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Celtics (13-21) at Nuggets (16-17) Game #35 1/7/14
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Boston Celtics (13-21) at Denver Nuggets (16-17)
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
9:00 PM ET
Regular Season Game #35 Road Game #17
TV: CSNNE, Altitude, NBA-LP 765(DTV), 755(Xfinity)
Radio: WZLX, 950AM
Pepsi Center



Probable Starting Matchups
Point Guard

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Jordan Crawford vs Ty Lawson

Shooting Guard

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Avery Bradley vs Randy Foye

Small Forward
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Jeff Green vs Wilson Chandler

Power Forward

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Brandon Bass vs Kenneth Faried

Center
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Jared Sullinger vs JJ Hickson




Celtics Reserves
Kelly Olynyk
Kris Humphries
Vitor Faverani
Phil Pressey
Gerald Wallace
Keith Bogans

Possible Celtics
Jerryd Bayless
Ryan Gomes

Possible Former Celtic who May Still Be a Celtic
Courtney Lee

Injuries
Rajon Rondo (ACL)out


Red Claws

MarShon Brooks



Nuggets Reserves
Timofey Mosgov
Darrell Arthur
Nate Robinson
Andre Miller
Jordan Hamilton
Evan Fournier
Quincy Miller
Anthony Randolph

Injuries
Danilo Gallinari (knee) out
JaVale McGee (leg) out

Game Notes

The Celtics continue their road trip as they visit the Denver Nuggets.  The Celtics won their first meeting with the Nuggets this season 106-98 in Boston.  Denver has won 8 or their last 9 games against the Celtics in Denver, however. 

In their first meeting, the Celtics jumped out to a 20 point lead at the half with the Nuggets roaring back to come to within 3 in the 3rd quarter.  Ty Lawson, who led the Nuggets with 20 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists left the game in the 3rd with a hamstring injury and the Celtics hung on to win. 

These teams have been pretty evenly matched in recent years, with each team winning 11 games since the 02-03 season.  The Celtics are 5-11 on the road and 3-7 in their last 10 games.  The Nuggets are8-8 at home and 2-8 in their last 10 games.  The Celtics have lost their last 4 games while the Nuggets are on a 2 game win streak.

Key Matchups
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Brandon Bass vs Kenneth Faried
Faried is quick and athletic and very much fun to watch. Brandon Bass will have his hands full trying to stay with him. Faried is averaging 10.0 points and 7.7 rebounds per game and has a motor that just doesn't quit.

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For once, Sully won't be at a big height disadvantage against the 6'9" Hickson, who is averaging 11.2 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Hickson scored 17 points and pulled down 7 rebounds in their first meeting.

Keys to the Game

Defense - Defense is the key to winning every game. Against the Nuggets, transition defense is especially important because the Nuggets will run them out of the building if they don't find a way to get stops.  The Celtics will definitely need to defend better than they did against the Thunder.

Go to the Hoop- The Celtics need to get the ball inside and not settle for outside shots, especially if they aren't falling.  When they get into the paint, good things happen.

Run! - We know that the Nuggets will run and the Celtics also need to run to keep pace with them. The Celtics are much better when they push the ball and run and get their shots before the defense can set up.

Play 48 Minutes - The Celtics are still struggling with playing for the entire 48 minutes.  They have to find a way to stop the lapses that they have had in almost every game recently. 

X-Factors

Distractions and Thin Air
The Celtics have to play their game and shut out all the trade rumors and the fact that they just lost one of their teammates and will soon have a new teammate.  They need to concentrate on the game at hand and not on the outside distractions. 

The Nuggets have a home court advantage in that they are used to the thin air in Denver while visiting teams are not.  Hopefully it won't affect the Celtics too much. 

Re: Celtics (13-21) at Nuggets (16-17) Game #35 1/7/14
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2014, 06:44:45 AM »

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Bold Predictions: Bayless with a triple double off the bench, Bass to hit 2 3s in the game, and...Kelly Olynyk leads all scorers.
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Re: Celtics (13-21) at Nuggets (16-17) Game #35 1/7/14
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Bold Predictions: Bayless with a triple double off the bench, Bass to hit 2 3s in the game, and...Kelly Olynyk leads all scorers.

Can't tell if serious...

Cos' KO could very well lead all scorers.

Yet Bass hitting 2 3's...




Anyway, cheer on the Celtics for me since I can't watch  :-\

Re: Celtics (13-21) at Nuggets (16-17) Game #35 1/7/14
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4 of my favorite pfs going head to head. Should be an interesting game. Small lineups BAYBAY.
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Re: Celtics (13-21) at Nuggets (16-17) Game #35 1/7/14
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Hickson is outperforming Faried?

I always thought Hickson was underrated but that's surprising.
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Re: Celtics (13-21) at Nuggets (16-17) Game #35 1/7/14
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Hickson is outperforming Faried?

I always thought Hickson was underrated but that's surprising.

Faried is having a down year.

Re: Celtics (13-21) at Nuggets (16-17) Game #35 1/7/14
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2014, 08:58:26 PM »

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Just got a feeling we are going to get a W tonight.

Re: Celtics (13-21) at Nuggets (16-17) Game #35 1/7/14
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Bold Predictions: Bayless with a triple double off the bench, Bass to hit 2 3s in the game, and...Kelly Olynyk leads all scorers.

Bayless gets a triple double in 15 minutes..

Re: Celtics (13-21) at Nuggets (16-17) Game #35 1/7/14
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Screw it. I'm watching.

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Re: Celtics (13-21) at Nuggets (16-17) Game #35 1/7/14
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Just got a feeling we are going to get a W tonight.

Hope not

Re: Celtics (13-21) at Nuggets (16-17) Game #35 1/7/14
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we always play the nuggets after a trade!!!

Re: Celtics (13-21) at Nuggets (16-17) Game #35 1/7/14
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we always play the nuggets after a trade!!!

I know, right?!?! This is a pattern..

Re: Celtics (13-21) at Nuggets (16-17) Game #35 1/7/14
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Our interior help defense is pathetic. Danny has to find a shot blocker.
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Re: Celtics (13-21) at Nuggets (16-17) Game #35 1/7/14
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Keep feeding it to Sully, they can't guard him down low

 

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