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Rockets (24-14) at Celtics (13-25) Game #39 1/13/14
« on: January 12, 2014, 10:36:06 PM »

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Houston Rockets (24-14) at Boston Celtics (13-25)
Monday, January 13, 2014
7:30 PM ET
Regular Season Game #39, Home Game #19
TV: CSN-NE, CSN-H, NBA-LP 753(DTV)/752,753(Xfinity)
Radio: WEEI, KBME
TD Garden



Probable Starting Matchups
Point Guard

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Jordan Crawford vs Jeremy Lin

Shooting Guard
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Avery Bradley vs James Harden

Small Forward

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Jeff Green vs Chandler Parsons

Power Forward
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Brandon Bass vs Terrence Jones

Center

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Kris Humphries vs Dwight Howard



Reserves
MarShon Brooks
Vitor Faverani
Kelly Olynyk
Phil Pressey
Jerryd Bayless
Keith Bogans
Gerald Wallace
Jared Sullinger

Injuries
Rajon Rondo (ACL)any day now

Reserves
Aaron Brooks
Ronnie Brewer
Omri Casspi
Isaiah Canaan
Donatas Motiejunas
Francisco Garcia
Greg Smith

Injuries

Patrick Beverly (hand) out
Omer Asik (knee)  out
Chandler Parsons (knee) game time decision

Game Notes

It doesn't get any easier for the Celtics as they return home from their tough road trip to face the Houston Rockets.  The Celtics lost 85-109 to the Rockets on the road back in November.

The Rockets are 9-9 on the road and 6-4 in their last 10 games while the Celtics are 8-10 at home and 1-9 in their last 10.  The Celtics have lost their last 8 games and desperately need a win in this game to end the skid.  The Rockets are looking for their second straight win.

The Celtics kept the games close against both the Blazers and the Warriors and had a chance to win both games.  They have to find a way to solve their offensive droughts if they want to win this one. 

Key Matchups
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Harden is always a threat to score and so Avery will need to be at his defensive best to keep him from going off. He also needs to stay out of foul trouble as Harden has a penchant for flopping.

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Howard is very tough if allowed to get into his comfort zones.  Humphries has been playing good defense, but Howard will be a challenge.  We may see some Vitor if Humphries can't slow Howard down.

Keys to the Game
Defense - The Rockets have the #3 ranked offense in the league, scoring 105.3 points per game. The Celtics defense was weak against the Blazers, allowing them to score 112 points. It's important for them to play tough defense as it will be very difficult to outscore the Rockets high powered offense if they don't.

Rebound - The Rockets are 7th in the league in rebounding with 45.2 per game.  Much of rebounding is effort and energy and the Celtics must show both and crash the boards to keep the Rockets from getting easy points off rebounds.

Effort and Energy - The Celtics simply don't have the talent to beat teams on talent alone. They must win with energy and effort and grit.  They have to be the team that wants it more and that works harder for the win.

Be Aggressive - Going along with the effort and energy, the Celtics have to be the more aggressive team.  The have to be more aggressive in going after rebounds and loose balls.  They have to be aggressive on defense and in going to the basket.  And they have to keep up that aggressiveness the entire game.

X-Factors
Home and Fatigue

The Celtics are back home again and should get a boost from finally playing in front of the home crowd again.  They are going to have to overcome the fatigue of playing in 5 games in 7 nights on the road.
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Re: Rockets (24-14) at Celtics (13-25) Game #39 1/13/14
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2014, 11:25:56 PM »

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Im pro tanking and even I am sick of this losing streak.

LETS GO C'S!!

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I'm pro winning but wouldn't mind losing of a competitive game
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Marshon Brooks is with us right, he gonna be active?


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I'm pro winning but wouldn't mind losing of a competitive game

Agreed

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Marshon Brooks is with us right, he gonna be active?

he'll be activated just to foul Dwight  ;D
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Re: Rockets (24-14) at Celtics (13-25) Game #39 1/13/14
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2014, 06:12:12 AM »

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I thought Rondo would come back tonight, seems like it's not happening.

By the way, I hated the way the Cs lost in Houston, don't care for the record, I want a hard fought win against the Rockets.

Go Celtics!

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This is where a Jason Collins would have helped : ). Anyway,  BOLD PREDICTIONS: Rondo makes a 4th Quarter comeback and its a game tying 3. Kelly Olynyk pulls a passable Kevin Mchale impersonation in the post, Gets 20 and 10 with a block. Keith Bogans hits a contested shot,
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No Rondo tonight but Bass is out of the starting line up and Sully is back in it. 

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C's going with Humphries-Sullinger frontcourt (Bass to bench) vs. Rockets.
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Bah, this was the game I predicted for Rondo's return.

Oh well, I'm not going to be able to watch most of the game anyway, so I guess that's ok--don't want to miss his debut, no matter how underwhelming it might be.

Hope AB shuts down Harden.
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No Rondo tonight but Bass is out of the starting line up and Sully is back in it. 

Chris Forsberg ‏@ESPNForsberg 9m

C's going with Humphries-Sullinger frontcourt (Bass to bench) vs. Rockets.


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No Rondo tonight but Bass is out of the starting line up and Sully is back in it. 

Chris Forsberg ‏@ESPNForsberg 9m

C's going with Humphries-Sullinger frontcourt (Bass to bench) vs. Rockets.

thanks for the update fb. i like this combo for the celtics, though i hope olly gets lots of minutes tonight as well.

goooooo celtics!!!!
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i live in Houston, so i watching the rockets board cast!!!! GO CELTICS ...its blocked on my league pass..

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Finally, we're going to see the starting front-court I was counting on to begin the season with.

 

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