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Boston Celtics
@ Phoenix Suns

Wednesday, Dec 30, 2009, 7:00 PM MST
US Airways Center

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I hope to add more to this preview later in the day but in the mean time feel free to drop your own thoughts in the comments and be sure to check out all the great Celtics blogs out there:

Points of Emphasis Against Phoenix Tonight - CelticsBlog
The Celtics are in a difficult position right now, with a very good Phoenix Suns team that's already beaten Boston once this season on tap tonight. The C's would love to right the ship against Phoenix, but they need to be extremely careful with the Suns because they're perfectly capable of trapping an opponent into its style of play - even a team like the Celtics which prides itself on its defensive mindset. If the Celtics aren't cautious and play the sloppy basketball they displayed on Monday against the Warriors, they could find the game escaping their grasp early on.

and I will be calling in to a Blog Talk Radio show put on by the good people at Red's Army at 630pm AZ Time. Check me out.

RedsArmy.com - The Voice Of Celtics Fans
Tonight at 8, we're doing a pre-game version of The 2 Man game. We'll be joined by Phx Stan from Bright Side of the Sun. He's going to be at the game as a credentialed member of the media (a credentialed blogger? Huh... what a nice idea)... so we'll get a pre-game report from him. So go to our show page and tune in at 8pm.

It looks like the C's will be without Baby Davis as well as Pierce

Twitter / Celtics.com: Big Baby is not participat ...
Big Baby is not participating in today's shootaround, he's out for tonight's game vs. Phoenix and is considered day-to-day.

Other Links:

  • azcentral.com blogs - Coro's Suns dish - PaulCoro - Suns' turnover indicator & other slices
    The Suns' success rides on their ability to avoid turnovers, particularly against a strong Celtics defense that has opponents averaging 16.7 turnovers per game (third in the NBA). This month, Phoenix is making 12.3 turnovers in their wins and 17.1 in their losses. "When we play that efficiently, we do have the ability to play against the really elite teams," Suns coach Alvin Gentry said
  • KTAR.com - Dudley's role keeps increasing
    Suns forward Jared Dudley was already a fan favorite in Phoenix, but lately has also become the team's best option off the bench. - Stories at ktar.com
  • Slowing down Rondo is the key versus the C's| Valley of the Suns
    Slowing down Rajon Rondo will be a huge key for the Phoenix Suns against the Boston Celtics, who struggle from three-point land.
  • Mapping the NBA: Inside Out -- NBA FanHouse
    Teams should clearly prefer shots at the rim and from beyond the arc as opposed to all other locations. It's not always that easy -- every team tries to get dunks and lay-ups, but some players are far more adept at getting them (for themselves and teammates). But clearly, some teams settle for two-point jumpers too frequently, given the efficiency spread.
  • Celtics vs Suns coverage
  • Celtics vs Suns preview

The Celtics lost their last two games to the Clippers and Warriors. You better believe they are going to want to get a win tonight in Phoenix


Final - 12.28.2009 1 2 3 4 Total
Boston Celtics 35 23 18 23 99
Golden State Warriors 22 35 23 23 103

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