vs Golden State Warriors (27-33) at Boston Celtics (44-15)
Friday, March 4
7:30 PM ET
Regular Season Game #60, Home game #32
TV: CSN-NE, CSN-BA, NBA-LP 754/755
Radio: WEEI, KTCT
TD Garden Probable Starters
PG Rajon Rondo 11.0 PPG, 12.2 APG, 2.4 SPG
SG Ray Allen 17.4 PPG, 2.8 APG, .460 3P%
SF Paul Pierce 18.9 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 3.2 APG
PF Kevin Garnett 15.3 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 0.9 BPG
C Nenad Krstic 7.8 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 0.3 BPG Boston Bench Mob
Jermaine O'Neal (knee) out
Glen Davis (knee) out
Delonte West (ankle) out
Shaquille O'Neal (Achilles) out Probable Starters
PG Stephen Curry 18.7 PPG, 5.8 APG, 1.7 SPG
SG Monta Ellis 24.7 PPG, 5.4 APG, .343 3P%
SF Dorrell Wright 16.3 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 3.1 APG
PF David Lee 16.0 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 0.4 BPG
C Andris Biedrins 5.4 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 1.0 BPGReserves
Louis Amundson and Shaquille O’Neal played on the Phoenix Suns during the 2008-09 season
Shaquille O’Neal and Dorrell Wright were teammates in Miami from 2004-08
Dorrell Wright and Jermaine O’Neal were teammates in Miami at the
end of the 2008-09 season and all of the 2009-10 season.
Vladimir Radmanovic and Ray Allen were teammates in Seattle from
Warriors Assistant Coach Jerry Sichting played for the Celtics from 1985-88 and was a member of the 1986 NBA Championship team.Game Notes
The Celtics played this team just a couple of weeks ago and much has happened in that short time span. Delonte West made his return from his wrist injury in that game but is now out again with an ankle injury. It was that game that Perk injured his MCL and now Perk is a member of the Thunder. The Celtics have 5 new players on their roster and are trying to find chemistry on the run.
In the first game between these two teams, the Warriors got out to a fast start, but after having a lead early, the game was tied at 60 at the half. The Celtics clamped down on defense and made a run in the 3rd quarter to put the game away. The Celtics beasted on the boards in that game but they had Perk (for 3 quarters), KG, Semih, Big Baby, and Luke all grabbing rebounds. Of that quintet, only KG will be playing in this game and we can only hope that a still learning Green and Krstic, a rusty Murphy, and Chris Johnson along with KG can get it done in this one.
A factor in the Celtics win was the play of Glen Davis. Warriors big man Ekpe Udoh was schooled by Big Baby. Davis had 12 points and 10 rebounds while simply overpowering Udoh. We may see some Jeff Green playing the 4 off the bench in this one along with Murphy filling in at the 5. It's a lot to ask of players who are still learning the system but hopefully they will come through and help the Celtics pull out the win.
Even though the Warriors have a sub .500 record, they are a tough team. They are a good fast break team and can put points up in a hurry. They also can disrupt an opponent's offense by getting in the passing lanes and forcing turnovers. Defense is going to be a key in this game. Hopefully all of the new guys paid close attention in Thursday's practice and will be know somewhat where they need to be on D in order to get stops. With all the new faces and injuries, the Celtics are going to need a lot of heart to win this one. Key Matchups
Rajon Rondo vs Stephen Curry
Stephen Curry is a good young point guard and has been impressive so far in his career. He proved by winning the Skills Challenge that he is quick and talented. He sometimes will have defensive lapses and when he does, Rondo needs to be ready to take advantage. In their first meeting last month, Rondo finished with 19 points and 15 assists while Curry had 18 points and 2 assists.
Ray Allen vs Monta Ellis
Ellis is averaging over 25 points per game and could be a tough matchup for Ray on defense. Ellis is quick and can get his shot off if given a little space. Ray needs to wear him out playing defense and chasing him through screens and Ray should be able to get his shot off as well. Ray took the day off on Thursday to rest his legs and hopefully will be fresh for this game. In their last meeting Ray had 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists while Monta had 15 points 2 rebounds and 4 assists. Honorable Mention Honorable Mention
Kevin Garnett vs David Lee
Lee is a very good power forward and he plays very hard every game. However, Warriors fans don't call him No D Lee for nothing. f He does have lapses on defense and KG could have a big game if he takes advantage of them. In their last meeting KG finished with 24 points, 12 rebounds and 2 blocks while Lee had 17 points, 5 rebounds and 1 block. Keys to the Game Defense
- The Warriors can put points on the board quickly and in bunches. It will be important for the Celtics to bring their defensive intensity into this game, especially to shut down the Warriors' fast breaks since they average over 18 fast break points per game. Rebound
- The Celtics need to crash the boards to keep the Warriors from igniting their fast breaks. The Celtics also need to rebound to give themselves second chance points and limit the second chance points for the Warriors. The Celtics out-rebounded the Warriors 52-35 in their first meeting. But they will be short on bigs in this game and so everyone will need to up their effort to grab rebounds. Take Care of the Ball
- The Warriors can be very disruptive by getting into the passing lanes. They average over 9 steals a game and are second in the league at forcing turnovers with 16.3 per game. The Celtics need to stay focused and not give the Warriors any easy opportunities to steal the ball or to get out on the break. Focus and Effort
- The Celtics need to come out focused and take control of the game from the beginning. They are coming off a big win over the Suns and have had a day off and hopefully will come out and be aggressive and play focused for 48 minutes to continue their home dominance.
Injuries and Chemistry
The injury to Big Baby leaves the Celtics very, very thin on bigs. They have KG, Krstic, Chris Johnson and a very rusty Troy Murphy. Will that be enough to get past the Warriors? The Celtics have a bench of Von Wafer, Avery Bradley and 4 brand new players. Hopefully they are developing chemistry quickly because they are going to need it.