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Boston Celtics vs Charlotte Hornets - The Rematch

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The Celtics beat the Hornets on Thursday and now these two teams face each other once again.

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

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Charlotte Hornets (0-2) at Boston Celtics (1-1)
Saturday, October 8, 2016
3:30 PM ET
Preseason Game #3
TV: NBA-TV, CSNNE
Mohecan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT

Referees: Curtis Blair, Matt Boland, Kane Fitzgerald
The Celtics and Hornets meet once again with the Hornets still looking for their first preseason win after an 0-2 start. These two teams meet for the second time in 3 days with the Hornets hoping to get even for the loss at the hands of the Celtics on Thursday.

Brad Stevens has announced that he will change up his starting lineup, including inserting Gerald Green for his first minutes as a Celtic since being traded back in 2007. Along with Green, Smart, Brown, Crowder, and Zeller will get the start. The Celtics usual starters, other than Crowder, will get a rest for this game.
Kemba Walker returned on Thursday from a knee injury and played just 9 minutes. He is expected to play a bit more in this game. Cody Zeller is out indefinitely with a knee injury and the Hornets miss his production. Perry Ellis is also expected to miss this game with a hernia. Brian Roberts and Mike Tobey are expected to return to play after missing the last game with hamstring injuries

Charlotte's starters struggled on Thursday with the Celtics' starters all finishing with at least a plus 17 and 4 of the Hornets' starters finishing with at least minus 23. Their 5th starter, Kemba Walker, finished with a minus 8 but he played just 9 minutes. It will be interesting to see what adjustments both teams make after playing each other just two days ago.

For those who have been unable to watch the games so far because you are out of market and they haven't been on League Pass, there is good news. This game will be televised on CSNNE for those in the Boston area and on NBA-TV for those out of market.



Possible Starters

PG:
Marcus Smart
SG:
Gerald Green
SF:
Jaylen Brown
PF:
Jae Crowder
C:
Tyler Zeller

Probable Reserves
Ben Bentil 50
Marcus Georges-Hunt 45
RJ Hunter 28
Demetrius Jackson 9
Jonas Jerebko 8
Jalen Jones 52
Damion Lee 56
Jordan Mickey 55
Terry Rozier 12
James Young 13


Injuries
Isaiah Thomas (rest) out
Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) out
Avery Bradley (rest) out
Al Horford (rest) out
Amir Johnson (rest) out

Head Coach:
Brad Stevens



Possible Starters

PG:
Kemba Walker
SG:
Nicolas Batum
SF:
Michael Kidd Gilchrist
PF:
Marvin Williams
C:
Roy Hibbert

Probable Reserves
Ramon Sessions
Frank Kaminsky
Spencer Hawes
Marco Belinelli
Andrew Andrews
Jeremy Lamb
Aaron Harrison
Christian Wood
Rasheed Sulaimon
Treveon Graham

Injuries
Brian Roberts (hamstring) day to day
Mike Tobey (hamstring) day to day
Cody Zeller (knee) out
Perry Ellis (hernia) out

Head Coach:
Steve Clifford

Players to Watch

Jaylen Brown has been impressing with his play on both ends of the court. The rookie is fun to watch and so far has shown veteran poise on the court. He has a high BB IQ and is a willing student. He has shown improvement with each game and hopefully that will continue.
Terry Rozier was booed when his name was called on draft night. Since then, he has been making fans and impressing people who once doubted him. He impressed in 21 minutes on Thursday and Brad Stevens has said that he will probably play a bit more in today's game.
Gerald Green is expected to make his return to the court in this game. It will be interesting to see how he fits with this group of players. His offense should help with the spacing on the Celtics second unit.


Jeremy Lamb was the best player on the Hornets against the Celtics on Thursday with 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists. The Celtics have to defend him and limit his production and not simply try to outscore him.
Frank Kaminsky was the Hornets most effective center, despite the 7'2" Hibbert starting. Kaminsky finished with 10 points and 6 rebounds. The Celtics need to slow him down, especially on the boards.
Kemba Walker returned from a knee injury in the first meeting between these two teams and played just 9 minutes. He is always a player to keep an eye on though because he can put up big numbers when healthy.

Keys to the Game
Move the Ball -
The Celtics have been moving the ball very well and that has resulted in open shots. The Celtics need to continue to move the ball and find the open man.

Rebound the Ball -
The Celtics can't score if they don't have the ball. They need to crash the boards as a team, including the guards. Rebounding takes effort and when they put out the extra effort on the boards, it translates to the rest of their game.

Defense -
Defense wins games. The Celtics have the players to be a top defensive team and they have to work together to play lock down defense as a team.
Three Pointers - Live by the 3 and die by the 3. The Celtics made 14 of 32 three pointers (43.8%) on Thursday. The Hornets made just 6 of 27 (22.2%). How much of that was the Celtics perimeter defense and how much was just poor shooting by the Hornets is anyone's guess. If the 3 pointers are falling, that's great for the Celtics, but if they aren't going in, they need to head to the basket instead of continuing to bomb away from the outside.

X Factors
Reserve Play
The Celtics lost when the reserves struggled in the game against the Sixers and they won when the reserves played well against the Hornets. Especially in the preseason, when the starters play limited minutes, the reserves need to come through and play well. This is even more important with the normal starters sitting and some of the reserves starting.