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Kings (24-48) at Celtics (46-25) 3/26
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Sacramento Kings (24-48) at Boston Celtics (46-25)
Friday, March 26
7:30 PM ET
Game #72, Road Game #35
TV: CSN-CA, CSN-NE, NBA LP 756, 757
TD Garden





Probable Starters
PG SG SF PF C
Rajon Rondo/  Ray Allen/  Paul Pierce/  Kevin Garnett/  Kendrick Perkins

Reserves
Tony Allen
Glen Davis
Nate Robinson
Shelden Williams
Marquis Daniels
Rasheed Wallace
Brian Scalabrine
Michael Finley

Injuries
None

D-League
Marcus Landry






Probable Starters
PG SG SF PF C
Beno Udrih/ Francisco Garcia / Donte Green/Carl Landry/ Spencer Hawes

Reserves
Omri Casspi
Joey Torsey
Sean May
Dominic McGuire
Andres Nocioni
Jason Thompson
Ime Udoka

Injuries
Tyreke Evans (Jaw)  out
Jon Brockman (MCL)  out

Team Connections
Kings Head Coach Paul Westphal played for the Celtics from 1972-75 and was a member of the 1973-74 Championship team
Sean May and Rasheed Wallace both attended the University of North Carolina
Shelden Williams played for the Kings during the 2007-08
and 2008-09 seasons.
Carl Landry of the Kings and Marcus Landry of the Celtics are brothers

Key Matchups

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Rajon Rondo vs Beno Udrih
Rondo's play is very important to the Celtics and he will need to be aggressive again in this game.  If he plays like he is capable of playing, he should be able to have his way with Udrih on both ends of the court. 

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Paul Pierce vs Donte Greene
In order to go far into the playoffs and have hopes of winning another championship, the Celtics need the Captain to play well.  Pierce needs to continue to be aggressive and build on his success in recent games. He gives up 4 inches in height to Greene and so will have to use his strength and veteran wiles in this game to get the best of this matchup.

Honorable Mention

Kevin Garnett vs Carl Landry
We have been seeing improvements in KG's game as we go down the stretch and the last game was his best since he was injured.  He has a height advantage in this game and we should see another big game from KG in this one. 

Game Notes
 The Cs are currently leading the season series 1-0; Celtics swept the season series 2-0 against Sacramento in 2008-09
 Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 21.0 points per game last season
 Kevin Martin led the Kings with an average of 18.0 points per game against the Celtics last season
 The Celtics are 6-5 against Sacramento since the start of the 2004-05 season; They have won five straight against Sacramento, the first time the
Cs have done that since the 1990-91 and 1991-92 seasons.
 The Celtics are leading the all-time series 172-111 with the Celtics 92-32 at home

The Celtics beat the Kings 95-92 in Sacramento, but both teams have changed since then.  Kevin Martin is gone.  Omri Casspi has been moved to the bench in favor of Carl Landry.  The Kings' talented rookie is out with an injury.  On the Celtics side, Pierce and Garnett are healthier and playing better and Ray Allen is no longer distracted with trade talks.  The Celtics' bench has added Nate Robinson and Michael Findley while losing Eddie House. 

The Kings have lost their last two games while the Celtics come in hoping to win their second in a row. losing their last game to the Nets 93-79.  The Kings are just 3-7 in their last 10 games and only7-29 on the road while the Celtics are 6-4 in their last 10 and 22-12 at home. 

The Kings are out of the playoffs and right now have nothing to play for other than pride and a better draft pick.  The Celtics are battling the Hawks for the 3rd spot in the East.  They come into this game tied with the Hawks, who are playing the Sixers on Friday and should easily win so the Celtics need a win to keep pace.   

Keys to the Game
Defense -  Defense is a key to every game and it will be the key to winning the championship.  The Celtics need to continue to strengthen their defense as they head down the stretch.

Play Team Ball - The Celtics need to move the ball and find the open man.  When players try to do too much on their own, the Celtics struggle but when they concentrate on playing as a team, they are tough to beat. 

Bench Play - The starters have been playing very well in recent games but the bench has been inconsistent.   The reserves have to build their own identity and play better. 

Crash the boards - The Celtics have been rebounding better recently and they must continue that trend in order to continue to win in both the regular season and especially in the playoffs.  Every player must make a concerted effort to aggressively go after rebounds. 

X-Factor
Overlooking the Kings
The Kings are one of the few teams that the Celtics will play down the stretch who are not a playoff team and are under .500.  It would be easy to overlook them  and that would be a mistake. 
« Last Edit: March 26, 2010, 08:24:20 AM by FLCeltsFan »

Re: Kings (24-48) at Celtics (46-25) 3/26
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2010, 10:56:57 PM »

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Carl Landry is a PF, Donte Greene starts at SF.  The key matchup should be KG vs Landry
Never forget the Champs of '08, or the gutsy warriors of '10.

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Re: Kings (24-48) at Celtics (46-25) 3/26
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2010, 10:57:54 PM »

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TEEE to the PEEE for the EFFFF to the ELLLL!!!

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Re: Kings (24-48) at Celtics (46-25) 3/26
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2010, 10:58:45 PM »

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Not jinxing, just thankful, however long it may last.

Re: Kings (24-48) at Celtics (46-25) 3/26
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I hope we don't let our guard down....I want us to be ruthless and merciless ;D. Here is hoping for a blowout.

CELTICS HOORAH...CELTICS HOORAH...CELTICS HOORAH...1 2 3 Ubuntu!

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Re: Kings (24-48) at Celtics (46-25) 3/26
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2010, 11:32:15 PM »

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TP again for Barefaced.

Also:

LETS GO CELTICS!!!

Re: Kings (24-48) at Celtics (46-25) 3/26
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2010, 11:36:04 PM »

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TP again for Barefaced.

Also:

LETS GO CELTICS!!!

Thanks, Kiorrik. Giving one as well :)...and yes, LETS GO CELTICS!
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Re: Kings (24-48) at Celtics (46-25) 3/26
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2010, 11:50:10 PM »

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Tommy's to all the volunteers who have contributed to this game thread. I take these one game at a time as should the Celtics. They could be looking past this game and getting ready for Oklahoma Sunday night. That would be a big mistake. The Celtics must maintain their intensity and keep taking care of business on this homestand.
The beatings will continue until morale improves

Re: Kings (24-48) at Celtics (46-25) 3/26
« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2010, 12:01:22 AM »

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Finally going to my first Celtics game ever!

Thank you Celticsblog! ;D

Re: Kings (24-48) at Celtics (46-25) 3/26
« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2010, 12:04:13 AM »

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Finally going to my first Celtics game ever!

Thank you Celticsblog! ;D
OH MY GOD :D

Dude, HAVE FUN :D Hahaha, you lucky somethingsomething you :D


+ lots of jealousy :D

Re: Kings (24-48) at Celtics (46-25) 3/26
« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2010, 12:52:41 AM »

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Finally going to my first Celtics game ever!

Thank you Celticsblog! ;D

Have fun! Click some pictures..LOTS of pictures actually...and pls. share your experience after the game. :) ....also, remember to make some noise  ;D
"An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching." - M.K. Gandhi


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« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2010, 03:26:54 AM »

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TP for FL. Go Celts!

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« Reply #12 on: March 26, 2010, 05:18:39 AM »

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Should be easy win for us. I say... let the bench handle this game. ;D

Re: Kings (24-48) at Celtics (46-25) 3/26
« Reply #13 on: March 26, 2010, 07:13:20 AM »

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Finally going to my first Celtics game ever!

Thank you Celticsblog! ;D

Friday games are so much fun! The place has been really loud the last two times I went. Have a blast and go Celtics!


Oh yeah of course TPFL!

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« Reply #14 on: March 26, 2010, 02:46:13 PM »

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we really need this win.  I'd like to put the "let downs vs weak team" feeling behind us.  This stretch of home games should really tell us a lot about this team.  they'll be getting some much needed rest and PRACTICE.  If they lose focus here, it's tough to think that they can "turn it back on" as they like to say.