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Nets (17-38) at Celtics (39-14) 2/16
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New Jersey Nets (17-38) at Boston Celtics (39-14)
Wednesday, February 16
7:30 PM ET
Regular Season Game #54, Home Game #30
TV:  CSNNE,  YES, NBA-LP 754/755
Radio  WEEI
TD Garden  




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

Boston Bench Mob
Glen Davis
Luke Harangody
Nate Robinson
Von Wafer
Avery Bradley

Injured
Marquis Daniels (spine) out
Jermaine O'Neal (knee)  out
Semih Erden (abductor)  out
Shaquille O'Neal (Achilles) out
Paul Pierce (foot/hand)  probable
Nate Robinson (knee)  probable
Delonte West (wrist) questionable  




Probable Starters
PG......SG.......SF.......PF.......C
Devin Harris.....Anthony Morrow.... Travis Outlaw.... Derrick Favors...Brook Lopez

Nets Bench
Kris Humphries
Jordan Farmar
Stephen Graham
Johan Petro
Ben Uzoh
Troy Murphy
Sasha Vujacic  
Quentin Ross  

Injuries
Damion James (foot)  out

Team Connections

 Nets assistant coach Popeye Jones played for the Celtics from 1997-99
Damion James and Avery Bradley were teammates at Texas
Troy Murphy and Luke Harangody both attended Notre Dame
Devin Harris and Marquis Daniels were teammates in Dallas from 2004-06
Johan Petro and Ray Allen were teammates in Seattle from 2005-07
Kevin Garnett and Nets Assistant Coach Sam Mitchell were teammates in Minnesota from 1995-2002
Von Wafer and Travis Outlaw were teammates in Portland during the 2007-08 season
Shaquille O’Neal and Nets Assistant Coach Larry Krystkowiak were teammates on the Lakers during the 1996-97 season
Jermaine O’Neal played for Nets Assistant Coach Sam Mitchell during the 2008-09 season in Toronto
Jermaine O’Neal and Troy Murphy were teammates in Indiana from 2006-08

Key Matchups
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Kendrick Perkins vs Brook Lopez
One of the very few bright spots for the Nets in recent years has been the play of Brook Lopez, who is averaging 19.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game.  Perk toughness and defense will be needed to keep Lopez from having a big game.  

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Rajon Rondo vs Devin Harris
Rondo is coming off a great game vs the Heat.  His energy and aggressiveness are needed to keep the Celtics offense flowing and on track.  The PG matchup will be a key both for keeping the Celtics offense moving and preventing Harris from getting the Nets into their offense.

Game Notes
This is a very dangerous game.  This is the final game before the All Star break.  The Celtics are coming off a big emotional win over the Heat.  And, the Nets are a sub .500 team that the Celtics may take for granted.  They also have enough talent to put up a fight should the Celtics come in and give them an opening.  

This is the 3rd meeting between these two division rivals.  The Celtics won the first game by 6 in Boston and the second by 25 in New Jersey.  The Celtics are still banged up.  They still have no back up center and Paul Pierce plans to play with the bruised foot and hand that made him ineffective vs the Heat.   The Celtics may or may not get a boost from Delonte West's return.  He was scheduled to return for this game but was injured during practice on Tuesday and is now questionable for this game.    The Nets are at full strength.  

The Celtics are coming off an emotional win over the Heat while the Nets are coming off a blow out loss at the hands of the Spurs.  The Celtics are 6-4 in their last 10 games and 24-5 at home.  The Nets are 4-6 in their last 10 games and 4-24 on the road.  

The Celtics need to come out determined to win this one and go into the break on a winning note or this could easily be a trap game.  It would be great if they could come out strong and put the game away early so that the starters, especially Pierce,  could get some extra rest.  If they take this game too lightly and let the Nets gain confidence, they may lose the EC lead that they fought so hard against the Heat to gain.


Keys to the Game

Focus - The Celtics must be focused on this game and not look past the Nets.  They fought hard vs the Heat to retake the lead in the Eastern Conference and it would be a shame to let that slip away by taking this game too lightly.  

Defense - The key to every win is defense.  The Celtics have got to put out the effort on the defensive end and when the defense is on track, that fuels the offense.  

Rebound - Rebounding is another big key to getting a win.   The Celtics must put out the effort on the boards to prevent second chance baskets and put backs from the Nets.

Play 48 Minutes - The Celtics must come out strong and play 48 minutes.  They should not give the Nets any confidence that they can win.  

X-Factors
Trap Game and Home Court
The Celtics have the home crowd behind them and they need to feed off the energy from the crowd to play hard and get the win.  Focus will be key here as if they remain focused they should get an easy win but if they lose focus and allow the Nets to stay in it,  it could be a tough fight to the end.  
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Re: Nets (17-38) at Celtics (39-14) 2/16
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2011, 11:57:52 PM »

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TP FL. Let's hope the Captain doesn't have to play many minutes...and Delonte plays well in his return.
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Re: Nets (17-38) at Celtics (39-14) 2/16
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2011, 12:14:37 PM »

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Today's Official Report 

Bennett Salvatore
Bennett Salvatore has refereed over 1,400 regular season games, 175+ playoff games and 20 NBA Finals games. Bennett has the distinction of being the worst referee alive today. The man is just incompetent. Salvatore seems to miss more calls and make more bad calls per game than any other ref and tonight he is our crew chief. Salvatore made one of the most controversial calls in NBA finals history in game 5 of the 2006 finals. The call basically gave the Heat their championship. Here is Bill Simmons' take on the call.

    Salvatore called the foul on Wade's final drive in overtime (remember, the call where ABC couldn't find a replay to show that anyone touched him?) even though he was standing at midcourt a full 35-40 feet from the play, and even though two other refs were closer to the play. Not only was that NOT his call, he butchered it.

Another of Salvatore's controversial calls was in the 2008 conference finals when he waved off a contested 3-pointer that Pierce had hoisted over Richard Hamilton, inducing him to leave his feet with a ball fake and land on Pierce's back. Pierce, however, was charged with an offensive foul for creating the contact with Hamilton. The Celtics are 2-0 with Salvatore this season. The Celtics are 6-4 in their last 10 games with Salvatore as an official. His home W/L record this season is 18-9.

Seeing Salvatore's name has to make every Celtics fan cringe a little. Having him as the crew chief just made beating the 17 win Nets that much harder to beat. Check out this video of Salvatore and company doing work in a Celtics-Hawks game.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=hxO_Gmtpm80

David Jones
The Celtics are 2-1 this season with Jones as an official. He has been an NBA referee for over 18 years. The Celtics are 6-4 over their last 10 games with Jones officiating. His home W/L record is 28-15.

Leroy Richardson
Richardson has officiated 640+ regular season games and 3 playoff games. He has also taken part of the 2003 All-Stars Weekend, refereeing the NBA All-Stars Saturday Game. Richardson served 12 years in the United States Navy before beginning his career as a referee. The Celtics are 3-0 with Richardson as an official this season. The Celtics have an 8-2 record in their last 10 games with Richardson as a referee. He is definitely not a homer ref with a home W/L record this season of 19-25.

Re: Nets (17-38) at Celtics (39-14) 2/16
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2011, 01:36:26 PM »

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As expected:

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Delonte West didn't participate in Celtics' shootaround today. Likely out vs. NJN #celtics
Via Gary Washburn's twitter.

Makes sense too...no need to play him against the Nets.
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Re: Nets (17-38) at Celtics (39-14) 2/16
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2011, 02:01:02 PM »

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Re: Nets (17-38) at Celtics (39-14) 2/16
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2011, 03:39:49 PM »

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This could be another one of those pain in the butt games that we all know the C's should win hands down against a Bottom Feeder. NJ has done nothing really to distinguish themselves except provide a lot of bluster over trying to acquire Carmelo Anthony. Besides Devon Harris, Troy Murphy and Brook Lopez who plays for this team?

Yet they actually beat us here (and beat us very badly) in a potentially similar situation last year. This year the Celtics are putting a lot more effort into the regular season but the lack depth could catch up with them to an undesirable effect later this season. Also we have the trade deadline distraction to deal with but it won't be as devastating as those horrible Ray Allen trade rumors we had to deal with last year.

FLCeltsfans write-up of Bennett Salvatore would make Sexy Scottsman PROUD :D
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Re: Nets (17-38) at Celtics (39-14) 2/16
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FLCeltsfans write-up of Bennett Salvatore would make Sexy Scottsman PROUD :D

Quoted for truth  ;D

Re: Nets (17-38) at Celtics (39-14) 2/16
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Besides Devon Harris, Troy Murphy and Brook Lopez who plays for this team?
You forgot the machine.. :o



...I know he is too humble to score 30 points but he is a vital player in that team. ;)
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Re: Nets (17-38) at Celtics (39-14) 2/16
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Boston Bench Mob
Glen Davis
Luke Harangody
Nate Robinson
Von Wafer
Avery Bradle

Sigh...looking at that bench lineup makes me cry tears of sadness.

Re: Nets (17-38) at Celtics (39-14) 2/16
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Vujachick, #20 for the Brooklyn Machines in two years?  ;)

http://www.nba.com/playerfile/sasha_vujacic/index.html?nav=page

PS. Hmmm, what if Sasha burns us for 40? I'd better unjinx this right away. There. Done.



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Re: Nets (17-38) at Celtics (39-14) 2/16
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Hope this is an early blowout so we can get some Bradley action going.
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I fear a frustrating battle :-\
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Boston Bench Mob
Glen Davis
Luke Harangody
Nate Robinson
Von Wafer
Avery Bradle

Sigh...looking at that bench lineup makes me cry tears of sadness.

Rondo
Allen
Pierce
Garnett
Perkins


That lineup will make you cry tears of joy  ;D

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Here we go.