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Welcome to the Garden

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  January 5, 2011 04:56 PM

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Welcome to TD Garden, where the Celtics will take on the Spurs at 7:30 p.m.

Tonight's game is not on national television, a casualty of creating the NBA schedule months before the start of the season. Not even Gregg Popovich could have predicted his team would get off to a 29-5 start, best in the NBA. The Spurs have surprised many with their start, but as Bob Ryan wrote this morning, Celtics-Spurs is not the sexy matchup. As much as basketball diehards want to see it, ratings for that series would pale in comparison to Lakers-Heat.

So tonight's game is not on national TV, but maybe that's a good thing. It isn't necessary to rev up the hype machine every day of the week. Maybe tonight we'll just get some good basketball.

Von Wafer and Avery Bradley just spent a good amount of time warming up on the parquet. Wafer had a breakout game of sorts Monday night, scoring 10 points and grabbing 6 rebounds in 15 minutes. Games like tonight's game may not be where we see Wafer, but there are plenty of home games against mediocre teams this month, and Wafer is likely to get a few more chances to prove himself. One thing the Celtics have to like about Wafer is his size. He's a big guard on a team on which Rajon Rondo and Nate Robinson see a lot of minutes. It'll be interesting to see if he can crack the regular rotation in the continued absence of Delonte West.

More to come.

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