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A lot of success for Stevens and Hayward in the Butler days, but they both find themselves 0-4 in 2013-14

Utah at Boston
7:30 P.M. ET
TD Garden

CSNNE

Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 91.9 points/100 possessions (29th)
Utah:
92.6 points/100 possessions (26th)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 101.5 points allowed/100 possessions (18th)
Utah:
103.2 points allowed/100 possessions (24th)

Probable Jazz Starters:
Jamaal Tinsley (PG), Gordon Hayward (SG), Richard Jefferson (SF), Derrick Favors (PF) & Enes Kanter (C)

View From The Opposing Bench: Salt City Hoops

Thumbnail: Let us set the stage: we have two 0-4 teams on a Wednesday night at the Garden with $9.85 balcony tickets – basketball fans cannot ask for much better than this. Fortunately for the Celtics, this is a SEGABABA for the Jazz. Therefore, Brad Stevens has a legitimate chance at his first NBA win against a team that is led by a man he knows pretty well. The two-time Horizon League Coach of the Year and Gordon Hayward, the conference’s 2010 Player of the Year, made the Butler Bulldogs a nationwide phenomenon and almost won a national title just a few years ago. In their first time on an NBA floor together, both are searching for their first victory of 2013-14.

The Celtics and Jazz have been winless through their first five contests only once in each of their respective franchise histories. Coincidentally, for both teams, it was done in their first years of existence. In 1974-75, the New Orleans Jazz began 0-5 and went on to have three different coaches that season, including Elgin Baylor. For the Celtics, you have to go all the way back to 1946-47 when the league was known as the Basketball Association of America (BAA). At that time, I am sure 12-year-old Tommy Heinsohn was getting into it with middle school basketball referees.

One of the reasons that both these teams have been struggling is that they have had tons of trouble handling the basketball this season. For the first time since 2006, the green have committed at least 17 turnovers in four consecutive games. In addition, Utah has turned the ball over at least 20 times in three of its four games this season. As we have seen on many occasions, the point guard experience of Avery Bradley has been a frustrating one as the Celtics have turned it over on an NBA-worst 22 percent of their possessions this season. However, it will be nice to see the league’s second-worst team in that category on Wednesday.

Prediction: Some ugly basketball with tons of turnovers, but the first victory tastes so sweet for Stevens as the Celtics take their sixth straight game from the Jazz.

Celtics 98, Jazz 91

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  • Jim

    Avery Bradley is not a point guard. When do the Celtics get it? Danny Ainge have you ever watched Bradley playing point guard? He is horrible!

    • jacksobd

      Looks like they got it! Word is Jordan Crawford's starting, Avery moving to the 2, Wallace moving to the bench!

  • The Cardinal

    Cool…Pressey is getting some run. I hope we see Brooks next, and Fav eventually paired with KO.

  • The Cardinal

    Man I love this scrappiness of this team. Let's hope over 82 games they will keep it up.

  • hax

    27-8 in the 2nd quarter to take a 16 point lead into halftime(50-34)
    If we blow this in the 4th again, I'm just gonna go buy my Wiggins Celtics jersey now and stop watching basketball for a year.

  • hax

    Celtics are rolling right now. I don't understand the tiny mins of Faverani the last 3 games. He has 6 mins right now…

    • The Cardinal

      I wonder if he's injured? I vaguely remember some concern about something before the first game of the season- maybe his back?

  • The Cardinal

    I'm crossing my fingers that we'll get Gino tonight – it's been way too long!

  • hax

    "Gerald Wallace is pissed about being benched." "The toughest guy to move is already disgruntled."
    Oh boy. I can imagine how that went down.

    Wallace in locker room: You guys suck, stop padding stats, hustle hustle!!!
    Stevens: Wallace, you've failed to do anything statistically so we're replacing you with a guy who can shoot and pass and at least be entertaining by being half-crazy.

    • The Cardinal

      Did someone say that on the Celtics broadcast? I'm actually watching a Utah broadcast and the announcers went from giddy over the opening minutes of the game to downcast by the end of the half – brahahahaha!

      • hax

        saw the quotes on twitter feeds on espn's gamecast :3

        • The Cardinal

          Probably won't take much for Coach Brad to relegate the only member of the NJ bunch seeing any decent minutes to the bench.

    • hax

      Wallace is shooting free throws like shaq.

  • The Cardinal

    Two teams determined to piss away their chance at winning – what a battle! This is the beginning of a year long rivalry for futility.

  • hax

    Celtics had a 22 point lead entering the 4th and it got down to 6, but Bass was clutch late. Nice win, Stevens!

  • CelticsBIG3

    There's one win. Now we'll lose another 4 straight before we get another. Got to be careful here, we've just overcome the worst team (record wise) in the NBA!!! Although I do hope they get up for the Miami game on Saturday.

    • The Cardinal

      Yeah, if we mess around and win two in a row, I guarantee Bradley will be starting at PG the following game. Who, me cynical?

  • jacksobd

    On pace for 16.5 wins!