Phoenix Suns vs. Boston Celtics Preview

Jan. 28, 2011; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Boston Celtics forward (5) Kevin Garnett against Phoenix Suns forward Marcin Gortat at the US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Phoenix Suns head into Boston to to try to spoil the current Celtics’ three game winning streak. Boston could finally lift themselves up above .500 in what seems to happened last, over years ago.

The Celtics have been playing like the clear cut third best team in the Atlantic Division and if they don’t perform better, they will face stiff competition early when it comes to the playoffs. Today can help the Celtics build momentum onto their already impressive three game winstreak.

The Suns have been pathetic when it comes to the defensive end and mediocre at best at the offensive end. Rumors of the security of Alvin Gentry’s job have been swirling. However the team has been on the news so far, as the most likely destination for Memphis star, Rudy Gay. If Gay joins a Suns team who have tremendous young talent already, they will surely have a bright future.

However for today’s game, the Suns are looking to prove to the rest of the league, they won’t surrender to superior competition. The Suns have played opponents tough this year, and Luis Scola and Marcin Gortat have really played well for the Suns.

Good news for the Celtics has Rajon Rondo will make his return after serving a one game suspension. The Celtics will need him to stop the dynamic, offensive driven Goran Dragic. Rondo will look to pad the assists as the Celtics look to have a four game winning streak.

Celtics’ Keys to the Game:

  • Box out the bigs for the Suns. Gortat and Scola together have averaged 15.1 rebounds per game and 24.4 points per game. The leading rebounder for the Celtics is Kevin Garnett with  7.1 rebounds per game.
  • Contain Dragic and don’t leave men open. Dragic averages 6.4 assists on a team that shoots mid range shots close to 35% of the time.
  • Control the tempo of the game. The Suns have many playmakers in transition that can give easy points for an at best average team, including Shannon Brown and Jared Dudley.

Topics: Boston Celtics, Goran Dragic, Phoenix Suns, Rajon Rondo

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