Cs Open Up Home Stretch Against Charlotte

34-40 @ 56-19
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
7:30 pm ET
TD BankNorth Garden (Boston, MA)

With just seven games to go before playoff time, the Celtics kick off the final month of the regular season at home against one of the scrappiest young teams in the league. The Charlotte Bobcats typically give the men in green a tough battle, win or lose, and have won two of the last five matchups against the 2008 champs.

Charlotte heads into tonight’s game with extra incentive to pull out a victory, as well. As it currently stands, Larry Brown’s club is one game behind Chicago for the final Eastern Conference playoff seed. The ‘Cats have won six of their last eight and come into tonight on a three-game winning streak, but the Bulls have countered those efforts by winning seven of their last 10 games.

Kevin Garnett, as you may have already heard, will be “shut down” for the time being, and could even be out for the remainder of the regular season. Leon Powe is in the same boat, and Brian Scalabrine may not suit up at all until 2009-10 preseason. Tony Allen, however, is expected to give it a go tonight after missing the last 22 games with torn ligaments in his left thumb. “TA” typically takes a while to get back into the swing of things when he returns from a time-consuming healing process, but it is somewhat comforting to have another body nonetheless.

Projected Starters
G G F F C

Team Leaders
PPG: Gerald Wallace (16.9)
RPG: Emeka Okafor (10.1)
APG: Raymond Felton (6.8)
SPG: Gerald Wallace (1.7)
BPG: Emeka Okafor (1.7)

Projected Starters
G G F F C

Team Leaders
PPG: Paul Pierce (20.3)
RPG: Kevin Garnett (8.5)
APG: Rajon Rondo (8.5)
SPG: Rajon Rondo (1.9)
BPG: Kendrick Perkins (1.9)

Key Matchup

Injury Report
Kevin Garnett (Knee – out)
Leon Powe (bruised right knee – out)
Tony Allen (recovering from thumb surgery – probable)
Brian Scalabrine (post-concussion syndrome – out)

Keys to Victory

  • Limit Turnovers
  • Avoid Foul Trouble
  • Bench Play
  • Outwork the Opposition

4 Responses

  1. how is this quote from this rook…big words for the backup pg of the ninth seed in the east.

    “They come in and intimidate you and try to punk you,” Charlotte rookie D.J. Augustin said of the Celtics after that game. “But if you don’t back down from them, they kind of fold.

  2. Yea, I didn’t forget those words from Augustin. We’ll shut his mouth with a win tonight.

    Interesting ESPN link on a new D-League team (Springfield, MA) Looks like our Celtics aren’t affiliated with them. Celtics D-League will be in Portland soon. Does this make any sense at all? Why Portland? (So, far away) Springfield is in our backyard so why not the Celtics? Who knows…

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4029972

  3. Bobcats are damn tough to beat. They are scrappy and good on D’. They are probably couple of pieces away from being top 3 in the East. Cavs better hope they don’t draw the Cats cause they will be a very tough out.

  4. Bobcats wouldnt be that tough an out for the cavs, theyre a matchup problem for the celtics and lakers but not cavs..they’d sweep or win in 5 as they will against whoever they play in the first round

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