Wednesday, November 24
Game #15, Home Game #7
TV: CSNNE, YES, NBA-LP 756/757
Referees: Dan Crawford, John Goble, Haywoode Workman
Last season, the Celtics won the series 3‐1 with the Celtics winning both games at New Jersey. Paul Pierce led the Celtics with an average of 20.0 points and shot 60.0% from three‐point range in the 4 games vs the Nets. Rajon Rondo added a double‐double effort with 14.3 points and 11.3 assists to go along with 3.0 steals per game. Brook Lopez led the Nets with an average of 21.3 points while adding 7.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game.
The Nets are playing in the second of back to back games. They pulled off a 107-101 win over the Hawks on Tuesday night but lost their previous 3 games. The Celtics are coming off a very dominant win over the Hawks but tend to play down to the competition. In spite of their record, the Nets can be a dangerous team if you don't take them seriously. Hopefully the Celtics are still a bit mad about their losses to the Thunder and Raptors and will come into this one focused and put them away early.
Rajon Rondo.....Ray Allen ..... Paul Pierce.....Kevin Garnett..... ShaquilleO'Neal
Boston Bench Mob
Nate Robinson (If Rondo can't go, Nate will probably start again)
Kendrick Perkins (knee) out
Jermaine O'Neal (knee) out
Rajon Rondo (hamstring) day to day
Devin Harris.....Anthony Morrow.... Travis Outlaw.... Kris Humphries...Brook Lopez
Quinton Ross (calf) questionable
Terrence Williams (suspended) out
Shaquille O'Neal vs Brook Lopez
One of the very few bright spots for the Nets in recent years has been the play of Brook Lopez, who is averaging 17.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game. Shaq's toughness and size will be needed to keep Lopez from having a big game.
Rajon Rondo vs Devin Harris
Rondo has said that he plans to be back for this game but Doc may choose to rest him a bit longer. Whether it's Rondo or Nate playing the point, the PG matchup will be a key both for keeping the Celtics offense moving and preventing Harris from getting the Nets into their offense.
Play 48 minutes
Focus and Effort
We saw what the Celtics are capable of in the game against the Hawks. This game should be an even more dominant win. But, the Celtics also seem to play down to their competition and lose focus against the weaker teams. If they come out focused and put in the effort, especially on the defensive end, they win. Simple as that.