Celtics Take on Knicks in Albany

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Celtics look to avenge their earlier OT loss to the Knicks as the preseason winds down.

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Boston Celtics (2-4) at New York Knicks (2-1)
Preseason Game #7 – Road Game #5
Saturday, October 20, 2012
7:30pm ET
TV: CSNNE, MSG, NBA-LP (DTV 752/753)
Times Union Center, Albany, New York
Referees: Marc Davis, Tony Brown, Eli Roe


Game Thread l Chat

This is the second preseason game between these two division rivals. The first game was a spirited affair with the Knicks coming out on top 98-95 in OT. The Knicks are playing in the second of back to back games and although most of their regular starters are listed they may sit them.

In the Knicks' 107-88 loss to the Raptors, Amare played 26 minutes and Melo played 33 minutes. They may or may not play in this one. Amare has pretty much said that he doesn't play to play. Ordinarily, the starters would sit in back to back games but this is New York and this is the Celtics, and after a sub-par effort with porous defense, their coach may want to try to work through some issues. But, who knows.

The game notes have the regular starters listed, but they haven't been right yet, so why start now? Doc has said that he will sit Paul Pierce and Brandon Bass tonight, both of whom sustained minor injuries in the last game, I've put Jeff Green into the starting lineup for Pierce, but I have a funny feeling that Doc may start Kris Jospeh to keep some continuity with his core bench group.

Sherrod Blakely tweeted that both KG and Darko will also be out tonight. It looks like Rondo is playing but may be in limited minutes. No word yet whether Barbosa has reported to the Celtics yet. Last word was he was going through visa paperwork and may be available for Sunday's game.

On an interesting note, Marc Davis will be calling a Celtics game for the first time since his incident with Rondo that resulted in Rondo's suspension. If you recall, a series of terrible and very obviously wrong calls led to Rondo bumping him after yet another terrible call. Let's hope they are both on their best behavior in this one.


Probable Starters

PG SG SF PF C[image]

PG: Rajon Rondo

SG: Courtney Lee

SF: Jeff Green

PF: Jared Sullinger

C: Jason Collins


Reserves

Brandon Bass

Leandro Barbosa

Jason Collins

Micah Downs

Kris Joseph

Rob Kurz

Jason Terry

Fab Melo

Darko Milicic


Injuries

Chris Wilcox (back) day to day

Darko Milicic (wrist) questionable

Avery Bradley (shoulders) out

Paul Pierce (ankle, knee) out

Brandon Bass (knee) out

Probable Starters

PG SG SF PF C

PG: Raymond Felton

SG: Mychel Thompson

SF: Carmelo Anthony

PF: Kurt Thomas

C: Tyson Chandler

Reserves

JR Smith

Steve Novak

Jason Kidd

Henry Simms

John Shurna

Pablo Prigioni

Chris Copeland

Oscar Bellfield


Injuries

Ronnie Brewer (MCL) out

Marcus Camby (calf) out

Iman Shumpert (ACL) out

Chris Smith (patella) out

Amare Stoudamire (knee) questionable

Rasheed Wallace (out of shape) questionable

Keys to the Game

No more injuries.

Get young guys experience

Make it through a game without a horrible call by Marc Davis

Get the preseason finished and get ready for the Heat on opening night

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