The Celtics will be playing short handed again, but at least this time they have had a day to digest the trade and work on a new game plan to make up for the missing players. They found out about the trade when they were already on the floor getting ready to warm up for the game and that must have made it tough on the guys to play.
Both the Bucks and Celtics have 2-1 records in Vegas play. The Bucks are coming off a win over the D-League stars. The Celtics are trying to come back from a loss vs Sacramento.
One player to watch is the Bucks first round draft pick, John Henson, a 6'11" power forward they nabbed with the 14th pick. He is averaging 17.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. He will be matched up with the Celtics' own first round pick, Jared Sullinger, who is averaging 9.0 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks per game.
Second year player, Tobias Harris is playing very well for the Bucks also. He is averaging 21 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. He will match up with Celtics' second round pick, Kris Joseph, who is averaging 7.3 points and 2.7 rebounds.
The Celtics will be playing short handed and the players they have aren't completely healthy. Kris Joseph is dealing with a hyperextended knee that kept him out of the second half of their win over the Bulls and hampered him in the loss to the Kings. Fab Melo also injured his hand in the last game and will more than likely be hampered by it in this game.
The Celtics will be playing with just 9 players (2 of whom are playing hurt). They are also playing in their 9th game in 13 days so fatigue will definitely start to be a factor for these guyes. We shall find out just what kind of heart and grit these guys have in this one.
63 Brackins, Craig*+ F 6-10 230 Iowa State
50 Christmas, Dionte*+ G 6-5 205 Temple
40 Gibson, Jonathan*+ G 6-1 171 New Mexico State
43 Joseph, Kris*+ F 6-7 215 Syracuse
52 Lasme, Stephane*+ F 6-8 215 Massachusetts
13 Melo, Fab*+ C 7-0 255 Syracuse
53 Owens, Larry*+ n/a
41 Smith, Jamar*+ G 6-3 185 Southern Indiana
7 Sullinger, Jared*+ F 6-9 280 Ohio State
* = Orlando, + = Las Vegas
Lue, Tyronn ** Summer League Coach
25 Ashaolu, Olu+ F 6-7 220 Oregon/USA
23 Bishop, Rashad+ F 6-6 220 Cincinnati, Cia do Terno (Brazil)
Butch, Brian+ n/a
24 Famous, Jarrid+ F-C 6-11 240 South Florida/USA
18 Famutimi, Olu+ G-F 6-5 220 Arkansas, Optimum TED (Turkey)
17 George, Ray+ G 6-4 190 Murray State, Nogales (Mexico)/USA
27 Gibson, Xavier+ F-C 6-11 248 Florida State/USA
26 Goodridge, Vernon+ F-C 6-9 220 La Salle, BC Kyiv (Ukraine)/USA
6 Hannah, Stefhon+ G 6-1 183 Missouri/USA
15 Harris, Tobias+ F 6-8 226 Tennessee/USA
31 Henson, John+ F 6-11 220 North Carolina/USA
9 Joyner, Terrence+ G 6-3 180 Mississippi Valley State/USA
12 Kinsey, Tarence+ G 6-6 185 South Carolina, Anadolu Efes
20 Lamb, Doron+ G 6-4 210 Kentucky/USA
Mbenga, Dj+ n/a
5 Miles, Aaron+ G 6-1 175 Kansas/Krasnie Krilya (Russia)/USA
22 Sanders, Jamarr+ G 6-5 210 UAB/USA
8 Sanders, Larry+ F 6-11 235 Virginia Commonwealth/USA
11 Wells, Cameron+ G 6-1 195 Citadel, Zwolle (Holland)/USA
* = Orlando, + = Las Vegas