W2W4: C's vs. Nets (Game 33 of 82)

The Boston Celtics (11-21, 3-10 away) visit the Brooklyn Nets (16-18, 8-9 home) on Wednesday night at the Barclays Center (7:30 p.m., CSN). Here's what to watch for:


The Celtics are still searching for their first road win since trading Rajon Rondo, with their offense looking abysmal.

The Brooklyn Nets can relate after some dismal shooting in consecutive losses.

These teams hope to find the range Wednesday night in Brooklyn after splitting their first two meetings in Boston.

The Celtics have dropped seven of nine since dealing Rondo to Dallas on Dec. 18, and are shooting 41.2 percent in an 0-4 road slide in the aftermath of the trade.

Boston (11-21) begins a three-game trip after shooting 39.6 percent in Monday's 104-95 loss to Charlotte. The Celtics finished with a season-low six turnovers but saw their starting backcourt of Avery Bradley and Evan Turner combine for nine points on 4-of-12 shooting.

Jared Sullinger led the way with 22 points and eight rebounds.

"Our natural ability comes out and we try to make that home run play but as a team that hurts us, as a team that hurts us," Sullinger said. "Like I said, it's just not one individual, it's everybody, sometimes I do it. And we just have to step outside of ourselves and put the team first."

The Celtics received a boost from rookie first-round pick James Young, who scored a season-high 13 points in 17 minutes as he returned after missing 14 games due to a right shoulder injury.

"I was just trying to take every shot with confidence," said Young, who made 5 of 7 shots. "After one fell, I just tried to go for another and another."

Brooklyn (16-18) looks to regroup after losing 88-84 in Miami on Sunday and 96-88 in overtime at home to Dallas on Monday. The Nets shot 39.5 percent the first night and 39.3 the second.

"If you make shots and you execute and you don't turn the ball over, you have a chance to score," coach Lionel Hollins said. "We've done it on a number of nights but lately we've struggled."

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THREE THINGS TO WATCH (via Chris Forsberg)

Responding to Monday's effort: The Celtics must come out playing with the hustle and energy they so obviously lacked on Monday night. That doesn't necessarily mean they'll play great out of the gates, but the effort has to be there to show they learned in the aftermath of one of their lamest starts of the season.

Big night for starters: After letting Charlotte open an early lead, most of Boston's starters spent much of the rest of Monday's game watching Brad Stevens empty his bench in search of a spark. Boston's first unit absolutely must respond tonight and show it can lead this team.

Eyes on Young: After showing some intriguing potential in extended minutes on Monday, did James Young give the coaching staff enough confidence to go back to him in an overcrowded rotation? Fans want more, but until the roster loosens it's going to be hard to find minutes for everyone.