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Boston Celtics (51-18) at  San Antonio Spurs (45-22)
Friday, March 20
8:30 PM ET
Game #70,  Road Game #36
TV:  NBA TV, FSN SW, CSN HD 
AT&T Center

Home of the San Antonio Spurs, the AT&T Center is one of newest and most modern arenas in the NBA today. The history of the Spurs dates back to 1973 when the team was part of the ABA and played at the HemisFair Arena. For two decades the Spurs at this 16,000 seat arena that was known as the loudest arena in the NBA. In 1993 the Spurs moved to the newly constructed Alamodome.
This dome stadium, built primarily in hopes that the city would get a NFL franchise was an upgrade from the HemisFair Arena for the Spurs. At the Alamdome the Spurs attracted some of the biggest crowds in the NBA as the seating for basketball games could be expanded up to 39,500. Because the Alamodome was so large and the sightlines were not the best, the Spurs began to pursue a new arena in the mid to late 1990s. In 1999 voters approved an increase in car rental and hotel taxes to finance the construction of a new arena. The Spurs contributed $28.5 million and 50% of the funding came from private contributors.
Constructed on the east side of the city, the arena was originally known as the SBC Center after SBC Communications bought the naming rights for $41 million over 20 years. In 2006 the building was renamed the AT&T Center after AT&T acquired SBC Communications. The Spurs played their first game at the AT&T Center on October 18, 2002.



Coach: Doc Rivers
Average Age: 26.6
Average Height: 6-6
Average Weight: 222


Probable Starters

Rajon Rondo/Stephon Marbury/Paul Pierce/Glen Davis/Kendrick Perkins

Doc had originally stated that KG would return in this game and he will accompany the team on the trip.He has since backed off saying that he didn't think he would play.  I am guessing that KG will talk his way into this game, practice or no practice.   Ray Allen is day to day and may play in this game or may get another to rest his elbow while Marbury picks up more experience.   


Reserves

Glen Davis
JR Giddens
Eddie House
Bill Walker
Mikki Moore 
 
Injuries:
Brian Scalabrine (Concussion)  out
Tony Allen (thumb)  out
Leon Powe (knee)  out
Kevin Garnett (day to day)
Ray Allen (day to day)
Rajon Rondo (ankle) probable
Glen Davis (ankle, hand) probable




Coach: Gregg Popovich
Average Age: 29.6
Average Height: 6-6
Average Weight: 217


Probable Starters

Tony Parker/Roger Mason/Michael Finley/Tim Duncan/Matt Bonner

The Spurs have their starting lineup in place and healthy for the stretch run. They are looking toward the playoffs as Tim Duncan sat out their win over the Wolves on Tuesday with an eye toward resting him for the playoffs by resting him in the second of back to back games. 

Reserves
Fabricio Oberto
Malik Hairston
Ime Udoka
Jacques Vaughn
Kurt Thomas
Bruce Bowen
George Hill
Manu Ginobili
Drew Gooden

Injuries
Ian Mahinmi (Ankle) out
Manu Ginobili (fibula) questionable

Key Matchups
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Rajon Rondo vs Tony Parker
Rondo has been compared to Parker by several writers but Parker has much more experience to draw on than Rondo does at this point in their careers.  Still, when Rondo is aggressive and focused, he can pretty much take on any point guard in the league, including Parker.  Rondo got the slight edge on Parker in their first matchup with 6 points, 16 assists and 5 rebound to 7 points 7 assists and 5 rebounds for Parker.  The Spurs however, got the win. 

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Kevin Garnett vs Tim Duncan
This is a matchup of the two best power forwards in the league.  Duncan sat out the Spurs last game with an eye toward resting up for the playoffs.  Doc has waffled on his statement that KG will play in this one but I have to feel that if he is cleared by the medical staff and accompanies the team on the trip, he will talk his way into this game.  We should expect some rust, though KG played Duncan fairly even in their first matchup, Duncan may have it much easier in this one. 

Honorable Mention
Kendrick Perkins vs Matt Bonner
Bonner torched the Celtics for 23 points, most from the outside in their first meeting.  Perk will have to figure out how to stop him from once again taking over from the perimeter. 


TeamConnections

Doc Rivers played for the Spurs from '94-96
Kurt Thomas and Eddie House were teammates on the Suns
Jacques Vaughn and Brian Scalabrine were teammates in New Jersey
Jacques Vaughn played for Doc in Orlando
Tim Duncan was the prize in the 1997 draft and the Celtics had the best chance of landing him but ended up with the 3rd and 6th picks instead.

Game Notes

This is the second and final regular season meeting between these two teams.    Last season the Celtics swept the Spurs for the first time since the 1988-89 season.  The Spurs beat the Celtics 105-99 earlier this season and that was with Ray and KG both in the lineup and only Scal out with an injury.  With the Celtics depleted and rusty lineup, this could be a tough one.

The Celtics are clinging to 2nd place in the east with a mere 1/2 game lead on Orlando who are idle on Friday.  The Spurs have a slightly firmer hold on 2nd place in the West, 8 games behind the Lakers and 1.5 games ahead of the Rockets who are once again playing without McGrady.   

Until March 17, 2007, the Celtics had an 18 game losing streak against the Spurs.  Until that Celtic victory, Paul Pierce had never beaten the Spurs and Tim Duncan had never lost to the Celtics.   The Spurs hold a 39-34 edge in all time wins between the two teams and the Spurs hold a 19-17 edge on their home court.

Ray may or may not play in this one but he did travel with the team so it is possible that he could play.   Manu Ginobili is questionable for this one as well with a stress reaction in his fibula.

Keys to the Game
Defense   The Celtics defense has been slipping considerably as of late.  The Spurs are a tough team with good outside shooters (They shoot 40% from beyond the arc which is first in the league).  They are also tough inside with Parker who can drive to the hoop and Duncan who is very tough to stop in the paint.   The Celtics must find their defensive intensity or this could be an ugly game.   
Ball Movement - The Celtics have let their offense get stagnant at times and let the ball stop moving.   At times players have tried to do it themselves, taking quick shots, rather than playing the team game that makes them so tough to stop.    They will need to move the ball and find the open man.  They also need to get the ball up the court quickly instead of walking it up because if they let the Spurs defense get set, they will find it difficult to get past it.     
Rebound The Celtics need to be aggressive on the boards to prevent second chance points by the Spurs.  They also need to work the offensive boards so as not to be one shot and done. 
Sense of Urgency This game is much more crucial for the Celtics to win than it is for the Spurs.  Let's hope the Celts come out with a sense of urgency and play hard from start to finish.  They can't afford haphazard efforts like they have submitted against their opponents recently.  If the Celtics come out with a sense of urgency from the beginning and play hard, they have a chance in this one, even with all the injuries. 

X-Factor
Injuries and Rust
The Celtics have been decimated by injuries of late and they still have key players out of the lineup.  Even if KG returns, he will be rusty and won't be the same as he was before the inury in his first game back.   Against a top team like the Spurs close to full strength, the injuries may just be too much to overcome. 

Re: Celtics (51-18) at Spurs (45-22) 3/20
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2009, 12:32:25 PM »

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May I be the first to TP you, ma'am?  :)
Here you go and GO (depleted) C'S!

Re: Celtics (51-18) at Spurs (45-22) 3/20
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2009, 01:22:29 PM »

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And a TP to you ACF for your continued encouragement and support in the game threads!

I am hoping that very soon we won't have to add depleted as an adjective to describe the Celtics. 

Re: Celtics (51-18) at Spurs (45-22) 3/20
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2009, 01:59:21 PM »

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And a TP to you ACF for your continued encouragement and support in the game threads!

I am hoping that very soon we won't have to add depleted as an adjective to describe the Celtics. 

You know you're always welcome.
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Re: Celtics (51-18) at Spurs (45-22) 3/20
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2009, 02:45:06 PM »

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This would be a huge upset tonight. Let's see what happens...

Re: Celtics (51-18) at Spurs (45-22) 3/20
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If KG is back they have a chance, gonna be really tough though.

Re: Celtics (51-18) at Spurs (45-22) 3/20
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2009, 05:44:05 PM »

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This would be a huge upset tonight. Let's see what happens...
It would be a huge upset if the game were actually being played tonight.   ;)

Re: Celtics (51-18) at Spurs (45-22) 3/20
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2009, 05:45:58 PM »

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If KG is back they have a chance, gonna be really tough though.
Well, according to Dickerson, KG and Ray are on the plane headed to San Antonio.  I'm giddy just knowing it's closer to happening.

Re: Celtics (51-18) at Spurs (45-22) 3/20
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both looked good at the morning shoot around...lets all hope!!
“The rim is looking bigger and bigger every game.”

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Re: Celtics (51-18) at Spurs (45-22) 3/20
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both looked good at the morning shoot around...lets all hope!!
Yes, yes!

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other news....giddens back to the D league...must be getting ready to add some folks back...man i would love to see KG and ray back tonight and playing well...make a big statement
“The rim is looking bigger and bigger every game.”

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both looked good at the morning shoot around...lets all hope!!

Ohh I hope we're rollin with Ray and KG tonight!!

And nothing would make me happier today then a win over the Spurs. After being dominated by them for over a decade, it feels so good when we beat them!! Go Celtics!

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both looked good at the morning shoot around...lets all hope!!

Ohh I hope we're rollin with Ray and KG tonight!!

And nothing would make me happier today then a win over the Spurs. After being dominated by them for over a decade, it feels so good when we beat them!! Go Celtics!
A win @ San Antonio would be like a breath of fresh air like the loss to the Clippers back in February was like a fart unleashed after being trapped in a jar.

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J.R. Just got sent back to the D-League looks like KG will be dressed for tonight!

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J.R. Just got sent back to the D-League looks like KG will be dressed for tonight!

if this was a home game the crowd would go INSANE for KG.


also good for JR, he really needs to develop more. which he can't do from cheering on the bench.