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Preview: Boston Celtics vs. LA Clippers

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Doc Rivers and a new-look Clippers side visit after significant trade deadline moves.

NBA: Boston Celtics at Los Angeles Clippers Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Clippers (30-26) currently sit 8th in the Western Conference standings, a mere 1.5 games ahead of the Lakers who visited TD Garden only 2 days ago. However, the direction for this new look Clippers team is one of changing fortunes as they visit following the massive trade deadline moves that sent out All Star hopeful Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic, Mike Scott, Avery Bradley, Marcin Gortat, and Milos Teodosic.

These past 48 hours have been tumultuous for some franchises and have sent shock waves throughout the league with nearly all of the 27 teams being involved in trades or signings prior to the NBA’s Feb 7th Deadline.

Sitting in the eighth seed and staring down a matchup with the best team in Basketball is a daunting position to be in. The Ownership and management of LA Clippers looked to clear Cap space in return for bevy of picks in anticipation of the forthcoming Free Agency market. The Clippers looking to re-tool on the fly, acquired Ivica Zubac, Landry Shamet, JaMychal Green, Wilson Chandler and Garrett Temple.

As far as scouting the Clippers, this will be the first time even the Clips coach staff has seen them assembled in an arena let alone play together, so look for the cohesion and continuity of the Celtics to be the story tonight. After the disappointment of falling to the Lakers following a buzzer beating game winner. The Celtics will look to bounce back defensively as they conceded 99 points through the first three quarters Thursday night.

With the deadline background noise now over, Boston needs to get back to playing that style of basketball that saw them winning 9 games from 10. The bench play alongside starter Jayson Tatum was very solid against the Lakers, but it is Marcus Morris Sr., Al Horford, Marcus Smart and Kyrie Irving who need to bounce back tonight after subpar performances. Boston need to put together the full 48 tonight as they hit the road next to face a promising Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday.

Wilson Chandler is out with a quad injury and joins Luc Mbah a Moute on the unavailable list. For Boston, Aron Baynes (Foot) is out and Daniel Theis (Knee) is listed as a game time decision.


Projected Starters

PG – Kyrie IrvingPatrick Beverley

SG – Marcus SmartShai Gilgeous-Alexander

SF – Jayson TatumSindarius Thornwell

PF – Marcus Morris Sr. – Danilo Gallinari

C – Al HorfordIvica Zubac

Injuries

Boston – Aron Baynes (Foot), Daniel Theis (Knee - game time decision)

LA – Wilson Chandler (Quad), Luc Mbah a Moute (Knee)

How To Watch

Time – 8:00 EST

How To Watch – NBC Sports Boston