8:04 p.m.: Courtney Lee put up a modest stat line of eight points, three rebounds, two steals and one blocked shot against the Rockets on Friday, but the fifth-year shooting guard gave the Celtics great energy off the bench in his 27 minutes of action. He has been rewarded with another start, his ninth of the season, on Saturday in San Antonio.
Lee and Rondo have to deal with a tough backcourt, whether it is Tony Parker, Danny Green, Manu Ginobili or Gary Neal running things. Those four players, who are all capable of playing both guard positions, can hurt the Celtics in many ways if Boston’s backcourt is not on its game defensively.
8 a.m. ET: Whatever momentum the Celtics might have built up heading into their three-game road trip was wiped away at the very first stop, when the Rockets easily handled the Celtics and gave heavy-hearted coach Kevin McHale a victory. Standing in the way of the Celtics and the start of another winning streak is none other than Gregg Popovich and the Spurs, the guys who picked apart the Celtics when these teams met in Boston in November.
The Celtics (12-10) have gotten better since then, but the Spurs (18-6) have as well. Before their current two-game losing streak, the Spurs won 10 of 11 games. Even with their recent skid, they are still giving Oklahoma City a run for the league’s best record. The Celtics are just looking for some consistency as they once again let a winning streak escape them. Boston has only four streaks of consecutive wins this season, and three out of those four were only two-game win streaks.
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