All the C's have talked about these last couple months is rhythm, momentum and consistency — all the working parts needed for a successful postseason. Now that the playoff run is just about to begin — are the Celtics ready? This is their last chance to figure it out.
The C's, resigned to a fourth-place finish in the Eastern Conference, take the floor at the TD Garden against the Milwaukee Bucks, who are still alive in their quest to finish fifth. If the Bucks win, they might earn the right to face the Celtics again.
When these two teams met in Milwaukee on Saturday, it was the second time in a month that the two teams had nearly come to blows. First Brandon Jennings got tangled up with Glen Davis back in March. Then, there was rough housing between Paul Pierce and Jerry Stackhouse. These two teams don't like each other. But on the bright side, they've given us a few entertaining games this season. The Celtics' 105-90 victory on Saturday gave them a 2-1 edge in the season series, and they'll look to finish strong Wednesday.
Ray Allen vs. John Salmons
Salmons is always aggressive, but in the last game of the regular season, he's definitely going to leave it all on the floor. Last time the C's and Bucks met up, Salmons drew contact at every opportunity and made 10 of his 11 free-throw attempts. If Salmons goes off for 20-plus points again on Wednesday, it makes the Bucks tough to beat.
Point guard: Rajon Rondo
Shooting guard: Ray Allen
Small forward: Paul Pierce
Power forward: Kevin Garnett
Center: Kendrick Perkins
Point guard: Brandon Jennings
Shooting guard: John Salmons
Small forward: Carlos Delfino
Power forward: Luc Richard Mbah a Moute
Center: Kurt Thomas
After a long season packed with ups and downs, the Celtics have one final tune-up before the end of the regular season, and it's against a Bucks team that's played a tough, physical brand of basketball with them all year. These two teams have been through a lot, but it might be coming to an end. The C's were able to handle these Bucks without Bogut last time out, and if they do it again, they won't see the Bucks again this year.
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