The Celtics will be looking for some revenge today, and the struggling Nets are looking to build some momentum off of Sunday's win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Here is your pregame primer...
Slowing Down Paul Pierce
Without Ray Allen, the Celtics have leaned a bit more on Pierce. Thus far this season, Pierce is averaging 21 points per game, which is his highest scoring output since the 2006-07 season—before the era of the "Big 3."
Over his past six games, Pierce is averaging 26.8 points per game and is coming off of back-to-back efforts in which he scored 40 points against the Cleveland Cavaliers and 35 points against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Rajon Rondo vs. Deron Williams
Deron Williams has been struggling lately and the spotlight is on him in every game. However, going up against Rajon Rondo with the entire NBA watching, Williams will need to perform at a very high level.
The last time these two teams met, Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace and Rajon Rondo were ejected for their roles in the well-publicized altercation between Rondo and Humphries. As these two teams jockey for position in the Atlantic division, this game has the potential to be very, very competitive. It's Christmas Day, it's a divisional matchup, and more importantly, it's an opportunity for each team to send a message.
Versus the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday, Kris Humphries logged a "DNP-CD" and the Nets seemed to have a better offensive flow with Gerald Wallace playing the power forward position. Afterward, Humphries told the media that he thought he would get at least a few minutes of PT, so it'll be interesting to see whether or not Avery gives him minutes in today's game.
The Nets are trying to salvage the month of December. Thus far, the team is just 3-8 during the month of December, but including today's battle with the Celtics, the Nets have five games remaining this month.
Check back here after the game for the Rapid Recap!