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« on: January 18, 2009, 03:22:24 PM »

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Phoenix Suns (23-15) at Boston Celtics (33-9)
Monday, January 19
8:00 PM ET
Game #43,  Home Game #23
TV:  TNT
TD BankNorth Garden




63rd Season
First Game Played November 2, 1946

Probable Starting Lineup
   
PG:  Rajon Rondo PPG10.8  RPG 4.8  APG 7.8  FG% .501
SG:  Ray Allen   PPG  17.7  RPG  3.4  APG  2.7  FG  .487

C: Brian Scalabrine   PPG 3.0  RPG 1.2  APG 0.4  FG% .427
 
SF:  Paul Pierce    PPG 19.6  RPG 5.6  APG 3.7  FG% .442 
PF:  Kevin Garnett   PPG 16.2  RPG 9.2  APG 2.6  FG% .517 

Reserves
Tony Allen
Glen Davis
Eddie House
Leon Powe
Gabe Pruitt
Brian Scalabrine
Patrick O'Bryant
Sam Cassell
JR Giddens
Bill Walker

Injuries:
Tony Allen (ankle) day to day
Kendrick Perkins (shoulder) day to day
JR Giddens (wrist) day to day
Eddie House (ankle) probable




40th Season
First Game Played October 18, 1968

 Probable Starting Lineup
 
PG:  Steve Nash    PPG 14.9  RPG 3.2  APG 8.8  FG% .485   
SG: Jason Richardson  PPG 17.4  RPG 4.6  APG 2.6  FG% .447

C: Shaquille O'Neal  PPG 17.7  RPG 9.0  APG 1.7  FG% .587
 
SF: Grant Hill  PPG 10.8  RPG 4.5  APG 1.9  FG% .510
PF: Amare Stoudamire PPG 21.6  RPG 8.4  APG 2.2  FG% .553

Reserves
Leandro Barbosa
Louis Admunson
Robin Lopez
Matt Barnes
Alandro Tucker
Goran Dragic

Injuries
None

Game Notes:
  I had originally put Perk back in the starting lineup because he keeps saying that  he wants to play Monday.  Every report from Doc says he won't.  Now, Doc may be saying that to keep the Suns off guard, or he may be actually trying to be cautious with Perk even though Perk desperately wants to play.   On the other side of it, Shaq has only been playing in one or the other of back to back games and played almost 25 minutes against the Raptors , so it is possible that matching up with Shaq may not even be a problem as he may or may not play against the Celtics.  Either way, if he plays he will be playing in the second of back to back games and fatigue could be a factor.   It's possible they played him against Toronto thinking that the Celtics would be without Perk.   It is hard to tell who will or will not play in this matchup.     

Key Matchups
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Rajon Rondo vs Steve Nash
Rondo gets a chance to show what he can do against one of the premier PG's in the league and a 2 time MVP. 

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Kevin Garnett vs Amare Stoudamire
This is a battle of two of the league's best power forwards.  KG has had a rest and Amare will be playing in the second of back to back games and on the road. 

Honorable Mention
Ray Allen vs Jason Richardson
This will be a battle of the shooters.  Both players are capable of putting up points in a hurry.  Richardson may give Ray problems on defense with his quickness and Ray can give Richardson problems if he is hitting his shots the way he has been recently.   

Keys to the Game
Defense
Rebound
Focus
Play 48 minutes

X Factor
The Center Matchup
A lot will depend on if both Perk and Shaq play in this one.  The Celtics need Perk if Shaq is in the lineup.   Since Shaq is playing against the Raptors, he may or may not play against the Celtics. 

Re: Suns (23-15) at Celtics (33-9) 1/19
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2009, 03:25:00 PM »

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Re: Suns (23-15) at Celtics (33-9) 1/19
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2009, 03:43:14 PM »

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FL, have your 653rd TP  :)

Re: Suns (23-15) at Celtics (33-9) 1/19
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2009, 04:05:45 PM »

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FL, have your 653rd TP  :)
now 655th. Excellent write-up once again!

Re: Suns (23-15) at Celtics (33-9) 1/19
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2009, 04:26:35 PM »

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I looked at the box score of the Suns-Raptors game. Shaq played today!

Re: Suns (23-15) at Celtics (33-9) 1/19
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I looked at the box score of the Suns-Raptors game. Shaq played today!

Doesn't he sit out half of all the back-to-backs? Maybe he won't play against us........

maybe.
Grab a few boards, keep the TO's under 14, close out on shooters and we'll win.

Re: Suns (23-15) at Celtics (33-9) 1/19
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Re: Suns (23-15) at Celtics (33-9) 1/19
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2009, 05:01:03 PM »

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I looked at the box score of the Suns-Raptors game. Shaq played today!

Doesn't he sit out half of all the back-to-backs? Maybe he won't play against us........

maybe.
I doubt he'll miss the opportunity to back down Scals in the paint.


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Re: Suns (23-15) at Celtics (33-9) 1/19
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2009, 05:03:25 PM »

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I looked at the box score of the Suns-Raptors game. Shaq played today!

Doesn't he sit out half of all the back-to-backs? Maybe he won't play against us........

maybe.

theres no way he sits against the champs!

Re: Suns (23-15) at Celtics (33-9) 1/19
« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2009, 04:51:37 AM »

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I'm fairly certain I heard the Suns say Shaq was playing in both back-to-backs prior to Phoenix making this trip.
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« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2009, 07:58:45 AM »

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the x-factor would be pierce!!

cross-out all starter and it seems Pierce>Hill

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« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2009, 09:41:25 AM »

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From all reports this  morning it appears that Shaq is planning to play and Doc is not planning on Perk playing although there is a very small chance he still could. 

And, thanks guys for the TP's.  They are much appreciated.   

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« Reply #12 on: January 19, 2009, 10:26:12 AM »

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BBD is doubtful for tonight as well.  The Gobe reports that KG will defend Shaq.  I say, run, run run!
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the x-factor would be pierce!!

cross-out all starter and it seems Pierce>Hill

I think it's Rondo.

I don't like our chances in a grind it out game if Scal, or KG is covering Shaq. If Shaq doesn't abuse Scal, Amare will. If Rondo can disrupt Nash, and get us running off our defense I think we definitely win.

I also hope Jason Richardson doesn't continue the trend of lighting us up.

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the x-factor would be pierce!!

cross-out all starter and it seems Pierce>Hill

I think it's Rondo.

I don't like our chances in a grind it out game if Scal, or KG is covering Shaq. If Shaq doesn't abuse Scal, Amare will. If Rondo can disrupt Nash, and get us running off our defense I think we definitely win.

I also hope Jason Richardson doesn't continue the trend of lighting us up.

we all know xfactor is and will be always scali.
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