These teams have had some heated battles this season which have resulted in a few on-court skirmishes.
The Nets are 2-1 this season against Boston and will attempt to win the season series tonight against their division rival.
Deron Williams (Still) On Verge of History
Deron Williams made one three-pointer in last night’s win over the 76ers. He currently sits at 158 for the season, which is just one behind Kerry Kittles for the Nets’ single-season record.
Williams had been on a hot streak before last night. He was held scoreless in the fist half, but he tallied 11 points in Brooklyn’s dominant third quarter, earning a much-needed fourth quarter rest.
Williams will need to get off to a faster start for the Nets to defeat the Celtics tonight.
Lopez and Evans Dominant
The Nets dominated the interior last night against the 76ers and may have a similar opportunity tonight.
Kevin Garnett is an undersized center who – although he is a good defender – may have trouble containing Brook Lopez, who posted a double-double last night with 29 points and 11 rebounds.
Reggie Evans had a double-double after the first quarter and finished with 17 points and 24 rebounds. It was his league-leading ninth game this season of 20 or more rebounds.
In the three games between these teams this season, whichever team won the rebounding battle won the game.
Rajon Rondo wasn’t afraid to push the much larger Kris Humphries back in November, which started an on-court brawl resulting in three ejections.
In the Celtics’ blowout win Christmas Day, four technical fouls were issued in the fourth quarter.
Paul Pierce said that there has been some chippiness between the two teams, and that’s usually the case whenever Garnett is on the floor against a division rival.
We’re definitely in store for an exciting contest tonight.
The action tips off at 8 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN.