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The Milwaukee Bucks came, saw, and conquered on the Red Auerbach court in the second game of the 2012-13 NBA season with a tremendous beating against the Boston Celtics 99-88.
Doc Rivers’ team is having a rough start to the season competing with average teams like Milwaukee and the Washington Wizards. The Celtics are grinding out games, which has been out of the realm of the team’s expectations.
Tonight it’s all about revenge. With that, here are some match-ups to keep an eye on.
Rajon Rondo vs. Brandon Jennings:
It’s about time Rondo comes out of his shell and tonight is the game to do it against elite point guard Brandon Jennings.
The last time these two met, the former member of the Oak Hill Academy guard finished with 21 points, 13 assists, and six steals. Rondo provided 14 points and 11 assists in the contest.
Boston’s general needs to run the floor with his teammates and create defensive plays he is accustomed to making. He needs to balance the floor as much as possible. Additionally, Rondo has to bring more scoring contribution to the table if the Celtics want a chance to win tonight.
Kevin Garnett vs. Mlwaukee’s Bigs:
Kevin Garnett always brings a mental presence to the team, but tonight he needs to dominate down low for the green team to be successful.
The “Big Ticket” has the height advantage as well as definite skill advantage over Samuel Dalembert and Ekpe Udoh. His presence in the paint will be needed from a rebounding standpoint and on the block.
Recently, Garnett has been full of inconsistency, one game he produces big numbers and can be a dynamic player. Other nights, he is nowhere to be found on the court with troubling performances.
Courtney Lee vs. Monta Ellis
Lee has a been complimentary player. The four-year pro has the ability to knock down some big shots but as of late he has been lacking. In going toe-to-toe with Monta Ellis, he needs to bring a strong defensive display due to the scoring mentality that Ellis shows night in and night out.
The former Western Kentucky shooting guard will have his hands full tonight, but as long as he gives z 10-12 point contribution and sticks to his opponent he will be successful.
Stay tuned for tonight’s game in Milwaukee at 8:30 p.m. Should be a fun one.
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