Saturday, March 15
8:30 PM ET
Game #65, Road Game #31
TV: NBA LP ch754, CSNHD, FSN Wisconsin
Radio: WEEI, Sirius 121
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Kevin Garnett vs Charlie Villanueva
KG had a sub par game against the Jazz and I expect him to come out with very good focus in this one and win this matchup.
Kendrick Perkins vs Andrew Bogut
Perk has been playing great over the past couple of weeks and he will need a big game here to neutralize Bogut who plays tough inside as well.
Keys to the Game
Fast out of the Gate The Celtics need to come out strong to begin the game. It is difficult to come back from a deficit on the road and the Celtics should try to get off to a fast start to avoid this. They came out sluggish against the Jazz and never could recover.
Defense On their last road trip, the Celtics forgot how to play defense and it resulted in 3 losses in 5 games. The Celtics need to keep up their defensive intensity on this trip. They allowed the Jazz to shoot 51% from the field and they won't be able to win games when letting teams get that many easy shots.
Hustle The Celtics need to prove that they want this game more by hustling for loose balls and rebounds. They were out rebounded by the Jazz and need to put out more of an effort in this area.
Focus and Intensity
When the Celtics are focused and play with intensity on the defensive end of the floor, the Celtics win. When they lose focus and allow the other team to dictate the tempo, they end up with a loss. The Celtics have to want it more than the Bucks.