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Cavaliers (7-11) at Celtics (9-9) 1/29
« on: January 28, 2012, 05:21:26 PM »

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Cleveland Cavaliers (7-11) at Boston Celtics (9-9)
Sunday, January 29
Regular Season Game #19, Home Game #12
TV:  CSN-NE,  FSO,  NBA-LP 751/752
Radio:  WEEI,  WTAM
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Probable Starters

Avery Bradley.......Ray Allen.......Paul Pierce.......Kevin Garnett...... Jermaine O'Neal

Boston Bench
Marquis Daniels
Chris Wilcox
Brandon Bass
E'Twaun Moore
JaJuan Johnson
Greg Siemsma
Sasha Pavlovic 
Mickael Pietrus


Injured

Ray Allen (ankle)  probable
Jermaine O'Neal (knee) day to day
Keyon Dooling (hip)  day to day
Rajon Rondo (wrist)  day to day



Probable Starters

Kyrie Irving.....Anthony Parker.....Omri Casspi....Antawn Jamison.....Anderson Varejao

Cleveland Bench
Tristan Thompson
Ryan Hollins
Alonzo Gee
Ramon Sessions
Daniel Gibson
Samardo Samuels
Semih Erden
Christian Eyenga
Luke Harangody
Mychal Thompson

Injuries
None reported 

Team Connections
Tristan Thompson, Daniel Gibson and Avery Bradley attended the University Texas
Sasha Pavlovic played for the Cavaliers for five seasons, 2004-2009
Semih Erden and Luke Harangody were both drafted by Boston in the second round of the 2008 and 2010 NBA Draft respectively and each spent part of the 2010-2011 season with the Celtics before being traded to the Cavaliers.



Key Matchups
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Paul Pierce vs Omri Casspi
Paul Pierce has lifted his game to another level during the Celtics' 4 game win streak.  He should be able to have another big game in this one in spite of playing big minutes the past 2 games.   It's good to have him back to being the Truth!

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Jermaine O'Neal vs Anderson Varejao
This will be a tough matchup for the Celtics.  Varejao plays with a lot of energy and also plays rough.  JO will have his hands full trying to hold Varejao down. 

Honorable Mention
Avery Bradley vs Kyrie Irving
Bradley will need to use his defensive skills on Irving, who is an early candidate for Rookie of the Year. 

Game Notes

This is the first meeting between these two teams and is the first game in the Celtics third home and home series this season.  They fared very well in their first two home and home series, sweeping both the Wizards and the Magic in the previous two.   

 Last season the Celtics won the series 2-1 with the loss coming in the second game of the season, the night after their big win over the Heat.   The Cavs have struggled since LeBron went to South Beach and took his talents with him.  Their wins have come against other struggling teams, including Detroit, New Jersey, Charlotte, and Minnesota.  But, if the Celtics don't stay focused and play them tough, they do have enough talent to pull out a win. 

The Celtics should get Ray Allen and Jermaine O'Neal back for this game as both have said they are targeting this game for their return.  It will be interesting to see how the change in the lineup will change the chemistry and play of the team that has won 4 in a row.  It will definitely make the bench better with the reinsertion of Pietrus and Bass. 

This could be a trap game if the Celtics come into it thinking they can with it without putting out the effort.   They need to play the Cavs as hard as they would the Magic or the Lakers, or the Pacers.  If they do, then their win streak should reach 5.

Keys to the Game
Focus - The Celtics have shown that when they come out focused and keep their intensity, especially on defense, throughout the game, they win.  They need to stay focused now that they have proved that they can beat the better teams and not play down to the Cavs level.  They must also focus on taking care of the ball and limiting turnovers. 

Rebound -  Rebounding is mostly desire and effort.   When the Celtics put out the effort to out-rebound their opponents, they usually get the win.   When they put the effort in to crash the boards, that effort also tends to show in other areas of the game as well.  They out-rebounded the Magic and the Pacers, both good rebounding teams, because they made the effort to hustle for every rebound.  They need to continue to do that.

Defense -  Defense is the key to every game.  The Celtics won banner 17 with defense and if they want to win banner 18 they must once again do it with defense.  They have played that kind of defense in their last 3 games vs the Magic and the Pacers.  They have to continue to make defense a priority and not allow any easy baskets. 

X-Factors[/b]
Focus and Energy
If the focus and energy are there, the Celtics will win.  If they lose focus and feel they can play less than their best because of the Cavs record, then they may be surprised. 

Re: Cavaliers (7-11) at Celtics (9-9) 1/29
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2012, 11:45:17 PM »

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TP, for another job well done.  It will be nice to have JO and Ray back in the lineup. Hopefully we can jump out and get the younger guys minutes.

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« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2012, 12:49:27 AM »

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TP. Go Celtics!

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TP, for another job well done.  It will be nice to have JO and Ray back in the lineup. Hopefully we can jump out and get the younger guys minutes.
Yup, but if things aren't working out would Doc not hesitate and pull Rondo for Bradley? Or go with Pietrus over Ray in crunch time? I know it's just Cleveland but curious to see how things will unfold because the guys playing now have been on a roll.


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Official Report
Marc Davis
Davis has been an NBA official for the past 14 seasons, working 802 regular season games and 35 playoff games, and the 2007 NBA All-Star Game. Davis officited his first two Finals games during the 2010-11 season. In addition to his NBA experience, Davis has three years of CBA officiating experience, and three
years of collegiate basketball officiating experience. Davis was investigated for threatening to whoop Allen Iverson's a** when AI complained about a call in a game in 2005, but was not suspended for it. The Celtics are 8-2 in their last 10 games with Davis officiating and have won the last 8 games he has called. The Cavs are 2-8 in their last 10 games with Davis on the court. His home W/L record is 7-6.

Eric Lewis
This is Lewis' seventh season as an NBA official. He has 427 regular season games and six playoff games. Prior to the NBA he worked three seasons in the NBA Development League, where he worked the 2004 D-League Finals and the 2003 and 2004 Playoffs. He also has 8 years experience calling college games and 6 years officiating high school games. In the offseason he works with troubled teens. The Celtics are 6-4 in their last 10 games with Lewis as a ref. The free throw totals were fairly close in all 4 losses with opponents taking 95 free throws and the Celtics taking 91 over the 4 games. The Cavs are 5-5 in their last 10 games with Lewis. His home W/L record this season is 10-6.

Scott Wall
The son of former USA Basketball Director Bill Wall, Scott Wall has officiated
908 regular season games and five playoff games over his past 16 NBA seasons. In addition to his NBA experience, Wall has four years of officiating experience for
USA Basketball, four years of collegiate officiating experience in the college ranks, and five years of high school officiating experience in Kansas
and Alabama. The Celtics are 5-5 in their last 10 games with Wall as an official. The Cavs are 3-7 in their last 10 games with Wall. His home W/L record this season is 9-3.

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« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2012, 01:20:43 PM »

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TP to FLCeltsFan for another great game thread.

Do you really think JO will be playing today?
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I'm going to the game thanks to a last minute ticket that appeared for me.  8)   First one this season.

C's should take this one.  In the past, hasn't Pierce been matched with Jamison?

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TP to FLCeltsFan for another great game thread.

Do you really think JO will be playing today?

I was just going by a quote of his saying he'd be playing today.  But he may get overruled by Doc.

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#Celtics Rajon Rondo expected to not play tonight. Ray Allen is expected to play. JO up in the air. Dooling doubtful.

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#Celtics Rajon Rondo expected to not play tonight. Ray Allen is expected to play. JO up in the air. Dooling doubtful.
We don't need Rondo! We've got the captain!

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I'm going to the game thanks to a last minute ticket that appeared for me.  8)   First one this season.

C's should take this one.  In the past, hasn't Pierce been matched with Jamison?
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Just glad Ray is back. No need to rush Rondo, needs to be healthy.

I hate to say it should be an easy win, but you never know. C's are on a roll right now and a good bashing seems possible.

Ray and Pietrus gonna be raining 3's
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It sure would be great to get into the plus column for wins/losses.  Lets go Celtics!

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