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Boston Celtics (3-1) at New York Knicks (1-1)
Wednesday, October 13
7:30 PM ET
Preseason Game 5
TV: MSG, CSNNE, NBA-LP 751/752
Radio: WEEI
Madison Square Garden

Game Thread l Chat


The Celtics make their first trip this season to visit their division rivals, the New York Knicks. Both teams have a different look than they did when they met last season. The Knicks have added Amar'e Stoudamire and should be an improved team this season with him.

Again, it is hard to predict who will play and who won't in preseason games so it is hard to list starting lineups or probable matchups. This is the second of back to back games for the Celtics and the Knicks haven't played since October 6 when they beat the Wolves over in Europe.

The Celtics rested their top 6 players last night and so we should see most of the regular starters in this game. Doc has said that he plans to use this game to look at different combinations and lineups. This will more than likely be the game that we see Jermaine O'Neal play with the starting lineup. Doc also wants to get a look at KG and Big Baby playing together. We should also continue to see Wafer, Lasme and Mario West get playing time as Doc needs to evaluate these 3 players for the 15th roster spot.

Doc has said that Shaq will probably sit this one out to continue to rest his balky hips. Delonte West may rest his back but will probably be a game time decision. Avery Bradley reported some swelling and stiffness in his surgically repaired ankle after last night's debut, so he may be a game time decision as well.


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Probable Starters

PG[image] SG[image] SF[image] PF[image] C Jermaine O'Neal
Rondo.......................Allen...................Pierce...............Garnett .........J. O'Neal

Boston Bench Mob

Avery Bradley
Marquis Daniels
Glen Davis
Semih Erden
Luke Harangody
Stephane Lasme
Shaquille O'Neal
Kendrick Perkins
Nate Robinson
Von Wafer
Delonte West
Mario West

Injuries
Shaquille O'Neal (hips) doubtful
Delonte West (back) questionable
Avery Bradley (ankle) questionable
Kendrick Perkins (knee) out

Interesting Fact: Today is Paul Pierce, Doc Rivers and Jermaine O'Neal's birthday. Let's hope they celebrate their birthday with a win.

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Probable Starters
PG
Raymond Felton SGWilson Chandler SFDanilo Gallinari PFAmare Stoudemire C
.... Felton ............Chandler......Gallinari.......Stoudamire............Mozgov
Bench
Roger Mason, Jr
Anthony Randolph
Timofey Mozgov
Bill Walker
Tony Douglas
Landry Fields
Andy Rautins
Shawne Williams
Patrick Ewing, Jr
Kelenna Azubuike
Eddy Curry

Injuries
Kellena Azubuike (knee) out
Eddy Curry (hamstring) out

Key Matchup
http://www.sportsecyclopedia.com/nba/boston/KGBos.jpg vs http://www.sportsecyclopedia.com/nba/phoenix/Amarephx.jpg
KG gets his first taste of real competition as he faces Amare Stoudamire in this game. Although KG will once again more than likely play limited minutes, he will be stoked to face one of the top power forwards in the league in this game.