Boston vs. San Antonio. The two best teams of this decade.
Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, and Charles Barkley. The two best halftime guys. (Sorry, Ernie. We love you too!)
Throw in Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Richard Jefferson, Manu Ginobli, Rajon Rondo and Tony Parker and we have one of those mark-the-calendar, circle-the-date kind of regular season game we see so rarely in the NBA.
Especially when you add in the fact that both teams have won their previous 5 games and are playing perhaps their best basketball of the young season.
The Boston Celtics are coming off two huge road wins against Miami and Charlotte, but will face a San Antonio Spurs team that is 8-2 at home this season, and looking to prove they are among the NBA’s elite on national television.
Boston will be led by the Energizer Bunny, Kevin Garnett, who is playing like he got a new set of battteries after burying the game-winning shot at MSG against the Knicks last week.
Since the game-winner, KG is shooting a ridiculous 27-35 from the field, and 19-22 from the FT line. More importantly, Garnett has regained his swagger; he’s returned to picking up guards in the full-court, whoofing at anybody who will listen, and outrunning teams down the floor.
KG is the heart of the Boston Celtics. And with their heart once again pumping vigorously, the blood is flowing out to the rest of the team, re-energizing what has looked like an old team so far this season.
Boston’s offense looked magnificent against Charlotte, but they will have to continue to play team basketball, crisply moving the ball against a stout Spurs defense, which is anchored by future Hall-of-Famers Tim Duncan and Greg Poppovich.
(And yes, to those fans who are a little confused, I know Poppovich is the Spurs coach. But he is as responsible as any player for how the Spurs defense plays.)
On the other side of the ball, Tim Duncan is as rock-solid as ever, leading the Spurs with 18.5 pts, 10.8 rebs and 2 blocks a game.
As we’ve written before at Celtics Town, individual regular season games don’t matter much, but big games do.
This is a big game. So, don’t miss it.
It might be one of your only chances to really LEARN something new about two old title contenders.
And if that doesn’t interest you?
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MATCHUPS TO WATCH
1. Kevin Garnett vs. Tim Duncan. Nuff’ said.
2. Rajon Rondo vs. Tony Parker. Whichever speedy PG creates more easy opportunites for his team will likely pull out the win.
3. Manu Ginobli vs. Celtics bench. Ginobli has struggled adjusting to his new role with addition Richard Jefferson, but he has been an absolute killer of the Celtics in year’s past and I suspect that trend will continue.