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Post by gyso on Fri Jan 15, 2016 1:04 pm

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Re: Game-On! Suns @ Celtics - January 15, 2016

Post by gyso on Fri Jan 15, 2016 1:04 pm

Phoenix Suns (13-27) @ Boston Celtics (20-19)

Tipoff: 7:30 pm EST Friday January 15, 2016

TV: FSAZ, CSNNE (Pre-game show starts at 7:00 PM)

http://www.csnne.com/ontv

Game Preview, box score and (after the game) postgame wrap-up:

https://sports.yahoo.com/nba/phoenix-suns-boston-celtics-2016011502/

Celtics-Suns preview: Making progress, but room to grow

http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/celtics-suns-preview-making-progress-room-grow

BOSTON -- Progress is a subjective thing, especially when it comes to success in the NBA.

And while the Boston Celtics (20-19) aren’t playing as well as they would want to right now (Wednesday’s win over Indiana snapped a four-game losing streak), they are on the cusp of achieving a milestone tonight against the Phoenix Suns that speaks to the progress they have made under third-year coach Brad Stevens.

A victory tonight over the Suns (13-27) would assure the Celtics of hitting the halfway point of the season with a winning record, something Boston failed to do in Stevens’ first two seasons.

But you won’t find Stevens or any of the Celtics dabbin’ it up over having a winning record at the midway point of the season.

From the moment Danny Ainge introduced Brad Stevens as the Celtics’ head coach in 2013, Stevens has been a steady in-the-moment kind of coach.

Rather than think about the growth of the team under his leadership, Stevens is more consumed with figuring out a way to get his players to deliver more consistent results.

“The reality is, coaches don’t prepare for what’s average,” Stevens said. “They prepare for everything the other team is capable of. When you start looking at what these teams are capable of and what these individuals are capable of on a given night, you realize you have your hands full every minute. The moment you let your guard down, the moment you feel good about yourself or you get too down on yourself, it can be a bad thing.”

Stevens knows this all too well with the Celtics in the middle of their best start under his leadership.

In his rookie season with Boston, the Celtics were 14-27 under Stevens after the first 41 games played. And last season, Boston was marginally better at 15-26.

Although they have made progress where it counts most in terms of increased win total, there’s still a sense with this season’s squad that they have given away more than their share of should-have-been-wins this season.

The Celtics lost a pair of games to lottery-bound Brooklyn, suffered a home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers during Kobe Bryant’s farewell tour not to mention letting winnable games get away from them at Memphis (101-98) who played without two of their better players (ex-Celtic Courtney Lee and Mike Conley) and the New York Knicks who lost Carmelo Anthony for the night just 19 seconds into the second half and Kristaps Porzingis (26 points) fouled out with nearly three minutes to play.

The problems in that 101-98 loss weren’t all that different than the problems that have plagued them throughout various stretches this season.

“We can improve,” Stevens said. “We’re just having too many possessions right now that we’re not maximizing. Hopefully we can do that a little better.”

The chances of that happening certainly are greater against Phoenix which comes in having lost 11 of its last 12 games and ranks among the league’s worst in several categories such as points allowed (106.4, 29th), fast break points allowed (16.0, 29th), opponent effective Field Goal Percentage (.532, 30th) and 3-point percentage defense (37.9, 29th), to name a few.

Regardless of the Celtics’ success thus far this season, the focus for Stevens and his players is the same now as it has been throughout his two-plus seasons.

“Stay in the moment, focus on what you can control, try and improve,” said Stevens while adding, “and let the chips fall where they may.”



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Post by bobheckler on Fri Jan 15, 2016 7:44 pm

Alex Len and Ronnie Price are out for Phx
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Post by bobheckler on Fri Jan 15, 2016 7:46 pm

beautiful play. Bradley comes over for a handoff to IT and keeps running baseline around the weak side pick by Amir, gets the ball on the curl from IT and goes into the paint with it. Amir rolls after Bradley clears him for a pnr.

pnr off of motion. that's winning basketball.
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Post by bobc33 on Fri Jan 15, 2016 7:49 pm

Amir and IT on the same wavelength!

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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Fri Jan 15, 2016 7:49 pm

Good evening all. Let's keep rolling here guys we need a few wins in a row to get back to where we were
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Fri Jan 15, 2016 7:50 pm

I hope Sully keeps it up, no threes
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Post by bobc33 on Fri Jan 15, 2016 7:52 pm

RosalieTCeltics wrote:I hope Sully keeps it up, no threes

He should defer to Evan Turner...... Just kidding!
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Fri Jan 15, 2016 7:53 pm

Sounds like Jeff Green is on the trading block again. Mannix says he has worn out his welcome in Memphis and should be gone by the deadline.
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Post by bobheckler on Fri Jan 15, 2016 7:56 pm

bit of a euro step by Goodwin, doncha thing?
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Fri Jan 15, 2016 7:57 pm

AB where have you gone? No offense
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Post by bobc33 on Fri Jan 15, 2016 7:57 pm

You know Sully could dispose of that hairstyle in about 10 seconds time....
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Post by bobheckler on Fri Jan 15, 2016 7:58 pm

another miss at the rim by Smart. I wonder how many he'll have tonight. What's the over/under?
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Fri Jan 15, 2016 7:58 pm

They keep calling defensive three seconds on Celts buy let the walks and five second fouls go by the board for other teams
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Post by bobheckler on Fri Jan 15, 2016 8:00 pm

11 assists on 11fgm. Somewhere Sam is smiling.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Fri Jan 15, 2016 8:00 pm

I offered to cut all their hair! I think there is a guy right up the street who does the haircuts for these guys
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Fri Jan 15, 2016 8:02 pm

Bob, he would have loved the finish of the Game the other night!


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Post by bobheckler on Fri Jan 15, 2016 8:03 pm

Wow. That's TWO blown bunnies by Isaiah! How often does THAT happen?
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Post by bobheckler on Fri Jan 15, 2016 8:04 pm

RosalieTCeltics wrote:Bob, he would have loved the finish of the Game the other night!


The American? I don't get that?
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Post by bobc33 on Fri Jan 15, 2016 8:05 pm

BobH don't say it, don't say it...... I'll say it for you - dumb turnover by IT!
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Post by bobheckler on Fri Jan 15, 2016 8:05 pm

That shot by Teletovic almost went in.

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Post by bobc33 on Fri Jan 15, 2016 8:06 pm

Amir doesn't have much flash, but certainly does have a solid game.
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Post by bobheckler on Fri Jan 15, 2016 8:07 pm

AFTER 1


Phoenix Suns

STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Markieff Morris, PF 11 2-5 0-0 3-3 1 2 3 2 1 0 0 0 -10 7
P.J. Tucker, SF 9 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 -9 2
Tyson Chandler, C 9 2-4 0-0 2-2 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 0 -9 6
Brandon Knight, PG 8 2-3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 +3 4
Devin Booker, SG 2 0-2 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 -6 0

BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Jon Leuer, PF 3 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 +3 2
Mirza Teletovic, PF 1 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +4 0
T.J. Warren, SF 3 2-3 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 +3 4
Lorenzo Brown, PG 4 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -9 2
Archie Goodwin, SG 7 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 -3 2
Sonny Weems, SG 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 +3 0
Alex Len, C Has not entered game
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
12-25 0-4 5-5 3 6 9 7 1 0 3 6 29
48.0% 00.0% 100.0%
Fast break points: 0
Points in the paint: 12
Total Team Turnovers (Points off turnovers): 3 (2)+/- denotes team's net points while the player is on the court.


Boston Celtics

STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Amir Johnson, PF 12 4-6 0-0 1-3 2 1 3 2 0 0 0 1 +6 9
Jae Crowder, SF 11 3-4 2-3 0-0 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 1 +10 8
Jared Sullinger, C 9 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 1 0 0 0 1 +9 4
Avery Bradley, PG 9 2-4 1-1 1-2 1 1 2 2 1 0 0 0 +9 6
Isaiah Thomas, PG 12 3-7 1-2 2-2 0 0 0 4 0 0 3 0 +6 9

BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Jonas Jerebko, PF 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -4 0
Marcus Smart, PG 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 -3 0
Evan Turner, SG 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -3 0
David Lee, PF Has not entered game
Tyler Zeller, C Has not entered game
Kelly Olynyk, C Has not entered game
R.J. Hunter, SG Has not entered game
James Young, SG Has not entered game
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
14-24 4-6 4-7 4 7 11 12 2 0 3 3 36
58.3% 66.7% 57.1%
Fast break points: 0
Points in the paint: 14
Total Team Turnovers (Points off turnovers): 3 (6)+/- denotes team's net points while the player is on the court.
Flagrant Fouls: None
Technical Fouls: PLAYERS:None -TEAMS: BOSTON (1) -COACHES:None



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Post by bobheckler on Fri Jan 15, 2016 8:08 pm

2 Celtics with 9 points and 1 with 8. Strong and broad scoring.

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Post by bobheckler on Fri Jan 15, 2016 8:08 pm

Danny Ainge, the leading Sun in 3pt fgm off the bench.
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