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« on: February 09, 2013, 10:24:12 PM »

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Denver Nuggets (33-18) at  Boston Celtics (26-23)
Sunday, February 10, 2013
6:00 PM ET
Regular Season Game #50  Home Game #28
TV:  CSNNE,  ASE,  LP 751(DEN)/752 (BOS)
Radio:  WEEI,  104.3 FM
TD Garden



Probable Starting Matchups
Point Guard
  vs 
Avery Bradley  vs Ty Lawson

Shooting Guard 

  vs 
Courtney Lee  vs Andre Iguodala 

Small Forward
  vs 
Paul Pierce  vs Danilo Gallinari

Power Forward

  vs 
Brandon Bass   vs  Kenneth Faried

Center

  vs 
Kevin Garnett vs Kosta Koufos 





Celtics Reserves
Jason Terry
Jason Collins
Chris Wilcox
Jeff Green
Leandro Barbosa

Injuries
Rajon Rondo (knee) out
Jared Sullinger (back) out

Red Claws
Fab Melo



Denver's Reserves
Corey Brewer
Wilson Chandler
Evan Fournier
Jordan Hamilton
JaVale McGee
Andre Miller
Quincy Miller
 Timofey Mosgov
Anthony Randolph
Julyan Stone

Injuries
None

Team Connections

Brandon Bass and Anthony Randolph both attended LSU
Avery Bradley and Jordan Hamilton both attended Texas
Jason Collins and Corey Brewer were teammates in Minnesota during the 2008-09 season
Jason Terry and Andre Iguodala both attended Arizona
Corey Brewer and Jason Terry were teammates in Dallas during the 2010-11 season
Chris Wilcox and Andre Miller were teammates on the LA Clippers from 2002-05
Wilcox, Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari were teammates in New York during the 2008-09 season.

Game Notes
Two win streaks will collide as the Denver Nuggets bring their 9 game win streak into the Garden to face try to break the Celtics' 6 game win streak.  The Nuggets earned their 9th straight victory on Saturday night with a 111-103 victory over the Cavaliers.  The Nuggets stopped the Clippers' 17 game win streak earlier this season and would like to play the spoiler for the Celtics streak as well. 

The Nuggets have quietly compiled the 4th best record in the West and the 6th best record overall.   They are 9-1 in their last 10 games while the Celtics are 6-4 in their last 10.  The Celtics are playing well at home with an 18-9 record at the Garden while the Nuggets have struggled a bit on the road with an 11-15 record away from the Pepsi Center. 

This is the first meeting between these two clubs this season.  They will meet again in just 9 more days.   Right after the All Star break, the Celtics will hit the road and the Nuggets will be their first game on a 5 game road trip.   This will be a big test for the Celtics and hopefully they will be up for it. 


Key Matchups

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Paul Pierce vs Danilo Gallinari
Gallinari is averaging 17.1 points per game and is capable of hitting shots from the perimeter as well as getting to the basket.  He has a height advantage on Pierce which may make guarding him more difficult for the Captain.    Pierce needs to make him work on the defensive end and use his veteran wiles to limit Gallo's scoring. 

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Brandon Bass vs Kenneth Faried
Bass will have his hands full with Faried who has earned the nickname "Manimal."  Faried plays with an abundance of energy and is a beast on the boards.  He averages 12.2 points and 9.7 boards a game and slowing him down will be key for the Celtics. 

Honorable Mention
Courtney Lee vs Andre Iguodala
The Celtics have had their share of battles with Andre Iguodala when he played for the Sixers.  He is averaging 13.5 points a game for the Nuggets but is capable of putting up big numbers on any given night. 


Keys to the Game

Defense - I may sound like a broken record, but Defense is the key to every game.   If they come into every game with the mindset to make defense a priority, they stand a good chance of winning every one.  When they slack off on defense, it affects every part of their game.  The Nuggets have won 31-1 in games where they score 100+ points.  They also rank first in the league in fast break points (19.4). The Celtics have got to play tough defense if they want to win this game. 

Rebound -   Since much of rebounding is effort and desire, the effort  that the Celtics show on the boards usually indicates how much the team really wants the game.  The Nuggets are a big team and are a very good rebounding team, ranking 2nd in the league with 45.4 rebounds per game and 1st in offensive rebounds with 13.8 per game.  The Celtics are 2nd to last, pulling down only 39.7 rebounds per game.  The Celtics have got to make an effort to crash the boards as a team. 

Be Aggressive The more aggressive team usually gets more calls  and taking the ball to the hoop usually ends in either a basket or a foul or a kick out to a wide open teammate.  The Celtics can't settle for jumpers, especially against a team like the Nuggets who will clean up the rebounds and turn them into a fast break.  They have to be aggressive in going to the hoop. They also must be aggressive in going after loose balls and rebounds.   

Move the Ball- When the Celtics move the ball and find the open man, they are very tough to beat.  When the ball movement slows and players try to do too much, it usually ends in a loss.   But the Celtics must be careful with their passes as the Nuggets are 6th in the league, forcing 15.5 turnovers a game.   

X-Factors
Home and Rust vs Fatigue
The Celtics are home where they have been playing well and they need to use the crowd to give them an advantage in the game.  The Nuggets are a great home team but have struggled at times on the road with a 10-15 record away from the Pepsi Center.   The Celtics have also had 2 full days off without practice while the Nuggets are playing in the second of back to back games.   

Re: Nuggets (33-18) at Celtics (26-23) 2/10
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2013, 10:37:29 PM »

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TP, this should be a fun game.

Re: Nuggets (33-18) at Celtics (26-23) 2/10
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2013, 11:04:12 PM »

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It is going to be tough to keep up with this team's quickness.

I hope Doc plays Chris Wilcox instead of Jason Collins. Collins is too slow and limited to be on the floor against this fast-breaking Nuggets team. He could kill us while Garnet gets a breather.

I'd like to see extended minutes for Jeff Green too. And close monitoring of Pierce's activity / minutes. Make sure he doesn't tire out which he is liable to do against this squad with Iggy/Gallo working him over on both ends of the court.

Re: Nuggets (33-18) at Celtics (26-23) 2/10
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2013, 11:10:31 PM »

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both teams are very hot this will be a great game.

good test for our defense up against this high powered offense. i see denver won tonight was it convincingly did cleveland at least make them work?


Re: Nuggets (33-18) at Celtics (26-23) 2/10
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2013, 11:10:47 PM »

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  vs 
Brandon Bass vs Kenneth Faried
Bass will have his hands full with Faried who has earned the nickname "Manimal."  Faried plays with an abundance of energy and is a beast on the boards.  He averages 12.2 points and 9.7 boards a game and slowing him down will be key for the Celtics. 


Faried's quickness and rebounding prowess against Bass' slow reactions, lack of focus boxing out and weaknesses pursuing loose balls is ... terrifying.



Rebound -   Since much of rebounding is effort and desire, the effort  that the Celtics show on the boards usually indicates how much the team really wants the game.  The Nuggets are a big team and are a very good rebounding team, ranking 2nd in the league with 45.4 rebounds per game and 1st in offensive rebounds with 13.8 per game.  The Celtics are 2nd to last, pulling down only 39.7 rebounds per game.  The Celtics have got to make an effort to crash the boards as a team. 

The rebounding battle is going to be extremely difficult against this Denver team.

Nuggets are 4th best in rebounding differential. Multiple rebounding big men against Boston's lack of rebounding bigs. Multiple rebounding wings against Boston's undersized off guards / combo guards. Several problem areas.

Re: Nuggets (33-18) at Celtics (26-23) 2/10
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2013, 11:36:21 PM »

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Not optimistic about our chances against Denver. Will be curious about Lawson's quickness versus Avery, for some reason I don't see Bradley being as effective. We'll see.

Re: Nuggets (33-18) at Celtics (26-23) 2/10
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2013, 11:44:04 PM »

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this is a gonna be a fun game. keep the streak alive. let's go C's!

Re: Nuggets (33-18) at Celtics (26-23) 2/10
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2013, 11:49:15 PM »

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The only team in the league hotter than us. 22-3 at home. Good thing it's not i n the Mile High City and in the friendly confines of the Jungle!  ;D hope it gets rocking like last game
Jeff Green - Top 5 SF

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« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2013, 11:51:22 PM »

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Streak 6 vs. streak 9.
Epic D vs. epic O.
Iggy vs. Pierce in first meeting since game 7.(big factor in his trading)
Jeff Green - Top 5 SF

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Re: Nuggets (33-18) at Celtics (26-23) 2/10
« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2013, 12:17:27 AM »

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Someone needs to dig the truth out of the snow first!



how much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck was chris bosh?

Re: Nuggets (33-18) at Celtics (26-23) 2/10
« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2013, 12:19:28 AM »

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Someone needs to dig the truth out of the snow first!



Denver will see the snow and think they have home court advantage

I wonder if they can even get to Boton with all the airport screwups
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« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2013, 01:43:51 AM »

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  vs 
Brandon Bass vs Kenneth Faried
Bass will have his hands full with Faried who has earned the nickname "Manimal."  Faried plays with an abundance of energy and is a beast on the boards.  He averages 12.2 points and 9.7 boards a game and slowing him down will be key for the Celtics. 


Faried's quickness and rebounding prowess against Bass' slow reactions, lack of focus boxing out and weaknesses pursuing loose balls is ... terrifying.



Rebound -   Since much of rebounding is effort and desire, the effort  that the Celtics show on the boards usually indicates how much the team really wants the game.  The Nuggets are a big team and are a very good rebounding team, ranking 2nd in the league with 45.4 rebounds per game and 1st in offensive rebounds with 13.8 per game.  The Celtics are 2nd to last, pulling down only 39.7 rebounds per game.  The Celtics have got to make an effort to crash the boards as a team. 

The rebounding battle is going to be extremely difficult against this Denver team.

Nuggets are 4th best in rebounding differential. Multiple rebounding big men against Boston's lack of rebounding bigs. Multiple rebounding wings against Boston's undersized off guards / combo guards. Several problem areas.
I don't care about numbers I just wanna see some nasty-in Pop voice

If we can keep them in front of us and turn this into a slow grind it out ugly game I like our chances


Re: Nuggets (33-18) at Celtics (26-23) 2/10
« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2013, 01:55:44 AM »

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  vs 
Brandon Bass vs Kenneth Faried
Bass will have his hands full with Faried who has earned the nickname "Manimal."  Faried plays with an abundance of energy and is a beast on the boards.  He averages 12.2 points and 9.7 boards a game and slowing him down will be key for the Celtics. 


Faried's quickness and rebounding prowess against Bass' slow reactions, lack of focus boxing out and weaknesses pursuing loose balls is ... terrifying.



Rebound -   Since much of rebounding is effort and desire, the effort  that the Celtics show on the boards usually indicates how much the team really wants the game.  The Nuggets are a big team and are a very good rebounding team, ranking 2nd in the league with 45.4 rebounds per game and 1st in offensive rebounds with 13.8 per game.  The Celtics are 2nd to last, pulling down only 39.7 rebounds per game.  The Celtics have got to make an effort to crash the boards as a team. 

The rebounding battle is going to be extremely difficult against this Denver team.

Nuggets are 4th best in rebounding differential. Multiple rebounding big men against Boston's lack of rebounding bigs. Multiple rebounding wings against Boston's undersized off guards / combo guards. Several problem areas.
I don't care about numbers I just wanna see some nasty-in Pop voice

If we can keep them in front of us and turn this into a slow grind it out ugly game I like our chances

Keeping Ty Lawson in front of you is easier said than done unfortunately.  :-[


how much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck was chris bosh?

Re: Nuggets (33-18) at Celtics (26-23) 2/10
« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2013, 04:00:46 AM »

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Brandon Bass vs Kenneth Faried
Bass will have his hands full with Faried who has earned the nickname "Manimal."  Faried plays with an abundance of energy and is a beast on the boards.  He averages 12.2 points and 9.7 boards a game and slowing him down will be key for the Celtics. 


Faried's quickness and rebounding prowess against Bass' slow reactions, lack of focus boxing out and weaknesses pursuing loose balls is ... terrifying.



Rebound -   Since much of rebounding is effort and desire, the effort  that the Celtics show on the boards usually indicates how much the team really wants the game.  The Nuggets are a big team and are a very good rebounding team, ranking 2nd in the league with 45.4 rebounds per game and 1st in offensive rebounds with 13.8 per game.  The Celtics are 2nd to last, pulling down only 39.7 rebounds per game.  The Celtics have got to make an effort to crash the boards as a team. 

The rebounding battle is going to be extremely difficult against this Denver team.

Nuggets are 4th best in rebounding differential. Multiple rebounding big men against Boston's lack of rebounding bigs. Multiple rebounding wings against Boston's undersized off guards / combo guards. Several problem areas.
I don't care about numbers I just wanna see some nasty-in Pop voice

If we can keep them in front of us and turn this into a slow grind it out ugly game I like our chances

Keeping Ty Lawson in front of you is easier said than done unfortunately.  :-[
well we'll do it together if we somewhat contained LeBron and even Melo with effort should  be able to contain him


Re: Nuggets (33-18) at Celtics (26-23) 2/10
« Reply #14 on: February 10, 2013, 05:30:52 AM »

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Will be rooting extra hard for the C's against this streaking Denver team.
I moved the cheese.

 

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