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New Orleans Hornets (12-26) at Boston Celtics (20-17)
Friday, January 16, 2013
8:00 PM ET
Regular Season Game #38 – Home Game #20
TV: CSN-NE,  FSNO, NBA-LP 756(NOH)/757(BOS)
Radio:  WEEI, WWL
TD Garden 




ProbableStarters
PG   Rajon Rondo 13.2 PPG   11.2 APG  5.2 RPG  1.8 SPG

SG    Avery Bradley  8.7 PPG  1.3 APG  1.7 RPG  .308 3P%

SF Paul Pierce 19.6 PPG  5.5 RPG   3.8 APG

PF Brandon Bass 7.8 PPG      5.1 RPG    0.7 BPG

C Kevin Garnett  14.6 PPG     7.1 RPG  0.8 BPG

Reserves
Jared Sullinger
Jason Collins
Courtney Lee
Jeff Green
Leandro Barbosa
Jason Terry

Injuries
Chris Wilcox (thumb) day to day

Red Claws
Fab Melo





Probable Starters
PG    Greivis Vasquez 14.1 PPG   9.1 APG   4.5 RPG   0.7 SPG

SG    Eric Gordon   16.6 PPG  3.9 APG  .156 3P%

SF  Al Farouq Amino   7.4 PPG  7.0 RPG  1.5 APG

PF    Anthony Davis  13.2 PPG   7.8 RPG    1.8 BPG

Robin Lopez  11.5 PPG   5.7 RPG    1.8 BPG

Reserves
Xavier Henry
Roger Mason Jr
Ryan Anderson
Jason Smith
Austin Rivers
Brian Roberts
Donald Sloan
Lance Thomas
Darius Miller

Injuries
None

Team Connections

Avery Bradley and Hornets Head Trainer Jon Ishop both attended the University of Texas
Brandon Bass was drafted by the Hornets with the 33rd pick in the 2005 NBA Draft and played for them from 2005-07
Bass and Ryan Anderson were teammates in Orlando from 2009-11
Jason Collins and Robin Lopez both attended Stanford
Paul Pierce and Xavier Henry attended Kansas
Rajon Rondo, Anthony Davis and Darius Miller all attended Kentucky
Chris Wilcox and Greivis Vazquez went to Maryland
Celtics Head Coach Doc Rivers is the father of Austin Rivers
Leandro Barbosa and Robin Lopez were teammates in Phoenix during the 2009-10 season.

Game Notes
Doc Rivers will have his first shot at coaching against his son Austin as the Celtics host the New Orleans Hornets.   The Hornets are coming in off a win over the Sixers on Tuesday night.  The Celtics are looking to extend their win streak to a season high 7 games.   Both teams are 6-4 in their last 10 games.  The Celtics are 13-6 at home while the Hornets are 6-13 on the road.

The Hornets have been inconsistent and have been dealing with injuries, but they are healthy and finally finding some consistency.  They are coming off a 111-99  road win over the Sixers and it wouldn't be a good idea for the Celtics to underestimate them.   As much as Doc wants his son to succeed,  he needs to do his best in this game to keep him from doing so.  It will certainly be a tough game for Doc as both a coach and a dad. 

Key Matchups

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Rajon Rondo vs Grievis Vasquez
Vasquez has been playing very well for the Hornets and is coming off a 23 point, 9 assist effort to lead the Hornets over the Sixers.  Rondo needs to disrupt Vasquez with his defense as well as keep the Celtics offense moving.   It's possible that Rondo and Avery will swap on the defensive end. 

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Avery Bradley vs Eric Gordon 
Gordon is capable of putting up a lot of points and so it will be up to Avery and Rondo to keep him from getting his shot going.  At the same time, it would be nice to see Avery's offense continue to improve. 

Honorable Mention
Courtney Lee vs Austin Rivers
Lee and Rivers are old friends from Orlando.   Since Austin is coming off the bench for New Orleans the job of covering him will likely fall to Courtney Lee.  Austin has been struggling of late and it would be nice to keep him struggling just one more game. 

Keys to the Game
Defense -  The Celtics have been winning with their defense and they need to continue to make defense their main focus.    As long as they play lock down Celtics' team defense, they will always have a chance to win games. 

Rebound -    It takes effort to rebound and the Celtics must put forth that effort if they want to win this game.  They can't allow the Hornets to get second chance baskets.   They must be the team that wants it more if they expect to win this game and that effort and desire will show itself on the boards.

Be Aggressive -  The Celtics must be the more aggressive team.  They have to be aggressive on defense and they must be aggressive on the boards.  They have to win the 50-50 balls and they also have to take the ball to the basket and not settle for jumpers, especially if the jumpers aren't falling. 

X-Factor
Home Court and Back to Back
The Celtics are at home and need to continue to use the boost from the home crowd to play their best.  The Hornets are on the road and playing in back to back games so fatigue may be a factor for them.   

Re: Hornets (12-26) at Celtics (20-17) 1/16
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2013, 10:53:20 PM »

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That's got to be the freakiest looking lineup I've ever seen.
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Re: Hornets (12-26) at Celtics (20-17) 1/16
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2013, 11:00:42 PM »

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That's got to be the freakiest looking lineup I've ever seen.

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Re: Hornets (12-26) at Celtics (20-17) 1/16
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2013, 11:01:23 PM »

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Can't underestimate the hornets, they've been playing really well lately. Still, we have as well. Can't slip up like we did against the Bobcats however, this is one team we need to put away early

Re: Hornets (12-26) at Celtics (20-17) 1/16
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2013, 11:03:47 PM »

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If Austin plays who does Doc put on him? I'd say probably Terry lol


Re: Hornets (12-26) at Celtics (20-17) 1/16
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2013, 11:19:05 PM »

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Big team. Imposing physical size. Especially in their frontcourt.

Better defensively in halfcourt with their size/length than in transition. Celtics gotta run them hard. Not a good team when forced to make defensive rotations but pretty effective when you let them set up and attack in straight lines. Move the ball and they'll fall apart. Not a smart defensive team.

Only have a first line defense. 1-2 defensive rotations on a possession is all they can handle. Make them make 3-4 rotations and cracks will open up.

Anthony Davis has gotten caught ball-watching a fair bit when I have seen him. Still learning how to play team defense in the NBA. Has the tools but not the know-how. Robin Lopez is a solid physical presence and has good vertical size but doesn't move well. I don't think either player can keep their team defense in line if Boston move the ball and attack in transition.

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« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2013, 11:28:44 PM »

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I can't believe Rivers sucks so hard

Re: Hornets (12-26) at Celtics (20-17) 1/16
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2013, 11:35:37 PM »

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Am I nuts to imagine we can stay on fire and go 39-6 from here and get hc vs Miami?

Yeah Ok, I know I'm nuts but until we have no shot, I'll be hoping.

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« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2013, 11:39:22 PM »

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That's got to be the freakiest looking lineup I've ever seen.

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Haha.. Hey it's basketball, not a beauty pageant!  ;D

Re: Hornets (12-26) at Celtics (20-17) 1/16
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That's got to be the freakiest looking lineup I've ever seen.

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Haha.. Hey it's basketball, not a beauty pageant!  ;D
It reminds me of this ;D



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« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2013, 11:52:52 PM »

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The Hornets have won 5 of their last 6.  Not a team to be taken lightly.
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« Reply #11 on: January 16, 2013, 12:00:41 AM »

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Unathletic at the PG and C positions.  Rondo and KG should live in the paint.  Bass and Sully need to keep their hands ready, because Davis will be leaving them to go for blocks all night. 

Love the Bradley vs. Gordon matchup.  Bradley is tailor-made to stop EGor, as long as he stays disciplined and doesn't get in foul trouble. 

Sully will be asked to guard Ryan Anderson at some point in this game.  Really interested to see how he handles it.  If I were Doc, I'd make an effort to keep Jeff Green on Anderson where possible.  He can handle his perimeter game and abuse him on the other end. 

I'd love to see Jeff Green give Anthony Davis an official Welcome to the NBA poster...


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« Reply #12 on: January 16, 2013, 12:01:06 AM »

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That's got to be the freakiest looking lineup I've ever seen.

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Haha.. Hey it's basketball, not a beauty pageant!  ;D
It reminds me of this ;D



Thank you, that's the first time I've ever seen that.  So funny!
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That's got to be the freakiest looking lineup I've ever seen.

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Re: Hornets (12-26) at Celtics (20-17) 1/16
« Reply #14 on: January 16, 2013, 12:20:39 AM »

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Am I nuts to imagine we can stay on fire and go 39-6 from here and get hc vs Miami?

Yeah Ok, I know I'm nuts but until we have no shot, I'll be hoping.

Now Ive actually looked at the schedules of both teams and think we can win 59 games and edge out Mia at 56 or 57 but in the best scenario we blow by them soon enough before they realize they better wake up. 5 games behind now.

 

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