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Game 57: Celtics (29-27) @ Jazz (31-25) Open Thread

 

http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2007/0411/nba_g_jeffersonpierce_275.jpgBoston at Utah
9:00 P.M. ET
EnergySolutions Arena

CSNNE/NBATV

Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 100.3 points/100 possessions (23rd)
Utah:
103.6 points/100 possessions (11th)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 99.6 points allowed/100 possessions (5th)
Utah:
 104.4 points allowed/100 possessions (21st)

Probable Jazz Starters:
Jamaal Tinsley (PG), Randy Foye (SG), Marvin Williams (SF), Paul Milsap (PF), and Al Jefferson (C)

View From The Opposing Bench: Salt City Hoops

Thumbnail: On Sunday night, the Celtics traveled from one Northwest divisional city to another. Monday’s game in Utah will be the end of a season-long five-game road trip for Boston. The men in green will hope to continue their success against Al Jefferson, who was drafted 15th overall by the Celtics in 2004.

After playing 206 regular season and postseason games for Boston from 2004 to 2007, Jefferson has yet to beat his former team. Although he has scored double-digit points in nine of his 10 career contests against the Celtics, Jefferson’s Timberwolves went 0-6 and his Jazz have had a 0-4 record. Jefferson will hope to defeat his old friend, Paul Pierce, while also trying to advance his current streak of scoring at least 10 points to 29 consecutive games.

In order for the Celtics to avoid losing on back-to-back nights, they will have to shoot well. Boston’s field goal percentage typically determines the outcome. On Sunday, the Celtics shot 42.4% from the field. When the Celtics have a field goal percentage as low as they did against Portland, they are 4-12 this season. However, when they shoot at least 50% in a game, they are 13-2 in 2012-13. Boston also cannot afford to struggle from three-point range against Utah, one of the worst teams in the NBA at defending it this season.

Another area that the Celtics have to improve is their rebounding. They have had fewer offensive rebounds than their opponent in 15 consecutive games, the longest streak of any team this season and tied for the second-longest streak in the NBA since 2004-05. Even though Doc Rivers stresses for his players to get back on defense instead of trying for offensive rebounds, this phenomenon is still very troublesome for the Celtics. Boston will hope to improve their rebounding on Monday at Utah, so that the team will be able to get their 10th road victory of the season. The Celtics are the only current playoff team to still have fewer than 10 road wins in 2012-13.

Prediction: Jefferson has a strong performance and notches his first career victory against the Celtics.

Jazz 98, Celtics 95

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  • Phil725

    Here's what I'll be watching tonight and going forward:

    Team A: 21-9
    Team B: 9-17

    Team A is the Celtics at home, Team B is the Celtics on the road. The Cs are on the road tonight, obviously, and that 35 win percentage really needs to change if the Cs want to put up a strong second half. Tonight's as good a night as any to start reversing the trend.

    And just in case you wanted to split the season into pre and post Rondo, the team is 7-0 at home since the injury, and 2-4 on the road.

    Specific to this game, maybe we'll get lucky and Jefferson will get Bass in foul trouble…

    • hydrofluoric

      In fairness, a lot of teams are different on the road and at home. Indy and Utah are also each about +12 home versus road.

      If you want us to get lucky, you'd better hope Millsap gets aggressive on Bass. Unfortunately, it looks to me like Bass is content letting Millsap score without giving the fouls.

  • Run Tommy Run

    can bradly get 20 to night

  • hydrofluoric

    Bradley with some Celtics f'ing Basketball early on! And also some highly welcome scoring.

  • hydrofluoric

    Bass showing some rare signs of life early on.

  • frenchlick

    bass is worthless, he is built like a mack truck, yet he plays like a he is a pansy

  • hydrofluoric

    Feeling decent about our chances right now. Utah can't keep shooting 100% from 3. They can, however, continue to pound us on the glass.

  • hydrofluoric

    Big Al just took KG hard off the dribble and dunked on him… ugh.

    Bradley going BALLISTIC.

  • CelticsBIG3

    This feels way different than the Portland game. Having watched this team for many years, you can feel the difference between a game they are going to end up winning and a game they will probably lose.

  • I_Love_Green

    Pierce iso for the overtime! How many times have we seen that play this year?

    • Bill

      I hate it. Hate it hate it hate it. Can we not get one pass aside from the in bounds look? Could we maybe try to get Pierce to catch the ball at the elbow? I don't understand why we have to make situations like that so incredibly difficult. :(

      • Bill

        Then he proceeds to hit 7 straight points … but what's the difference? He's moving off the ball, that's the difference.

        That iso shit is TERRIBLE.

  • yordgreat

    pierce iso. are you fucking kidding me!

  • hydrofluoric

    The Pierce iso is even more egregious when you see how well he's playing in a real offense during the rest of the game! He's just scored 7 straight and none of those was an iso…

  • hydrofluoric

    Jeff Green WHAT ARE YOU DOING

  • yordgreat

    24 sec violation in a fucking tight game? wow.

  • llemur

    finally!!

    • High Rollers

      This team is gritty! We needed this road W, for sure.

  • someguyinsac

    Look like both of Al's streaks stay alive, 10 or more points scored and losses to the Celtics.

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