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C's Look to Bounce Back At MSG

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Friday, February 6, 2009
7:30 pm ET
Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)

Game Thread | Chat

Last night, the C's unfortunately dropped another game to last year's NBA Finals opponent, the Los Angeles Lakers. Phil Jackson's club ended a large Celtic winning streak for the second time this season with a 110-109 overtime victory at the Garden, in a thoroughly intense battle. However, that game is a thing of the past. The loss is behind us all, and there is still plenty of schedule to tackle.

Up next is a division rival in the New York Knicks, at the other Garden. The more famous Garden, at that, which has hosted a pair of historical performances this week. On Monday, Kobe Bryant led the Lakers to a 126-117 victory with Madison Square Garden's all-time high for points scored in a single game, 61. Two nights later, LeBron James helped Cleveland to a five-point edge with a filling line of 52 points, 11 assists, and nine rebounds.

Will "The Truth" join the fun tonight?

Projected Starters

Team Leaders
PPG: Paul Pierce (19.4)
RPG: Kevin Garnett (9.0)
APG: Rajon Rondo (8.2)
SPG: Rajon Rondo (2.1)
BPG: Kendrick Perkins (1.8)

Projected Starters

Team Leaders
PPG: Al Harrington (21.1)
RPG: David Lee (11.7)
APG: Chris Duhon (8.0)
SPG: Nate Robinson (1.5)
BPG: Wilson Chandler (0.8)

Key Matchup

Pts Reb Ast
2008 - Rajon Rondo 11.3 5.0 8.2

Pts Reb Ast
2008 - Chris Duhon 12.5 3.8 8.0

Injury Report
Brian Scalabrine (concussion - out)
Eddy Curry (sore knee - out)
Stephon Marbury (no explanation needed)
Jerome James (ruptured Achilles tendon - out)

Keys to Victory

  • Transition Defense
  • Control the Glass
  • Dig Deep For Second Wind

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