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One Last Push Out West

RedsArmyAdmin February 26, 2009 Uncategorized 23 Comments
46-12 @ 14-43
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
10:30 pm ET
Staples Center (Los Angeles, CA)

After two and a half weeks of away-from-home battles, the Celtics will wrap up this west coast trip tonight at the Staples Center. Now, don't get too excited; this isn't round three vs. the Lakers. Instead, it'll be the first meeting with the often-forgotten LA club, the Clippers. You know, the franchise that produces a smile-and-head-shake reaction following the mere citation of its name.

This year is no different, as the Clips come into tonight's contest with the league's fourth-worst record (14-43) along with the least amount of home wins (7). To put it lightly, they have failed to live up to pre-season expectations, both internally and externally. To be fair, Mike Dunleavy's group has experienced a plethora of injuries to just about every key player in the lineup this season. Chris Kaman leads the way with 42 games missed, followed by ex-Celtic Ricky Davis (24), Zach Randolph (21), Baron Davis (14), and Marcus Camby (13).

Brian Scalabrine joins Tony Allen and Kevin Garnett on Boston's injured list, as he flew back home following the neck strain he attained in Monday night's win in Denver. Fortunately, newest-Celtic Mikki Moore has officially signed with the team and will be among the 11 Celtics in uniform tonight.

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)

Projected Starters
G G F F C

Team Leaders
PPG: Zach Randolph (22.1)
RPG: Marcus Camby (12.6)
APG: Baron Davis (8.0)
SPG: Baron Davis (1.8)
BPG: Marcus Camby (2.4)

Key Matchup

Injury Report
Kevin Garnett (posterior muscle strain – out)
Tony Allen (thumb surgery – out)
Brian Scalabrine (strained neck – out)
Chris Kaman (strained arch in left foot – out)
Al Thornton (sore right foot – doubtful)

Keys to Victory

  • Control the Glass
  • Limit Turnovers
  • Bench Boost

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  • Bill

    Who’s CelticBalla32? Did Chuck get replaced, or did I miss the post introducing us to the new guy?

  • http://www.buymicrosoftpoints.com Alex

    Damn.. the preview makes me orgasm everytime I look at it.

  • Mike O

    Anyone else gonna be at the game tonight?

  • Fsantos33

    Bill – CelticBalla32 is the Army’s new employee (I guess we can start calling them the Army’s Big 3 John, Chuck, & Balla)
    Anybody here remembers the buzzer beater Baron drained on us when he played for the Warriors last year? Well, I surely remember it clearly.
    C’s by 20

  • http://www.redsarmy.com redsarmy

    Balla has come aboard to handle the game previews.

  • Lakerhater

    Great preview, even better scouting report earlier today. Let’s see what Mikki can do against the poor man’s lakers.
    Go celtics

  • http://www.redsarmy.com JTB

    Let’s crank the freak switch to eleven and GET IT ON!

  • kobewearsapurplethong

    This game has trap written all over it

  • G4L

    Rondo needs to get more involved on the game

  • Rodger In Illinois

    1st half a little slow but I think were coming around I think the clippers intro film put everyone to sleep pretty lame.

  • DRJ

    Ok, which team has the stupidest, worst announcers in the entire NBA? I vote for the Clippers. Those guys are driving me nuts, they’re so ridiculous. You know, they spent 1/2 of the entire 2nd quarter “interviewing” Sam Cassell, there as a spectator, WITH THE CAMERA ON SAM MOST OF THE TIME. While the game was going on! Un-be-lievable.
    They’re like Abbott and Costello. One guy says “Why doesn’t Mikki Moore wear #33, that’s always been his number?” The other guy pauses, says “Well, maybe that number’s not available in Boston.” DUH. Ya think?

  • http://rangerbobfriends.blogspot.com The Count

    I have heard louder crowds at High School games.

  • ShooterMcGavin

    more turnovers
    how was that not a foul on ricky davis on that last play

  • who da guy

    bene salvatore is flat blew the game. Im sorry, he blew it. that was terrible. he blew the finals, when dwayne wade and the miami salvatore’s won the championship that year. Wonder how much money he won on tonights game

  • Nickels

    [sarcasm]Great timeout call by the Clippers at ~49 seconds left[/sarcasm]
    I love how they showed Doc yell at the grey haired ref that they didn’t have possession, how could they call a timeout, who then proceeds to conference with the other refs and come back and tell Doc “my bad.” Ya think?
    It was a sloppy game from the start though.

  • Nora

    Just want to say this if the the Lakers trolls come in…Lakers lost to Sacramento and Charlotte this year so keep that in mind Laker trolls who want to rag on the Celtics losing tonight.

  • Papa Irish

    Pierce has sucked since the All star Break

  • lakers all the way

    yeah but did kobe cry like a little bitch like peirce did

  • NBA101

    Well, Boston lost to Charlotte, too so :/
    I don’t understand how the Celtics lost this game.

  • Lakers2009

    Lol where’s that smile and head shake now buddies ; )

  • jess

    yeah, kobe didn’t cry like a little bitch when he injured his finger. but he did raped a bitch.

  • ssshady35

    Turnovers turnovers turnover……FUCK!!! No one to blame but our own team. Your not going to win close games with 20+ turnovers. Just another game we gave away.

  • OCLakers

    First complete Clippers game I’ve watched this season. I really expected more from them this year. Too many injuries.