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Game 60: Warriors (27-33) at Celtics (44-15)

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  March 4, 2011 01:22 PM

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With Glen Davis nursing a strained left knee tendon and Delonte West out with a sprained ankle, the bench will be missing two key pieces tonight against the Warriors< /p>


Tip-off: 7:30 p.m.
Records: Celtics (44-15), Warriors (27-33)
Broadcast info: CSN, WEEI
Officials: Marc Davis, David Guthrie, Marat Kogut

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Kevin Garnett has taken to the versatile new pick-up Jeff Green.


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

Warriors:
PG Stephen Curry
SG: Monta Ellis
SF: Dorell Wright
PF: David Lee
C: Andris Biedrins

Storylines:

Setting the pace: The Warriors are seventh in the league in scoring (102.7) and they're second in fastbreak points (18.8). When they played the Celtics two weeks ago, they tried to turn it into a race to 100 points, but never made it, losing 115-93, being held to 33 points in the second half after scoring 30 in each of the first two quarter. Even though the Warriors like to play at a fast pace, Celtics coach Doc Rivers didn't tell his team speeding tickets were encouraged, and Kevin Garnett led the way with 24 points and 12 rebounds. "They want to run," Garnett said. "I have no idea what they think that we are, but we want to run, too. That's a nice pace for us. It's a tiresome pace, it's a work pace, and we play defense at that pace, which is something I don't think they do. But they put points up."

Working in Pavlovic: A practice yesterday, a shootaround and a walkthrough today. That's the extent of Sasha Pavlovic's indoctrination before his debut tonight. He'll be thrown into the mix with the Celtics' other new faces Jeff Green, Nenad Krstic and Troy Murphy. Of all the additions, Rivers said Krstic has had the easiest time acclimating, playing off teammates like Garnett. Meanwhile, because of all the options he has with Green -- power forward, small forward, perimeter, paint -- it's been more difficult finding a niche quickly.

Lin gets his diploma: Apparently, he was so busy running through the pre-draft maze that after graduating from Harvard with a degree in economics last summer, Former Crimson star Jeremy Lin never got a chance to grab his diploma. So since he was in town with the Warriors, he stopped by to pick it up yesterday.

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