</td> <td width="6%">STL</td> <td width="6%">BLK</td> <td width="6%">TO</td> <td width="6%">PF</td> <td width="6%">PTS</td> </tr> <tr align="right" bgcolor="#ffffff" valign="middle"> <td align="left" nowrap="nowrap">Mateen Cleaves, PG</td><td>1</td><td>0-1</td><td>0-0</td><td>0-0</td><td align="right">0</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>0</td></tr><tr align="right" bgcolor="#ffffff" valign="middle"> <td align="left" nowrap="nowrap">Vladimir Radmanovic, PF</td><td>1</td><td>1-1</td><td>0-0</td><td>0-0</td><td align="right">0</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>1</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>2</td></tr><tr align="right" bgcolor="#ececec" valign="middle"> <td align="left" nowrap="nowrap">Damien Wilkins, SF</td><td>3</td><td>1-2</td><td>0-0</td><td>0-0</td><td align="right">1</td><td>1</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>1</td><td>1</td><td>2</td></tr><tr align="right" bgcolor="#ffffff" valign="middle"> <td align="left" nowrap="nowrap">Vitaly Potapenko, C</td><td>5</td><td>1-2</td><td>0-0</td><td>0-0</td><td align="right">0</td><td>1</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>1</td><td>2</td><td>2</td></tr><tr class="xb" align="right" bgcolor="#cccccc"><td colspan="2" align="left">TOTALS</td><td nowrap="nowrap">FGM-A</td><td>3PM-A</td><td>FTM-A</td><td>OREB</td><td>REB</td><td>AST</td><td>STL</td><td>BLK</td><td>TO</td><td>PF</td><td>PTS</td></tr><tr align="right" bgcolor="#ececec"><td colspan="2" align="left">
</td><td>13-21</td><td>1-3</td><td>4-5</td><td>4</td><td>10</td><td>8</td><td>1</td><td>1</td><td>3</td><td>6</td><td>31</td></tr><tr align="right" bgcolor="#ffffff"><td colspan="2" align="left"></td><td>61.9%</td><td>33.3%</td><td>80.0%</td><td colspan="8">Team TO (pts off): 3 (2)</td></tr><tr bgcolor="#ffffff"><td colspan="13"> </td></tr><tr> <td class="head" colspan="13" align="center" bgcolor="#006532">BOSTON CELTICS</td> </tr> <tr class="xb" align="right" bgcolor="#cccccc"> <td align="left">STARTERS</td> <td width="5%">MIN</td> <td nowrap="nowrap" width="7%">FGM-A</td> <td width="7%">3PM-A</td> <td width="7%">FTM-A</td> <td width="6%">OREB</td> <td width="6%">REB</td> <td width="6%">AST</td> <td width="6%">STL</td> <td width="6%">BLK</td> <td width="6%">TO</td> <td width="6%">PF</td> <td width="6%">PTS</td> </tr> <tr align="right" bgcolor="#ffffff" valign="middle"> <td align="left" nowrap="nowrap">Ricky Davis, GF</td><td>6</td><td>1-1</td><td>0-0</td><td>1-1</td><td align="right">0</td><td>0</td><td>2</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>3</td></tr><tr align="right" bgcolor="#ececec" valign="middle"> <td align="left" nowrap="nowrap">Delonte West, G</td><td>12</td><td>2-6</td><td>0-1</td><td>0-0</td><td align="right">0</td><td>1</td><td>1</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>1</td><td>1</td><td>4</td></tr><tr align="right" bgcolor="#ffffff" valign="middle"> <td align="left" nowrap="nowrap">Raef LaFrentz, FC</td><td>6</td><td>2-3</td><td>0-1</td><td>0-0</td><td align="right">1</td><td>2</td><td>1</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>1</td><td>0</td><td>4</td></tr><tr align="right" bgcolor="#ececec" valign="middle"> <td align="left" nowrap="nowrap">Paul Pierce, GF</td><td>12</td><td>2-4</td><td>0-0</td><td>1-2</td><td align="right">0</td><td>1</td><td>2</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>1</td><td>1</td><td>5</td></tr><tr align="right" bgcolor="#ffffff" valign="middle"> <td align="left" nowrap="nowrap">Mark Blount, C</td><td>10</td><td>4-4</td><td>0-0</td><td>0-0</td><td align="right">0</td><td>1</td><td>2</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>1</td><td>8</td></tr><tr class="xb" align="right" bgcolor="#cccccc"> <td align="left">BENCH</td> <td width="5%">MIN</td> <td nowrap="nowrap" width="7%">FGM-A</td> <td width="7%">3PM-A</td> <td width="7%">FTM-A</td> <td width="6%">OREB</td> <td width="6%">REB</td> <td width="6%">AST</td> <td width="6%">STL</td> <td width="6%">BLK</td> <td width="6%">TO</td> <td width="6%">PF</td> <td width="6%">PTS</td> </tr> <tr align="right" bgcolor="#ececec" valign="middle"> <td align="left" nowrap="nowrap">Dan Dickau, PG</td><td>0</td><td>0-0</td><td>0-0</td><td>0-0</td><td align="right">0</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>0</td></tr><tr align="right" bgcolor="#ececec" valign="middle"> <td align="left" nowrap="nowrap">Ryan Gomes, F</td><td>0</td><td>0-0</td><td>0-0</td><td>0-0</td><td align="right">0</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>0</td></tr><tr align="right" bgcolor="#ececec" valign="middle"> <td align="left" nowrap="nowrap">Al Jefferson, PF</td><td>2</td><td>1-1</td><td>0-0</td><td>0-0</td><td align="right">0</td><td>1</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>2</td></tr><tr align="right" bgcolor="#ffffff" valign="middle"> <td align="left" nowrap="nowrap">Justin Reed, SF</td><td>4</td><td>1-2</td><td>0-0</td><td>0-0</td><td align="right">1</td><td>1</td><td>1</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>1</td><td>2</td></tr><tr class="xb" align="right" bgcolor="#cccccc"><td colspan="2" align="left">TOTALS</td><td nowrap="nowrap">FGM-A</td><td>3PM-A</td><td>FTM-A</td><td>OREB</td><td>REB</td><td>AST</td><td>STL</td><td>BLK</td><td>TO</td><td>PF</td><td>PTS</td></tr><tr align="right" bgcolor="#ececec"><td colspan="2" align="left">
</td><td>13-21</td><td>0-2</td><td>2-3</td><td>2</td><td>7</td><td>9</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>3</td><td>4</td><td>28</td></tr><tr align="right" bgcolor="#ffffff"><td colspan="2" align="left"></td><td>61.9%</td><td>00.0%</td><td>66.7%</td><td colspan="8">Team TO (pts off): 3 (4)</td></tr></tbody></table>
 

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Orien Greene needs to work on his ballhandling ability.

Great pass by Ricky Davis, favoring the high percentage shot instead of the three.
 

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Defense anybody?
It hurts to watch such a poor defensive effort. One would think Doc would realise that just substituting in good perimeter defenders does not have a large impact if you still have bad interior defenders in the game. Put Perkins and LaFrentz/Blount in the game.
 

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Wait,over half of the quarter gone and we only score 6 points?
what is going on out there?
 
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