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Celtics (38-12) at Bobcats (21-29) 2/7
« on: February 06, 2011, 08:48:10 PM »

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Boston Celtics (38-12) at Charlotte Bobcats (21-29)
Monday, February 7
7:00 PM ET
Regular Season Game #51, Road Game #24
TV:  CSNNE, SSO-CHA, NBA-LP 751/752
Radio: WEEI, WFNZ
Time Warner Cable Arena




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

Boston Bench Mob
Glen Davis
Semih Erden
Luke Harangody
Nate Robinson
Von Wafer

Injured
Jermaine O'Neal (knee)  out
Delonte West (wrist) out
Shaquille O'Neal (hip/Achilles) day to day
Marquis Daniels (spinal chord)  out

D-League
Avery Bradley



Probable Starters
PG......SG.....SF.....PF ..... C
DJ Augustin........Stephen Jackson....Gerald Wallace........Boris Diaw........Kwame Brown

Bobcats Bench

Derrick Brown
Shawn Livingston
Dominic McGuire
Eduardo Najera
Matt Carroll
Gerald Henderson
Nazr Mohammed
Sherron Collins

Injuries
DeSagana Diop (Achilles) out
Tyrus Thomas  (knee) out 

Team Connections
D.J. Augustin and Avery Bradley both attended the University of Texas
Matt Carroll and Luke Harangody both attended Notre Dame
Sherron Collins and Paul Pierce both attended the University of Kansas
Rajon Rondo and Nazr Mohammed both attended the University of Kentucky
Tyrus Thomas, Glen Davis and Shaquille O’Neal all attended Louisiana State
University
DeSagana Diop, Stephen Jackson and Rajon Rondo all attended Oak Hill Academy
Shaquille O’Neal and Boris Diaw were teammates in Phoenix during the 2008-09 season
Kwame Brown and Von Wafer were teammates on the 2005-06 Los Angeles Lakers
Shaun Livingston and Von Wafer were teammates on the 2006-07 Los Angeles Clippers
Eduardo Najera and Von Wafer were teammates in Denver during the 2007-08 season
Stephen Jackson and Jermaine O’Neal were teammates in Indiana from 2004-07
The Celtics and Bobcats share the Maine Red Claws as their D-League affiliate

Game Notes
This should be an easy game against a sub .500 team for the Celtics sandwiched between games against contenders.    It should be an easy game, but for some reason, sometimes the Celtics forget to show up in games that should be easy.  It would be easy to take the Bobcats for granted after facing the Mavs and Magic in their last 2 games and looking forward to another game vs the Lakers on Thursday and then another big game vs the Heat after that. 

The Celtics are 2-0 vs the Bobcats so far this season, winning big (92-62 in Charlotte and not so big (99-94) in Boston so far.  They have one more meeting after this one.  The Celtics are playing in the second of back to back games while the Bobcats have been off since their loss to the Mavs on Saturday.  The Celtics are 6-6 so far this season in the second of back to back games.   

The Celtics have never lost a season series to the Bobcats.  They swept the series 3-0 last season.   The Celtics are 18-5 overall all time against the Bobcats and 8-3 on the road  all time vs the Bobcats. 

The Celtics are 7-3 in their last 10 games and 15-8 on the road.  The Bobcats are 6-4 in their last 10 games and 12-12 at home.  The Bobcats have lost their last two while the Celtics are coming off a big win over the Magic. 

Key Matchups
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Ray Allen vs Stephen Jackson
Jackson is the Bobcats' leading scorer and much of the offense goes through him.  Ray has been on a hot streak and hopefully will stay that way in this one.  He needs to make Jackson work on defense and Ray needs to limit Jackson's effectiveness on the offensive end.  Ray also needs to take care of the ball as Jackson also leads the Bobcats in steals. 

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Rajon Rondo vs DJ Augustin
As I've said many times, as Rondo goes, so go the Celtics.  When Rondo is aggressive in running the team and playing his game, the Celtics as a team are more aggressive and tend to play well.  When Rondo is passive, the Celtics tend to be also and that is when they get beaten by teams that they should beat and this is a team that the Celtics should beat. 

Honorable Mention
Kevin Garnett vs Boris Diaw
Diaw has been a bit out of shape this season and if KG is aggressive in this game he should be able to get whatever he wants on the offensive end.   

Keys to the Game
Focus and Energy - When the Celtics face teams with losing records, they often come out flat and lack focus and energy and that is why teams like Washington have been able to beat them.     The Celtics have got to stay focused and play with energy the entire game because the Bobcats always play hard and will take advantage of any lapse from the Celtics.   

Defense -   The Celtics need to make defense their priority.   Games are won on the defensive end. The effort that the Celtics put out on the defensive end carries over to the offensive end as well.   

Rebound -    Good things happen when the Celtics crash the boards.   When they show energy in rebounding, that energy spreads to other areas of the game.  They prevent second chance points and fast break baskets by grabbing the rebounds and that is important because of the effort that the Bobcats play with.   

Be Aggressive - When the Celtics are the more aggressive team they usually win.  They need to be aggressive in going to the basket, in grabbing rebounds, and in hustling after loose balls. 

X-Factor
Fatigue
The Celtics are playing in the second of back to back games after a tough game vs the Magic the night before.   Hopefully they don't run out of gas before the end of this one. 

Re: Celtics (38-12) at Bobcats (21-29) 2/7
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2011, 11:49:07 AM »

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This should be an easy game against a sub .500 team for the Celtics sandwiched between games against contenders.    It should be an easy game, but for some reason, sometimes the Celtics forget to show up in games that should be easy.  It would be easy to take the Bobcats for granted after facing the Mavs and Magic in their last 2 games and looking forward to another game vs the Lakers on Thursday and then another big game vs the Heat after that. 

The Celtics are 2-0 vs the Bobcats so far this season, winning big (92-62 in Charlotte and not so big (99-94) in Boston so far.  They have one more meeting after this one.  The Celtics are playing in the second of back to back games while the Bobcats have been off since their loss to the Mavs on Saturday.  The Celtics are 6-6 so far this season in the second of back to back games.   

The Celtics have never lost a season series to the Bobcats.  They swept the series 3-0 last season.   The Celtics are 18-5 overall all time against the Bobcats and 8-3 on the road  all time vs the Bobcats. 

The Celtics are 7-3 in their last 10 games and 15-8 on the road.  The Bobcats are 6-4 in their last 10 games and 12-12 at home.  The Bobcats have lost their last two while the Celtics are coming off a big win over the Magic. 


This sounds like a classic trap game in the middle of the Celtics Amen Corner part of the sked. Bear in mind that the Bobcats are competing for a playoff spot and continue their homestand while the Celtics played yesterday, watched the Super Bowl and then flew in here last night to play. We will need big games out of our starting lineup and hopefully Big Baby and Nate Robinson because quite frankly the rest of the bench matchups stink for Boston. If one of the starters has foul trouble, this could get rather ugly for the Celtics in Charlotte.

What is at Stake - Boston - best EC record vs Miami, Orlando, and Chicago and HCA will be very important after Tax Day.

Charlotte - a playoff spot and a possible 1st round opponent for the Celtics - They need confidence that they can compete with the big boys at least on their HC.

And another TP for FLCeltfan for a good setup but I would have added under Team Connenctions Bill Walton and Boris Diaw for Bill's commentary on Boris Diaw comparing him to Mozart (on youtube) :D Also is Gerald Henderson the son of the former Celtic guard Gerald Henderson back in the 1980's? 
The beatings will continue until morale improves

Re: Celtics (38-12) at Bobcats (21-29) 2/7
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2011, 12:05:55 PM »

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They're playing better, but with Perkins back in the line up and looking strong we shouldn't have any problems with the Bobcats.

Re: Celtics (38-12) at Bobcats (21-29) 2/7
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2011, 12:30:02 PM »

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They're playing better, but with Perkins back in the line up and looking strong we shouldn't have any problems with the Bobcats.

As long as Rondo isnt swollen to beyond all belief from all the abuse he took last night. No wonder why the guy doesn't drive every game like that.

This is going to be an ugly game if we are lathargic and miss shots early. We are really going to see the importance of quis this game, im sure of it.

Hopefully everyone is fired up and ontop of their game before the rest for the lakers.


Time to step up boys, show that championship heart.

Re: Celtics (38-12) at Bobcats (21-29) 2/7
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2011, 01:18:44 PM »

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trap game

Re: Celtics (38-12) at Bobcats (21-29) 2/7
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2011, 01:39:32 PM »

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I hope the starters do not have to play a lot of minutes...hoping for a lot of garbage time.
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Re: Celtics (38-12) at Bobcats (21-29) 2/7
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2011, 03:37:54 PM »

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1) hope we win
2) hope Ray make only 2 3's so he can tie and break a record vs Lakers in Kobe's or Fisher's face.

Lets go Celtics...get well 'Quis.
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Re: Celtics (38-12) at Bobcats (21-29) 2/7
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TP. Go Celtics!

Re: Celtics (38-12) at Bobcats (21-29) 2/7
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2011, 04:01:47 PM »

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1) hope we win
2) hope Ray make only 2 3's so he can tie and break a record vs Lakers in Kobe's or Fisher's face.

Lets go Celtics...get well 'Quis.

Would love to see him break it at home vs the Lakers.

Ditto on Quis.

Re: Celtics (38-12) at Bobcats (21-29) 2/7
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2011, 04:10:10 PM »

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I'm very concerned about our ability to cover Jackson or Wallace, when Pierce is not in the game, in the post.

Re: Celtics (38-12) at Bobcats (21-29) 2/7
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Re: Celtics (38-12) at Bobcats (21-29) 2/7
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No Semih. He's out with right adductor strain.

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Re: Celtics (38-12) at Bobcats (21-29) 2/7
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Re: Celtics (38-12) at Bobcats (21-29) 2/7
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Today's Official Report 

Ron Garretson
In his 23 NBA seasons, since 1987, Garretson officiated over 1,600 games, including 1,397 regular season NBA games, 157 playoff games and 11 Finals games. He also officiated the 1993 Europe Tour in London and the 1997 NBA All-Star Game. He is the son of former NBA referee Darell Garretson. Before joining the NBA as a referee, he spent two years officiating high school games in Arizona and two more in the Continental Basketball Association. The Celtics are 6-4 over their last 10 games and 1-1 this season with Garretson. His home W/L record this season is 23-19. The loss this season was the game vs Chicago where the Bulls shot 35 free throws to 22 for the Celtics. At one point just after the half, Derrick Rose alone had almost doubled the Celtics free throws as a team. That performance elicited these comments from Bulls fans:

 
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   Book these refs for the playoffs please

    Who hired these refs? Lets give them promotion after the game
    Wow have never seen Rose draw so many fouls and get so many FTs.

    Ron Garretson, Tommy Nunez, Sean Wright
    Best refs of all time.

    Best refs EVAR!!!


Mark Ayotte
This is Ayotte's 7th year as an NBA referee. He has 12 years of college officiating experience and 10 years of high school officiating experience before making it to the NBA. The Celtics are 1-1 this season and 7-3 over their last 10 games. The loss officiated by Ayotte this season was the Celtics 2 point loss in Washington where the Celtics shot 18 free throws and the Wizards shot 26. His home W/L record this season is 26-11.

Kane Fitzgerald
The Celtics are 5-0 this season with Fitzgerald officiating. He is a former D-League official and is in his second season calling NBA games. One of those wins was no thanks to Fitzgerald who gave KG a very quick pair of technicals (from about 30 feet away) and tossed him in the 2nd quarter of the Celtics 104-101 win over the Knicks (in which Amare scored 30). The Knicks shot 42 free throws in that game while the Celtics shot 28. His quickness with the T dates back to his days in the D-league where he was close to the top in calling T's there as well. He was also the ref for the Celtics 99-94 home win over the Bobcats this season in which the Bobcats shot 35 free throws to 25 for the Celtics. His home W/L record is 21-17 this season.

Re: Celtics (38-12) at Bobcats (21-29) 2/7
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Also, Shaq still out.  Semih also out tonight with right abductor strain.  Going to be a short bench tonight.

Avery has been recalled and made it to Charlotte after leaving North Dakota this morning at 5am.