Celtics visit Nets looking to avenge loss

Boston Celtics (1-4) at Brooklyn Nets (3-0)
Thursday, October 18, 2012
8:00 PM ET
Preseason Game #6, Road Game #4
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 court again. 

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. 

This 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 wrist injury.

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. 

Probable Starters
PG: Rajon Rondo
SG:  Courtney Lee
SF:  Paul Pierce
PF:  Brandon Bass
C:   Kevin Garnett

Celtics Reserves
Jared Sullinger
Jason Collins
Micah Downs
Jeff Green
Kris Joseph
Rob Kurz
Jason Terry
Fab Melo
Leandro Barbosa

Chris Wilcox (back) day to day
Avery Bradley (shoulders) out 
Darko Milicic  (wrist) questionable

Probable Starters
PG: Deron Williams
SG:  Joe Johnson
SF:  Gerald Wallace
PF:  Kris Humphries
C:   Brook Lopez

Nets Reserves
Keith Bogans
CJ Watson
Andre Blatche
Josh Childress
Mirza Teletovic
Carleton Scott
Reggie Evans
MarShon Brooks
Stephen Dennis
James Mays
Tomike Shengelia
Jerry  Stackhouse
Tyshaun Taylor
Jerry Stackhouse

Tyshawn Taylor (quad)  out
MarShon Brooks (foot)  out

Improvement Needed
Defend the Pick and Roll
Limit turnovers
Develop chemistry on both units
Fill given roles