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Monday, February 28, 2011
Game 58: Celtics vs. Jazz

By Greg Payne

(42-15, 17-10 away)     -- vs. --     (32-28, 17-13 home)
at EnergySolutions Arena, 9 p.m. | CSN, WEEI (850 AM)

GAME PREVIEW (via Stats Inc.)
It will likely take time for the Jazz to figure out how to move forward following the trade of Deron Williams to New Jersey on Wednesday. Devin Harris and Derrick Favors, both acquired in the deal, combined for 27 points in a 120-116 loss to Detroit on Saturday, Utah's sixth defeat in seven games.

The Jazz (32-28) have been spiraling down the standings for a while, losing 15 of 20 to drop from third place in the Western Conference to ninth.

"We are just looking for something good to happen so that we can start feeling good about ourselves," coach Tyrone Corbin said.

A matchup with Boston might not provide the best opportunity for Utah to break out of its funk. The Celtics beat the Jazz 110-86 on Jan. 21 in Boston, getting 21 points from Kevin Garnett and 20 from Pierce.

No Utah player scored more than 12, and the starters combined for a season-low 38 points. Former Celtic Al Jefferson finished with seven points on 1-of-11 shooting, but he's in the midst of a scoring surge, averaging 27.0 points in his last five games -- 9.2 better than his team-leading average.

Read the full preview HERE.