Celtics: Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Kendrick Perkins
Hornets: Darren Collison, Morris Peterson, Peja Stojakovic, David West, Emeka Okafor
Health Check: For the Celtics, J.R. Giddens (knee) is out.
For the Hornets, guard Chris Paul (knee) and forward Ike Diogu (knee) are both out, while guard Marcus Thornton (back) is listed as questionable.
Keep It In Mind: Emeka Okafor is averaging just five rebounds per game over his last three games.
Who's Hot: For the Celtics, Rajon Rondo shot 7-13 from the field, en route to 17 points against the Magic on Sunday.
For the Hornets, Peja Stojakovic scored 29 points on 11-18 shooting against the Magic on Monday.
Who's Not: For the Celtics, Kendrick Perkins took just three shots and scored just two points against the Magic on Sunday.
For the Hornets, Emeka Okafor was held scoreless in just nine minutes of action against the Magic on Monday.
Key Matchup: Rajon Rondo vs. Darren Collison
Honorable Mention: Kendrick Perkins vs. Emeka Okafor
Skinny: Despite Paul's absence, with guys like Peja Stojakovic and David West still scoring at will, the Hornets are still a team capable of putting up major points, so the Celtics' defense won't have the luxury of taking the night off. The Hornets are not a great rebounding team, either, as they sit 25th in the league with a 40.48 rebounds per game average. If Rajon Rondo can slow Collison and Stojakovic can be contained, all while handling the Hornets on the glass as a team, the Celtics should be able to escape the Big Easy with a win.