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3-on-3 Preview: Bobcats vs Celtics

Who: Charlotte Bobcats vs Boston Celtics

What: NBA Basketball – Bobcats Home Game

When: 7 PM ET

Where: Live at Time Warner Cable Arena

The Matchup:

Record Offensive
Charlotte 7-39 94.1 (30) 108.4 (30) 92.7 (18)
Boston 26-22 98.7 (27) 98.0 (3) 91.7 (21)

Previous Meetings:
2012/02/07 – 84-94 – RecapBoxscore

Charlotte: Corey Maggette- DTD (PROBABLE), Derrick Brown- DTD (PROBABLE), DeSagna Diop- DTD, Eduardo Najera- OUT
Boston: Ray Allen- DOUBTFUL, Mickael Pietrus- OUT

Starting Lineups

Bobcats Celtics
PG D.J. Augustin Rajon Rondo
SG Gerald Henderson Avery Bradley
SF Corey Maggette Paul Pierce
PF Tyrus Thomas Brandon Bass
C Bismack Biyombo Kevin Garnett
6th Man Kemba Walker Mickael Pietrus

3-on-3 TrueHoop NetworkCharlotte will welcome in the Boston Celtics to the ‘Cable Box’ tonight for the second of three games between the two eastern conference foes this season. The Celtics enter tonight a little hobbled by injuries- they’ll likely be without both Ray Allen and Mickael Pietrus. Will this benefit the Bobcats, or will the repetitive losing result continue tonight?

1- Celtics Avery Bradley had his official coming out party yesterday against the Wizards with 23 points (9-14) in 40 minutes. With the injuries to Ray Allen and Mickael Pietrus, Bradley should get the start again tonight. Is the matchup with the Bobcats tonight just what Bradley needs to keep his hot streak alive, or will Bradley’s increased presence on the floor benefit Charlotte?

Spencer Percy: I don’t see Bradley having a 23 point game again tonight and mostly in due to the fact that I still believe Gerald Henderson is a good defender, despite the pedestrian numbers this season. I also don’t see the Celtics needing Bradley on the floor for 40 minutes again tonight due to the likelihood that this game should be over in about 20.

Bryan Wendland: The opposing presence of Any player who can drop 20+ points with just five misses will not benefit Charlotte. However, if he has to play 40 minutes for the second game in a row, fatigue could come into play.

Jenn Kimbal: Bradley will have another strong appearance tonight given the Bobcat’s generally lackluster defense.  If, however, the Cats can adjust their defense accordingly, Bradley’s impact could be minimal.

2- D.J. Augustin or Kevin Garnett: Who is less likely to be with their current team at this time next season?

Spencer: Augustin. As I’ve said before, some team in this league is going to overpay for Augustin’s services when free-agency rolls around. Since D.J. will be a restricted free agent, the Bobcats will be able to match any team’s offer sheet, but Charlotte won’t mess with the number the new bidder will be coming in at. My guess is Phoenix- Nash comes off the books at the end of this season and I don’t think they’ve excepted their fate as a team on the rebound.

Bryan: Augustin. The ‘Cats were shopping him around before the trade deadline, but couldn’t find a deal fat enough to move him. Kemba Walker lurks behind him, and you can’t justify taking a point guard in the upper half of the lottery by sitting him on the bench behind Augustin a few more years.

Jenn: This is an interesting question, because on the one hand the Bobcats simply cannot keep both Walker and Augstin around, but on the other hand Garnett is a huge financial burden and general liability to the aging Celtics squad.  It is less likely, though, that Augustin will be on the Bobcats next year given the potentially limited market for Garnett.

3- Boston will play it’s 9th road game in their past 10 overall games and try to complete this stretch above .500. Charlotte, on the other hand, will just try to compete. Predictions?

Spencer: My dislike for the Celtics runs as deep as any team in the NBA and that’s the exact reason this loss will be one of the hardest 40+ dubbing’s I’ll have to sit through this season. Celtics, going away.

Bryan: Boston wins. Probably by a lot. Even as injury riddled as they are, the Celtics are still a good basketball team and a way better one than the Bobcats.

Jenn: Boston has won 7 of the last 9 meet ups with Charlotte.  Although these losses have come at the hands of different Bobcats squads, I anticipate that this losing pattern will continue.  Despite injuries on the Celtics roster, bringing in new players, such as Bradley, might be just what the team needs.