Friday, January 3, 2014
W2W4: C's vs. Pelicans (Game 33 of 82)
By Chris Forsberg
The Boston Celtics (13-19, 8-9 home) host the New Orleans Pelicans (14-16, 5-11 away) on Friday night at TD Garden (7:30 p.m., CSN). Here' what to watch for:
- JET LAG: Winter Storm Hercules brought a fresh layer of snow to Boston and added a layer of difficulty for the Celtics, who stayed overnight in Chicago after Thursday's loss to the Bulls and flew home late Friday morning. The Pelicans spent an offday in snowy Boston. The Celtics shouldn't bother unpacking, a five-game trip out west awaits after Friday's tilt.
- PELICANS AT A GLANCE: The Pelicans rank sixth in the NBA in offensive rating (106.2), third in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.71), third in offensive rebound percentage (29.4 percent), and third in team turnover percentage (13.8 percent). What does it all mean? New Orleans takes extremely good care of the basketball, maximizes offensive possessions, and crashes the glass hard to generate second-chance opportunities. That helps mask the fact that the Pelicans rank 25th in defensive rating (106) and 24th in defensive rebound percentage (73.3 percent).
- WHAT ELSE?: His dad might be gone, but Austin Rivers is back in Boston. In his sophomore season, Rivers is averaging just 4.2 points on 38.5 percent shooting over 12.3 minutes per game in 21 appearances. ... The sophomore that Boston ought to be more concerned with is Anthony Davis, who is putting up 19.2 points and 10.3 rebounds over 34.2 minutes per contest. The Brow also ranks first in the NBA averaging 3.2 blocks per game and his PER (26.9) is sixth best overall. ... Ryan Anderson is shooting a career-best 41 percent beyond the 3-point arc.
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