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- The Celtics are playing their first game at the TD Garden since the All-Star Break and will be doing with a number of new additions playing their first home game with the Celtics. The Celtics inked two of those new additions to 10-day contracts in the past two days, signing Shavlik Randolph and D.J. White to deals to help bolster their big man depth. Doc Rivers spoke on the possibility of playing both players before the game. “I’d rather play Kevin Garnett, Brandon Bass and Jeff Green. Those guys are pretty good,” Rivers explained.
- Jordan Crawford and Terrence Williams will also be playing their first home games for the Boston. Williams was especially pleased before the game in the locker room after acknowledging he was on the verge of signing for the remainder of the season with the Celtics, after signing a 10-day contract last week. “I couldn’t write this story,” Williams told reporters. The small forward was playing in China as recently as two weeks ago.
- David Lee will return to action for the Warriors tonight after sitting out Wednesday’s loss against the Knicks due to a one-game suspension for fighting.
- Golden State has struggled lately, dropping eight of their past 11 games, falling into the sixth spot in the Western Conference with the slide. Despite the struggles, head coach Mark Jackson is positive about the progress the team has been making in the past week. “We’re getting closer to playing Warrior basketball,” Jackson said.
– Brian Robb