Eclipsed by the champion Miami Heat and both teams from the five boroughs of New York, the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks battle tonight to see who will be the better mediocre team from the Eastern Conference. The two have already split a pair of games early in the season.
The Celtics will play without Rajon Rondo, who was suspended for his role in a skirmish against the Nets. Boston carved up Portland, 96-78 without him last night.
The Bucks too are likely short one point guard tonight without Beno Udrih, who sprained an ankle against the Timberwolves last night. An X-ray done in Minnesota last night revealed no damage, but he will undergo an MRI today in Milwaukee. He is officially listed as questionable, while Luc Mbah a Moute is listed as “out”, even though there have been reports to the contrary.
Some underlying stats…
The Celtics are a historically bad offensive rebound team, both this year and last. Milwaukee has been reasonably good at it this year, even though they fail the eyeball test at times. For the Bucks, the main struggles are not getting annihilated at the free throw line and getting decent shots so that a reasonable percentage of them might fall through.
One bright spot for the Bucks last night: John Henson snagged another four offensive rebounds and generated points out of them. If he played enough minutes to qualify, his 18.5% rebound rate would have him just 0.1% of league leader and rebounding machine Anderson Varejao of Cleveland.
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