Game 58: Celtics at Jazz


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The new-look Celtics face the Jazz, who will introduce their two newest additions Devin Harris and Derrick Favors to the home crowd.

Tip-off: 9 p.m.
Records: Celtics (42-15), Kings (32-28)
Broadcast info: CSN, WEEI
Officials: Joe Crawford, Eric Dalen, Leon Wood


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Nenad Krstic pulled down six offensive rebounds in his debut.


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

Jazz:
PG Devin Harris
SG: Raja Bell
SF: Andrei Kirilenko
PF: Paul Millsap
C: Al Jefferson

Storylines:

West sprains ankle: Just when the Celtics thought they were getting healthier, Delonte West sprained his right ankle in a team walkthrough yesterday and will miss tonight’s game and likely Wednesday night’s game against the Suns. Since the Celtics traded Nate Robinson to Oklahoma City along with Kendrick Perkins, it leaves the team without a true backup for Rajon Rondo beyond rookie guard Avery Bradley. “We’ll figure it out when we get there,” Rivers said.

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Favors and Harris make home debut: The Jazz traded their franchise player Deron Williams to the Nets for Devin Harris and rookie Derrick Favors. The duo was introduced to local media this morning. Being the subject of trade rumors from the time he came in the league, Favors seemed slightly shell shocked. Going from the rubble in New Jersey to a playoff contender in Utah, Harris couldn’t have been happier. He got a Salt Lake welcome: A fan stopped his car in the middle of the street to stop and welcome Harris to the city.

No Sloan: A little more than a month ago, when the Celtics crushed the Jazz at the Garden, Jerry Sloan was still the head coach, but you could sense some trouble. A few weeks later, he’d resign with rumors swirling about tension with Williams, two weeks later, Williams would be traded to the Nets. It’s the first time in 23 years that Jerry Sloan won’t be on the Jazz bench. Instead, it’ll be Ty Corbin, who had been Sloan’s assisstant for seven seasons. “It’ll be sad, different, strange,” Rivers said. “It hasn’t happened in a long time. I’m happy for Ty, because he’s such a great guy.I just wish it was under different circumstances. I don’t know if you can step into a tougher job, replacing Jerry Sloan. That’s no job anybody wants.”