Friday, February 7, 2014

Quick Preview: Injuries Fo' Days

sportsillustrated.cnn.com

Tonight at 7:30 ET, the Celtics and Sacramento Kings will square off, well, whatever's left of the teams.

We saw that the Lakers are so banged up and their lineup was so reduced that they had to play Bob Sacre in the fourth quarter even though he already fouled out. That won't happen tonight, but both teams have a ton of injuries to take care of.

For the Boston Celtics, Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley are both out. The Celtics are undefeated this season when they are playing together in the backcourt so they will both be gravely missed. Rondo has been playing great lately, but his minutes have been reduced and it's precautionary to sit him on back-to-backs. He's still recovering from his knee injury and needs some rest; believe it or not. The Captain had this to say about his injury situation, 
"I'm getting back to my old self...I'm not there yet but I'll take the progress."

The Sacramento Kings, led by DeMarcus "Boogie" Cousins, will be without recently acquired Rudy Gay or Marcus Thornton. The Kings have been playing their best basketball this season why Gay is efficient on offense and takes care of the ball. He will be a key part to their future as an organization and it will be tough to win games without him.

It will be very tough to score for Boston with Rondo and Bradley out. Their defense will also suffer monumentally. Jared Sullinger and Jeff Green will both have to have terrific games if the C's want to come out on top tonight. 

Both teams are injured, but the Kings will still have the best player on the court, Cousins. They will also probably have the second best in Isaiah Thomas. 

PREDICTED FINAL SCORE:

BOS: 84
SAC: 91