Monday, February 24, 2014
W2W4: Celtics vs. Jazz (Game 58 of 82)
By Chris Forsberg
The Boston Celtics (19-38, 8-21 away) visit the Utah Jazz (19-36, 12-16 home) on Monday night at EnergySolutions Arena (9 p.m., CSN). Here's what to watch for:
- BREAKING UP THE SHUTOUT?: The Celtics are 0-12 on the road against Western Conference foes this season. Boston has had chances in each of its first three games of this trip, but the finale in Utah may be the Celtics' best chance to avoid a shutout this season. Only visits to New Orleans and Dallas -- a back-to-back that opens against the Pelicans -- remain on the schedule.
- JAZZ AT A GLANCE: The Jazz rank 23rd in offensive efficiency and dead last in defensive efficiency. Utah doesn't rank better in the top half of the league in any of the league's key advanced stat categories. What do the Jazz do well? Ummm... well, NBA Reference notes they top the league in strength of schedule. They do spread out their scoring, having seven players averaging double digits this season.
- LOOSE BALLS: Rajon Rondo is expected to be back after sitting out Saturday's loss as a precaution o the second night of a back-to-back. Boston is expected to still be without Jared Sullinger (concussion), along with Avery Bradley (ankle) and Vitor Faverani (knee). ... The is the second and final meeting of the season for the two teams. Gordon Hayward -- Brad Stevens' old friend from Butler -- scored 28 points in the first meeting, but Boston emerged with a 97-87 triumph. .. STATS LLC notes: "The shorthanded Celtics may be able to find open looks against a Utah team that has given up an average of 109.3 points over a three-game skid that followed a season-best three-game win streak."
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