Boston Celtics (5-3) at Brooklyn Nets (4-2) Thursday, November 15. 20128:00 PM ET Regular Season Game #9, Road Game #5TV: TNT, NBACRadio: WEEI, WFAN Barclays Center Referees: Tony Brothers, John Goble, Scott Wall
The Celtics take on divisional rival Brooklyn Nets. Both teams have a
new look since the Celtics swept the series last season. The Nets are
in 2nd place in the division, half a game ahead of the Celtics.
Celtics are playing in the second of back to back games, having beaten
at home against the Jazz on Wednesday night. This is also the 2nd of 4
games in 5 nights. The Nets have been off since Tuesday night. The
second unit came through for the Celtics vs the Jazz, allowing Doc to
limit the starter's minutes.
However, Rondo rolled his ankle in
the 3rd quarter and is listed as day to day. I'm leaving him in the
starting lineup because I don't know what lineup Doc will start if Rondo
can't go. It's hard to tell what lineup he'll start anyway, let alone
if Rondo can't go. So, I'm leaving the same starters as we had in the
past 3 wins. That is the starting lineup listed in the game notes, so I'll go with it.
These two teams split a pair of preseason games with
the Nets winning 97-96 at the Garden and the Celtics winning 115-85 in
their very first ever trip to the Barclays Center. The Nets are 3-1 at
home while the Celtics are 3-1 on the road. Both teams have won 3 in a
row and at the end of the night, one team will have a 4 game win
streak. Hopefully it will be the Celtics.
PG SG SF PF C
PG: Rajon Rondo
SG: Jason Terry
SF: Paul Pierce
PF: Brandon Bass
C: Kevin Garnett
Avery Bradley (shoulders) out
Rajon Rondo (ankle) day to day
PG SG SF PF C
PG: Deron Williams
SG: Joe Johnson
SF: Keith Bogans
PF: Kris Humphries
C: Brook Lopez
MarShon Brooks (foot) probable
Gerald Wallace (ankle) day to day
Andray Blatche (head) questionable
Rajon Rondo vs Deron Williams
loves playing against the other top PG's in the league. He also loves
national TV games. Expect a big game from him as this game has both
and he'll be at his best.
Jason Terry vs Joe Johnson
Terry has been praised by Doc for his defense this season and he's
going to have to play defense as he faces Joe Johnson, who is capable of
putting points on the board in a hurry. On the other side, Johnson
hasn't been a lock down defender and Jet should be able to get his
Kevin Garnett vs Brook Lopez
has been playing very well, averaging 17.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and
2.3 blocks per game. This might be a good game for the Celtics to give
some minutes to Darko or Jason Collins to defend and wear down Lopez a
Keys to the Game
- The Celtics need to continue to tighten up their defense, especially
in transition and on the pick and roll. It is their defense that is
going to set them apart from the rest of the league.
- The Celtics need their reserves to continue to find their chemistry
and to produce. The Celtics starters can't carry the team and still be
fresh at the end of the game.
Rebound - The
Celtics need to crash the boards in order to limit New Jersey's fast
break points and second chance points. When they put out the effort to
win the battle of the boards, that often translates to the rest of their
Back to Back + Rondo's Status
are playing in the second of back to back games on the road. So far
they are 2-0 in that situation, but in the past, they have struggled in
the second of back to back games, especially on the road. Hopefully
they can continue this season's success in this game. Another factor will be Rondo's status. Obviously, the Celtics' chances are better if Rondo plays.
Tony Brothers is entering his 19th season as an NBA official and has
officiated 1,093 regular season games and 61 playoff games during
his career. Brothers made his first NBA Finals appearance during the
2011-12 season. He was a member of the crew that officiated the 1996
Mexico Challenge, 1998 Schick Rookie Game, 1999 McDonald’s Championship in Milan, Italy and
the 2008 China Games.
Prior to joining the NBA, Brothers spent four years officiating in the CBA, including three CBA Finals
and a CBA All-Star Game. He has one year of collegiate officiating experience at the Junior College
level. Brothers also has seven years of high school officiating experience in Virginia, including three
As a way of honoring his late mother and to give back to his community, Brothers operates Sassy
Properties, an organization dedicated to providing quality and affordable housing for disadvantaged
families. He is also a board member of BillBro, an organization that provides scholarships for women
and minorities. In 1994 he started a mentor program in the Tidewater, Va. schools. There are several articles about what a terrible ref Brothers is and detailing his misdeeds. He has angered a lot of fans of just about every team because of bad calls, no calls, and one sided officiating. The Celtics are 5-5 in their last 10 games with Brothers on the court, including the 115-85 over the Nets in the preseason. The Nets are 1-9 with Brothers in their last 10. His home W/L record this season is 4-2.
John Goble enters his fifth season having officiated 314 regular season
games and 13 playoff games. He also officiated the 2010 NBA All-
Star Rookie/Sophmore game. Prior to working in the NBA, Goble officiated 104 games over four
seasons in the NBA Development League and was selected to officiate the 2007 NBA D-League Finals.
He also officiated in several college conferences, including the Southeastern Conference,
where he was a tournament official in 2006 and 2007, and the Sunshine State Conference.
Goble received a Bachelors degree in Physical Education from Florida International University, and
worked as an account executive and a teacher before joining the NBA. Seems odd that Goble already has worked the playoffs with just 4 years of experience and others have been in the league 12 years or more and haven't cracked the playoff rotation yet. The Celtics are 7-3 over their last 10 games that Goble has officiated. The officiating was fairly even in all 3 games he called last season. The Nets are 2-8 in their last 10 games with Goble. His home W/L record this season is 4-2.
The son of former USA Basketball Director Bill Wall, Scott Wall has officiated
950 regular season games and seven playoff games over his
17 NBA seasons. In addition to his NBA experience, Wall has four years of officiating experience for
USA Basketball, four years of collegiate officiating experience in the Atlantic Coast, Ohio Valley, and
Trans America Athletic Conferences, and five years of high school officiating experience in Kansas
and Alabama. The Celtics are 5-5 in their last 10 games with Wall. The Nets 2-8 in their last 10 games with Wall on the court. His home W/L record this season is 3-2
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