Boston Celtics at Fenerbahce Ulker Friday, October 5, 2012 2:00 PM ET 9:00 PM Istanbul Time TV: NBA-TV, CSNNE Pregame on CSNNE 1:30 PM ET Ulker Sports Arena Istanbul, Turkey
After 6 days of practice and very competitive scrimmaging between green
and white teams, the Celtics finally get to play against some new
blood. Fenerbahce is a tough team and should be a good first test for
this new look Celtic team.
Doc said he plans to play the
starters about half the game; he wants his players just to compete and
get accustomed to playing opponents again. They are still struggling a
bit from jet lag and time difference and travel but they are more than
ready to finally compete in an actual game.Preseason games are strange animals. Teams don't play to win as much as to evaluate players, set rotations, and prepare themselves for the real games when the season starts. I expect to see the starting lineup that we will see on opening night: Rajon Rondo, Courtney Lee, Paul Pierce, Brandon Bass, and Kevin Garnett. But Doc will sub in liberally and he will try to evaluate players 8-18 more than play his set rotation in these games.
Celtics Roster Rajon Rondo Courtney Lee Paul Pierce Brandon Brass Kevin Garnett Jason Terry Jeff Green Darko Milicic Jared Sullinger Fab Melo Jason Collins Dionte Christmas Kris Joseph Jamar Smith Rub Kurz
Injuries Avery Bradley (shoulder) out Chris Wilcox (back) day to day Micah Downs (shoulder) day to day
Fenerbahce Ulker Roster Can Maxim Mutaf Bo McCalebb Erbil Eroglu Omer Onan Baris Ermis Romain Sato David Andersen Kaya Peker Oguz Savas Mike Batiste Ilkan Karaman Bojan Bogdanovic Emir Preldzic