First one to 90 points wins? That might be the case tonight. Boston ranks second in the league in scoring defense (91.2). Oklahoma City ranks seventh (94.9).
“We'll definitely have to make the extra pass,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “That's going to be critical. The Celtics are a physical team. They have strength out front, quickness on the wings and a great point guard that puts pressure on the guards. We have to do a great job of moving the ball.”
CELTICS' TRASH TALKING
All-Star Kevin Garnett has the reputation for being the league's biggest trash talker.
“If they want to talk, they can talk,” said Jeff Green. “We just have to worry about what we have to do. We can't fall into their little traps of trash talking and them getting in our heads and get us playing out of our (game). We have to continue what we've been doing — sharing the ball and playing defense.
“If they want to talk they can talk. If we win the game that will be our talk. We know they'll come in amped (up) and they'll talk a lot of trash. It is mostly Kevin, but guys feed off that. It goes into the way they play. I don't talk at all.”
After missing one game with a sore left Achilles, Nenad Krstic returned for Wednesday's game but rolled his ankle late in the third quarter. Krstic didn't practice Thursday. If Krstic can't play, Brooks said he's unsure whether he would start Nick Collison or Etan Thomas.
“Let's see how Nenad is feeling,” Brooks said. “Nick felt good today. With the high energy minutes he gave us you're always concerned the next day. You can't (simulate that) in a practice setting. He gave us great, hard minutes and he felt fine. That's great (news).”