Boston Celtics (1-4) at Brooklyn Nets (3-0) Thursday, October 18, 2012 8:00 PM ET Preseason Game #6, Road Game #4 TV: TNT, CSNNE Barclays Center Referees: Tony Brothers, Mark Ayotte, Matt Boland The Celtics and Nets square off for the second time in 3 nights. The
first game between these two resulted in a 97-96 Celtics loss. The Nets
sat all of their starters while the Celtics played their full squad.
But a unit of Kris Joseph, Fab Melo, Micah Downs, Rob Kurz and Jason
Collins lost a 9 point lead in the final minutes to give the Nets a
win. I can honestly say we probably will never see that lineup on the
I expect both teams to play their starters. The
Nets are at home and the Celtics have just 2 more preseason games after
this one to tune up the lineups. Since Doc hasn't started the same
unit twice, it's hard to tell who will be in the starting lineup for
this one. I'm thinking it will be the traditional starting lineup with
Lee at SG. The Celtics will get to see the new look Nets starting
lineup of Williams, Johnson, Wallace, Humphries, and Lopez.
will be the first time ever for the Celtics to play in the brand new
Barclays Center, which will be the home of the Nets from now on. This
will be the Nets' second game in their new home. The Celtics had cut
two players just before Tuesday's game. They have just added another
player in Leandro Barbosa, but I'm not sure if he will be in uniform and
available for the game. Darko is expected to miss this game with the
The Celtics still have much to work on before the
season starts, and with just 2 games after this one, it seems like a
good time to get serious with the rotations and leave the
experimentation behind. Hopefully they can lower their turnovers and
finally get their pick and roll defense to work.