It’s been a streaky month in the NBA, with Dallas, Miami and New York all rattling off monster winning streaks early this December. The Celtics are just barely still among the NBA’s hottest streakers.
The C’s survived Thursday night in Philadelphia for their ninth consecutive win, emerging with a 102-101 edge in the final seconds on a dramatic bucket from Kevin Garnett. They remain unbeaten since Nov. 21, and they’ll look to keep that run intact as they visit the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday. The ‘Cats are finishing up a back-to-back after losing to the Pacers on Friday night. Charlotte has won just three of its last nine games.
Celtics at Bobcats
Saturday, Dec. 11, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, N.C.
The Bobcats are stylistically similar to the Celtics — they control the pace, they move the ball, and they get the bulk of their offense from two savvy veterans on the wings. Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson are the two stars that make Charlotte’s offense go, so it’ll be up to Paul Pierce and Ray Allen to step up and neutralize the deadly duo. The Celtics are the deeper team, though, and they’ve got what it takes to outlast the Bobcats in the end.