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Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics
Friday,  October 26
7:30 pm Eastern
TV:  Comcast SportsNet,  ESPN
TD Banknorth Garden

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On the last day of the preseason, expect this to be a dress rehearsal for the regular season.   Both teams should play their stars and have their regular starters in to begin the game and to establish some sort of rotation.   

Probable Starting Lineups

Boston Celtics

Celtics Logo PG: Rajon Rondo
SG:  Ray Allen
SF:  Paul Pierce
PF:  Kevin Garnett
C:   Kendrick Perkins 

Cleveland Cavaliers  

Cavs Logo PG:  Damon Jones
SG:  Larry Hughes
SF:  LeBron James
PF:  Drew Gooden
C:   Zydrunas Ilgauskas

Key Matchups: 

Kendrick Perkins / Zydrunas Ilgauskas;   As we saw in the Knicks game, having Perk up front is very important to this team especially when teams have strong centers.  Ilgauskas is a veteran center who isn't afraid of battling inside and so having Perk is going to be crucial in this game. 

Paul Pierce/Lebron James:    This is a match up of stars and Pierce always enjoys this type of challenge.  Pierce has been talking a lot about improving his defense and concentrating on that area this season and this will be the first big test in that area.  He will definitely need help and so this is a test of the team defense as well.  Pierce has been the go to guy in several of the preseason games and so he should make Lebron work on the other end as well.   

Game Notes:   Perk went through an entire practice without any ill effects and is expected to play in this game.  This should be a dress rehearsal for the regular season, although I expect the starters minutes to be limited.  There is a week before the next game so Doc may play them regular season minutes to see how the team will react.   The Cavs are somewhat short handed with Gibson and Snow out with injuries and Pavlovic and Varejao still haggling over contracts.   The Cavs are playing on the second of back to back games and were beaten quite handily by the Raptors last night.  This should be a good game and the Celtics need to send a message to the current Eastern Conference champions with a win.