NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, February 19th
(All times Eastern)
Boston Celtics (19-35) at Phoenix Suns (32-22), 8:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Celtics will begin their second half on a
western road trip, starting Wednesday night at US Airways Center where they
face the Phoenix Suns.
The C's will play the Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings and Utah Jazz on
this sojourn. They've won their last two on the road, but have dropped two of
Boston had no representatives in the All-Star game, so the Celtics have had
plenty of time to get over their 104-92 home loss to the depleted San Antonio
Spurs one week ago.
Boston had won four of five coming into the last game before the All-Star
break for both teams and had six players score in double figures, but it still
"I thought our bench was better than our starters in the first half, but (the
Spurs) put a lot of pressure on you," said Boston head coach Brad Stevens.
Rajon Rondo led the Celtics with 16 points, followed by 15 and 10 rebounds
from Kelly Olynyk and 15 points out of Kris Humphries. Brandon Bass, Jerryd
Bayless and Jeff Green also cracked the 10-point mark.
Avery Bradley (ankle) and Vitor Faverani (knee) didn't make the trip.
The Celtics are getting the Suns at a good time as Phoenix needed overtime on
Tuesday to defeat the Denver Nuggets, 112-107 at the Pepsi Center.
Gerald Green netted a career-high 36 points, including eight in overtime, and
the Suns played some defense down the stretch.
"I think defensively we did a good job. We managed to take some tough shots
and we got the rebounds. We did a better job on the boards. Guys really went
after it in that overtime," said Suns coach Jeff Hornacek.
Goran Dragic tallied 21 points and 14 assists, Markieff Morris provided 13
points and 12 rebounds, P.J. Tucker added 13 points and 11 boards and Marcus
Morris chipped in 10 for the Suns, who had dropped 3-of-4 heading into the
Despite the overtime game, only Dragic and Markieff Morris logged over 40
The Suns start a four-game homestand Wednesday night with the Spurs, Houston
Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves also on the docket.
The Celtics won both of last season's meetings with Phoenix, but have lost
four of the last six contests in the desert. The two teams will meet in Boston
on March 14.
02/19 10:27:27 ET