at Boston Celtics (0-2) at Wizards (0-1) Regular Season Game #3, Road Game #2 Saturday, November 3, 2012 7:00 PM ET TV: CSN-NE, Comcast Sportsnet, NBA-LP 751(BOS)/752(WAS) Radio: WEEI, WJFK Verizon Center Referees: Joey Crawford, David Guthrie, Derek Richardson
The Celtics will look to avoid an 0-3 start tonight as they take on the
Washington Wizards. The Celtics main concern going into this game is
their defense. Last year, the Celtics led the league in opponents' FG
percentage allowing teams to shoot just 41.9 from the floor. This
season they have allowed the Heat to shoot 54.4% (and score 120 points)
and the Bucks to shoot 46.5%
The Celtics are playing in the
second of back to back games, after a rather listless loss in their home
opener to the Bucks. The Wizards have had 3 days off and have spent
practice studying the Celtics tendencies and feel that they are ready
for the challenge. Even without their star guard John Wall, who is out
with a knee injury, the Wizards are an improved team and will present a
test for the Celtics. The Celtics will need to do more than just show
up in order to avoid yet another loss.
KG spoke to the team
after their loss last night and encouraged them to imitate a pack of
hyenas with their play. That could be good advice for them. They
have a lot of individual talent on this team but they have yet to put it
together and play as a team, especially on the defensive end. They
need to band together and develop chemistry on the court in order to
right the ship. That should be just a matter of time and could happen
with any game.
This is the first of a rare home and home set
for these two teams and they will face each other again on Wednesday in
Boston. With each game, this team should be learning more about
themselves and building chemistry bit by bit. Look for the Celtics to
come out more aggressively tonight and for the bench to step up a bit
more than they have in the first two games. Both teams are looking for
their first win. It is the Wizards home opener. Expect a dog fight
from both teams. Or perhaps, for the Celtics, a hyena fight.
PG SG SF PF C
Rajon Rondo...Courtney Lee...Paul Pierce...Brandon Bass...Kevin Garnett
Avery Bradley (shoulders) out
PG SG SF PF C
AJ Price....Bradley Beal....Trevor Ariza....Trevor Booker.... Emeka Okafor
Nene (foot) out
Kevin Seraphin (calf) out
John Wall (Patella) out
Rajon Rondo vs AJ Price
Rondo goes so go the Celtics. With former number 1 pick John Wall out,
Rondo should have a much easier time against AJ Price and should have a
Kevin Garnett vs Emeka Okafor
KG has a couple of inches on Okafor and should be able to bully his way inside or get his shot off over Okafor,.
Courtney Lee vs Bradley Beal
should be able to use his veteran wiles to get the best of the Rookie.
Beal's family will be there to watch his home opener and he'll be
excited to show the home crowd what he can do. He's been studying the
Celtics wings over the past 3 days of practice and feels he's ready to
take them on. Lee needs to relax and just play his game.
Keys to the Game Defense
Defense always wins games. The Celtics have to make defense their
priority and shut down the paint as well as staying on their outside
Rebound The Celtics must crash the
boards and keep the Wizards from getting second chance points, fast
break opportunities and extra possessions. As I have said before, when
the Celtics put out the effort necessary to win the battle of the
boards, that effort seems to pick up every area of their game as well.
The Celtics need to play aggressively. They need to take the ball to
the hoop and try to get to the line early and often. Make the
officials call the fouls. They also have to go for every loose ball and
battle for all the rebounds. If they play passively, they could be
facing a loss to a team that is hungry for their first win.
- The Celtics have turned the ball over too much this season so far.
They tend to make lazy passes and lose focus from time to time and give
their opponents easy scoring opportunities because of it. They have to
take better care of the ball.
The Celtics have played rather passively so
far, especially on the defensive end. They haven't been aggressive and
haven't shown much chemistry among the players. Hopefully KG's call to
arms (or paws, as the case may be) will be enough to wake them up.
Over more than three decades in the NBA, Joe Crawford has officiated
2,449 regular season and 293 playoff games, including 47 NBA Finals
games. Crawford’s playoff and NBA Finals totals are the most among active NBA officials. Over his
career, Crawford has officiated the 1986, 1992 and 2000 NBA All-Star Games, as well as the 1993
McDonald’s Championship in Munich, Germany.
Prior to joining the NBA, Crawford officiated in the Eastern League (CBA) from 1974-76. He graduated
from Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield, Pa. and is a member of the Cardinal O’Hara
High School Hall of Fame. In 2008, Crawford earned a degree in Liberal studies from Neumann College.
Officiating can be considered a Crawford “family affair,” as his brother is veteran Major League Baseball
umpire Jerry Crawford, and his father is retired Major League Baseball umpire Shag Crawford.
Crawford is also very active in his hometown community of Philadelphia.
is no shortage of controversy surrounding Joey Crawford, the biggest of
which was a suspension for tossing Tim Duncan for laughing on the bench
and then challenging him to a fight. He is known for his quickness to
call technical fouls but also doesn't tend to be influenced by the home
crowd as much as many younger refs seem to be. In the 2008 Playoffs,
Crawford was chosen to officiate Game 4 of the Western Conference final
between the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Lakers. In the closing
seconds of the game, there was a no-call where the Spurs' Brent Barry
was unquestionably fouled by Derek Fisher. Crawford was the closest
official to the call, and the NBA later apologized for the lack of a
call. Crawford was also one of the refs who was involved in the income
tax evasion convictions and was suspended at that time as well.
is widely viewed as one of the refs in the NBA who can officiate with
an agenda and shows his biases on the court, hence the controversy that
seems to follow him throughout his career. The Celtics played 9 games
with Crawford officiating last season the last of which was game 7 vs
Miami in the ECF. The Celtics are 6-4 in their last 10 with Crawford
while the Wizards are 3-7 in their last 10 with Crawford. This is
Joey's first game this season. How did the Celtics get so lucky.
David Guthrie enters his eighth season after officiating 384 regular
season games and six playoff games. Prior to joining the NBA,
Guthrie was an official in the CBA, NBA Development League and the
New York City Pro Am. He participated in the D-League playoffs in 2003, 2004 and 2005 and the DLeague
championship games in 2004 and 2005. He officiated at the collegiate level in the ACC,
SEC, Colonial, Southern, OVC, ASUN, Big South and SWAC conferences and participated in the
2003 and 2004 NCAA tournaments.
Outside of his life in basketball, Guthrie was a member of the Cincinnati Reds organization playing
professionally with the team in Princeton, W. Va., Billings, Mont., Charleston, W.Va. and Chattanooga,
Tenn. He attended both Southern Union Community College in Wadley, Ala. and North Carolina State
University on baseball scholarships.
He played in the Cape Cod Wooden Bat College Summer League for the Falmouth Commodores in
1994 and played baseball and basketball at W.Va. Berry High School in Birmingham, Ala.
Celtics are 6-4 in their last 10 games with Guthrie and the Wizards are
4-6 in their last 10. He called just one game for the Celtics last
season, a 94-82 win over the Bobcats in which the Bobcats took 20 free
throws and the Celtics 17. The refs did a good job of staying out of
the way, which is what you want from an official. His home W/L record
this season is 0-1.
Derek Richardson has officiated 906 regular season games and one
playoff game, as well as the 2003 NBA Rookie Game in Atlanta, during
his 15 seasons as an NBA official. Prior to joining the NBA, Richardson spent eight years officiating in
the CBA, including the 1996 CBA All-Star game and two games of the 1996 CBA Finals.
Richardson played basketball at Los Angeles Southwest College and earned an Associate of Arts degree
in Criminal Justice. He went on to earn a degree in Administration of Justice from Los Angeles
Richardson has volunteered with the South Central Los Angeles YMCA, assisting with youth basketball
is known for being inconsistent with his calls, especially on
charge/block calls. The Celtics are 7-3 over their last 10 games with
Richardson. The Wizards are 3-7 over their last 10 games with Richardson
as a ref. This is his first game officiating this season.