Tuesday, January 7, 2014
W2W4: C's vs. Nuggets (Game 35 of 82)
By Chris Forsberg
The Boston Celtics (13-21, 5-11 away) visit the Denver Nuggets (16-17, 8-8 home) on Tuesday night at the Pepsi Center (9 p.m., CSN). Here's what to watch for:
- BAY(LESS)WATCH: The Boston Celtics finalized a three-team swap that formally delivered Jerryd Bayless on Tuesday. He's been assigned Courtney Lee's old No. 11 jersey and will jump right into the fray against the Nuggets. The Celtics are hoping being in green gives him the same spark as playing against it. In two games against Boston this season, Bayless averaged 18.5 points on 57.1 percent shooting over 21 minutes per game.
- TEAMS HEADED IN DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS: The Celtics scored a 106-98 triumph over Denver a month ago, during one of their best stretches of basketball. The Nuggets were enduring a stretch where they lost 11 of 14 games, including eight in a row spanning into the new calendar year. But the Celtics have lost seven of their last eight, while Denver has won two in a row (putting up 137 points against the Lakers the other night). Boston's defense, which gave up a season-high 119 points in a loss to Oklahoma City on Sunday, needs a better night if the Celtics are to compete.
- WHAT ELSE?: Kris Humphries sat out practice on Monday with a minor ankle sprain, but he was expected to be available for Tuesday's game. ... The Celtics are winless (0-5) on the road against the West this season. ... This is the start of two back-to-backs this week for Boston and it wraps on Wednesday night against the Clippers in Los Angeles.
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