Boston Celtics (6-1) at Dallas Mavericks (3-2)
Monday, November 8
8:30 PM ET
Game #8  Road Game #4
TV:  CSNNE, FSSW-DAL, LP 758/759
American Airlines Arena

Referees:   Bill Kennedy,  Mark Ayotte,  David Jones  

Last Season the Celtics split the series 1‐1.  Paul Pierce led the Celtics with an average of 26.5 points per game against the Mavericks shooting 55.9% from the fiel.   Ray Allen also notched an average of 21.0 points per game.   Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks with an average of 32.5 points per game while shooting  61.0% from the field.  Jason Kidd added a double‐double with 12.0 points and 13.0 assists per game.

The Mavs have been playing great defense, holding opponents to 39.8% shooting.  They have also been sharing the ball, notching at least 20 assists in each of their games so far.  The Celtics have to match their defensive intensity if they want to win this game.  The Mavs have dropped their last 2 games at home and so will be looking to get back on track vs the Celtics.  

This will be a very tough game for the Celtics.  They are playing in the second of back to back games on the road and with 2 ailing centers.  The Mavs are a deep team with a strong bench also so the Celtics reserves have to come to play.  The play of the Celtics bench will be a key in this game. 

Probable Starting Matchups
Point Guard
Rajon Rondo vs Jason Kidd

Shooting Guard

Ray Allen vs Jason Terry

Small Forward

Paul Pierce vs Caron Butler

Power Forward
Kevin Garnett vs Dirk Nowitski 


Jermaine O'Neal vs Tyson Chandler

Boston Bench Mob
Marquis Daniels
Glen Davis
Luke Harangody
Nate Robinson
Von Wafer
Semih Erden

Kendrick Perkins (knee) out
Avery Bradley (ankle) day to day
Shaquille O'Neal (knee) day to day
Delonte West (Suspended)
Rajon Rondo (feet)  probable 

Dallas Reserves
Dominique Jones
Shawn Marion
Jose Juan Barea
Brendan Haywood
Brian Cardinal
Ian Mahinmi
DeShawn Stevenson
Alexis Ajinca
Steve Novak 

Rodrigue Beaubois (foot)  out 

Key Matchups
Rajon Rondo vs Jason Kidd
After facing 2 of the top young PG's in his last two games, Rondo now has to play one of the top veteran PG's in the league in Jason Kidd.  Rondo has the speed,  but Kidd has the experience.  All in all, the Celtics should have the advantage.  Expect to see the Mavs speedster, Jason Terry, guarding Rondo most of the time.   

Kevin Garnett vs Dirk Nowitski 
This should be a great matchup between two of the premiere power forwards in the league.   Dirk has the capability of taking over a game and KG will need to concentrate on his defense to keep him from having a big game. 

Keys to the Game
Limit Turnovers
Bench Play

Odd Fact
They were named the Dallas Mavericks following a name the team contest. Other finalists from the 4,600 entries were Wranglers and Express.

Fatigue and Injuries
Playing in the second of back to back games on the road along with overnight travel from Oklahoma City to Dallas,  fatigue may come into play.  The Celtics have to get quality minutes from their bench in both games in order for the starters not to run out of gas at the end.   Also with both JO and Shaq hurting, the Celtics depth at center is taking a big hit.  Semih and Big Baby will have to come up big for the Celtics to prevail in this one.  

FLCeltsFan 11/08/2010 11:45:00 AM Edit
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  1. Anonymous says:

    This is going to be a great game to wactch.
    I hope KG's defense can hold off Dirk from having a big game.
    I predict Ray to keep his hot shooting going. I also hope that Pierce can find his rhythm again because these past few games he hasnt been shooting well.
    The Mavs have a good bench, I hope our bench can outpost them and stop them from making a big impact.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Oops-a few typos! Lol
    ..great game to WATCH
    and I hope our bench can OUTPLAY them.

  3. Jenda says:

    KG is going to play much better D on Dirk than he did last year, Nowitzki isn't crossing the 30 pts, also Rondo is much better than last year.
    Btw. is that bubble head pic of Jason Terry photoshopped or not?

  4. Patti says:

    I noticed that Nowitzki can't keep ahold of the ball...lots of turnovers. KG has quick hands and can easily take that ball away. Should be a good one!

  5. Anonymous says:

    We should win the game tonight. Trust the bench (Harongody and Erden), Big Baby, Robinson and Daniels are more or less proven!

    Don´t play starters more than necesary. We need fresh bodies against the three Stooges from Miami.

    I love watching our Celticsteam this year (more than 2009 and 2010).

  6. Jim Clemons says:

    that picture of Jason Kidd was from when I was head coach!

  7. Anonymous says:

    just wanna share this really cute video of Rondo. omg really :D


  8. Jenda says:

    sorry to bother here, I got banned, don't know what happened. It almost looks like these posts were from my IP while I didn't write them.

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