Toronto Raptors (2-6) at Boston Celtics (5-4) Saturday, November 17, 201212:30 PM ET Regular Season Game #10, Home Game #5TV: CSNNE, SNET1, NBA-LP 751Radio: CJCL, WEEI TD Garden Referees: Jason Phillips, Courtney Kirkland, Olandis Poole
This is the first regular season meeting between these two Atlantic
Division teams and it is the first of 4 meetings this season. The
Celtics are 2-2 at home and would like to establish domination at
home so they need to start stepping up their game at the Garden. The Raptors are 1-3 on the road.
The Celtics might be
forced to play without their point guard and assist leader once again as
Rondo is listed as day to day. The Raptors have been playing without their starting point guard as well. However, the Raptors have a very capable backup PG in Jose Calderon. The Celtics were 9-5 last season
without Rondo including their last meeting with the Raptors in the
Garden that the Celtics won 100-64.
The Celtics are playing in
the first of back to back games and in the 3rd game in 4 days. The Raptors
last game was on Tuesday so they come into this one well rested. This
is a rare Saturday afternoon game. In past seasons, the Celtics have
struggled in early games. Hopefully that trend doesn't continue in this
Probable Starters PGSGSFPFCPG: Leandro BarbosaSG: Jason Terry SF: Paul Pierce PF: Brandon BassC: Kevin Garnett Celtics Reserves Jared SullingerJason CollinsJeff GreenCourtney LeeLeandro BarbosaChris WilcoxDarko MilicicInjured Avery Bradley (shoulders) out Rajon Rondo (ankle) day to day Red Claws Fab Melo Kris Joseph
PGSG SF PFC
PG: Jose Calderon
SG: DeMar DeRozan
SF: Dominic McGuire
PF: Andrea Bargnani
C: Jonas Valanciunas
Kyle Lowry (foot) out
Landry Fields (elbow) out
Alan Anderson (foot) out
Leandro Barbosa vs Jose Calderon
teams had to play without their starting point guard in their last
game. The Celtics lost their last game without Rondo while the Raptors
won their last game without Lowry. Calderon is a very good point guard
in his own right and so Barbosa will have his hands full trying to
Brandon Bass vs Andrea Bargnani
gives up 4 inches to Bargnani but Bass is much stronger and hopefully
can keep Bargnani off balance. Bargnani is a good 3 point shooter and
so Bass will need to guard him on the perimeter as well as inside.
Kevin Garnett vs Jonas Valanciunas
is known to be hard on rookies and hopefully he can rattle the Raptors'
rookie center. KG has been playing well and hopefully that will
continue in this game.
Keys to the Game
- The Celtics have got to crash the boards to prevent second chance
points. They are on the way to setting a record for fewest rebounds.
I'd love for Doc to play Darko with the second unit instead of always
going with small ball. Much of rebounding is effort and desire as
evidenced by Courtney Lee's team high 9 rebounds in the last game.
The effort they put out on the boards will usually spread to other areas
of the game as well.
Defense - The Celtics
must make defense a priority in each and every game. They seem to play
defense in spurts and in between they allow easy baskets and wide open
shots especially on pick and rolls and in transition. They must play
strong defense all game. With the Raptors, they must particularly guard
the perimeter as they love to shoot from beyond the arc.
- The Celtics have to be the more aggressive team. They have to be
aggressive in going to the basket and not just settle for outside
shots. Good things happen when players drive to the hoop. They also
have to be aggressive on defense and in fighting for loose balls.
Make Free Throws
- Down the stretch against the Nets, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry each
missed a pair of free throws. Both are usually good free throw shooters
and so it may have been a matter of focus. It's usually hard enough
for the Celtics to get to the line, they have to make good on the ones
X-Factors Bench + Rondo The Celtics are playing
in the 3rd game in 4 days and are in the midst of a 4 games in 5 days
stretch. Doc has done well to limit the starters minutes and the second
unit has come through for them. They have to once again come through
in this game as Doc will limit the starters with another game tomorrow.
The odds of winning definitely increase if Rondo can play.
Jason Phillips has officiated 766 regular season games and 27 playoff
games since joining the NBA officiating staff 12 seasons ago. In addition,
Phillips has six seasons of experience officiating in the CBA, working the 1999 CBA Finals. He
also officiated three seasons in the WNBA, working the 1999 WNBA Finals. Phillips spent five years
officiating at the high school level in his home state of Texas.
Phillips earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree at Tarleton State. In addition, he played
varsity basketball, golf and baseball while at Cisco High School in Texas.
The Celtics are are 6-4 over their last 10 games with Phillips as a ref. In one Celtics' win last season against Cleveland the Cavs shot 25 free throws to 14 for the Celtics and the refs let the Cavs hack and trip all night with no calls. The ignored Ray Allen being tripped in a one point game down the stretch. One loss last season was game 2 vs the Sixers that he officiated along with Dan Crawford in which KG was called for the offensive foul with 10 seconds left and a chance to win the game. It was Phillips and crew that got Tommy to swear on the air last season about the refs falling for all the blank blank flops.
Over the past 12 seasons, Courtney Kirkland has officiated 725 regular
season games and 11 playoff games. He also officiated two seasons
in the WNBA, including the 2000 WNBA Championship and the 1999 Conference Finals. Kirkland
also officiated the 2010 and 2011 Venezuelan LPB basketball championships.
Prior to joining the NBA, Kirkland also worked three seasons in the CBA where he officiated the 1999
and 2000 CBA Finals as well as the 2000 CBA All-Star Game. He was a high school official for four
years as a member of the Baton Rouge (La.) Basketball Officials Association and was named Rookie
Official of the Year in 1994.
Kirkland earned a degree in Computer Science from Southern University. He was a member of the
Northwestern High School basketball team that made it to the state semifinals in 1991 and 1992. Kirkland
received the school’s Academic award, and led the team in assists, free throw and three-point
The Celtics are 10-0 in their last 10 games that Kirkland officiated. He officiated 2 games last season and both were called evenly.
Poole joined the NBA officiating staff nine years ago and has officiated
467 games. After three seasons in the NBA Development League,
where he worked the postseason each year, Poole spent 12 years in the college ranks in the Southeastern
Conference, Big East, Atlantic 10, Conference USA, Big 12, Southern Conference, Ohio Valley
Conference, and Atlantic Sun Conference. He officiated the NCAA Tournament from 1996 through
2004, including the 2004 NCAA Final Four.
While attending Newport News Apprentice School, he received Basketball MVP honors three out of
The Celtics are 7-3 over their last 10 games with Poole as a ref. In his last game with the Celtics last season, along with Bill Kennedy, the refs called a flagrant 1 on Mickael Pietrus, which was a terrible call. They gave the Pacers 2 free throws and the ball plus an additional technical free throw when they protested the bogus call. That call was the difference in the game.
The Celtics have traditionally beaten the Raptors in the Garden. Gino only comes out in a blow out. But if you watch this video, you'll hear the Raptors' announcers talking about how Gino is a regular occurrence when they come to the Garden.
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