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Boston Celtics (48-18) at New Orleans Hornets (40-30): Quick Preview

Well hello there everyone! Did you all miss me? How are you doing today? Finally coming out of your post-Mardi Gras and St. Patty’s fog? Anyway, it’s a great day for basketball.

The Hornets welcome the Boston Celtics to the Hive tonight. This should be a low scoring, defensive game. Both teams rank in the top five of points against holding their opponents to under 93 points per game. New Orleans and Boston also fall in the bottom third for pace. The Hornets won the first matchup in Boston on New Years Eve but the Celtics did not have Rajon Rondo in that game. What’s tonight’s game going to look like? Here are some things I’ll be looking for/want to see…

1) How the Hornets plan on defending Rondo. I have vivid memories of Russell Westbrook and Tyreke Evans driving hard to the rim and burying the Hornets earlier in the season. Rondo is capable of doing that. But if the Hornets protect the rim well he can also dump the ball off to one of his Hall of Fame teammates. This could hurt.

2) Which Chris Paul are we going to see? This is a big game and in order to keep it close Paul will need to keep up his high level of play. Please, no disappearing in the fourth quarter tonight.

2) The three-point shot. The Hornets have been having trouble recently stopping teams from behind the arc. And the Celtics have this guy, Ray Allen, that is VERY good from deep. Willie Green or Marco Belinelli cannot give him an inch of space.

3) David West having a nice bounce back game. I have high expectations: 40 points at the minimum.

4) Quincy Pondexter playing with the same type of confidence that he did against the Suns. Aaron Gray being active on the boards and Carl Landry playing aggressively.

5) Not letting Nenad Krstic do much of anything. While on the Thunder, Krstic didn’t play well against the Hornets.  With all the other weapons Boston has the last thing the Hornets need is Krstic playing well.

6) Now this is very hopeful: Trevor Ariza taking smart shots. I don’t see this one happening.

7) The expected sellout! I have a new digital camera and will be posting pictures for all you. This way everyone will get to see New Orleans Arena even if you can’t make it to the game.

I’ll be going to the game with a bunch of friends from (*sigh*) Boston. So please, hit me up on twitter @nolajake because I’m going to need someone else to talk to during the game.

And to keep with the current goal of the Hornets…

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Tags: Aaron Gray Carl Landry Chris Paul David West Marco Belinelli Nenad Krstic Quincy Pondexter Rajon Rondo Ray Allen Trevor Ariza Willie Green

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