Trip Continues In Denver

45-12 @ 37-19
Monday, February 23, 2009
9:00 pm ET
Pepsi Center (Denver, CO)

After Rajon Rondo delivered a birthday bash to lead Boston to a 20-point victory over the up-and-down Phoenix Suns yesterday afternoon, the C’s will play their first back-to-back of the post-All-Star stretch tonight in Denver. Throughout the first two games of the current west coast swing, the men in green have split the games, as they dropped the initial match of the trip down in Utah. Luckily, they were able to put a stop to Phoenix’s string of 140-point efforts and come out with a convincing win at the US Airways Center to put the C’s back on track. Tonight, however, they’ll be facing the best team of the trip.

The third-seeded Nuggets are generally tough to beat on their home floor, where they hold a 20-6 record this season. Only seven NBA teams have a better home record than George Karl’s club. Meanwhile, the Celtics are second to only the Los Angeles Lakers on the road.

Both Boston and Denver are playing on the second night of a back-to-back, but Denver may indeed be more fatigued. Not only did they have to fly back home from Milwaukee as opposed to Phoenix, they have been away from their home floor since February 3. Denver’s last eight games have been on the road; all of that traveling has to take a toll on their bodies.

In the same token, however, it may be justified to expect the Nuggets to come out with extra fire and brew up some home cookin’. In addition to that, let’s not forget that Denver was the first team to win a game at the TD BankNorth Garden this season, as they beat the Celtics by nine on November 14. The Nuggets may just have a little extra confidence against the big bad bullies in green.

They will, however, be shorthanded. Starting center Nene came away with yet another knee injury after colliding with Richard Jefferson in last night’s loss to Milwaukee. The timetable for his return has yet to be unveiled, but his unavailability for tonight’s contest is a certainty. Kenyon Martin, who was unable to give it a go last night on account of back spasms, is also a game time decision, though he has told the press that he is planning on returning to action tonight.

Can the C’s pull off a successful back-to-back and improve to 2-1 on this trip before closing it out Wednesday night? Stay tuned.

Projected Starters

Team Leaders
PPG: Paul Pierce (20.1)
RPG: Kevin Garnett (8.8)
APG: Rajon Rondo (8.5)
SPG: Rajon Rondo (2.0)
BPG: Kendrick Perkins (1.8)

Projected Starters

Team Leaders
PPG: Carmelo Anthony (21.9)
RPG: Nene (7.9)
APG: Chauncey Billups (6.1)
SPG: Kenyon Martin (1.6)
BPG: Chris Andersen (2.1)

Key Matchup

Injury Report
Kevin Garnett (posterior muscle strain – out)
Tony Allen (thumb surgery – out)
Nene (knee – out)
Kenyon Martin (back spasms – game time decision)

Keys to Victory

  • Transition Defense
  • Ball Control
  • Own the Paint

18 Responses

  1. cool preview

  2. You.. You… You…!! Everyday is like Christmas in here.

    Evolving with new stuff every week – Proud to be a Celtic fan especially with the ARMY! Thank you.

    Lets get this win tonight. Last time in Boston Bi.. Bi… Bi… Billups and Carmela Antonia smoked us. Not going to happen again!

  3. My vote is on the C’s, they beat my Suns pretty badly last night, Denver shouldn’t be a problem (especially minus a big man)

  4. Love to see Perkins to have a breakout game – He hasn’t been the same since he re-injured his shoulder. Perk has to step it up especially with KG out. Its time Perk!!

  5. love the preview, keep up the good work.

  6. Wow, the preview looked sexy. :)

  7. I’m digging these new previews, too. Who’s the new blogger?

  8. I agree, excellent preview! Beats the stuff ESPN and Yahoo scrap together.

  9. Thanks for a kind words, guys. I hope to contribute my previews here for a long time.

  10. You can thank CelticBalla32 for the preview. He’s been doing some stuff around the Celtics blogosphere… so we’re happy to have him around to do the game previews.

    Glad you all like it.

  11. Yeah good preview but.. uh.. where’s the famous Red’s Army scouting report? You can’t get quality scouting reports like that on ESPN.

  12. From my perspective RONDOOOOOO!! All RONDOOOO!!!

    Double R’ has taken KG’s absence personally. He has elevated his game tremendously. I love the way he is attacking the rim finding open guys and scoring. RR’s offensive rebounds amazes me getting those boards over big’s.

    RR is our V12 engine – Love the way he is performing right now.

    Anybody else watching the game – Your thoughts?

  13. Man, Rondo is just nuts (again) tonight. He’s heading into triple double territory

  14. How about Powe and Davis..? Offense and D..NICE! I also dug the preview by CBalla32-good stuff. Just curious-has anyone here stepped foot in the Celtics Blog? Man that place is crawling w/trolls…

  15. And as I typed that Big Baby just took ANOTHER charge from Carmelita…

  16. Perk your my boy but how can you suck so bad at setting picks. The bench is playing some great ball!

  17. LMAO This game might actually reach the history books on a team causing the most offensive fouls in ONE game.

  18. Wow, what a game, I didn’t think it’d be THIS lopsided!

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