The Spurs bring a powerful scoring offense into this game, averaging 105.6 points per game, good enough for fourth best in the league. Although not billed as such, the Spurs are led by a sort of Big Three of their own, led by Manu Ginobili, averaging 18.7 points per game, Tony Parker, with 17.7 points per game and storied veteran Tim Duncan, managing 13.6 points per game.
San Antonio enters the game with a squad as deep as the Celtics, featuring strong contributors like Richard Jefferson (13.4 PPG) and George Hill (11.5 PPG).
The Spurs are also strong in the rebounding category, averaging 42.9 rebounds per game, good for eighth best in the NBA. Duncan leads the team with 9.4 rebounds per game, and followed by DeJuan Blair, with 6.5 per game. With additional post support by Antonio McDyess (4.8 RPG), the Spurs represent a unique challenge for the Celtics, who must find ways to negate San Antonio's strong interior presence.
Boston enters the game averaging a 15th best 98.6 points per game, and although they lack statistically, and are without KG's 15.0 points per game, they have the potential to score much more, especially in a big game. With a such a strong presence by the Spurs, the Celtics may have to look to the outside for scoring. Paul Pierce leads the way with 19.0 points per game, followed by Ray Allen (17.1 PPG). Pierce and Allen both have excellent outside shooting ability, and may have to carry much of the shooting from the field.
If the Celtics go inside, they have weapons in Glen Davis (12.2 PPG) and Shaquille O'Neal (10.6 PPG). Not only can they score inside, they can move the ball inside-out and facilitate outside shooting. Rondo adds 10.2 points per game in the form of drives to the hoop and the occasional jumpshot. Nate Robinson (8.0 PPG) adds additional scoring opportunity.
Despite only grabbing an average of 39.0 rebounds per game, 28th best in the league, and being without Garnett, who is grabbing 9.5 rebounds per game, Boston has interior power to match the Spurs in the form of Davis (5.7 RPG), Shaq (5.4 RPG), and Jermaine O'Neal (3.8 RPG). Although the raw numbers clearly favor the Spurs, the O'Neals and Davis create a lot of space down low and clear the way for additional inside scoring opportunities, including chances in the lane for Pierce, Allen, and Rondo.
There may not be the Duncan vs. Garnett battle that many hoped for at the beginning of the season, but there will be an excellent battle over offensive supremacy between each team's weapons.