Celtics close homestand against Trailblazers as tough stretch begins

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The Portland Trailblazers make their only visit to the TD Garden this year as the Celtics try to rebound from Wednesday's loss to the Bobcats.

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Portland Trailblazers (6-2) at Boson Celtics (4-5)
Friday, November 15, 2013
7:30 PM ET
Game #10, Home Game #5
TV: CSNNE, CSNNW, NBA-LP 756(DTV)/756(Xfinity)
Radio: WZLX 100.7 FM, WBZ, Fox Sports Radio
TD Garden
Referees: Marc Davis, Derrick Collins, Haywoode Workman

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The Portland Trailblazers make their only visit to the TD Garden this year as the Celtics try to rebound from Wednesday's loss to the Bobcats. The Blazers are a tough matchup. They have young and athletic players and they are playing very well together with a 6-2 record.

The Celtics lead the series between these two teams 62-40 all time and 35-16 in Boston. The Celtics have won 9 straight games against the Trailblazers in Boston. The Celtics had won 6 straight overall before losing in Portland in February of last year.

Portland is on a 4 game win streak and looking to win their 5th straight game. The Celtics had their 4 game win streak stopped by Charlotte on Wednesday and are looking to get back on track with a win in this game.

Jared Sullinger missed the last game with a bone bruise on his knee. He is still listed as day to day but is expected to play in this game. His presence in the paint was sorely missed against the Bobcats and he will be needed in this game against Portland's big front line.

Don't forget to tune in to CLNS Post Game Show immediately after the game. Your broadcast crew is Brandon Paul and Daniel Baker. Brian Langford will be stationed in the chatroom at CelticsBlog and manning the CLNS Radio social media outlets. As always, we will be taking your calls throughout the entire broadcast.

Probable Starting Matchups

Point Guard

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Jordan Crawford vs Damian Lillard

Shooting Guard

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Avery Bradley vs Wesley Matthews

Small Forward

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Jeff Green vs Nicolas Batum


Power Forward

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Brandon Bass vs LaMarcus Aldridge

Center

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Kelly Olynyk vs Robin Lopez

Celtics Reserves

MarShon Brooks

Jordan Crawford

Kris Humphries

Vitor Faverani

Phil Pressey

Courtney Lee

Phil Pressey

Keith Bogans

Gerald Wallace


Injuries

Rajon Rondo (ACL)out

Jared Sullinger (knee) probable

Blazers Reserves

Thomas Robinson

Mo Williams

Joel Freeland

Dorell Wright

Will Barton

Victor Claver

Allen Crabbe

Earl Watson

Meyers Leonard

Injuries

CJ McCollum (foot) out

Key Matchups

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Jordan Crawford vs Damian Lillard

Lillard, last year's Rookie of the Year, is averaging 19.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 5.8 assists. He is athletic and is tough to defend. Crawford has been playing well for the Celtics, but he will have his work cut out for him against Lillard.

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Brandon Bass vs LaMarcus Aldridge

Aldridge is averaging 21.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. The Celtics will need to try to keep him out of the paint, where he is capable of doing a lot of damage.

Honorable Mention

Kelly Olynyk vs Robin Lopez

The battle of the hair. Kelly is still finding his place in the league but has all the tools to be very good on any given night.

Keys to the Game

Energy- The Celtics appeared to be rather lethargic in their game against the Bobcats. They were outworked, and in order to win games, they must work harder than the other team. They need to come out with energy and keep that energy up throughout the game.

Run!- The Celtics won 4 games in a row by running from start to finish. They can get easier shots by getting up the court before the defenses set up. They can't lapse into walking the ball up the court. They have to run, run, and run some more.

Get into the Paint- Good things happen when the Celtics get into the paint and go to the basket. In their 4 game win streak, they averaged 49.5 points in the paint but in the loss to the Bobcats, they only had 38 points in the paint. They must take the ball to the hoop and not settle for jumpers, especially if they aren't falling.


Rebound
- The Celtics must crash the boards to give themselves a chance to win. The Blazers are 9th in rebounding with 44.6 rebounds per game. The Celtics rank 25th, pulling down 40.7 rebounds per game.

X-Factors

Desire and Home Crowd

The Celtics have to want this game more and have to fight for it. They will get a boost from the home crowd, but they have to put out the effort and energy to get the win.


Official Report

Marc Davis

Marc Davis, an avid outdoorsman, has been an NBA official for the past 15 seasons, working 911 regular season games and 43 Playoff games, and the 2007 NBA All-Star Game. Davis has officiated two Finals games during his career. In addition to his NBA experience, Davis has three years of CBA officiating experience and three

years of collegiate basketball officiating experience in the OVC and TAAC Junior Colleges. In 2000, Davis was the recipient of the Honorary Nate Humphries Award, an honor given by the Chicago Public League Coaches Association in recognition of enshrinement of an official into the Chicago Public League Hall of Fame. Davis is active in the Chicago community where he grew up.

Davis was investigated for threatening to whoop Allen Iverson's a** when AI complained about a call in a game in 2005, but was not suspended for it. The Celtics history with Davis goes way back also. In 2009, Davis was seen after a Celtics/Bulls game with his family all decked out in Bulls gear. Can a Bulls fan honestly call a Celtics game without any bias, especially one against the Bulls? One memorable game two seasons ago was a 1 point loss to the Cavs in which Davis and friends ignored a very obvious foul committed against Paul Pierce in the final seconds of the game and in which the Cavs shot 20 free throws to 14 for the Celtics.

In a win against the Hawks two seasons ago with Davis, the officiating was terrible. The Hawks shot 23 free throws to 13 for the Celtics. KG fouled out in that game on a terrible call. They were holding his jersey and had an elbow in his back and they called the foul on KG. Greg Stiemsma fouled out shortly after on two more terrible calls. In the 4th quarter, 12 fouls were called on the Celtics and only 4 on the Hawks. In OT, 4 fouls were called on the Celtics while none were called on the Hawks, even through there were several very obvious fouls committed. Donny Marshall usually doesn't comment on the officiating but said that the Celtics needed to send the tape of that game to the league because Davis made it all about him. Davis also called Game 1 of the Hawks series two seasons ago. There were missed and bad calls the entire game. At one point, the ref at half court called an obvious foul on the Hawks when Davis, right next to the play, failed to call it. The frustration over the lack of calls boiled over and resulted in Rondo bumping Davis and being ejected.

The Celtics are 3-7 in their last 10 games. Most games last season that Davis officiated weren't all that bad. But, the last loss was vs the Bulls and the officiating was terrible. With 12 seconds left, Pierce was trapped and fouled, including a busted lip, right in front of Davis with no call. Rondo was signalling for a time out right in Davis' face but they called a jump ball instead of calling the foul or the time out. Even Hubie Brown was talking about how bad the calls were the entire game and Hubie doesn't usually comment on the officiating. In a win over Detroit, the officiating was again terrible. Detroit took 10 free throws in the first quarter while the Celtics got their first FT with 5 seconds to go in the quarter. Detroit finished with 30 free throws to 22 for the Celtics and there were bad calls and no calls the entire game. The Blazers are 2-8 in their last 10 games with Davis on the court. His home W/L record is 3-3.

Derrick Collins

Derrick Collins has officiated 738 regular season games and 14 Playoff games in 12 NBA seasons. Prior to joining the NBA, he officiated five seasons in the CBA where he worked two Finals and three seasons in the WNBA, and three WNBA Playoffs and Finals.

He has seven years of collegiate officiating experience in various conferences (Big 12, Sun Belt, Conference USA, Southland, SEC, TAAC, OVC and SWAC), and the Southland Conference semifinal game. Collins also officiated at the high school level in Louisiana. Collins was a member of the Xavier basketball team for four seasons, an honorable mention All-American, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications. Collins was a victim of both Hurricane Katrina and Rita and basically had to start all over in the aftermath.

The Celtics are 5-5 in their last 10 games with Collins. They were 2-1 last season with the loss being a preseason game with Philly in which the officiating was fairly even. One win was in OT vs the Mavs and the Celtics took 30 free throws to 17 for the Mavs. The Celtics are 1-0 this season already as he called the win over Miami and the officiating wasn't too bad in that game. They missed calls both ways. The Blazers are 6-4 in their last 10 games with Collins. He's definitely not intimidated by the home crowd. His home W/L record this season is 1-6.

Haywoode Workman

Haywoode Workman has officiated 261 regular season games in his first five NBA seasons. A second round draft pick by the Atlanta Hawks in 1989, he played professionally for eight seasons in the NBA and overseas betweeen

1989 to 2000.

Workman spent four seasons officiating in the NBA Development League and also officiated in the CBA before joining the NBA. Workman joins Bernie Fryer and Leon Wood on the short list of NBA players who have made the transition to officiating.

Workman was an All-State quarterback in North Carolina in 1983 and played in the NC/SC Shrine Bowl. He played one year of football and basketball for the all time winnigest HBCU coach, the late Clearence "Big House" Gaines, at Winston-Salem State University. He was inducted into the Oral Roberts University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2003.

The Celtics are 1-0 this season and 5-5 over the last 10 games with Workman. There hasn't been a lot of controversy over his officiating. Unlike some of the NBA officials, he keeps a fairly low profile. He has not been noticeable one way or the other in any of his games with the Celtics. The Blazers are 4-6 in their last 10 with Workman. His home W/L record is 1-4 this season.

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