Wednesday, November 6, 2013
W2W4: C's vs. Jazz (Game 5 of 82)
By Chris Forsberg
The Boston Celtics (0-4, 0-1 home) host the Utah Jazz (0-4, 0-2) at TD Garden on Wednesday night (CSN, 7:30 p.m.). Here's what to watch for:
* SOMEBODY'S GOTTA WIN: It's a battle of the only 0-4 teams in the league (and two of only four remaining winless squads). The Jazz are playing the second night of a back-to-back after dropping a 104-88 decision in Brooklyn on Wednesday night. The Celtics, meanwhile, are playing a stretch of five games in seven days (in five different cities), but they'll be coming off a rare offday. Someone's getting in the win column on Wednesday.
* HEY, HAYWARD!: Gordon Hayward helped Butler to its first national title game in 2010 and will get to see former coach Brad Stevens on the opposite sideline on Wednesday. Hayward, the ninth pick in the 2010 draft, is averaging 16.8 points, 6 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game this season. Let's see if Stevens throws any wrinkles at him to try to throw him off.
* BROKEN RECORD: Guess which team in the NBA has the best offensive rebound percentage? It's the Jazz (34.7 percent). And which team has the worst defensive rebound percentage in the league? It's the Celtics (47.7 percent). At the risk of sounding like a broken record in this W2W4 space, rebounding will be kind of a big deal on Wednesday. As for our other usual nag, it'd be nice if both teams took better care of the ball. Boston ranks dead last in team turnover percentage (22.4 percent); Utah isn't much better at 28th (20.2 percent).
* WHAT ELSE?: We'll be eyeing the guard rotation. Does Boston compensate for turnover woes by putting a second guard (Jordan Crawford) on the floor with Avery Bradley more often? Does Phil Pressey get a chance to run the second-unit offense? ... Jared Sullinger is averaging 15 minutes per game through four contests, that number ought to start climbing soon. ... The Celtics are shooting just 26.2 percent beyond the arc so far this season.