Celtics finally face Fenerbahce Ulker in first Preseason game

Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

After 6 days of practice and very competitive scrimmaging between green and white teams, the Celtics finally get to play against some new blood. Fenerbahce is a tough team and should be a good first test for this new look Celtic team.

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Boston Celtics at Fenerbahce Ulker
Friday, October 5, 2012
2:00 PM ET
9:00 PM Istanbul Time
TV: NBA-TV, CSNNE
Pregame on CSNNE 1:30 PM ET
Ulker Sports Arena
Istanbul, Turkey
After 6 days of practice and very competitive scrimmaging between green and white teams, the Celtics finally get to play against some new blood. Fenerbahce is a tough team and should be a good first test for this new look Celtic team.

Doc said he plans to play the starters about half the game; he wants his players just to compete and get accustomed to playing opponents again. They are still struggling a bit from jet lag and time difference and travel but they are more than ready to finally compete in an actual game.

Preseason games are strange animals. Teams don't play to win as much as to evaluate players, set rotations, and prepare themselves for the real games when the season starts. I expect to see the starting lineup that we will see on opening night: Rajon Rondo, Courtney Lee, Paul Pierce, Brandon Bass, and Kevin Garnett. But Doc will sub in liberally and he will try to evaluate players 8-18 more than play his set rotation in these games.

What to watch in the preseason: Which big man sets himself apart as the back up at the five...... Which players on the bubble will earn those last two spots..... Which units show the best chemistry...... Will we see the small ball lineups and will they really run..... Will the Celtics finally solve their rebounding woes......




Celtics Roster
Rajon Rondo
Courtney Lee
Paul Pierce
Brandon Brass
Kevin Garnett
Jason Terry
Jeff Green
Darko Milicic
Jared Sullinger
Fab Melo
Jason Collins
Dionte Christmas
Kris Joseph
Jamar Smith
Rub Kurz

Head Coach
Doc Rivers

Injuries
Avery Bradley (shoulder) out
Chris Wilcox (back) day to day
Micah Downs (shoulder) day to day



Fenerbahce Ulker Roster
Can Maxim Mutaf
Bo McCalebb
Erbil Eroglu
Omer Onan
Baris Ermis
Romain Sato
David Andersen
Kaya Peker
Oguz Savas
Mike Batiste
Ilkan Karaman
Bojan Bogdanovic
Emir Preldzic

Head Coach
Simone Pianigiani

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