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Celtics (47-14) at Nets (26-33) 3/4
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Boston Celtics (47-14) at New Jersey Nets (26-33)
Regular Season Game 62 – Road Game #32
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
7:30 PM ET
TV:  CSN HD, YES HD, NBA LP 753
IZOD Center



ProbableStarting Matchups
Point Guard
  vs 
Rajon Rondo vs Devin Harris

Shooting Guard 
  vs 
Ray Allen vs Vince Carter

Small Forward
  vs 
Paul Pierce vs Trenton Hassell 

Power Forward
  vs 
Glen Davis vs Yi Jianlian

Center
  vs 
Kendrick Perkins vs Brook Lopez




Reserves
Eddie House
Leon Powe
Gabe Pruitt
JR Giddens
Bill Walker
Mikki Moore
Stephon Marbury

Injuries:
Tony Allen (thumb) out
Kevin Garnett (knee) out
Brian Scalabrine (neck/head)  out
Paul Pierce (thumb)  will play


Reserves
Josh Boone
Chris Douglas-Roberts
Jarvis Hayes
Eduardo Najera
Keyon Dooling
Maurice Ager
Sean Williams
Bobby Simmons
Ryan Anderson

Injuries
Eduardo Najera (ab strain)  out

Key Matchups
  vs 
Rajon Rondo   PPG 11.7 RPG 5.40 APG 8.5 EFF + 19.22
Devin Harris     PPG 22.3 RPG 3.20 APG 6.6 EFF + 20.71
Rondo has held his own vs Harris in their two meetings so far this season.  Devin Harris has been playing very well and got the nod for the All Star game over Rondo.  Rondo should take that personally and use it as motivation to come out and play aggressively in this one. 

  vs 
Ray Allen   PPG 18.4 RPG 3.40 APG 2.8 EFF + 17.20 
Vince Carter    PPG 20.5 RPG 5.10 APG 4.8 EFF + 19.40 
Ray had an off game vs the Pistons and hopefully will bounce back in this one.  He will have a tough job on the defensive end trying to contain the explosive Carter.   

Honorable Mention
Kendrick Perkins PPG 7.8 RPG 8.00 APG 1.2 EFF + 13.67
Brook Lopez  PPG 12.5 RPG 8.00 APG 0.9 EFF + 16.50
Perk will have his hands full with Brook Lopez who has been playing very well this season. Lopez has the size advantage and Perk has an experience advantage. 

Biggest Mismatch
Glen Davis vs Yi Jianlian
Big Baby has size and strength but Yi has the height.  It will be interesting to see how this one works out. 

Team Connections
Brian Scalabrine played for the Nets from 01-05
Josh Boone and Ray Allen are former UConn Huskies
Stromile Swift and Big Baby both went to LSU
Ryan Anderson and Leon Powe are both former Cal Bears
Eddie House played for the Nets in the 06-07 season
Nets assistant coaches Doug Overton (99-01) and Roy Rogers (97-98) both played for the Celtics
Eddie House and Keyon Dooling were teammates on the Clippers

Keys to the Game
Focus    The Celtics seem to be losing focus in games recently.  Whether they are tired, or missing the injured players or for some other reason, they look almost disinterested at times.  They need to get that focus back and get back to playing Celtics' team ball.   

Defense   The Celtics' success has come from their intensity on the defensive end.  Against the Clippers and then the Pistons, that defense was no where to be found for most of the game.  They lose some of that defensive intensity without KG, but even without him, they need to get back to what won them the title, and that is playing lock down defense.   

Be Closers   Twice recently the Celtics have had problems closing out a game and have allowed teams to outscore them down the stretch.  They need to get that killer instinct back and close out games.   

X-Factor
Rest vs Fatigue
The Celtics have been off since their Sunday afternoon loss to the Pistons while the Nets are playing in the second of back to back games.   The Celtics have typically played very well when given two days off before a game.  Paul Pierce especially will benefit from the days off and will hopefully be able to shake off the thumb injury.   

Re: Celtics (47-14) at Nets (26-33) 3/4
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2009, 01:07:14 PM »

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Re: Celtics (47-14) at Nets (26-33) 3/4
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2009, 01:08:11 AM »

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It's a great opportunity to give Marbury and Moore some valuable playing time to get used to the C's

Let's beat the Nets!

Re: Celtics (47-14) at Nets (26-33) 3/4
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2009, 01:38:44 AM »

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TP. I'm going to this game. I hope I see me some Bill Walker!

Re: Celtics (47-14) at Nets (26-33) 3/4
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2009, 02:51:36 AM »

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I expect a good old fashioned blow out ;D
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Re: Celtics (47-14) at Nets (26-33) 3/4
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2009, 11:41:56 AM »

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Can't wait to see the size different between BBD and Yi.
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Re: Celtics (47-14) at Nets (26-33) 3/4
« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2009, 06:25:52 PM »

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LOVE Brook Lopez, i'm excited to see him get blown out though. Lets all root for Walker making some good shots in the 2ND quarter.

Re: Celtics (47-14) at Nets (26-33) 3/4
« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2009, 06:50:51 PM »

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colored me worried about this one tonight...the celtics haven;t made it easy lately
“The rim is looking bigger and bigger every game.”

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Re: Celtics (47-14) at Nets (26-33) 3/4
« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2009, 07:32:22 PM »

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This one's not even gonna be close!
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Re: Celtics (47-14) at Nets (26-33) 3/4
« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2009, 07:35:46 PM »

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This one's not even gonna be close!

i agree, i see a lineup of Marbury, House, Walker, Powe, Moore in the fourth.

Re: Celtics (47-14) at Nets (26-33) 3/4
« Reply #10 on: March 04, 2009, 07:36:42 PM »

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whoa...a lot of confident folks tonight...hope you guys are right....
“The rim is looking bigger and bigger every game.”

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Re: Celtics (47-14) at Nets (26-33) 3/4
« Reply #11 on: March 04, 2009, 07:37:02 PM »

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I'm sick tonight. Hopefully it is a blow out and I can get some rest early tonight.

Re: Celtics (47-14) at Nets (26-33) 3/4
« Reply #12 on: March 04, 2009, 07:37:29 PM »

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This one's not even gonna be close!

i agree, i see a lineup of Marbury, House, Walker, Powe, Moore in the fourth.

i hope so.  i wanna see me some bill walker
Climb on my back, boys.  -Cedric Maxwell

Re: Celtics (47-14) at Nets (26-33) 3/4
« Reply #13 on: March 04, 2009, 07:39:41 PM »

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This one's not even gonna be close!

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Re: Celtics (47-14) at Nets (26-33) 3/4
« Reply #14 on: March 04, 2009, 07:39:59 PM »

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Pierce needs to get some of the rest he asked for. Let's end this one early fellas.
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