The Boston Celtics are half a game ahead of the Sacramento Kings in the race for ping pong balls. The two teams meet tonight in a key game for draft positioning, and while some of us may be rooting for the Celts to lose, tonight’s game should be exciting to watch no matter the outcome.
The Kings are coming off back-to-back wins against the Chicago Bulls and the Toronto Raptors and are playing great offensive basketball as of late. The trio of DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay, and Isaiah Thomas have been on fire, especially “Boogie” Cousins, who some felt was snubbed from this year’s all-star game. Cousins, who missed a few games the past couple of weeks, has come back strong with two straight 25 point, 10 plus rebound performances and continues to shoot at a career-high percentage from the field.
Rudy Gay has been a revelation as of late as well. He is scoring, like he normally does, but at an efficient rate, and has also handed out over five assists in three of his last five games. It appears that at least on offense, Gay is fitting in and doesn’t have to take too many poor shots, much like his previous days in Memphis and Toronto. There are certainly building blocks in place for the Kings, but with Cousins’ attitude and Gay’s propensity to shoot his team out of games, every night is a wildcard.
The Celtics come into tonight’s game after beating the Philadelphia 76ers in a high-scoring, minimal defense affair that are becoming the norm in the Atlantic Division (with the exception of the Brooklyn Nets). Jeff Green and Brandon Bass continue to up their trade value and Rajon Rondo is getting more comfortable, especially playing with his buddy Avery Bradley. I don’t know if anyone has noticed how much better the team has played over the past three years when Rondo and Bradley play together, but the team (even without Garnett, Pierce, and Allen) looks eons better with Bradley and Rondo on the floor together. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen too often.
Tonight should be another high scoring contest and I am looking forward to see Cousins and my new favorite Celtic Jared Sullinger go at each other and battle for rebounds. Gay and Green should also prove to be a fun matchup, especially if you like watching a lot of missed jumpers and somewhat impressive one-handed dunks.
Prediction: Kings 109, Celtics 102
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