The bad news on the injury front keeps on piling up, but the Celtics just keep on winning. Now without Von Wafer for a few games, in addition to Glen Davis, Delonte West and Shaquille O'Neal, the C's will look to take their fifth straight game tonight against the Bucks at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee. The Celts are 9-3 against the Bucks over the past four seasons, and beat them, 105-102 on Nov. 3, at TD Garden, but have dropped two of their last three in America's Dairyland.
The biggest reason for the Celts good fortune of late, even in the face of all their injuries, has been the shooting and scoring of Ray Allen. Allen scored 27 points on 9-of-13 from the floor in Friday night's win over Golden State, and has averaged 23.3 points and 57.1 percent shooting over the C's four-game win streak. Rajon Rondo hasn't been too shabby during this stretch either, putting up 13.3 assists per game during the streak, including 16 on Friday night.
The Celts have also gotten solid production from their two most high-profile new additions since last week's trade deadline. Center Nenad Krstic has posted 11 points and 5.3 rebounds per game since coming to Boston and forward Jeff Green had his best game as a Celtic on Friday, scoring 21 points on 8-of-11 from the floor.
The Bucks, on the other hand, have been one of the league's bigger disappointments. After making the playoffs last year, a rash of injuries have relegated Milwaukee to also-ran status. The Bucks are the lowest-scoring team in the NBA, averaging just 91.4 points per game. The Celtics are the stingiest team in the league in terms of scoring defense, allowing just 91.7 PPG, which will likely not bode well for the offensively challenged Bucks. Milwaukee's leading scorer, point guard Brandon Jennings, posts 15.5 per night, but is shooting at just 37.5 percent. The Bucks shoot just 42.3 percent from the floor as a team.
The Celts (45-15) will be looking for their fifth consecutive win when they visit the Bucks (23-37) tonight at 9 p.m. EST, on Comcast Sports Net New England and ESPN.