Originally written on Celtics Green ...a boston celtics blog.  |  Last updated 1/5/13
The Celtics just beat a pretty good Pacers team by 19 last night in Boston, and must now face an equally good team in the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks currently sit at 20-11, which is good for third place in the eastern conference. So it obviously won't be an easy game. But if the C's play like they did yesterday then there's no way that they'll end up losing. We'll just have to see. Here are tonight's 5 keys to victory: 5. GET GREEN GOING: One of the few players who played bad yesterday was Jeff Green. This guy is the Celtics' mystery man. He will score 30 one night, and 2 the next. He needs to start making his shots because I'm losing my patience with him. He is payed too much to just be decent. 4. MORE CONSISTENCY FROM TERRY: Like Green, Terry was awful last night. Shooting just 2/8 from the field, he had another Terry-like game. This guy has no consistency and I don't trust this guy as the new Ray Allen. He was supposed to save us from the Ray Allen controversy, not make us want the traitor back. He isn't 100% Celtic until he has a huge game. 3. KEEP GIVING LEE THE BALL: If Terry isn't the next Ray Allen, and Bradley is still recovering, then the next viable option is Courtney Lee. This guy's play is tempting me to buy his jersey. Last night, Lee had 13 points. His 13 points was tied for second on the team. If he can shoot well, then keep giving it to him. It's basically free points. 2. KEEP PLAYING DEFENSE: Last night was the first great defensive effort from this team that we've seen for awhile. During their four game losing streak, the Celtics scored 77, 83, 96, and 83 again. Besides the 96 they scored in Sacramento, the Celtics didn't have a very good offense. Even when they were in Brooklyn, they only had 93. And last night's 94 wasn't a ton either. They don't have a very good offense, so their defense will need to step up. 1. REBOUND: This one is simple. It's no debate that a big part of their victory last night was the fact that they finally started rebounding. They need to get at least 2 shots on every possession. Or, you could just make 90% of your shots. Which one will it be? Tip-off for tonight's game will be at 7:00 ET. Despite the fact that my Packers are playing a playoff game tonight, I will still do live updates.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Adam Eaton gets 4th of July surprise from brother

Clippers in talks with JaVale McGee, Amar’e Stoudemire

Report: LeBron won't negotiate with Cavs until Thompson is signed

Andrei Kostitsyn interested in return to NHL

Blazers fire assistant who said Aldridge was leaving team

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Miguel Cabrera lands on DL for first time in his career

LaMarcus Aldridge chooses to sign with Spurs

WATCH: Serena Williams wags finger at Wimbledon crowd, says, 'Don’t try me'

Report: Rajon Rondo headed to Sacramento Kings

Dez Bryant deal with Cowboys could be announced Monday

Brandon Saad, Ryan O’Reilly sign long-term contracts with Columbus, Buffalo

Kosta Koufos agrees to deal with Kings

Report: Blues in trade talks about Kevin Shattenirk

Report: Gregg Popovich plans to fulfill five-year contract

4-Star LB commits to Kentucky, zings Louisville

Clay Buchholz not worried about trade rumors

All hope isn't completely lost for this year's Milwaukee Brewers

Roy Hibbert likely being traded to Lakers

WATCH: Pablo Sandoval falls over railing during catch

Report: Packers TE charged with firing a gun in Miami

Kawhi, LaMarcus, the mid-range and the Spurs' next epoch

How can Rafael Nadal regain his dominance?

NBA Rumors: Cavs and Spurs vying for David West

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Russell Wilson 'would definitely consider' playing for Mariners

Solo, Rapinoe among USWNT stars up for World Cup awards

LBS on Sports Jeopardy! Here's how how it went

College football's 35 most patriotic helmets

A brief history of non-star All-Stars

With Love retained, the Cavs can take care of LeBron

Grading the deal: Davis commits to Pelicans

Obama Administration: Change name if Redskins move to D.C.

Deciding what the All-Star Game means

Odell Beckham Jr. offered professional baseball contract

Orioles keep finding a way to win

Lloyd sends USWNT to World Cup final

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.