Game: Home # 61, Away # 29)
Venue: Bradley Center
Officials: Mike Callahan, Mark Lindsay, Leon Wood
TV: ESPN, CSN-NE, Radio: WEEI
The Line: The Celtics are currently riding a 4 game winning streak, while
the Bucks are 3-4 over their last 7, the Celtics have won the only meeting
between the teams this season, and the teams split the reg season 4 game
series last season.
Game Thread | Chat Room
Tonight's game should be a win, but I'll bet dollars to doughnuts that it won't be a beauty pageant winner.
Probable Starting Matchups
Rajon Rondo vs Brandon Jennings
Ray Allen vs John Salmons
Paul Pierce vs Carlos Delfino
Kevin Garnett vs Jon Brockman
Nenad Krstic vs Larry Sanders
Jermaine O'Neal (knee) out
Glen Davis (knee) out
Delonte West (ankle) out
Shaquille O'Neal (Achilles) out
Von Wafer (calf) out
Luc Mbah a Moute
Andrew Bogut (ribs) out
Michael Redd (knee) out
Drew Gooden (foot) out
Ersan Ilyasova (head) out
3 Keys To The Game For The Good Guys
1) Don't Get Frustrated, Don't Get Angry, Don't Get Complacent - The Milwaukee Bucks are the Chinese Water Torture of basketball. They'll play slow, with pesky annoying but physical defense. They'll wait for mental lapses by opposing teams, and be patient in doing do. While the Bucks are about as explosive as a wet match book, they're a team that will put you away if you let them stick around. The Celtics need a nice lead early, and they need to get the Bucks desperate before the end of the 3rd.
2) Ram It Low - The paint tonight should be a free for all. While I don't think it is smart to undersell the Bucks' defense, you also cannot underestimate Andrew Bogut's affect on D. He's not the top help defender in the league, but he's one of the best, and he's not the best low post defender in the league, but he's one of the best, he's not the best rebounder in the league, but..you get the point. Without Bogut to anchor the D, the great perimeter D that guys like LRMAM, Delfino, or even Brandon Jennings are capable of playing is all for naught.
3) Don't Foul Out, Nenad Krstic! - Corey Maggette is a flawed player. He's a horrible passer, a middling (at best) defender, and he's not really a good outside shooter. But, he is strong like Bull, and very good at drawing fouls to the basket on his way for and-1 opportunities. He has a higher % of shot attempts that result in drawn fouls (6.0%) than LeBron James, or any other small forward for that matter who has played more than 500 minutes so far this season. Krstic needs to be careful if Pierce or Jeff Green are getting beat.