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Game 57 -- Celtics at Clippers

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  February 26, 2011 05:25 PM

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The Celtics will work in their two new additions Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic tonight against the Clippers.

Tip-off: 10:30 p.m.
Records: Celtics (41-15), Clippers (21-38)
Broadcast info: CSN, WEEI
Officials: Ron Garretson, Marat Kogut, Gary Zielinski

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Rookie DeMarcus Cousins has been a force his past two games.


Probable starters: Celtics: PG: Rajon Rondo SG: Ray Allen SF: Paul Pierce PF: Kevin Garnett C: Nenad Krstic

Clippers:
PG Eric Bledsoe
SG: Randy Foye
SF: Ryan Gomes
PF: Blake Griffin
C: Deandre Jordan

Storylines:

New faces: It's the first game since the deadline deal that sent Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to Oklahoma City for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic, and it may take a while to get adjusted to the new-look Celtics. Krstic will start tonight and he'll be in the starting lineup until Shaquille O'Neal's return, which is still uncertain. Green is the biggest piece in the deal, giving the Celtics a backup for Paul Pierce.

Blake's house: The Staples Center looks like a completely different place when the Clippers are playing, but Blake Griffin's made it more fashionable to be a Clippers fan. A week ago, we split the spotlight with Kobe Bryant for All-Star Weekend. Last night, Bryant dropped 24 and the Lakers handed the Clips a 13-point loss despite Griffin's 22-point, 10-rebound double-double. The Clippers are going through changes themselves after exiling Baron Davis to Cleveland and bringing in Mo Williams and Jamario Moon. But it says something about the Clippers' progress that they can send a player to a worse franchise.

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