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Celtics (3-2) at Bulls (2-3) Game 6 4/30
« on: April 29, 2009, 09:40:16 PM »

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Boston Celtics (3-2) at Chicago Bulls (2-3)
Postseason Game #6, Road Game #3
Thursday, April 30
7:00 PM ET
TV:  TNT, CSN HD
Pregame:  CSN HD, 6:00 PM
United Center



Probable Starting Matchups
Point Guard
  vs 
Rajon Rondo  PPG 24.2 RPG 10.20 APG 10.2 EFF + 35.00
Derrick Rose  PPG 18.4 RPG 6.40 APG 7.0 EFF + 19.40

Shooting Guard
  vs 
Ray Allen   PPG 18.0 RPG 2.00 APG 1.8 EFF + 14.00     
Ben Gordon  PPG 25.0 RPG 3.00 APG 2.6 EFF + 18.20

Small Forward
  vs 
Paul Pierce   PPG 24.0 RPG 6.00 APG 1.6 EFF + 17.60
John Salmons   PPG 16.0 RPG 4.20 APG 1.8 EFF + 13.20

Power Forward
  vs 
Glen Davis    PPG 17.8 RPG 7.60 APG 2.8 EFF + 21.00
Tyrus Thomas   PPG 10.8 RPG 7.20 APG 0.6 EFF + 14.40

Center
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Kendrick Perkins    PPG 13.4 RPG 11.00 APG 1.0 EFF + 21.00
Joakim Noah  PPG 11.0 RPG 12.40 APG 2.4 EFF + 23.00


Coach: Doc Rivers
Average Age: 27.4
Average Height: 6-6
Average Weight: 222


Reserves
Mikki Moore 
Stephon Marbury 
Eddie House   
Tony Allen 
Brian Scalabrine   
Gabe Pruitt 
Bill Walker

Injuries:
Kevin Garnett (knee)  out
Leon Powe (ACL)  out 
Rondo (ankle)  will play
Paul Pierce (leg)  will play


Coach: Vinny Del Negro
Average Age: 27.3
Average Height: 6-7
Average Weight: 219


Reserves
Kirk Hinrich   
Tim Thomas 
Brad Miller   
Lindsey Hunter 
Anthony Roberson 
Linton Johnson   
Aaron Gray   

Injuries
Luol Deng (shin) out
Jerome James (Achilles)  out 
Ben Gordon (hamstring) will play

Team Connections
Celtics assistant coach Clifford Ray played for the Bulls from 1971-74
Ben Gordon and Ray Allen are former UConn Huskies
Paul Pierce and Kirk Hinrich are former Kansas Jayhawks
Glen Davis and Tyrus Thomas were teammates at LSU
Mikki Moore, Brad Miller, and John Salmons were teammates in Sacramento

Key Matchups
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Rajon Rondo vs Derrick Rose
The point guard matchup is still the defining matchup in this series.  Both young point guards have been setting the tempo and carrying their teams.  We will see a lot about Rondo as he goes into what is certain to be a hostile arena where he will probably be booed every time he touches the ball after his foul on Miller in the final seconds of game 5. He will need to reach down and focus in spite of all that is going on around him. 

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Paul Pierce vs John Salmons
When Paul Pierce has played well in this series, the Celtics have won and when he has struggled and played poorly, they have lost.  The Celtics need Pierce to get off to a good start and to play his best if they expect to close out this series on the road.   Salmons has been playing better in the last few games and so may be a bigger problem for Pierce defensively.  But the bottom line is that the Celtics need Pierce to step up his game.  In the only blowout win in this series, Pierce came out with his game face on and never let up and if the Celtics want to close this game out on the road, Pierce will need to once again have to lead this team. 

Honorable Mention
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Ray Allen vs Ben Gordon
In spite of all the concern about Gordon's hamstring, he played very well in the last game with no ill effects from the injury.  Whether he can continue at that level will remain to be seen.   Ray Allen has to be mad about the questionable fouls that took him out of game 5 and should show his disapproval by coming out on fire in this game.  It would be nice.   

Kendrick Perkins vs Joakim Noah
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Perk was a beast in game 5.  He played smart and didn't pick up a foul.  He also had 19 rebounds and 7 blocks.  The Celtics will need this same kind of play from Perk in this game.  With KG and Leon out and with Scal the only big that Doc has seen fit to bring off the bench, the Celtics need Perk to step his play and most importantly, to stay on the court.  Noah has been playing with energy and Perk will have to keep him off the boards and keep his energy from driving the Bulls.

Keys to the Game
Defense  Defense wins championships.  When the Celtics have found their defensive intensity they are very tough to beat (game 3 and down the stretch in game 5)  They must play the style of defense that has made them so tough to beat all season.  They will have a tough time outscoring the Bulls in a shoot out.  They must get stops and play the hustle defense that will take the Bulls out of their game.   

Ball Movement  When the Celtics move the ball and find the open man, their offense works very well.  When players try to win the game themselves, it never works.  The Celtics must get back to finding the open man and moving the ball.   

Rebounding   The Celtics need to control the boards to limit the Bulls second chance points and fast breaks.  At the same time, they can give themselves an advantage with put backs and second chance points along with igniting their own fast breaks.  The team that leads in rebounding is usually the team that wants the game more and puts out the most effort. 

Focus  The Celtics came out very focused in game 3 and never let up.  In the other games their focus seems to waiver in and out.  They must come out as the more focused team and keep that focus throughout the game if they expect to close out this series in 6 games. 

X-Factor
Road game and officiating
The officiating has been a factor in the games so far.  A foul here, a no call there and the tempo of the game changes.  6 fouls on Perk or 6 fouls on Ray Allen (some  of which were questionable in both cases) or not calling a flagrant on Rondo in game 5 all influenced the game.   We can only hope for good officiating in this game.  If they let too much contact go for one team or the other it won't be pretty, especially after all that has gone on in the series already.   

Re: Celtics (3-2) at Bulls (2-3) Game 6 4/30
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2009, 03:32:52 PM »

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TP FL!

I hope that we'll see the Celtics team that showed up in game 3 and that the referees won't call imaginary fouls on one of our players to get him ejected before the end of the game...

Needless to say that he'd be really great to close out the series tonight because it would allow the Celtics to get some rest before round 2 and also because the Bulls could win the game 7... especially since it would probably be a matinee/afternoon game... this is my biggest fear.

So let's go Celtics and win tonight!

Re: Celtics (3-2) at Bulls (2-3) Game 6 4/30
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2009, 03:33:25 PM »

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oh god its only 3PM. Sonofa......

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like that is always lethal." - Evan 'The God' Turner

Re: Celtics (3-2) at Bulls (2-3) Game 6 4/30
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2009, 04:02:09 PM »

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TP FL!

I hope that we'll see the Celtics team that showed up in game 3 and that the referees won't call imaginary fouls on one of our players to get him ejected before the end of the game...

Needless to say that he'd be really great to close out the series tonight because it would allow the Celtics to get some rest before round 2 and also because the Bulls could win the game 7... especially since it would probably be a matinee/afternoon game... this is my biggest fear.

So let's go Celtics and win tonight!

Oh my goodness.  I hadn't thought of Game 7 being an afternoon game. TP for giving me nightmares about this!    It is ABSOLUTELY imperative that they win tonight.   No Afternoon game 7's please!!! 

Re: Celtics (3-2) at Bulls (2-3) Game 6 4/30
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2009, 04:13:03 PM »

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TP for FL once again.
I'm away from home for a
few days with the family
so I won't be able to
watch the game. But I want
to wish y'all a great game
and let's close this thing.

GO CELTICS!

Re: Celtics (3-2) at Bulls (2-3) Game 6 4/30
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2009, 04:58:45 PM »

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I hope we win tonight cause these Bulls have shown they can beat us in the Garden. Go C's!

Re: Celtics (3-2) at Bulls (2-3) Game 6 4/30
« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2009, 05:27:22 PM »

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Can we please have a fun relaxing win tonight? PLEASE?!?!?!?

Any more overtimes and I'm gonna have a heart attack.


Oh and TP FL.
« Last Edit: April 30, 2009, 05:35:29 PM by Rondo_is_better »
Grab a few boards, keep the TO's under 14, close out on shooters and we'll win.

Re: Celtics (3-2) at Bulls (2-3) Game 6 4/30
« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2009, 05:40:09 PM »

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Can we please have a fun relaxing win tonight? PLEASE?!?!?!?

Any more overtimes and I'm gonna have a heart attack.


Oh and TP FL.

i second this...get a nice lead and finish these guys
“The rim is looking bigger and bigger every game.”

 Paul Pierce

Re: Celtics (3-2) at Bulls (2-3) Game 6 4/30
« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2009, 06:34:01 PM »

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Here is another reason to win this game and avoid a game 7, I don't want to see Noah doing a Zaza Pachulia "Nothin' Easy" interview.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cQjjvFAf6Q

Re: Celtics (3-2) at Bulls (2-3) Game 6 4/30
« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2009, 06:50:46 PM »

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Here is another reason to win this game and avoid a game 7, I don't want to see Noah doing a Zaza Pachulia "Nothin' Easy" interview.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cQjjvFAf6Q


Ughh, can't stand this idiot.
Let's go C's!!!

Re: Celtics (3-2) at Bulls (2-3) Game 6 4/30
« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2009, 06:55:59 PM »

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Here is another reason to win this game and avoid a game 7, I don't want to see Noah doing a Zaza Pachulia "Nothin' Easy" interview.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cQjjvFAf6Q


Ughh, can't stand this idiot.

You're just mad because you thought it was going to be easy, you forgot... NOTHING EASY!!!!   ;D ;D

Re: Celtics (3-2) at Bulls (2-3) Game 6 4/30
« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2009, 06:58:38 PM »

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What I believe will happen is a focused quick start going up early and playing smart = game 3 finish.

Ray is going to be on fire!

Nice thorough overview FLCeltsFan per usual I givith one TP ;)

TP to CelticsBlog for all you folks do increasing our good pleasures  ;)
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Re: Celtics (3-2) at Bulls (2-3) Game 6 4/30
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Ugh, this is like the opposite of Rocky pics.  Here's a little pickup:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OImKPh6N_Lw

Game time!

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What channel is the game on?

Was just trying to set up Tivo and couldn't find it on TNT or CSN
Yup

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Barkley officially has a man-crush on Rondo.  :-*