Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 2/24/13
8 a.m. ET: Jeff Green has his work cut out for him if he wants to perform an encore to Friday’s immense effort, when he came through with 31 points to make up for Kevin Garnett’s absence in Phoenix. Green will have a tough time repeating the feat in Portland, where a pretty good small forward named Nic Batum will hassle Green and Pierce on defense. The Celtics (29-26) are looking to build another win streak after losing two straight coming out of the All-Star break. The Blazers (25-30) are just looking for a win, period. Portland has won seven straight, and has just five wins in its last 20 games. LaMarcus Aldridge would like to get back in the win column on the one-week anniversary of his second All-Star game, while Rookie of the Year to-be Damian Lillard will prove a tough cover for Avery Bradley and Courtney Lee. Join us for updates and analysis during the game, which tips off at 9 p.m. ET.

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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