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at Boston Celtics (12-10) at San Antonio Spurs (18-6) Saturday, December 15, 20128:30 PM ET Regular Season Game #23 Road Game #11TV: NBA-TV, NBAC, CSN-NE, KENS Radio: WOAI, WEEI AT&T Center
Referees: Rodney Mott, Tony Brown, Kevin Fehr The Celtics continue their road trip with a stop in San Antonio to face
the ageless Tim Duncan and the Spurs. The Spurs are a very good home
team with a 7-2 record at the AT&T Center. The Celtics are 4-6 on
the road. The Spurs have lost their last 2 games and so will
come out strong in this one looking to get back on track. The Celtics
are coming off a loss to the Rockets in their first game of the road
trip. They also need to get back on track but in the second of back to
back games on the road, it's hard to say if they will have the focus or
the energy to do so. Doc started Courtney Lee against the
Rockets and moved Jason Terry back into his 6th man role. The results
of the move weren't all that positive as the Celtics got off to a very
slow start. I'm thinking that Doc may go back to JET in the starting
lineup but he may also stick with Lee.
Probable Starters PG SG SF PF C PG: Rajon Rondo SG: Jason Terry SF: Paul Pierce PF: Brandon Bass C: Kevin Garnett Celtics ReservesJared SullingerJason CollinsJeff GreenCourtney LeeLeandro BarbosaChris WilcoxInjuredAvery Bradley (shoulders) outRed ClawsFab MeloKris JosephProbable Starters PG SG SF PF CPG: Tony Parker SG: Gary NealSF: Danny Green PF: Tim Duncan C: Dejuan Blair Reserves Matt BonnerNando De ColoBoris DiawManu GinobiliKawhi Leonard Patrick MillsTiago SplitterCory Joseph Injuries Kawhi Leonard (knee) out Stephen Jackson (finger) out Key Matchups vsRajon Rondo vs Tony Parker When
Rondo is aggressive and focused, he can pretty much take on any point
guard in the league, including Parker. Rondo usually gets up for big
games and this is a big one. Hopefully aggressive Rondo shows up for
this one. vsBrandon Bass vs Tim Duncan Brandon
will have his hands full in this matchup. Duncan still brings a lot to
the table, especially defensively. He is great at getting position for
rebounds and tip ins and Bass and the other Celtics bigs need to
concentrate on keeping him away from the basket. Honorable Mention Kevin Garnett vs Dejuan Blair I
expect KG and Bass to switch on assignments from time to time and so we
will see KG on Duncan, at least part of the time. Duncan is having a
very good year so far and the Celtics need to try to slow him down.
Keys to the Game Defense - The Celtics must make defense a priority in this game. The
Spurs are a good offensive team, ranking 2nd in the league and
averaging 104.8 points per game The Celtics are 12th in scoring,
averaging 98.3 points per game. Both teams have slipped a bit on
defense with the Spurs allowing and 44% FG%. The Celtics have slipped
even more, allowing teams to shoot 45% against them. The Celtics must
lock down the Spurs on defense because chances are, they won't win a
shoot out against them. Focus - On the road
against a team like the Spurs, the Celtics must keep their focus from
the opening tip to the final buzzer. The Spurs are very capable of
taking advantage of any lack of focus on the Celtics part. The Celtics
need to put in a strong effort for 48 minutes in spite of playing in a
hostile environment. The Spurs won't let up and neither can the
Celtics if they want to win this one. Rebound
The Spurs are 10th in the league in rebounding with 42.9 rebounds per
game. The Celtics are still last with 38.5 rebounds per game.
Rebounding is all about effort and desire. The Celtics need to crash
the boards as a team and if they put out the effort in this area, it
will translate to the rest of their game. The Spurs will translate
rebounds into points and so the Celtics must beat them to the boards. Be Aggressive
When the Celtics are aggressive in going after loose balls, taking the
ball to the hoop and playing in your face defense, they are very tough
to beat. When they get lazy and allow teams to beat them to loose
balls and rebounds and when they settle for jumpers and don't go to the
basket, they are very beatable. They must stay aggressive and that
starts with Rondo. Hopefully he comes out aggressively in this game. Bench Play
- The second unit must come through for the Celtics. They need
quality minutes from everyone in the second unit. The Celtics are
playing in the second of back to back games on the road and in this
situation, bench play is even more important than usual. X-FactorOn the Road and Fatigue The
Celtics need to keep their focus playing on the road even though it's
easy to loose focus in a hostile arena and with the travel and all that
goes with it. Also, playing in the second of back to back games on the
road isn't usually a strong point for the Celtics. Fatigue could be a
factor down the stretch.
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