at Boston Celtics (40-21) at Milwaukee Bucks (33-29)
Tuesday, March 9
8:00 PM ET
Game #62, Road Game #33
TV: CSN HD, FSN Wisc, NBA LP 760, 761
Referees: Tom Washington, Marat Kogut, Jason Phillips
The Bucks have been on a roll as of late. They are 9-1 in their last 10 games and have won 3 in a row. The Celtics have been picking up the pace lately also, having won 7 of their last 10 and bring a 4 game win streak into this game. The Bucks are in the 5th spot in the East, 7.5 games behind the Celtics who are in the 3rd spot, just a game and a half behind the Magic.
The Celtics beat the Bucks 98-89 in Boston earlier in the season, but this Bucks team is way different from the one we faced then. 6 players that were on the floor for the Bucks then have been traded and John Salmons, Primoz Brezec, Ersan Ilyasova, and Royal Ivey have replaced them in the rotation.
The Bucks come into this game well rested having last played on Saturday while the Celtics have had one day off coming into this game. Both teams are coming off a win over the Washington Wizards, although the Bucks' win was a blowout and the Celtics barely squeaked by after sleepwalking through the first 3 quarters.
We are entering the stretch run now where every game counts toward getting home court advantage in the playoffs. The Celtics can't afford to lose focus and hope to flip a switch sometime during the game. They may have gotten away with that against the Wizards, but that will be much tougher against a team like the Bucks. One win streak will end and if the Celtics don't want it to be theirs, they need to come out focused and play for 48 minutes. The Celtics may see the Bucks in the playoffs and they don't want to give them any confidence that they can beat them. They need to take care of business in this game.
Coach: Doc Rivers
Average Age: 29.0
Average Height: 6-6
Average Weight: 228
PG: Rajon Rondo PPG 14.1 APG 9.9 SPG 2.5
SG: Ray Allen PPG 16.5 APG 2.7 3P% .352
SF: Paul Pierce PPG 17.7 RPG 4.4 APG 3.2
PF: Kevin Garnett PPG 14.4 RPG 7.5 BPG .9
C: Kendrick Perkins PPG 10.8 RPG 7.8 BPG 1.8
Coach: Scott Skiles
Average Age: 28.4
Average Height: 6-6
Average Weight: 220
PG: Brandon Jennings PPG 15.8 APG 6.1 SPG 1.4
SG: John Salmons PPG 13.8 APG 2.6 3P%..370
SF: Carlos Delfino PPG 10.6 APG 5.3 APG 2.6
PF: Luc Richard Mbah a Moute PPG 6.7 RPG 5.5 BPG .6
C: Andrew Bogut PPG 16.0 RPG 10.3 BPG 2.4
Rajon Rondo vs Brandon Jennings
The Bucks rookie PG has been impressive and is one of the leaders for Rookie of the year. Rondo has been impressive himself as of late. Rondo needs to use his experience to get the best of this matchup.
Kendrick Perkins vs Andrew Bogut
Bogut been having a great year and is a big reason that the Bucks are playing very well. There should be some good battles between these 2 physical centers.
Kevin Garnett vs Luc Richard Mbah a Moute
KG has a big height advantage over the 6'8" Mbah a Moute and should be able to get his shot off over him. But KG will need his speed and mobility to keep up with the young and athletic Mbah a Moute on the defensive end. Keys to the Game
Defense, Defense, Defense
Rebound the Ball
Strong Start -Don't dig a hole
Focus for 48 minutes