Boston Celtics (14-14) at Golden State Warriors (20-10)
Saturday, December 29, 2012
10:30 PM ET
Regular Season Game #29, Road Game #15
TV: NBA-TV, NBAC, CSN-NE, CSN-BA
Radio: WEEI, KNBR
Oracle Arena Probable Starters
PG Rajon Rondo 13.6 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 11.7 APG, 2.0 SPG
SG Jason Terry 11.1 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 2.2 APG, ..385 3P%
SF Paul Pierce 20.2 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 3.9 APG .444 FG%
PF Kevin Garnett 15.0 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 0.8 BPG
C Jason Collins 1.0 PPG, 2.6RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.3 BPG Reserves
Avery Bradley (shoulders) out
Chris Wilcox (thumb) out
Leandro Barbosa (personal) day to dayRed Claws
Fab MeloProbable Starters
PG Stephen Curry 20.3 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 6.4 APG, 1.6 SPG
SG Klay Thompson 15.9 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 2.6 APG, .376 3P%
SF Harrrison Barnes 8.7 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 1.4 APG, .407FG%
PF David Lee 19.9 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 3.7 APG, 0.2 BPG
C Festus Ezeli 2.9 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 0.3 APG, 1.0 BPGReserves
Andrew Bogut (ankle) out
Brandon Rush (knee) out Team Connections
Jason Collins and Richard Jefferson were teammates in New Jersey from 2001-07
Brandon Rush and Paul Pierce attended Kansas
Jason Terry and Richard Jefferson both attended Arizona
Chris Wilcox and David Lee both played for New York during the 2008-09 season
Leandro Barbosa and Jarrett Jack were teammates in Toronto during the 2010-11 season.
Warriors Co-Executive Chairman, CEO & Governor Joe Lacob spent five years as a minority owner of the Boston Celtics, serving on the basketball committee and earning an NBA championship ring in 2007-08.
Warriors assistant Darren Erman spent four seasons (2007-11) as an assitant coach in Boston, helping the club to an NBA championship in 2008.
Warriors television analyst Jim Barnett was selected by Boston with the eighth overall pick in the 1966 NBA Draft and played his rookie season with the Celtics.
The Celtics look to shake off their loss to the the Clippers and get back into the win column as they take on the surprising Warriors. The Warriors are 8-4 at home while the Celtics have struggled on the road with a 5-9 record. The Celtics are just 4-6 in their last 10 games while the Warriors are 7-3 in their last 10.
The Celtics were off on Friday while the Warriors had a home game against the Sixers. The Warriors have played well in the second of back to back games with a 5-3 record. They have the advantage of having both games at home as well. The Warriors have also played well against the East with an 11-2 record against Eastern Conference foes.
The Celtics have been consistently inconsistent this season so far. They go from a dominant win over the Nets to an embarrassing loss to the Clippers. They have hovered around .500 all season, never able to get above and stay there. Doc said that they are very close to putting it together. They need to close out this road trip strong and finally get above .500 for good. Key Matchups
Rajon Rondo vs Stephen Curry
Stephen Curry is a good young point guard and has been impressive so far in his career and especially this season. 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. Curry is one of only three players in the league averaging at least 20 points, six assists and three rebounds, along with LeBron James and Russell Westbrook. Rondo's defense on him will be key to getting this win.
Kevin Garnett vs David Lee
Lee is a tough player and isn't above playing rough and dirty. KG goes from one tough player in Griffin to another in Lee. Lee is leading his team in rebounding and so KG needs to box him out and deny him position for rebounds and especially tip ins and put backs. Lee plays hard every game and KG needs to match his intensity. Honorable Mention
Paul Pierce vs Harrison Barnes
Paul Pierce has been playing very well aside from the Clippers game. He needs to use his veteran wiles to win this matchup with the Warriors talented rookie. Barnes ranks eighth in scoring and tied for eighth in rebounding among his fellow rookies. Keys to the Game Defense
- The Warriors can put up points 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. The Celtics must especially guard the perimeter as the Warriors are 5th in the league in 3 point shooting percentage. 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 Warriors are 17-2 overall and 8-0 at home when they out rebound their opponents. The Celtics have to put out extra effort to crash the boards. Take Care of the Ball
- The Warriors can be very disruptive by getting into the passing lanes. The Celtics seem to go through periods in every game where they turn over the ball several times in a row. 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. Be Aggressive
- The Celtics need to come out focused and take control of the game from the beginning. The Warriors are undefeated when they lead by double digits at the end of the first quarter. The Celtics have to be the more aggressive team throughout the game. They must be aggressive on defense, on the boards, in chasing down lose balls, and in taking the ball to the hoop and not settling for jumpers. X-Factors
Road Game and Back to Back
The Celtics have had a much needed day off. The Warriors are playing in the second of back to back games. Their youth gives them an advantage and they are 5-3 in the second of back to back games. The Celtics need to shake off their embarrassing loss to the Clippers and come out strong and win this one.