at Boston Celtics (14-15) at Sacramento Kings (10-19) Sunday, March 30, 2012 9:00 PM ET Regular Season Game #30, Road Game #16 TV: CSNNE, CSNCA, NBA-LP 755 Radio: WEEI, 1140 AM Power Balance Pavillion Arena Referees: David Jones, Olandis Poole, Sean Wright
The Celtics will try to end their 4 game road trip on a high note as
they take on the Sacramento Kings. They started it with a win and then
lost 2 and hopefully can end with a win. With all the buzz about the
Celtics interest in DeMarcus Cousins, this could get interesting as he
possibly auditions for his next team.
The Celtics are playing
in back to back games on the road, which will make this game more
difficult than it should be. And the final game of a road trip is
always a tough one for the team. The Celtics are just 5-10 on the road
while the Kings are playing fairly well at home with a 9-7 home record.
The Kings are coming off a win over the Knicks on a last second 3
pointer by James Johnson.
The Celtics faced the Kings just once
last season and lost 120-95 at Power Balance Arena. The Celtics are
4-6 in their last 10 games while the Kings are a slightly worse 3-7 in
their last 10. Rondo sat out Saturday night's loss to the Warriors and
may or may not play in this one. Also the Kings are reporting that Tyreke Evans, who has been sitting out the past 2 weeks could rejoin the Kings' starting lineup tonight. Both will probably be game time decisions.
Both teams need a win in this game to try to go into 2013 with some sort of positive momentum. The Kings have a 3 game home win streak going and would like to start 2013 with that intact. The Celtics are just 1-7 on the road in December and desperately need to turn that around.
Probable Starters PGSGSFPFC
Rajon Rondo/ Jason Terry/ Paul Pierce/ Kevin Garnett/ Jason Collins
Avery Bradley (shoulders) out
Chris Wilcox (thumb) out
Leandro Barbosa (personal) hopefully
Rajon Rondo (hip/thigh) game time decision
Tyreke Evans (knee) game time decision (probable)
Rajon Rondo vs Isaiah Thomas
is one of the few games where Rondo will have a height advantage over
his opponent. He also has an experience advantage over the Kings' 2nd
year point guard. Rondo needs to be aggressive and take it at Thomas
early and often.
Jason Collins vs DeMarcus Cousins.
is a tough and physical player but he's also a young player and a
volatile player. Who knows what would happen if KG gets into his head.
In spite of 3 suspensions already this season, 16.5 points and 9.5
rebounds. Collins must keep him out of the paint.
Keys to the Game Defense
- Defense is a key to every game and it will be the key to winning the
championship. After playing tough defense against the Nets, their
defense was on vacation vs the Clippers and they allowed way too many
easy baskets and scores in the paint. The Celtics must defend the
perimeter as the Kings can be hot from the outside. They also must
defend the paint to keep them away from the basket.
Crash the boards
- The Celtics need to rebound the basketball. It takes effort and
desire to out rebound the opposing team and when they show the effort
and desire on the boards, it usually transfers to the rest of their game
as well. The Celtics must rebound to prevent easy fast break points
and tip ins. Start Strong and Play 48 Minutes-
The Celtics need to get off to a good start. The Kings are 9-2 when
leading at the half and just 1-17 when trailing at the half. The
Celtics need to get off to a good start and then not let up. They have
to stay focused for 48 minutes.
Back to Back and Rondo
Celtics may be getting road weary and they are playing in back to back
games, but this is a game they can and should win if they give their
full effort and focus on playing as a team. If Rondo doesn't play
again, this game becomes much harder to win.