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The Celtics complete their 2012 World Tour with a stop in Milan to face EA7 Emporio Armani Milano. Doc should once again emphasize team and player evaluation but hopefully they have put the first game jitters behind them and will come out strong for a win to complete their trip.
Boston Celtics at EA7 Emporio Armani Milano
Sunday, October 7, 2012
12:00 PM ET
TV: NBA-TV, CSNNE
Pregame on CSNNE at 11:30
Mediolanum Forum (Milan, Italy)
The Celtics complete their 2012 World Tour with a stop in Milan to face EA7 Emporio Armani Milano. EA7s the most titled basketball team in Italy, having won 25 Italian Championships, 3 European Championships, 4 Italian National Cups, and 1 Intercontinental Cup. Their last championship was in 1996. Several NBA players have been a part of this franchise including Bill Bradley, Antoine Carr, Mike D'Antoni, Joe Barry Carroll, Bob McAdoo, Antonio Davis, Darryl Dawkins,Rolando Blackman, Thurl Bailey, Beno Udrih, and others.
After arriving at their hotels around 5am on Saturday after their game in Istanbul, Doc gave the players their first day off since camp started. After a day to rest their achy muscles and to catch up on some rest, the players should be ready to take on another challenge. Hopefully this time with a different result.
I expect Doc to once again make player and team evaluation his main objective in this game. He will more than likely start the first unit and then let the reserves close it out as he did in the first game on the trip. Jared Sullinger, Jeff Green and Darko Milicic impressed in the first game. It will be interesting to see if they once again step up and also to see which other players step up their game. With one game under their belts, hopefully this game won't be quite as sloppy with fewer turnovers and missed defensive assignments.
The Celtics turned the ball over 25 times in their first game, which could be chalked up to first game jitters and rust and learning to play with new teammates. The rebounding was encouraging in their first game as they won the battle of the boards 37-32 and they corralled 14 offensive rebounds. Hopefully that will become the norm this season. The Celtics should also be concentrating on closing holes in their defense as Fenerbache were able to get to the basket the entire game for easy baskets. The Celtics must defend the pick and roll better along with closing out on the 3 point shooters better.
After this game, the Celtics will return to the States for the remainder of their preseason schedule. Hopefully, as in 2007-08 when they last began their season in Europe, the Celtics will return with a renewed sense of team and a championship level of chemistry. Note the early tip off time for this game at 12:00 pm ET.
Avery Bradley (shoulder) out
Chris Wilcox (back) day to day
Micah Downs (shoulder) day to day
EA7 Emporio Armani Milano Roster