Utah Jazz (4-4) at Boston Celtics (4-3)Wednesday, November 14, 20127:30 PM ET Regular Season Game #8, Home Game #4TV: CSN-NE, ROOT, NBA-LP 753Radio: WEEI, KZNSTD Garden Referees: Mike Callahan, Eric Dalen, Brian Forte The Celtics are seeking their first 3 game win streak of the season as
they host former Celtic Al Jefferson and the Utah Jazz. The Jazz have
lost 3 their last 3 games against the Celtics and have a 4 game losing
streak in the Garden. The Jazz are just 1-4 on the road this season.
teams played just one game in the lock out shortened season last year, a
94-82 Celtics win at the Garden. The Jazz are playing in the second of
a 4 game road trip. They are coming off a 140-133 triple OT win over
the Toronto Raptors. Up until that win, the Jazz were winless on the
road, going 0-4 away from home to start the season.
Celtics have been more effective on the road than at home so far. They
are 3-1 on the road but just 1-2 at home. It's important to establish
dominance at home and a win here to give them a .500 record at home will
be a good start. The Celtics will be on the road Thursday to take on
the Brooklyn Nets in a back to back set.
Old friend, Al
Jefferson, who played his first three seasons with the Celtics before
being sent to Minnesota in the Kevin Garnett trade, has never beaten his
former team in nine tries despite averaging 20.9 points over his last 7
games against his old team. The Celtics will hope to keep that streak
alive in this game. They also would like to get their first 3 game win
streak of the season as well.
Doc has started the same lineup
the past 2 games and since they won both of them, we might expect him to
start the same lineup of Rondo, Terry, Pierce, Bass and KG once again.
But then again, Doc has said he will change the starters according to
the matchups so he may shake it up again. But I'm expecting the same
lineup since they are riding a 2 game win streak with it.
PG: Rajon Rondo 15.4 PPG 12.9 APG 2.3 SPG
SG: Jason Terry 11.9 PPG 1.9 APG .375 3P%
SF: Paul Pierce 19.3 PPG 6.7 RPG 3.6 APG
PF: Brandon Bass 10.4 PPG 6.1 RPG 0.9 BPG
C: Kevin Garnett 15.9 PPG 8.1 RPG 1.0 BPG
Avery Bradley (shoulders) out
PG Mo Williams 16.9 PPG 7.4 APG 1.3 SPG
SG: Gordon Hayward 13.9 PPG 2.0 APG .280 3P%
SF Marvin Williams 10.8 PPG 4.3 RPG 0.9 APG
PF Paul Millsap 15.6 PPG 9.4 RPG 1.5 BPG
C Al Jefferson 15.3 PPG 11.5 RPG 0.9 BPG
Raja Bell not with team
Earl Watson (knee) out
Rajon Rondo vs Mo Williams
with every game, as Rondo goes, so go the Celtics. He has been playing
very well and in this game faces another veteran PG who has also been
playing very well. This should be a good matchup and the Celtics will
need an aggressive Rondo to get the win.
Kevin Garnett vs Al Jefferson
will be matched up against former Celtic Big Al Jefferson, who was a
key member of the trade that brought KG to Boston. Big Al has been
playing well and is a handful around the basket KG will need to go
inside to defend Al around the basket. Al's defense has always been his
weak link and so KG should have a good game offensively.
Brandon Bass vs Paul Millsap
is a tough matchup and has been playing well. Bass will need to up his
defense to keep Millsap's scoring down and he will also need to box out
as Millsap is a danger around the hoop and a good rebounder.
Keys to the Game
As always, the Celtics will need to make defense a priority in this
game as the Jazz have some very good scorers and the Celtics will have
trouble winning a shoot out between them. The Jazz scored 140 points in
their last game. We saw some signs in the last game that the Celtics
defense is coming around. They need to show up defensively once again
in this game.
Rebound The Celtics need to be
aggressive in crashing the boards as a team. Utah is a good rebounding
team, ranked 6th, pulling down 44.9 rebounds per game. The Celtics are
once again ranked last with only 37.3 rebounds per game. They need
to put out extra effort on the boards to limit second chance points
and fast breaks for the Jazz.
Celtics second unit is still finding its way and building chemistry. The
Celtics need to get contributions from their reserves. With Terry in
the starting unit, others need to step up and contribute to the scoring
when the starters get a rest.
The Celtics need to continue where they left off in their win over the
Bulls by being the more aggressive team. Sometimes the Celtics play
passive and when they do, they always struggle and always seem to pick
up a lot more fouls. The Celtics must be aggressive and go strong to
the basket, go after loose balls and crash the boards.
Celtics are 1-2 at home and they need to establish themselves at home
so that teams fear coming into the Garden. Home court is only an
advantage when the team plays better at home. They need to feed off of
the crowd to motivate them to the win.
A veteran of 22 NBA seasons, Mike Callahan has officiated 1,315
regular season, 122 playoff and 12 NBA Finals games. He was a
member of the crews that officiated the 2007 NBA All-Star Game,
1994 Mexico Challenge and the 1996 Schick Rookie Game.
Prior to joining the NBA, Callahan spent three years officiating in the CBA, including the 1989 and
1990 CBA Finals. A member of the Cardinal O’Hara High School basketball team for four years,
Callahan also coached the freshman basketball team after graduating.
Callahan has run a clinic for referees called “Hoops4Heros” that benefits local fire departments and
maintains strong ties to the Philadelphia community through his volunteer work with the Don Guanella
School for developmentally disabled boys. Callahan is one of 4 refs to come out of Cardinal O'Hara High School in Pennsylvania. The other 3 are Joey Crawford, Ed Malloy and Tim Donaghy. Callahan was one of the referees mentioned in an incident in Tim Donaghy's book. He and other refs would regularly wager with their fellow refs over things like who would call the first foul, who could give out the first tech, etc. Makes you wonder what game they might be playing tonight. The Celtics are 7-3 over their last 10 games with Callahan officiating. He was one of the refs who officiated Game 7 of the ECF last season. He also called an 88-79 loss to Philly in the preseason. The Jazz are 1-9 over their last 10 with Callahan on the court. He usually lets the teams play and isn't a tyrant with the whistle. He isn't easily influenced by the home crowd with a home W/L record this season of 1-5.
Eric Dalen officiated 223 regular season games in his first four NBA
seasons. Prior to the NBA, Dalen worked for five seasons in the NBA Development League and officiated
the 2008 D-League All Star Game and the Finals. He also officiated for three years in the
Dalen was a two-year letter winner at the University of Minnesota where he played tight end for the
football team. I couldn't find much on the guy other than an article where Andrew Bynum was complaining about Dalen calling all 6 fouls on him in a game in 2008. He called 4 games for the Celtics last season. The first 3 were well officiated. But in the fourth, a loss to Chicago, the Bulls shot 28 free throws to 14 for the Celtics and the officiating was terrible. The Bulls shot 9 free throws before the Celtics shot 1 in spite of a lot of contact and no calls on behalf of the Bulls. The Celtics are 7-3 in their last 10 games with Dalen. The Jazz are also 7-3 in their last 10 games with Dalen officiating. His home W/L record this season is 3-3.
Brian Forte, who is the son of retired NBA referee Joe Forte, has officiated
275 regular season games in five NBA seasons. He also officiated
the 2011 NBA All-Star Rookie/Sophmore game and was selected as an alternate for last seasons
He worked for six seasons in the NBA Development League, officiating 126 games. During that time
he worked two NBA Development League Finals. He also officiated in several college conferences,
including the Southern Conference, where he officiated the 2007 conference tournament final, and
the Southeastern Conference, where he was selected to officiate the 2007 conference tournament.
Forte also was selected to officiate the 2007 NCAA Tournament. Forte was the object of Tommy's wrath in the classic rant that follows (the T was later rescinded). The officiating in that game was bad both ways.
Forte was one of the refs along with Eddie F Rush that officiated a Celtics win in Indiana last season. The officiating in that game was horrible and very one sided toward the Pacers. One of the comments from the Pacers' forum said that they wouldn't blame Celtics fans if they punched out the refs. Tommy also had this to say, "I hope this group of officials doesn't officiate the playoffs. Holy cow! They are terrible." The Celtics are 8-2 over their last 10 games with Forte as a ref. The Jazz are 4-6 over their last 10 games with Forte. His home W/L record this season is 4-2.
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