– Spurs injury report: None.
– Celtics injury report: Jermaine O’Neal (left wrist) is out. Ray Allen (sore right ankle) and Mickael Pietrus (head injury) are questionable.
– Celtics enter game off a 91-72 home-court victory over Miami Heat. Rajon Rondo posted his fifth triple-double of the season (16 points, 14 assists, 11 rebounds).
– In the month of March, Rondo averaged 9.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 12.9 assists, 2.1 steals off 40.3 percent shooting.
– The Celtics are 6-2 in their last eight games against the Spurs. Their two losses, however, have came at the TD Garden.
– Keep tabs on Rondo’s assist tally. The Celtics are 20-8 when he notches at least 10 assists but a measly 4-10 when Rondo gets less than 10 assists.
– 6’2″ rookie point guard Avery Bradley has been playing really well as of late. Doc Rivers has increased his minutes because of his superior defensive acumen and his ability to mesh well with Rondo. In 97.3 minutes, the Rondo-Bradley-Pierce-Bass-KG lineup has allowed 87.6 points per 100 possessions and a 34.7 shooting percentage.
– Bradley is averaging 39.4 minutes, 14.6 points, three rebounds, 0.8 assists and a 52.8 shooting percentage in his last five games — which, coincidentally, coincides with their winning streak.
– The Celtics are on a five-game win streak that has put them atop Atlantic Division and into No. 4 playoff spot in Eastern Conference.
– Boston has allowed an unreal 87.1 points per 100 possessions in their last five games.
– Boston excels at preventing 3-pointers, allowing 16.3 3-point attempts per game (league average is 18.3). Teams have only mustered a 30.1 3-point percentage, good for first in the NBA.
– Boston is No. 1 in assist percentage. 66.9 percent of their shots are assisted.
– The Spurs like to bait teams into taking a bevy of long 2-pointers and that skill could be valuable tonight. Boston attempts 23.3 from 16-23 feet.