Boston Celtics (13-4) at Charlotte Bobcats (7-9)
Tuesday, December 1
7:00 PM ET
Game #18, Road Game #8
TV: CSN HD, SSO-CHA, NBA LP 751, 752
Time Warner Cable Arena

Mark Wunderlich, Matt Boland, Derek Richardson

The Bobcats are one of those young and athletic teams that always seem to give the Celtics problems. In their first meeting this season, The Celtics home opener, the Celtics beat the Bobcats 92-59. But, that was when the Celtics were playing wire to wire defense. We haven't seen that type of defense from the Celtics recently and so I don't see them winning near as easily this time.

The Bobcats have won 4 in a row since adding Jackson and are playing very well. Jackson gives them another scorer and defender and give the Celtics another player they must stay home on for defense. The Celtics have also won 4 in a row but their effort has been up and down.

The Bobcats have been off since Saturday and are at home while the Celtics are playing in the second game of a 4 game road trip and on one day rest. The old question of rest vs rust will come into play. Will the Bobcats be rusty at the start or will they be well rested and ready to come out strong.

After their beat down on the Celtics court in their first meeting, the Bobcats will be looking for a measure of revenge. The Celtics need to come out strong and play for 4 quarters and not just two. The Bobcats are not the pushover team they used to be and if the Celtics take them lightly, they will make them pay.

Coach: Doc Rivers
Average Age: 27.8
Average Height: 6-6
Average Weight: 224

Probable Starters
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PG: Rajon Rondo PPG 10.3 APG 9.0 SPG 2.5
SG: Ray Allen PPG 15.2 APG 3.1 3P% .301
SF: Paul Pierce PPG 19.7 RPG 4.8 APG 4.1
PF: Kevin Garnett PPG 14.1 RPG 7.4 BPG 0.8
C: Kendrick Perkins PPG 11.2 RPG 7.4 BPG 1.9

Coach: Larry Brown
Average Age: 26.2
Average Height: 6-7
Average Weight: 223

Probable Starters
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PG: Raymond Felton PPG 10.3 APG 5.1 SPG 1.6
SG: Stephen Jackson PPG 16.9 RPG 4.4 3P% .275
SF: Gerald Wallace PPG 15.9 RPG 11.8 APG 1.3
PF: Boris Diaw PPG 11.7 RPG 4.9 BPG 0.5
C: Tyson Chandler PPG 6.1 RPG 6.4 BPG 1.4

Key Matchups
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Rajon Rondo vs Raymond Felton
As goes Rondo, so go the Celtics. Rondo should be able to beat Felton off the dribble and if he is aggressive should be able to either get a shot inside or kick out to the open man. Rondo's level of aggressiveness in setting the pace for the Celtics will be key to this game.

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Paul Pierce vs Gerald Wallace
Gerald Wallace always plays well against the Celtics. Pierce's defense is going to be needed in this game every bit as much as his offense as Wallace can be a handful.

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Ray Allen vs Stephen Jackson
The Bobcats have added a new wrinkle since the last time the Celtics played them by trading for Stephen Jackson. He has been playing well for them and Ray Allen will have his hands full in this game trying to guard Jackson and also trying to get his shot off against him.

Keys to the Game
1. Defense, defense, defense
2. Start strong and play 48 minutes
3. Run the Offense - Make the extra pass and don't settle for quick shots
4. Rebound - Limit Bobcat 2nd chances and fast breaks

FLCeltsFan 12/01/2009 01:36:00 PM Edit
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  1. I didn't realize the Bobcats were almost .500. This is going to be a tougher game than I thought. Hopefully we can get off too a good start. Great preview as always!

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