at Boston Celtics (5-10) at Charlotte Bobcats (7-7)
Monday, November 25, 2013
7:00 PM ET
Regular Season Game #16 Road Game #10
TV: CSN-NE, SSO-CHA, NBA-LP 751(DTV)/511/751(XFinity)
Radio: 98.5 Sports Hub, WFNZ, WBZ
Time Warner Cable Arena
Jordan Crawford.....Avery Bradley....Jeff Green....Brandon Bass....Jared Sullinger Celtics Reserves
Rajon Rondo (ACL)out
Kelly Olynyk (ankle) day to day
Kemba Walker....Gerald Henderson....Michael Kidd-Gilchrist....Josh McRoberts....Al JeffersonBobcats Reserves
Brendon Haywood (foot) outGame Notes
The Celtics complete a brutal stretch of 5 games in 5 different cities in 7 nights with a game vs the Charlotte Bobcats. The Celtics will be happy to get a day off before hosting the Grizzlies at the Garden on Wednesday.
The is the second of 3 meetings between these two teams. The Bobcats won the first game 89-83 at the garden earlier in November. Jared Sullinger missed that game with a knee injury and Kelly Olynyk was unable to contain Big Al Jefferson who scored 22 points and pulled down 11 rebounds.
Kelly Olynyk is still listed as day to day with a sprained ankle and is expected to miss this game. I expect Brad Stevens to go with the same starting line up as against the Hawks since they got the win. Sully is more physical than Kelly and should be more effective in keeping Jefferson from getting inside.
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Avery Bradley vs Gerald Henderson
Henderson is averaging 13.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. He is capable of going off at any given time for big numbers. Avery's defense will be needed to keep him in check.
Jared Sullinger vs Al Jefferson
Big Al got his first win over his former team this season. In the first meeting between these two teams, Al finished with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 2 blocks. Jared didn't play in that game and Kelly wasn't physical enough to keep Al away from the basket. Hopefully, in this game, Sully can contain Big Al and also make Al work on the defensive end as well. Keys to the GameTake Care of the Ball
- During the Celtics win streak, they averaged under 14 turnovers a game. In their win over the Hawks, they turned it over 17 times. In the losses, they have turned it over 20 or more times, especially in the second half of games. They have to focus on their passes and be aware of the defenders at all times and take better care of the ball.
Run and Set the Pace
- The Celtics must run every time down. They can't walk the ball up and settle for a half court game. When they run, they get easy baskets before the defense sets up. They have to do that on every play. Rebound
- The Celtics can't run and they can't score if they don't have the ball. They must crash the boards as a team and put out the extra effort it takes to get the rebounds. Get into the Paint
- The Celtics must go to the hoop and get into the paint instead of settling for long jumpers. Good things happen when they go to the basket. X-Factors Focus and Fatigue
The Celtics are bound to be tired, playing in their 5th game in 7 nights. They have to keep their focus on getting the win. Their focus must win out over their fatigue.