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Celtics (49-30) at Bucks (45-34) 4/10
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Boston Celtics (49-30) at Milwaukee Bucks (45-34)
Saturday, April 10
8:30 PM ET
Game #80, Road Game #40
TV:  CSN-NE, FSN-WI, NBA-LP 758, 759
Bradley Center


In many people’s eyes something that is less than 20 years old would be young. However, when it comes to NBA arenas, the Bradley Center is the third oldest basketball facility in the NBA even though it is less than 20 years old. The Milwaukee Bucks were formed in 1968 and began playing at the MECCA, now known as the US Cellular Arena, for nearly two decades. With a capacity of 12,700 the MECCA was one of the smallest arenas in the NBA. During the 1980s the team began to seek a new arena. No public funding was needed for a new arena as Jane Petit and Lloyd Petit donated $90 million to the State of Wisconsin, in honor of their father Huey Bradley, for the construction of a new arena.  

In October 1986 construction began on the Bradley Center in downtown Milwaukee. Completed in just two years, the Milwaukee Bucks played their first game at the arena in October 1988. The Bradley Center has a capacity of 18,717 and includes 68 skyboxes that are located between the upper and lower levels. Not only is the facility home to the Milwaukee Bucks, but is home to Marquette University and the Milwaukee Admirals (AFL).



Coach: Doc Rivers
Average Age: 29.0
Average Height: 6-6
Average Weight: 228


Probable Starters

PG:  Rajon Rondo  PPG 13.7  APG 9.8 SPG 2.4
SG:  Ray Allen   PPG 16.2 APG 2.7  3P% .352
SF:  Paul Pierce   PPG 18.2  RPG 4.3  APG 3.1
PF:  Kevin Garnett   PPG 14.4  RPG 7.4  BPG .9
C:    Kendrick Perkins  PPG 10.4 RPG 7.6 BPG  1.7

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

Injuries
None


Coach: Scott Skiles
Average Age: 28.4
Average Height: 6-6
Average Weight: 220


Probable Starters

PG:  Brandon Jennings    PPG 15.4  APG 5.8 SPG 1.2  
SG: John Salmons    PPG 15.3  APG 2.8  3P%..386
SF:   Carlos Delfino    PPG 10.9  RPG 5.3  APG 2.6
PF:   Luc Richard Mbah a Moute   PPG 6.2  RPG 5.5  APG 1.1
C:    Kurt Thomas    PPG 2.9  RPG 3.9   BPG 0.7

Reserves
Luke Ridnour
Dan Gadzuric
Jerry Stackhouse
Ersan Ilyasova
Charlie Bell
Royal Ivey
Primoz Brezec
Darnell Jackson

Injuries
Michael Redd   (ACL) out
Andrew Bogut (hand, elbow, wrist)  out

Team Connections
Assistant Coach Joe Wolf played for the Celtics during the 1992-93 season
Bucks assistant coach Adrian Griffin played for the Celtics from 1999-2001
Ray Allen played for the Bucks from 1996-2002
Bucks Trainer Marc Boff worked for the Celtics for eight seasons as an
assistant trainer and physical therapist
Armond Hill played for the Bucks during the 1982-83 season
Brandon Jennings and Rajon Rondo both attended Oak Hill Academy
Luke Ridnour and Ray Allen were teammates in Seattle from 2003-07
Carlos Delfino and Rasheed Wallace were teammates in Detroit from 2004-07
Primoz Brezec and Rasheed Wallace were teammates during the 2007-08 season
Royal Ivey and Shelden Williams were teammates in Atlanta during the 2006-07 season
John Salmons was teammates with Shelden Williams in Sacramento during the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons…Jerry Stackhouse and Marquis Daniels were teammates in Dallas from 2004-06
Michael Finley and Jerry Stackhouse were teammates in Dallas during the 2004-05 season
Kurt Thomas and Michael Finley were teammates in San Antonio in the 2008-09 season and in Dallas from 1996-98
Michael Finley and Bucks assistant coach Adrian Griffin were teammates in Dallas during the 2002-03 season

Key Matchups
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Rajon Rondo vs Brandon Jennings
The Bucks rookie PG has been impressive and is one of the front runners for Rookie of the year.   Rondo has been impressive himself as of late.  Rondo needs to use his experience to get the best of this matchup. Jennings was last seen spouting trash at KG as they were heading to the locker room after the Bucks 86-84 win over the Celtics and so look for the Celtics to want to put this rookie in his place in this game.  

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Ray Allen vs John Salmons
Salmons has been playing very well for the Bucks and is a threat from the perimeter as he is shooting 39% from 3 point range.  Ray will have to stay with Salmons on defense as  Celtics can't let him get going offensively.  At the same time, it would be nice to have Ray have another big game on the offensive end since Salmons may not be able to stay with him as he runs through multiple screens.  

Honorable Mention
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is a very good young player and his quickness and athleticism may give KG problems on both ends of the court.  

Game Notes

 The Celtics and Bucks are currently tied in the season series 1-1; Celtics won the season series 2-1 against Milwaukee in 2008-09
 Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 20.3 points per game last season against Milwaukee
 Andrew Bogut averaged 15.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in two games against the Celtics last year
 The Celtics are 11-8 against Milwaukee since the start of the 2004-05 season
 The Celtics and Bucks are tied in the all-time season series 90-90 with the Celtics 58-32 at home

The Celtics are coming off a very uninspired loss to the Wizards in which they looked as though they really didn't care about winning or even playing.   They have to bounce back and give more of an effort in their last 3 games or they enter the playoffs in a slump and that is not a good position to be in.      

 The Celtics have this game and the final game of the season vs the Bucks.  Right now the Bucks are sitting in the 5th spot in the East with the Celtics in the 4th spot and if this holds true, these two teams will meet in the first round of the playoffs.  The Celtics don't want to give the Bucks confidence going into the playoffs.  They need to come out and take control of this game and send a message to the Bucks in case they do meet in the first round.  

The Celtics also have a score to settle with the Bucks' rookie, Brandon Jennings.  After the Bucks 86-84 victory over the Celtics in their last game, Jennings was seen talking trash at KG all the way down the tunnel.  I can see the Celtics veterans looking to teach the rookie some humility.  

Both teams are playing in back to back games.  The Bucks played  in Philadelphia and got a win, while the Celtics played the Wizards at home and suffered a very humiliating loss.   Both teams had to travel after playing the night before.  

Keys to the Game
Defense, Defense, Defense
Rebound the Ball
Strong Start -Don't dig a hole
Focus and effort for 48 minutes

X-Factor
Desire and Effort
Do the Celtics even want to win?  Their play against the Wizards makes a good case for the negative.   If they want this game and play to win, they should win it, but the question is, "Will they?".
« Last Edit: April 10, 2010, 07:03:57 PM by FLCeltsFan »

Re: Celtics (49-30) at Bucks (45-34) 4/10
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2010, 01:39:55 PM »

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Re: Celtics (49-30) at Bucks (45-34) 4/10
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2010, 01:48:00 PM »

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I could go to this game, but I'm not going to spend my money watching a team go through the motions.

Re: Celtics (49-30) at Bucks (45-34) 4/10
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2010, 02:25:54 PM »

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In the preview (TP, btw, as usual) the Celtics pic says "Pride" beneath "Celtics". Let's hope the team remembers what that is all about. It means giving your all (even in defeat) and standing tall for 48 minutes. Time to get Ubuntu back in our game plan.

GO CELTICS!

Re: Celtics (49-30) at Bucks (45-34) 4/10
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TP, FL.  The last time these Celts got boo'd, they heard the fan anger about lack of effort and bounced right back in the right way.  Let's hope they listen to PP and do the same tonight.   I hope that KG was just lashing back out of initial shock, and realizes that if the team plays with effort for us, we the fans will support them to the end!  Go Celts!  The end is in sight, but it will take great effort to get where we want to go this time.  Effort and Defense!  Leave it on the floor and make us proud to be Celtics fans!
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Re: Celtics (49-30) at Bucks (45-34) 4/10
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2010, 05:54:44 PM »

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Apparently the Celtics can guarantee they face the Bucks if they lose to them tonight and later this week.

Considering the Bucks no longer have Bogut, that might not be the worst proposition.
Never forget the Champs of '08, or the gutsy warriors of '10.

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I could go to this game, but I'm not going to spend my money watching a team go through the motions.

You have a chance to go to a Celtics game and you're passing it up?

Even with the team going through the motions right now I would do anything to be able to get to go to a game.

By the way TP FL!
"It's all about having the heart of a champion." - #34 Paul Pierce

Re: Celtics (49-30) at Bucks (45-34) 4/10
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2010, 06:01:47 PM »

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I could go to this game, but I'm not going to spend my money watching a team go through the motions.

You have a chance to go to a Celtics game and you're passing it up?

Even with the team going through the motions right now I would do anything to be able to get to go to a game.

By the way TP FL!

Go for the sake of seeing a ROY contender and a team that plays with grit and heart on both ends of the floor, at least.
Never forget the Champs of '08, or the gutsy warriors of '10.

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TP FL...excellent job as always. Wasn't Marcus Landry waived though?

Lets win the last 3 games...pls. 49 just doesn't sound good..

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Re: Celtics (49-30) at Bucks (45-34) 4/10
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After the tongue lashing that KG took from Brandon Jennings the last time we were here I hope he's motivated to throw up a strong double double and come out with passion and heart in this game.

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Re: Celtics (49-30) at Bucks (45-34) 4/10
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Well, frankly, I'm not excited about this team anymore. After the putrid effort (or lack thereof) from last night it's obvious they really are mailing in the remaining games of the season while they still should secure the 3rd seed... terrible attitude, it's not like nothing is at stake because the 3rd see could be a help.

Anyway... let's hope they win this one and play with some kind of energy or whatever.

TP FL and let's go C's.

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i hope for a win...but expect another lackluster turd of a game from the Cs
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Apparently the Celtics can guarantee they face the Bucks if they lose to them tonight and later this week.

Considering the Bucks no longer have Bogut, that might not be the worst proposition.

Co-sign. Win/win if we actually rest the starters. Only problem would be the potential "bulletin board" type of material for the Bucks, but you have problems if you're not playing 100% motivated in the playoffs.

edit: Doc and me are on same page. KG's out. Smart move, imo.
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problem is the cavs come in round 2
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