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« on: April 01, 2010, 11:16:01 PM »

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Houston Rockets (37-37) at Boston Celtics (47-27)
Friday, April 2
7:30 PM ET
Game #75, Home Game #38
TV:  FSH, CSN-NE,  NBA-LP 757-758
Radio: WEEI, KILT
TD Garden  


Probable Starting Matchups
Point Guard
 vs  
Rajon Rondo vs Aaron Brooks

Shooting Guard
   vs  
Ray Allen vs Jermaine Taylor

Small Forward
 vs  
Paul Pierce vs Trevor Ariza  

Power Forward
 vs  
Kevin Garnett vs Louis Scola  

Center

 vs  
Kendrick Perkins vs Chuck Hayes    



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

Injuries
None

D League
Marcus Landry

Bench
Hilton Armstrong
Kyle Lowry
Chase Budinger
Jordan Hill
Mike Harris

Injured
Yao Ming  (foot)  out
Kevin Martin (shoulder) questionable
David Andersen (back)  out
Jared Jeffries (Achilles)  out
Shane Battier (MCL)  out  

Team Connections
Assistant Coaches Mike Longabardi and Tom Thibodeau worked for Houston from 2003-07
Shane Battier and Shelden Williams are former Duke Blue Devils
Ray Allen and Hilton Armstrong are both former UConn Huskies
Chuck Hayes and Rajon Rondo are former Kentucky Wildcats
Jordan Hill, Jared Jeffries, Marcus Landry and Nate Robinson were all teammates on the New York Knicks during the 2009-10
season
Kevin Martin and Shelden Williams were teammates in Sacramento from 2008-09
Trevor Ariza and Nate Robinson were teammates on the New York Knicks during the 2005-06 season

Key Matchups
 vs  
Rajon Rondo vs Aaron Brooks  
Aaron Brooks is having a very good season, his third in the league.  He is quick and can put points up quickly if left open.  Rondo will need to stay in front of him and play defense and also keep the Celtics offense moving smoothly.  

 vs  
Ray Allen vs Jermaine Taylor
With Kevin Martin questionable for this game with a shoulder injury, Jermaine Taylor is projected to start.  When the Celtics played the Rockets early in March, Taylor was in the D-League.  Hopefully Ray will be able to use his veteran wiles to get the best of this matchup.  

Honorable Mention
Paul Pierce vs Trevor Ariza
We have seen that Paul Pierce is very important to anything that this team hopes to do in the post season.  Pierce and Ariza have had some very good battles in the past and Pierce must be aggressive in this game going strong to the basket and setting the tone for his team.

Game Notes
 The Celtics are currently leading the season series 1-0; Celtics and Rockets split the season series 1-1 during the 2008-09 season
 Ray Allen led the Celtics with 21.0 points per game last season
 Aaron Brooks averaged 15.5 points per game against the Celtics last season
 The C’s have a record of 7-4 against the Rockets since the 2004-05 season
 The Celtics are leading the all-time series 85-40 with the Celtics 43-14 at home

After some impressive wins in March, the Celtics begin April trying to avoid a third straight loss as they the 5th game of a six-game homestand Friday night against a very banged up Houston Rockets team that are 8 games out of the final spot in the West.  It may be time for them to rack up some losses to add ping pong balls to their draft hopes.  

The Celtics are reeling from an embarrassing blow out on their own court at the hands of the Spurs and a heartbreaking loss to the Thunder that had as much to do with the officiating as it did their failure to play consistent defense.  A third straight loss on their home court would be inexcusable for this team.

While the Rockets are out of the playoffs, the Celtics are still jockeying for position.  They dropped to one game behind the Hawks for that important 3rd seed when they lost to the Thunder while the Hawks beat the Lakers.   The Hawks will be playing in Cleveland on Friday and so there is a chance that the Celtics could pull even with the Hawks again if they can pull out a win and if the Cavs don't tube their game.  

With Rondo needing just 1 assist to tie Bob Cousy's record for assists in a season,  it will be a record breaking night and probably an emotional one for Rondo.   Hopefully the hoopla surrounding the record changing hands won't distract from the Celtics mission of winning the game.  

Keys to the Game
Defense - The Celtics have been slacking off on defense again, allowing the Thunder to hit way too many easy shots.  It is very important that the Celtics find their defensive identity once again as defense becomes even more important in the playoffs.  

Rebounding - The Celtics were once again out-rebounded 36-32 against the Thunder.  They must make a conscious effort to crash the boards.  They allow too many second chance points and fast breaks when they allow the opponent to out- rebound them.  

Ball Movement - The Celtics are tough to beat when they keep the ball moving and find the open man.  It is when the ball gets stagnant and players try to do too much and the ball stops moving that the Celtics struggle to score and look vulnerable.

Be Aggressive -  Too many times we see the Celtics get beat to loose balls and rebounds and settle for jumpers.  the Celtics have to be aggressive in going after loose balls, grabbing rebounds and taking the ball to the basket.  They have to set the tone for the game.  

Play 48 Minutes - The Celtics can't afford to come out sluggish or to slack off after the half. They have to come out strong and play for 48 minutes without let up.  The bench has to continue where the starters leave off and give the team a boost when they come in.  

X-Factor
Referees:Eddie F Rush, Pat Fraher, Leroy Richardson
We have seen in several games lately that the officiating has affected the game.  It all depends on whether Herr Stern wants the Celtics to win or not whether they get a fair shake.   Free throw differentials like 34-17 or 45-9 take the enjoyment out of a game and don't give the team not getting the calls a fair chance.  



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Re: Rockets (37-37) at Celtics (47-27) 4/2
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2010, 11:23:58 PM »

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You nailed it, FL. TP. The refs are the X-factor...lets hope that they call it evenly.

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

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Re: Rockets (37-37) at Celtics (47-27) 4/2
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2010, 11:45:50 PM »

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What happens when you fall off the horse? You get back on...

Seriously the Celtics just need to get back on the track. There offense moved extremely well against the thunder (a pretty good defensive team) and some of the bench stepped up and played pretty well. We couldn't get in a good defensive rhythm against the thunder (obviously) but I am confident that we can continue to play good to very good defense against any team.

Go C's!!

Re: Rockets (37-37) at Celtics (47-27) 4/2
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2010, 05:12:56 AM »

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Re: Rockets (37-37) at Celtics (47-27) 4/2
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2010, 05:55:33 AM »

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Let's go Cetlics, this is a must win cause it's maybe the weakest opponent we will have in the last few games.
P.S. a small mistake made in the first post, you have Jermaine Taylor in the line-up and in D-league :)
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Re: Rockets (37-37) at Celtics (47-27) 4/2
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2010, 06:51:55 AM »

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TP FL.

Great. Looking forward to the Rondo Brooks matchup. Brooks is my favorite PG, other than (of course) Rajon.

Re: Rockets (37-37) at Celtics (47-27) 4/2
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2010, 06:52:22 AM »

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Oh btw, we better contain Scola this time 'round.

Re: Rockets (37-37) at Celtics (47-27) 4/2
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Let's go Cetlics, this is a must win cause it's maybe the weakest opponent we will have in the last few games.
P.S. a small mistake made in the first post, you have Jermaine Taylor in the line-up and in D-league :)
TP for letting me know.  Fixed now.  Thanks!

Re: Rockets (37-37) at Celtics (47-27) 4/2
« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2010, 09:07:10 AM »

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TP FL!

We definitely need this one, enough of the losses at home, and we must get back on the Hawks's heels (or wings, should I say :P) for the #3 seed in the East. They play Cleveland tonight so hopefully a win, coupled to their probable loss, would give us the tiebreaker once again.

Too bad I can't watch this game live once again but as always I will catch the replay tomorrow.

Let's go C's!

Re: Rockets (37-37) at Celtics (47-27) 4/2
« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2010, 10:48:57 AM »

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Can't wait to see tonights game!
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Re: Rockets (37-37) at Celtics (47-27) 4/2
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It needs to come together tonight or this could be a long weekend.

Re: Rockets (37-37) at Celtics (47-27) 4/2
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Looking forward to the game tonight.

Lets get it done boys!
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Re: Rockets (37-37) at Celtics (47-27) 4/2
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From Twitter:  Trevor Ariza out tonight for HOU, Chase Budinger will start

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From Twitter:  Trevor Ariza out tonight for HOU, Chase Budinger will start

Jw FL what is the injury that Ariza has?
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No Ariza. No Battier. No Kevin Martin.

This game should be over quick.