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W2W4: C's vs. Thunder (Game 7 of 82)

The Boston Celtics (3-3, 2-1 home) host the Oklahoma City Thunder (2-6, 0-5 away) on Wednesday night at TD Garden (7:30 p.m., CSN). Here's what to watch for:

Don't sleep on Thunder: Without stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, the Thunder haven't played very well. They own the 29th offensive rating in the league while turning the ball over at an alarming rate, and haven't been particularly crisp on defense either (20th overall). And yet Celtics coach Brad Stevens spent the past two days imploring his team not to look past the Thunder. "I think every single night, you have to be on your A game, otherwise you’ll get beat. That’s the only thing that I think of. They are playing more depth now... and they are zoning a lot to enhance their options to play guys longer. I don’t really look at it from the fatigue standpoint. If you play your B game in this league, you’re probably going to get beat. That’s the way it always is."

Don't forget the past: Stevens is also quick to remind his team that a Durant- and Westbrook-less Thunder team thumped Boston by 18 last season. "This group is the group that beat us by 20 here last year," said Stevens. "They played great [Sunday] night, got a big win over Sacramento and they've played really well the [previous] two games, they could have beat Memphis the game before. They are zoning a lot more because they got Lance Thomas playing 3 and then they’ll even play [Serge] Ibaka and [Nick] Collision and [Steven] Adams or [Kendrick Perkins] together. So that baseline zone -- if you’re stagnant, they’ll eat you up because of their length."

Rondo expected back: After sitting out Saturday's win in Chicago while undergoing surgery to remove screws from his left hand, Rajon Rondo is expected back in the starting lineup. His take on the Thunder? "I haven’t watched much film on them, but the couple of games I've seen them play early in the season against Toronto and other teams, they're playing a lot more zone defensively," he said. "So we expect to see some zone tomorrow. Reggie Jackson's been very aggressive. [Jeremy] Lamb's coming back into a rhythm. I don't know if Perry Jones will play or not. But that's still a team that came in last year and beat us pretty badly I think without those two guys, so we have to come out and play aggressive and play respectful of our opponent."

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