San Antonio Spurs at Boston Celtics — 8 PM eastern, telecast on ESPN
Tonight boasts a wealth of enticing NBA options, and I decided on this one mostly because it’ll be available nationally. Of course, it should still be a great game.
The Spurs and Celtics are still both jockeying for playoff position in their respective conferences, and both are clinging to aging standouts to carry them deep into the playoffs. San Antonio has Manu Ginobili, the crafty 2-guard who can get to the rim at will, and the Celtics have Ray Allen and Paul Pierce to put up points in a hurry. Both these teams also feature young bright point guards in Tony Parker and Rajon Rondo, who are key to their teams’ success.
Most important of all, this game brings together possibly the two best power forwards of the decade. Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan, both 33 years old, look to make one more championship run before their teams are dismantled.
This will be the second and last game of the two squads’ two-game season series, and Boston prevailed 90-83 in the first matchup on December 3. Garnett and Duncan both stood out in that game: the former posted 20 points and 7 boards and the later 16 points and 15 rebounds.
I’ve got to go with the Celtics at home in what should be a thrilling contest. Expect Boston’s back court to put up strong lines. I also wouldn’t be surprised if Garnett plays better than usual, as he’ll be motivated taking on his Western counterpart.