Celtics vs. Spurs: X-Factors in Saturday Night’s Showdown in San Antonio

December 15th, 2012 by Patrick Clarke Leave a reply »
The Boston Celtics and the San Antonio Spurs are both renowned for building championship rosters around a core of three mighty superstars. 

In 2012-13, Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett lead the Celtics, who have lost three straight road games. And Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan anchor the Spurs, who have dropped two in a row.

But on Saturday night inside the AT&T Center, where Doc Rivers' Celtics have won five straight regular season games over the Spurs, it will be a handful of X-factors that decide whether San Antonio or Boston comes away with a skid-ending victory.

Let's take a closer look at three X-factors that fans should be watching for on Saturday night.


Jason Terry, Boston Celtics, SG

The Boston Celtics don't need veteran shooting guard Jason Terry to score a bunch of points in order to win on Saturday night in San Antonio, but they do need the Jet to shoot a high percentage against the Spurs.

In Boston's 12 wins this season, Terry has shot over 51 percent from the field and better than 41 percent from downtown. In the Celtics' 10 losses, Terry has ...

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