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Spurs @ Celtics: Gameday Thread

Another day, another game against an "elite" team. Boston hasn't looked quite as good this season as they did in the previous two, but they are still very, very dangerous. The good news is that the anchor of their defense, Kendrick Perkins, probably won't play today. The bad news is that Tony Parker is still hurt, and he has been sorely missed in the games against elite teams.

Also, be sure to get the opposing point of view over at Celtics Blog, the busiest hoops blog on SBNation.

First, in honor of the newest Celtic, what could be better than an Irish band singing a song called "zombie"? This stuff practically writes itself.

Likely Starters

San Antonio Spurs

Road: 17-17
Boston Celtics
Home: 24-13
George Hill PG Rajon Rondo
Manu Ginobili SG Ray Allen
Richard Jefferson SF Paul Pierce
Tim Duncan PF Kevin Garnett
Antonio McDyess C Rasheed Wallace
DeJuan Blair
Keith Bogans
Glen Davis
Michael Finley


Mark Wunderlich Matt Boland Kane Fitzgerald

Key Matchup

The two former Pistons who landed with these teams in free agency last summer are going head-to-head from the opening tip. Can the new, less mobile version of Sheed provide the help defense and intimidation that's missing with Perkins out of the lineup? Can Dice hit a decent percentage of his jumpers, and keep the C's away from the offensive glass?

Key to the Game

Offensive Execution: Last time we played the C's, we had either 18 or 19 turnovers. Either way, that's far too many. Cubits is still prone to making a young player's mistakes, and Rondo leads the league in steals - not a good combination for us, so let's hope Georgie did his homework, or that Manu is the one running the show on offense. My money is on the C's defense looking a lot worse without Perk, so if our execution is there, we should be able to rack up plenty of points in the paint.

Final Note

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