Thunder Try to Upset Celtics

Casey WomackCorrespondent IDecember 4, 2009

OKLAHOMA CITY - OCTOBER 29:  Jeff Green #22 of the Oklahoma City Thunder stands on the court during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Ford Center on October 29, 2008 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Bucks won 98-87.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Sometimes you have to hope for a miracle.  Tonight is one of those nights.

Although I feel pretty good about tonight's game between the Thunder and Celtics. Let me tell you why.

1.The Oklahoma City Thunder can match up against the Celtics very well if they can get hot early. 

2. The Thunder will have a packed arena that will get louder then any arena in the league if Thunder can stay in it.  Trust me, it gets loud.

3. Rajon Rondo versus Russell Westbrook .  Can you get any more alike as far as playing styles?  Fast, decent defenders, and not great at shooting.  It will be fun to watch.

4. Jeff Green going up against the biggest trash talk in the league.  Kevin Garnett will try and get under the skin of Green and force him to play outside his game. Also, Garnett will try and expose every weakness Green has.  Green has shown he cannot do very well against inside-and-out shooters. 

The Thunder are 6-1 against the East this season and 4-0 at home, the only loss coming at Orlando in a thumper. 

Thabo Sefolosha will have another defensive task tonight: going up against Ray Allen.  I think Allen will get his points, but not in crucial situations.  Sefolosha hasn't played his best defense the past couple games and hopefully will try and make a statement tonight.

Paul Pierce against Kevin Durant will be a tough matchup for Durant on account Pierce being one of the elite defenders in the league.  Durant hasn't done great against good defenders like Ron Artest and Shane Battier.

Tonight will also be a good game to see how well Oklahoma City stands up to another elite team in the league.  Plus it's kind of like a game of the present versus the future.

Beat the Celtics!