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Celtics (10-12) at Nets (6-14) Game #23 12/10
« on: December 09, 2013, 09:22:28 PM »

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Boston Celtics (10-12) at Brooklyn Nets (6-14)
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
7:30 PM ET
Regular Season Game #23, Road Game #13
TV: CSNNE, YES, NBA-LP 758(DTV), 754/755(xfinity)
Radio: WZLX 100.7, WFAN
Barclays Center



Probable Starting Lineups

Point Guard
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Jordan Crawford vs Shaun Livingston

Shooting Guard

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Avery Bradley vs Joe Johnson

Small Forward
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Jeff Green vs Alan Anderson

Power Forward
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Brandon Bass vs Kevin Garnett

Center

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Jared Sullinger vs Brook Lopez




Celtics Reserves
MarShon Brooks
Kris Humphries
Vitor Faverani
Phil Pressey
Gerald Wallace
Keith Bogans
Courtney Lee

Injuries
Rajon Rondo (ACL) out
Kelly Olynyk (ankle) game time decision


Nets Reserves
Andre Blatche
Tyshawn Taylor
Reggie Evans
Mirza Teletovic
Mason Plumlee
Tornike Shengelia

Injuries
Jason Terry (knee) questionable
Andre Kirilenko (back) out
Deron Williams (ankle) probable
Paul Pierce (hand) probable

Game Notes
Players on both sides are saying that this is just another game, but it's far from it.  For one thing, it's a division rivalry.  For another, it is the first of 4 meetings between two teams that made a blockbuster trade this summer.  Players on both sides would love to beat the team that traded them this summer to show that their former teams should have kept them.

The starting lineup in the Nets notes has Shaun Livingston starting at the point and Alan Anderson playing at small forward.  However, there have been reports that both Paul Pierce and Deron Williams are expected to return from injury in this game.  Jason Kidd may bring them off the bench or put them right back in the starting lineup. 

Paul Pierce broke a bone in his hand just 10 days ago and was expected to miss this game, but he was back at practice on Monday and said he expects to play in this one.  His early return shouldn't come as any surprise to Celtics fans who have seen the former Celtic play through injuries over and over throughout the years. 

Deron Williams has missed the whole season so far with an ankle injury.  He has also been practicing and expects to make his return in this game.  On the Celtics side, Kelly Olynyk has been sidelined with a sprained ankle since November 23 and practiced on Monday for the first time since the injury.  He is listed as a game time decision. 

The Celtics have won their last 3 games, while the Nets are looking for their second straight victory.  The Celtics are 5-7 on the road and 6-4 in their last 10 games while the Nets are just 2-6 at home and 3-7 in their last 10. 

The Nets last played on Saturday when they were able to get past the last place Bucks 90-82.  The Celtics played a matinee game on Sunday, annihilating the Knicks by 41 points.   The Celtics also are playing in the first of back to back games with the Clippers waiting in the wings for a Wednesday game.   Whether they admit it or not, this game is special. 

Key Matchups

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Jared Sullinger vs Brook Lopez
Brook Lopez is one of the top centers in the league and is going to be a tough cover for Jared Sullinger.  Lopez is averaging 20.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks per game. 

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Brandon Bass vs Kevin Garnett
Brandon Bass learned a lot while playing along side Kevin Garnett and now the student must stop the master.  This should be a good matchup. 

Keys to the Game
Defense - The Celtics have been winning with defense and they need to continue to play tough team and individual defense in order to win this game. 

Run
- The Celtics play best when they set the pace and run on every possession.  They can get easy shots when they beat the defenses down the court. 

Rebound
- The Celtics have been doing a good job of crashing the boards as a team and they need to continue to do so.  When they rebound as a team, including the guards, it gives them a much better chance of winning. 

Move the Ball - The Celtics play best when they move the ball and find the open man.  When they dribble too much and stall the ball movement, they struggle. 

Go to the Hoop - The Celtics have been shooting the ball well, but they shouldn't fall too much in love with the long jumpers.  When they take the ball inside, good things happen.  They either get an easy basket, draw a foul or have an open man to pass out to. 

X-Factors
Focus and Emotions
Emotions will be running high on both sides and the team that can keep their focus and control their emotions the best will more than likely get the win. 

Re: Celtics (10-12) at Nets (6-14) Game #23 12/10
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2013, 09:27:22 PM »

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Very interested to see Bradley on Johnson.

Joe is massive for a SG (6'7 240lbs) and Avery may have problems.

Looking forward to it!
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Re: Celtics (10-12) at Nets (6-14) Game #23 12/10
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2013, 10:18:29 PM »

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This will be a good game, they're taller than us, more experienced, more expensive and more dysfunctional ;D

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Re: Celtics (10-12) at Nets (6-14) Game #23 12/10
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Re: Celtics (10-12) at Nets (6-14) Game #23 12/10
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2013, 11:55:21 AM »

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I'd say Celtics run The Nets out of the Building but that wouldn't be a BOLD PREDICTION.  Anyway, Jeff Green to in for 40 points and 10 rebounds, Jordan Crawford to hit more 3s than the whole Nets team, and Faverani gets away with a moving screen on Kevin Garnett, twice.
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« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2013, 12:36:08 PM »

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Very interested to see Bradley on Johnson.

Joe is massive for a SG (6'7 240lbs) and Avery may have problems.

Looking forward to it!

Because of his mass, Johnson's weakness on defense is closing out on a spot-up attempt on the perimeter.  Perhaps Bradley can exploit that.

If you don't count Green and Wallace, I don't think any guard on the roster will clearly do a better job defending JJ than Bradley.
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Re: Celtics (10-12) at Nets (6-14) Game #23 12/10
« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2013, 12:36:51 PM »

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In my mind this game defines which team is playoff bound and which one isn't , Rondo withstanding.

the Nets have a lot riding on this game .....not being the laughing stock of the NBA, I look for for them fight tooth and nail for their respect...I think Pierce see,,if Nets lose here ,....the team might just explode .....this is a critical game for,the Nets

A Celtics win over a  underachieving All Star club with their back against the wall. Would be nearly as epic as the win over the Heat....if Nets lose this , I think the coach is in very serious trouble  .......it just flys in the face of the whole Nets organization to lose this game is just not an option.....to,save face.

On the other side......the Celtics may hold  an ace in the hole ......there are a couple guys that would like nothing more than to PAYBACK the Nets organization ...

I think JCraw wants to prove he can compete with the likes of DWill and all his hype that goes with his career .

There maybe a lot of hate ready to fly in the face of the Nets tonight.

I look for several ejections from both sides . Tons of emotion......none of it love

The total,key is to keep Lopez in control and get him in foul trouble early ......make KG play .


Go Celtics !
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« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2013, 04:09:10 PM »

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BOLD PREDICTIONS

MarShon Brookes finishes with 7 points in 7 minutes.

Paul Pierce reveals to the world that he really can't grow facial hair. Or hit a shot, as The Truth goes 0-7 from the field and 3-5 from the line.

Kevin Garnett sneaks onto the Celtics bus and smuggles himself back to the TD Garden

Deron Williams goes ham. Literally. He orders a hoagie from the bench during the game, finishes the whole thing during the first quarter, and doesn't get a single crumb on his suit and/or jersey.

Celtics Win.

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« Reply #10 on: December 10, 2013, 06:13:11 PM »

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Deron looks like he's coming back today.  I expect them to be drastically better once DWill is 100%.

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« Reply #11 on: December 10, 2013, 07:31:19 PM »

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BOOOOLDDD PREDICTION

SULLY EATS LOPEZ ALIVE
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I have conflicting emotions, but this is exciting!! 

Go Celtics!!

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here we go! Avery and Green on early points
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KG with a move on the inside. That's the first time i have seen him do that n a nets uniform...

 

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