Home Sweet Home

25-35 @ 46-13
Friday, February 27, 2009
7:30 pm ET
TD BankNorth Garden (Boston, MA)

There’s no place like home.

After a spread out, six-game west coast road trip in which the Celtics finished 3-3, the illustrious men in green have finally returned home to play in front of their fans for the first time since February 8.

This isn’t quite the same team we saw the last time they laced ’em up at the TD BankNorth Garden. The C’s have returned home with a couple of new faces. Sam Cassell and Patrick O’Bryant have moved on to different organizations, and Danny Ainge has replaced them with a pair of veterans to help fill out Doc’s rotation.

The first addition is that of seven-foot energy guy Mikki Moore, who made his Celtic debut in Wednesday night’s road loss to the Clippers. His first impression was a relatively positive one, as he set multiple screens and displayed constant activity, as well as his beautiful mid-range set shot. Moore might not be P.J. Brown, but for between eight and 15 minutes per contest, he can help this team.

Now onto the big addition that everybody is buzzing about, Stephon Marbury. The long-lasting soap opera with the Knicks has finally come to a close, and as of 10:00 am this morning, the two-time All-Star cleared waivers and became an official free agent. From there, he completed a physical, signed his veteran’s minimum contract, and giddily joined his new teammates in Waltham.

Marbury will attend the team practice at roughly 5:00 pm ET tonight, and will subsequently discuss his new surroundings with the Boston media about 45 minutes later. With that in mind, along with the fact that Gabe Pruitt will be serving the first night of his two-game suspension, it is expected that Marbury will be dressed and ready to go tonight vs. Indiana.

Let the Stephon Marbury era begin. We have a new Employee #8 in town.

Projected Starters
G G F F C

Team Leaders
PPG: Danny Granger (25.0)
RPG: Troy Murphy (11.7)
APG: T.J. Ford (5.1)
SPG: Marquis Daniels (1.1)
BPG: Danny Granger (1.5)

Projected Starters
G G F F C

Team Leaders
PPG: Paul Pierce (20.1)
RPG: Kevin Garnett (8.8)
APG: Rajon Rondo (8.4)
SPG: Rajon Rondo (2.0)
BPG: Kendrick Perkins (1.7)

Key Matchup

Injury Report
Danny Granger (torn tendon in right foot – out)
Mike Dunleavy Jr. (sore right knee – out)
Kevin Garnett (posterior muscle strain – out)
Tony Allen (recovering from thumb surgery – out)
Brian Scalabrine (strained neck – out)
Gabe Pruitt (serving suspension – out)

Keys to Victory

  • Ball Control
  • Timely Closeouts
  • Home Cookin’

18 Responses

  1. Great stuff as usual Celtic Balla. We got possibly the 2 fastest guys in the L going head-to-head tonight. I think Rondo gets a slight edge in he has more options to go to. W/out Granger, who the hell is Ford going to look for..? I don’t want to be cocky, but with Granger out, an obvious buzz tonight due to Starbury which will hype up an already hyped Jungle crowd, we could crush these guys tonight. I think the key will be keeping the turnovers down. A quick guy like Ford can take advantage of TO’s by getting the ball up the court quickly. GO GREEN!!

  2. Vote:

    At what point of the game will Marbury check in?

    My answer is D – Marbury hasn’t played for almost two years I don’t think Doc will chance injury by putting him out in the fire. If we are blowing out the Pacers I think Doc will put him in late in the 4th to get him back in the flow.

    A) 1st quarter

    B) 2nd quarter

    C) 3rd quarter

    D) 4th quarter

    E) DNP

  3. Anyone know if Marbury press conference is airing live anywhere..? Supposed to start now..

  4. E

  5. I just found it-NBA tv…

  6. The #8 in Chinese culture translation means “Wealth & Victory”. It didn’t work too much for Walker hopefully Marbury can play well and take us home with Health, Wealth and #18. On the same token the #18 with the 1 in-front of the 8 means “Guaranteed wealth and victory”.

  7. E..he’s not in game shape yet

  8. B or C

  9. Actually it was A…

  10. I was surprised Doc put him in so early. Looks like he is in shape.

  11. Yeah..C’s need to go to the hole in the 2nd half. They are giving Rondo easy jumpers but he’s not shooting…

  12. The R’ needs to Kick in to gear and Rondo’d somebody.

  13. Why aren’t the Celtics getting to the paint more often?… Jesus.

    And why in the world is Rondo not shooting when he’s able to. He’s trying to reach an NBA record of most assists in a single game or something?

  14. say what you want about Starbury but I am watching and there is 915 to go in the fourth and Marbury has been in for 2 minutes and has electrified this team when they needed it tonight. Hopefully a sign of things to come.

  15. Marbury has been great for the C’s tonight… no doubt

  16. Marbury is an explosive player – That’s exactly what we need off the bench. Great debut!

  17. props for the blatant starbury head on toin’s body.. O’brien in the frame was a dead giveaway. #8 was a solid choice as he already seems to have that walker like hesitant love relationship with the fans. may turn out to be another steal by the often hated on ainge…im just hopin for a starbury wiggle in the near future

  18. the whole #8 scenario got me on the nostalgic tip.

    starts and end with the shimmmy… on point prince paul–pharoah monch track

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