Boston Celtics (3-1) at Oklahoma City Thunder (1-2)
Wednesday, Nov 5
8:00 PM ET
Game #5, Road Game #3
TV: FS OK, CSN HD
Ford CenterProbable Starters PG: Rajon Rondo
PPG 14.0 RPG 5.00 APG 6.0 EFF + 21.00 SG: Ray Allen
PPG 11.0 RPG 2.50 APG 0.5 EFF + 4.50 SF: Paul Pierce
PPG 27.0 RPG 3.00 APG 4.0 EFF + 21.00 PF: Kevin Garnett
PPG 14.5 RPG 8.00 APG 2.5 EFF + 16.50 C: Kendrick Perkins
PPG 2.0 RPG 8.00 APG 0.0 EFF + 7.00 On the Bench
Sam Cassell Injuries
None Probable Inactive
JR GiddensProbable Starters PG: Earl Watson
PPG 8.0 RPG 2.00 APG 4.0 EFF + 9.00 SG:Kevin Durant
PPG 12.0 RPG 3.00 APG 2.0 EFF + 4.00 SF: Jeff Green
PPG 7.0 RPG 3.00 APG 2.0 EFF + 3.00 PF Nick Collison
PPG 7.0 RPG 6.00 APG 1.0 EFF + 10.00 C: Johan Petro
PPG 2.0 RPG 3.00 APG 0.0 EFF + 2.00 On the Bench
John Lucas Injuries
Mouhamed Sene (knee) day to day
DJ White (jaw) out
Russell Westbrook (ankle) day to day Probable inactive
Mouhamed Sene Key Matchups
Ray Allen will have his hands full with last year's #2 draft pick. Durant can score and had 18 points in his last game against the Wolves. At 6'9", Durant has a height advantage over Ray but Ray has the experience advantage. Should be a good matchup.
Rondo and Watson are two very quick point guards. It will be fun watching these two speed up and down the court and Rondo will have his hands full trying to stay in front of Watson on defense. Watson is also quick to swipe the ball, averaging 2 steals per game and he takes good care of the ball with only 1 turnover per game. Game Notes
The Celtics are playing in their second back to back game of this young season. They didn't fare well in their first back to back situation, falling to the Pacers by double digits. The Celtics were undefeated in the second of back to back games last season and hopefully will get back to that trend with this game.
This will be a bittersweet game for Ray Allen. This is the team that traded him, but their fans in Oklahoma City have no allegiance to the player who spent so many years as the face of this franchise.
These two teams are connected by several players and transactions. Jeff Green, their starting small forward was picked by the Celtics in the draft and promptly traded to Seattle to bring Ray Allen to Boston. Delonte West and Wally Szczerbiak, the two players who came along with the draft pick are no longer with the team as they were traded to Cleveland in the middle of last season.
Another connection has been Robert Swift. There have been countless stories and rumors about Danny's infatuation with Swift. It was said that Danny very much wanted Swift but had to settle for Big Al when Seattle grabbed Swift ahead of him. Big Al was a key to bringing KG to Boston and is one of the most promising young big men in the league. Meanwhile, Swift has been plagued with injuries and has not played in games so far this season.
The Thunder got 39 points and 19 rebounds from their bench in their last game against the Wolves. The Celtics bench players have got to come to play or they may be embarrassed by the Thunder's bench. An interesting matchup here will be Leon Powe versus Chris Wilcox off the bench. X-Factor
Celtics Fatigue vs Thunder's Young Legs
The Celtics are playing for the second night in a row while the Thunder has been off for 2 nights. They played a tough game against the Rockets the night before and have to travel as well. They will need to come out with energy as the Thunder have some young and athletic players who will look to take it right at the Celtics every chance they get. The key is whether they will have the energy after all the energy they had to expend to beat the Rockets and the travel after the game.