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Open Thread: The Final Preseason Game

 

LIVE UPDATE FROM THE GARDEN (7:00p.m.) A few notes live from TD Garden after pregame availability with Head Coach Doc Rivers

-Much to Brendan’s chagrin, Tiny Gallon will not be making his C’s debut tonight.

-Doc Rivers will not coach, instead he will watch the game from the locker room. Lead Assistant Lawrence Frank will handle coaching duties from the floor.

-Shaquille O’Neal will start with the other usual four suspects. Marquis Daniels will also play limited minutes, returning from a shoulder injury that limited him the past few days.

-Jermaine O’Neal’s injury will keep him out of the next couple practices and potentially out of the opener according to Doc Rivers. Certainly a situation worth watching.

That’s all for now, I will have you all covered with full recap live from TD Garden

Alright Celtics fans, the time has come.  The moment you have all been waiting for is finally here.  Tonight, you get to see the Celtic debut of TINY GALLON!!!!…(cricket…cricket).

This is the final preseason game and everyone is pretty much dying for the season to start.  Still, there a couple of things worth wondering as this game unfolds:

1) Who will it be? Wafer of Lasme?

My money (if I was a gambling man) is on Wafer.

2) According to Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston, the starters will play regular minutes in the first half and not much else despite player-lobbying.

I’m willing to bet Doc Rivers wins that battle.

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Okay.  I wasn’t lying when I said “a couple”.  Enjoy the game!

  • Lucas Shapiro

    I hope Glen Davis stays aggressive like he has been all pre-season long. Wouldn't it be a nice story to see him be in contention for 6th man of the year?

    • I_Love_Green

      If he gets the minutes, I think Glen will definitely have a chance at 6th man of the year. That would be nice.

  • I_Love_Green

    Jermaine better not miss the opener. I'll kill him!

  • http://twitter.com/Amazain @Amazain

    @Green: Definitely gonna want J.O'Neal for the opener. I'm curious to see how long it takes before the first T of the game, and if no J.O'Neal, then we'll possibly get our first crack at Erden in real time.

    • I_Love_Green

      Rather not have to use Erden against the Heat. A front cout of JO, Shaq, KG, and Baby is much better than Shaq, Erden, KG, Baby.

      • http://twitter.com/Amazain @Amazain

        Absolutely, but even though we all want to win that game, I think Doc would rather exercise caution and not play JO if he still has some lingering issues. It'll be a good test on a lot of fronts–including seeing how KG fares against Bosh. (BTW this is Zain from the old forum layouts..figured I might as well use my twitter)

        • I_Love_Green

          Yeah, knowing Doc he's most likely to sit Jermaine if he's still hurting. I was excited to see KG and JO start a block party opening night, but if Jermaine doesn't attend we can just have Shaq come in and plow over some guys. Plus the Heat will probably use a small lineup at some point which will allow us to use Kevin at center and Baby at PF.

          Haha good think you told me, I was reading your user name as 'Amazin" I wouldn't have figured it out.

          • http://twitter.com/Amazain @Amazain

            Yeah, I'm excited to see more of the all shooting line up to spread the floor. Also I wanna see how far along the Heat really are.

            The Sheed appearance at last night's open practice worries me…ugh, I don't wanna think about it.

          • I_Love_Green

            Yeah a lineup of Rondo-Ray-Pierce-Baby-KG would be scary against another lineup that size. Rondo would have so much room to work with. Well the good part is, is Wade only played 3 minutes with his team, so the pretty big 3 doesn't have that chemistry, let alone the whole team.

            Haha Sheed definitely just needs to stay home. God, imagine the shape he must be in now without any type of basketball activities to do.

  • What More Can I Say

    Just got done reading the article regarding Lebron's retweets. Whoa. Controversial to say the least.

    I'd never thought I'd say this but I can't wait til tuesday.

  • Morpheus

    DAMN no JO for the opener against Miami,aaahhh that sucks.Gives Erden a good opportunity i suppose.

    -Rondo's 1 basket away from his usual line
    -The difference Shaq makes to our rebounding has been a blessing

  • MoBetterGreen

    I can definitely see Sheed evolving into the same shape as Chuck.Round mound.I love Chuck though

  • I_Love_Green

    Holy Jesus the Celtics are on fiyyyaaaaa!!! Love Wafer's little hesitation, then swishing a three right in the defenders face. He's looking a lot better.

  • I_Love_Green

    Smashed those fools. Damn we are so close to next Tuesday!

    Back with a vengeance baby!

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