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Celtics-Clippers preview

Posted by Baxter Holmes, Globe Staff  February 3, 2013 10:49 AM

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Greetings and salutations, faithful Internet traveler, from TD Garden, where the Celtics and the L.A. Clippers are scheduled to throw down, basketball style, on Sunday afternoon.

The Celtics have won three consecutive games, all without Rajon Rondo, and the latter two without Jared Sullinger; both of those guys are out with season-ending injuries. Boston's bench has come up big lately, with 39, 50 and 43 points, respectively, in those three wins.

But, as I wrote in Sunday's Globe, this is also a big test for the Celtics' new small-ball scheme. We'll see how they fare against the Clippers, who, even without Chris Paul (knee), will offer the Celtics their stiffest test yet since Rondo and Sullinger went down.

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS.
BOSTON CELTICS (23-23)

PG Avery Bradley
SG Courtney Lee
SF Paul Pierce
PF Brandon Bass
C Kevin Garnett

LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS (34-14)
PG Eric Bledsoe
SG Willie Green
SF Caron Butler
PF Blake Griffin
C DeAndre Jordan

TV/Radio: CSN, WEEI (93.7)

Pregame notes:


  • This is the second of two meetings; the Clippers won at home, 106-77, on Dec. 27.

  • This is the third of an eight-game road trip for the Clippers, who suffered their worst loss of the season, a 98-73 defeat, on Friday in Toronto.

  • The Clippers are plenty banged up: Chris Paul is expected to miss his seventh straight game with a bruised right kneecap; Jamal Crawford is questionable after suffering a broken nose against the Raptors; Griffin is suffering a sore left ankle; and Chauncey Billups is out with tendonitis in his left knee.

  • The Clippers went into the weekend leading the league in steals and opponents' turnovers.

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