Nov 23, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce (34) drives the ball against Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) during the second half at the TD Garden. The Celtics defeated the Thunder 108-100. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics (34-27) vs. OKC Thunder (46-16) Preview

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The Oklahoma City Thunder will be on the national stage again today as they host the Boston Celtics at 1 p.m. EST.

The Celtics beat the Thunder the first time they played back on Nov. 23.

Rajon Rondo led the way with six points and 16 assists in that game and will of course not be playing today as he is out for the year with a torn ACL.

Kevin Durant scored 29 to lead the Thunder and Russell Westbrook added 26. The Thunder bench scored just 13 total points while Kevin Martin had only three on 1-of-7 shooting.

Paul Pierce had 27 in that game and former Thunder Jeff Green scored 17 off the bench.

Green will be making his return to OKC today for the first time since being traded for Kendrick Perkins back on Feb. 24, 2011. Green has been playing well lately for the Celtics especially since the Rondo injury.

Despite losing Rondo, the Celtics have been playing well and are winners of seven of their last 10, the same record as the Thunder over their last 10.

Boston will hope for a slower paced game than the Thunder would like, with the score in the 90s to have their best chance of winning.

The Celtics are notoriously a poor offensive rebounding team so it will be imperative for the Thunder to not allow many second chance points today for Boston.

The Thunder had an easy 116-94 win over the Charlotte Bobcats in their last game. The bench got a lot of run in that game and played well overall.

OKC will need their bench to show up today, and they usually do at home, to ensure a victory over the Celtics.

The game will tip at 1 p.m. EST and air nationally on ABC.

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