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Game 42: Jazz (27-15) at Celtics (32-9)

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  January 21, 2011 05:45 PM

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Last year, the Celtics kicked their feet up early after beating the Jazz by 19. It ended up being the turning point in Utah's season.

Tip-off: 7:30 p.m.
Records: Celtics (32-9), Jazz (27-15)
Broadcast info: CSN, WEEI

Probable starters:
Celtics:
PG: Rajon Rondo
SG: Ray Allen
SF: Paul Pierce
PF: Kevin Garnett
C: Shaquille O'Neal

Jazz:
PG Deron Williams
SG Raja bell
SF Andrei Kirilenko
PF Paul Milsap
C Al Jefferson

Storylines:

Jazz hit a low note: Consecutive losses to Washington (ugh) and New Jersey (eww) leave the Jazz looking for answers. They're 5-5 in their last 10, and after tonight's game against the Celtics, there's barely enough time to take a breather (against Philly) before a back-to-back against the Lakers and Spurs. One thing that doesn't help: not all the players know the team's plays apparently.

It's something point guard Deron Williams has mentioned before, and Al Jefferson brought it up again to the Salt Lake Tribune:

The Jazz center said Wednesday that his team sometimes runs the court with a couple players not knowing where they are supposed to be on the floor or what exactly is going on. The remark followed Utah’s disappointing 103-95 road loss to New Jersey, and it is not the first time this season that a Jazz member has highlighted the lack of cohesion and overall confusion that at times has characterized the team’s offense.

“I think at times one or two of the guys out on the court do not know what we are running,” said Jefferson, who joined Utah last summer after playing six combined seasons for the Celtics and Minnesota. “It is no excuse halfway through the season. We should have the plays down, know what the plays are, and should know what we are doing.”

Last year, the Jazz got spanked by 19 at the Garden and a few players, namely Williams, a few Celtics (see Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett) kicking their feet up early in the fourth quarter.

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