Boston Celtics (32-12) at Charlotte Hornets (11-33) Game #45 1/16/23 - Celtics Blog

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The Celtics are successful Charlotte to instrumentality connected the Hornets for the 2nd consecutive game. This is the 3rd of 4 games betwixt these 2 teams this season. In the archetypal meeting, the Celtics bushed the Hornets successful Boston 140-105. The Celtics bushed the Hornets 122-106 connected Saturday and they volition play the last crippled successful Boston connected February 10.

The Celtics are playing successful the 3rd and last crippled of a 3 crippled roadworthy trip. They volition person 2 days disconnected earlier facing the Warriors astatine location and past they volition caput retired for different 3 crippled roadworthy trip. The Hornets are playing the Celtics for the 2nd consecutive crippled astatine Charlotte. They volition caput retired connected 4 crippled roadworthy travel aft this game.

The Celtics are 1st successful the Eastern Conference. They are 4 games up of 2nd spot Brooklyn, who mislaid astatine location to the Thunder connected Sunday. They are 4.5 games up of 3rd spot Milwaukee. They are 15-7 connected the roadworthy and 8-2 successful their past 10 games. They are 15-4 against Eastern Conference opponents. They person won their past 6 games.

The Hornets are past successful the Eastern Conference and lone the Houston Rockets person a worse grounds astatine 10-32. The Hornets are tied with 14th spot Detroit and are 5.5 games down 13th spot Orlando. They are 5-15 astatine location and 2-8 successful their past 10 games. They are 6-12 against Eastern Conference opponents. They person mislaid their past 4 games and 7 of their past 8.

Jaylen Brown volition miss his 3rd consecutive crippled owed to close adductor tightness. Danilo Gallinari remains retired arsenic helium rehabs a torn ACL. Derrick White near Saturday’s crippled with a cervix sprain and is listed arsenic probable for this game. I’m guessing that Robert Williams volition commencement astatine halfway erstwhile again and Al Horford volition instrumentality to play astatine the four.

For the Hornets, erstwhile Celtic Gordon Hayward is listed arsenic doubtful. He has missed the past 6 games with a hamstring injury. Kelly Oubre, Jr injured his manus successful the archetypal week of the play and played done it for awhile but past helium had country connected the manus past week and volition beryllium retired until astatine slightest February 8.

Probable Celtics Starters

  • Marcus Smart Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images
  • Derrick White Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images
  • Jayson Tatum Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images
  • Al Horford Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images
  • Robert Williams III Photo by Stephen Gosling/NBAE via Getty Images

PG: Marcus Smart
SG: Derrick White
SF: Jayson Tatum
PF: Al Horford
C: Robert Williams III

Celtics Reserves
Grant Williams
Malcolm Brogdon
Sam Hauser
Payton Pritchard
Blake Griffin
Justin Jackson
Luke Kornet

2 Way Players
JD Davison
Mfiondu Kabengele

Danilo Gallinari (ACL) out
Jaylen Brown (adductor) retired
Derrick White (neck) probable

Head Coach (Interim)
Joe Mazzulla

Probable Hornets Starters

  • LaMelo Ball Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images
  • Terry Rozier Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images
  • PJ Washington Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images
  • Jalen McDaniels Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images
  • Mason Plumlee Photo by Brock Williams-Smith/NBAE via Getty Images

PG: LaMelo Ball
SG: Terry Rozier
SF: PJ Washington
PF: Jalen McDaniels
C: Mason Plumlee

Hornets Reserves
James Bouknight
Kai Jones
Cody Martin
Nick Richards
Dennis Smith, Jr
JT Thor
Mark Williams

Two Way Players
Theo Maledon
Bryce McGowans

Gordon Hayward (hamstring) doubtful
Kelly Oubre, Jr (hand) retired

Head Coach
Steve Clifford

Key Matchups

  • Marcus Smart Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images
  • LaMelo Ball Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

Marcus Smart vs LaMelo Ball
Ball has been playing precise good successful his 3rd play with the Hornets. He is averaging 24.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 8.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He is shooting 41.9% from the tract and 37.2% from beyond the arc. He missed the archetypal crippled betwixt these 2 teams and connected Saturday helium finished with 31 points, 7 rebounds 9 assists and 1 steal. He changeable 40.7% from the tract but conscionable 12.5% (1-8) connected threes. The Celtics request to bash their champion to bounds him successful this game.

  • Derrick White Photos by Michael Gonzales/NBAE via Getty Images
  • Terry Rozier Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Derrick White vs Terry Rozier
Rozier is averaging 21.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game. He is shooting 41.3% from the tract and 32.5% from beyond the arc. Rozier missed the archetypal crippled betwixt these 2 teams and connected Saturday, helium finished with 21 points, 4 rebounds 3 assists and 1 block. He changeable 47.1% from the tract and conscionable 25% (2-8) from beyond the arc. He ever tries a small harder to bushed his erstwhile squad and the Celtics request support him well.

Honorable Mention
Robert Williams III vs Mason Plumlee
Plumlee is averaging 11.3 points, 9.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists. He is shooting 65.3% from the tract and has not taken immoderate 3’s this season. On Saturday, helium finished with 9 points, 16 rebounds, and 1 assist. He changeable 40% from the tract and erstwhile again didn’t instrumentality immoderate 3’s. The Celtics request to support him retired of the overgarment and particularly disconnected of the boards.

Keys to the Game
Defense - Defense is ever a cardinal to winning games. After getting down 16 points connected Saturday, it was defence that helped the Celtics to ascent backmost and get the win. The Celtics indispensable perpetrate to playing pugnacious fastener down defence for each 48 minutes and not conscionable aft they get down big. The Hornets person an violative standing of 108.9 (29th) portion the Celtics person an violative standing of 117.4 (2nd). The Hornets are 27th with a antiaircraft standing of 115.6 portion the Celtics are 7th with a antiaircraft standing of 110.8. The Celtics request to marque defence a precedence and enactment harder connected that extremity of the court.

Rebound - Much of rebounding is effort and hustle arsenic evidenced by Payton Pritchard beating everyone to 2 violative rebounds. The Celtics request to clang the boards arsenic a squad and combat for each rebound. The Hornets are 5th with 45.5 rebounds per crippled portion the Celtics are 9th with 44.3 rebounds per game. The Hornets mean 15.7 2nd accidental points (6th) and truthful the Celtics person to enactment harder to get rebounds to forestall those other possessions and 2nd accidental points for the Hornets.

No Overconfidence - The Celtics can’t travel into this crippled and expect to triumph without playing their best. They bushed the Hornets doubly and whitethorn consciousness that they tin conscionable spell done the motions, but that would beryllium a mistake. The Celtics request to travel retired and play similar they are the underdog and the Hornets are a contender. The Celtics person to expect a combat from the Hornets, who volition beryllium looking to avenge not 1, but 2 losses and they can’t underestimate them.

Next Man Up - The Celtics volition erstwhile again beryllium without Jaylen Brown. Derrick White should play beryllium whitethorn beryllium limited. The Celtics got bully contributions from Luke Kornet, Payton Pritchard and Malcolm Brogdon successful their past crippled and they volition request them to erstwhile again play good successful this game. Jayson Tatum has been struggling with injuries and whitethorn oregon whitethorn not beryllium capable to person a large crippled successful this one. Every subordinate has to measurement up their game.

On the Road - The Celtics are playing successful their 3rd consecutive roadworthy game. The last crippled of a roadworthy travel often is simply a pugnacious 1 for 1 crushed oregon another. Fatigue from question and staying successful hotels on with playing successful a hostile arena tin instrumentality a toll connected players, particularly younger players. The Celtics request to play done the distractions of playing connected the roadworthy and support their absorption connected playing hard and playing the close way.

Officiating - The officiating is ever an x-factor. Some referees telephone the crippled choky and others fto them play. Some favour the location squad and others telephone it evenly. The Celtics person to play done immoderate calls spell against them and not let atrocious calls oregon nary calls to instrumentality distant their absorption connected the game.