The Boston Celtics are in town for their annual visit, sporting a healthy Kendrik Perkins for the second time since game six of last year’s finals.
Perkins: a starting center back from season-ending injury? What a bunch of showoffs.
The Celtics have the best record in the east—three games up on Miami— second best in the league behind San Antonio, several All-Stars, plus four centers on the roster including Shazam.
Other than that, what else is there to say about a Celtics team who has been at the top of the league for the past few seasons? When it comes to the Blazers, quite a bit actually.
Boston has won the last three match ups against Portland, including a 28-point performance by Paul Pierce in Boston on December 1st. But a Boston win wasn’t the whole story that night, and the Blazers know it.
Wesley Matthews lead Portland with 23 points on 8-13 shooting, with LaMarcus Aldridge and Brandon Roy chipping in 20 and 18 respectively. The Blazers put together a 10-3 run in the third quarter and an impressive 15-0 run in the fourth against the league’s second best defense. The Blazers battled it out for 48 minutes, took care of the ball and limited their turnovers (12 on the night), got to the line (20-23), and refused to play the score or the situation.
Though losing to Sacramento this week was an unwelcome shock to the system, hosting a title-contender at the Rose Garden could be (and we’re all hoping will be) a great opportunity for Portland to have a bounce-back game in front of a national TV audience.
Like most folks in the Keep Andre Miller in Portland camp, I believe (as I do going into most games) that Miller setting the tone early on offense—moving the ball and waiting for the right shot instead of the first one—will be the key to Portland staying in this game and possibly pulling out a close win at home. Also, as someone who did fairly well after the fourth grade, I should know that the last sentence should have been at least two.
What else do I know? I know the Blazers have something to prove after rolling over against Sacramento, and national TV is as good a place as any to prove your self.
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VEGAS LINE: Celtics -4.5