Seven to go: Cleveland Cavaliers @ Boston Celtics preview

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ARE WE READY FOR THE PLAYOFFS? You bet I am. Seven games to go, and that’ll finally be the end of the long season grind.

The playoffs is a go following the Detroit win, but we still shouldn’t be tanking a game against the Cavs at home. That being said, everyone’s dragging their own respective injuries and battling to rest up for the postseason, and the Big Ticket feels the same.

“Obviously, everybody wants a rhythm going into the playoffs. I’m no different than that,” said Garnett. “I want to be as healthy as I can. Everybody’s dealing with something at this time of year, and I’m no different from that. I just want to be strong. I want my mind fresh, I want to be as strong and as healthy as I can be, and go at this thing 1,000 percent. Nothing less than that.” – KG wants fresh mind, healthy body, ESPN Boston

Time to see more of Uncle Jeff and the rest of the guys as we continue to rest the vets up for the playoffs.

Stat check: The Cavs are sitting at 22-52 this season, definitely out of the postseason and are on a 10-game losing streak. (NOT looking to break this streak, mind.)

Game time: April 6th 2013, 1030hrs AEDT

Watch it on: NBA League Pass

Roster changes:

  1. Rajon Rondo (ACL) and Jared Sullinger (back) are out for the season
  2. Terrence Williams is day-to-day with a broken finger
  3. Paul Pierce is day-to-day with a tweaked ankle from the Pistons game
  4. Kevin Garnett is eyeing a possible return on Sunday, bone spur in ankle
  5. Dion Waiters is out indefinitely with a knee injury
  6. Kyrie Irving has admitted to playing through a shoulder sprain, and will continue to play so long as the injury is not aggravated. (Strange decision.)

Top enemy performers:

  1. Scoring: Kyrie Irving (23.0)
  2. Rebounds: Anderson Varejao (14.4)
  3. Assists: Kyrie Irving (5.7)

Keys to the game:

  1. Bench battleThe bench guys need to really pick up the pace. The second unit scored 17 points in the Pistons game, 10 of which came from Jason Terry. The tepid numbers did not result from a lack of attempts, but more from not being able to hit the shot – the bench shot 6 of 20 as a whole. Now would be a good time for the guys to work on finding better shots on the court, which could hopefully translate to positive results in the postseason.
  2. Defensive rebounding. I’ll rest my case on offensive boards, but defensive boards are c-r-i-t-i-c-a-l. Last game, we got outrebounded 52-34, with the Pistons gobbling an astounding 25 offensive rebounds. How many second chance points did that translate to? I tell you, miracles don’t happen all the time, it’s effing amazing we won that game at all. Outside of Captain Truth, everyone else needs to work harder in this area. I’d like to see the Bassman continue his recent good work (6.5 RPG over the last 10 games) on the glass, and for guys like Green, Wilcox and Shavlik to keep rebounding. Focus!

With the way the Cavs are looking, I would like to say the C’s take it easily. Knowing the way the team is performing however, dibs on a too-close-for-comfort victory.


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