Bobcats vs. Celtics
7 p.m. Tuesday, Time Warner Cable Arena
TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610
|Pos, Player||Ppg||Rpg||Pos, Player||Ppg||Rpg|
|G, K. Walker||17.1||3.4||G, A. Bradley||9.6||2.5|
|G, G. Henderson||13.3||3.6||G, C. Lee||7.7||2.4|
|F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist||9.1||5.6||F, P. Pierce||18.6||6.5|
|F. TBD||F. B. Bass||7.6||7.8|
|C, B. Biyombo||4.5||7.0||C, K. Garnett||15.1||7.8|
Matchup to Watch
Paul Pierce vs. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: At 35, Pierce can still churn out the occasional triple-double, as he did last month against the Denver Nuggets (27 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists). That’s a rough cover for rookie Kidd-Gilchrist
Observations.• The Bobcats beat the Celtics in their other meeting in Charlotte this season, by three points. That was probably Byron Mullens’ best game as a pro, with 25 points and 18 rebounds.
• Remember when it was a coin flip whether Gerald Henderson or Terrence Williams was the best shooting guard in the 2009 draft? Williams washed out of the league for a while, and now the Celtics are trying to convert him into primarily a point guard.
• Ex-Bobcat DJ White and ex-Duke Blue Devil Shavlik Randolph have been playing on Celtics 10-day contracts, as Boston tries to shore up its depth.
Tap-ins• Kevin Garnett’s successful conversion from power forward to center speaks to his versatility, but also to the lack of true centers these days in the NBA.
• With the Knicks’ injury troubles (Amare Stoudemire needs a knee procedure), it’s conceivable the Nets and Celtics could still make a run on New York in the Atlantic Division.
Did you know?
The Celtics’ 14-4 run following the season-ending injury to point guard Rajon Rondo is hard to explain, though there is no lack of theories. Perhaps they’re less predictable without Rondo dominating the ball, and others – Avery Bradley, in particular – have risen to the task. In any case, it’s a remarkable accomplishment.