Portland Trail Blazers at Boston Celtics, March 9, 2012: Fan Preview

The Boston Celtics were on a roll, and it looked like they were turning their recent struggles around. That was until they suffered an embarrassing 103-71 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.

Coach Doc Rivers of the Boston Celtics
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"We just didn't have it, honestly. Nothing was working. Give them credit. They were very organized and we were not. I didn't think we had great will tonight to fight through it." Stated coach Doc Rivers after the brutal loss to Philadelphia.

Perhaps the win the night before against the Houston Rockets in addition to traveling wore them down.

Boston will have a good opportunity to rebound when the Portland Trail Blazers come to town. Portland has been struggling on the road this season, and has won just four of their last 10 games.

Regardless of their struggles this season, Portland is still a solid team that should not be taken lightly. While the Celtics will have a day of much needed rest and the home court advantage, they will still need to pick up their game if they expect a win on Friday night.

The matchup…

The Boston Celtics will take on Portland Trail Blazers at the TD Garden located in Boston, Massachusetts on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. EST.

The standings…

Boston comes into the game having lost their last game and with a 20-18 record. They are 15-8 on their home court and have won five of their last 10 games.

Portland enters the matchup having lost their last game and with a 19-20 record. They are 5-13 on the road and have won four of their last 10 games.

The season series…

This is the first meeting between these two teams this season.

Where to watch…

The game can be watched live nationwide with NBA League Pass or —

In Boston: CSNE

In Buffalo: CSNW

The season statistic leaders…

Boston: Paul Pierce 18.3 PPG, Rajon Rondo 10.1 APG, Kevin Garnett 8.2 RPG.

Portland: LaMarcus Aldridge 21.6 PPG, Raymond Felton 6.3 APG, Marcus Camby 9.2 RPG.

Injuries to note…

Boston: Jermaine O'Neal (sprained left wrist)

Portland: Greg Oden (knees).

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Updated Thursday, Mar 8, 2012