Celtics host Bobcats looking for 6th straight win

Sam Sharpe-US PRESSWIRE

The Celtics host the Charlotte Bobcats as they look for their longest win streak since December of 2010.

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Charlotte Bobcats (9-27) at Boston Celtics (19-17)

Monday, January 14,2013

7:30 PM ET

Regular Season Game #37 Home Game #19

TV: CSN-NE, SSO-CHA, NBA-LP 753(CHA)/754(BOS)

Radio: WEEI, WFNZ

TD Garden
Referees: Tom Washington, Bennie Adams, Scott Twardoski

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The Celtics host the Charlotte Bobcats as they look for their longest win streak since December of 2010. The Celtics have won their last 5 games, 4 against teams above .500, by an average of 10.6 points. The Bobcats, on the other hand have lost their last 3 games, and 22 of their last 24, by an average of 11.0 points. The Celtics swept the series last season 3-0.

The Celtics win streak has been keyed by the return of Avery Bradley, and with him, a return of the Celtics lock down defense. With the roles being better defined, the second unit has also played a part with Courtney Lee providing some tough defense and clutch shooting and Jared Sullinger crashing the boards and playing tough inside. Jeff Green has been more aggressive. Jason Terry's shot is still inconsistent but he's a scorer and this could be the game where the shots start to fall again.

The Bobcats are just 2-8 in their last 10 games and have lost 3 in a row. The Celtics are 6-4 in their last 10 games, and, after losing 8 of their previous 10 games, they have won 5 straight. The Celtics are 12-6 at home and need to continue to build a home dominance. The Bobcats are just 4-13 on the road. Hopefully the Celtics don't let down and play down to the Bobcats. If they play the way they have in their last 5 games, KG should get to enjoy Gino Time again.

Probable Starters

PG SG SF PF C

Rajon Rondo.....Avery Bradley ..... Paul Pierce.....Brandon Bass..... Kevin Garnett

Celtics Reserves

Jared Sullinger

Jason Collins

Courtney Lee

Jeff Green

Leandro Barbosa

Jason Terry


Injuries

Chris Wilcox (thumb) day to day

Red Claws

Fab Melo

Probable Starters

PG......SG.....SF.....PF ..... C

Kemba Walker......Gerald Henderson....Michael Kidd Gilchrist........Tyrus Thomas.......Bismack Biyombo


Bobcats Bench

Ben Gordon

Ramon Sessions

Jeffrey Taylor

Jeff Adrien

Brendan Haywood

DeSagana Diop

Hakim Warrick

Reggie Williams

Injuries

Byron Mullins (ankle) out

Key Matchups

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Rajon Rondo vs Kemba Walker

Kemba Walker returns to New England where he won a lot of fans playing for UConn. Walker is averaging 17.6 points, 5.8 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game. Rondo loves big matchups and so should give Walker all he can handle in this one.

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Kevin Garnett vs Bismack Biyombo

KG has been playing very well and also has a couple of inches on Biyombo who is averaging 4.8 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. Biyombo is a good defender and bothers a lot of shots inside, but with KG's size, he should be able to get his shot off over Biyombo.


Honorable Mention

Avery Bradley vs Gerald Henderson

Gerald Henderson has shot the ball well against the Celtics in the past, scoring 43 points while shooting 19 for 33 (57.8 percent) from the field in the last two meetings. It will be up to Avery to slow him down in this one.

Keys to the Game

Defense - The Celtics have been winning with tough defense. They need to continue to make defense their top priority. Defense wins games and it wins championships.

Rebound - Good things happen when the Celtics crash the boards. When they show energy in rebounding, that energy spreads to other areas of the game. They prevent second chance points and fast break baskets by grabbing the rebounds as well. The Celtics need to swarm the basket as a team.

Be Aggressive - When the Celtics are the more aggressive team they usually win. They need to be aggressive going to the basket, grabbing rebounds, and hustling after loose balls and, especially, on defense. This goes for the Celtics as a team and for each player individually.

Bench Play - The Celtics reserves have been playing very well during the win streak and have outscored their opponents' counterparts 67-41 in their last two games. The Celtics need the second unit to continue to bring energy and outplay the opposing reserves to allow the starters to be fresh at the end of the game.

X-Factor

Trap Game

This is a game that could very easily become a trap game against a team with a losing record and only 9 wins. The Celtics have 5 wins in a row, 4 of which came against teams above .500. They could easily let down their guard and play down to the competition. But this would be a mistake because in spite of their record, the Bobcats play hard and any team not ready for them could be in for a loss. Hopefully they come out strong and keep their focus and we have Gino time at the Garden again.

Official Report

Tom Washington

Over his 21-season NBA officiating career, Tom Washington has officiated 1,248 regular season games, 114 playoff games and three Finals games. He was a member of the crews that officiated the 1995 Schick Rookie Game, the 1996 Japan Games in Tokyo and the 2004 NBA All-Star Game. In addition to his 20 seasons with the NBA, Washington has two years of CBA officiating experience. He has one year of collegiate officiating experience in Division II and III, and five years of high school officiating experience in his hometown of Philadelphia, officiating in the playoffs for both the men’s and women’s league. Washington is a Cum Laude graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Norfolk State University.

The Celtics are 0-1 this season and 4-6 in their last 10 games with Washington on the court. In a loss to the Pistons last season, Detroit shot 46 free throws to 15 for the Celtics, Rondo was ejected, and Tommy Heinsohn called it the worst officiated game all season (are you cringing yet?). In Game 2 vs the Heat in last season's, the Heat shot 47 free throws to 29 for the Celtics, in spite of the Celtics attacking the basket all night. There were bad calls throughout the 4th quarter and OT. The missed call where Wade hit Rondo on the head leading to a Heat layup was one of the worst. Pierce, Pietrus, and Dooling all fouled out. LeBron was given 24 free throws all by himself. The loss this season was at Houston where the Celtics shot 17 free throws to 23 for the Rockets and the officiating wasn't bad. The Bobcats are 0-3 this season and 1-9 over their last 10 games with Washington on the court. His home W/L record this season is 17-14.

Bennie Adams

A former math instructor at Southern University, Bennie Adams joined the NBA officiating staff 18 seasons ago, and since then has officiated 956 regular season and seven playoff games. In addition, he has been a USA Basketball official since 1995. Adams has also officiated the 2008 NBA Europe Live Tour and the 2002 NBA All Star Rookie Challenge. Adams officiated in the CBA for three years, and worked the 1996 CBA Finals. He also has three years of collegiate officiating experience in the Southeastern, Ohio Valley, Trans America Athletic and Southwestern Athletic Conferences. Adams also has 10 years of high school officiating experience in Louisiana. Adams has both a Masters and Bachelors degree in mathematics from Southern University.

Adams tends to be inconsistent especially on charge/block calls. He is one of Tommy Heinsohn's least favorites. In one game, Tommy went ballistic yelling at the top of his lungs "GO BACK TO YOUR MOMMA BENNIE ADAMS!!!" This is Adam's third game with the Celtics this season and they are 1-1 in them and 5-5 in their last 10 with Adams on the court. In spite of Tommy's dislike of Adams, the 4 games he officiated for the Celtics last season were all called fairly even. Both games this season were well officiated. The Bobcats are 0-1 this season and 3-7 in their last 10 games with Adams. His home team W/L record this season is 19-12.

Scott Twardoski

Scott Twardowski officiated 42 regular season games in his first year on the staff. Twardowski’s experience includes six seasons and 206 games officiated in the D-League. He also has four seasons of NBA preseason game experience and worked in NBA summer camps for eight years. He also has seven seasons of WNBA experience, working both the All-Star game and Finals. In addition to his professional experience, Twardoski officiated collegiate games for 12 years in the Pac 10, Big 12, Big Sky and West Coast Conferences and has 10 years of high school officiating experience. Twardoski worked as a teacher for five years in the 16th School District, Covington, AZ.

He has called only 3 games for Boston over his career: a win in Cleveland, a win vs Orlando in which Orlando took 30 free throws to 19 for the Celtics, and a loss at Sacramento in which the officiating was uneven, all last season. This is his first game for the Celtics this season. Charlotte is 0-4 all time with Twardoski on the court. His home W/L record for this season is 15-7.


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