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Post by gyso on Wed Mar 02, 2016 9:35 am

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Post by gyso on Wed Mar 02, 2016 9:35 am

Portland Trail Blazers (33-28) @ Boston Celtics (36-25)

Tipoff: 7:30 pm EST Wednesday March 02, 2016

TV: CSNW, 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/portland-trail-blazers-boston-celtics-2016030202/

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Post by bobheckler on Wed Mar 02, 2016 12:29 pm

Here's what Portland beat writers are saying about us:


http://blogs.columbian.com/blazer-banter/2016/03/01/the-scouting-report-at-boston-celtics/


The Scouting Report: at Boston Celtics
Posted on March 1, 2016 by Erik Gundersen
(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
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Projected starting line-up: Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder, Jared Sullinger, Amir Johnson

Injuries: Kelly Olynyk (shoulder), James Young

The Boston Celtics have also been one of the best stories in the NBA, much like the Blazers, but they’ve been planning this arrival for a few years now. They smartly changed course by trading Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce a few years ago, then they got a king’s from the Dallas Mavericks for Rajon Rondo. While the Blazers have been a surprise, the Celtics are more or less where they’re expected. It’s probably more surprising that these two teams haven’t played until now.

They have a better record than the Blazers in part to the fact that they’ve had a lot more roster continuity. They also had an excellent finish to last season, a season in which they underwent a lot of changes, but formed the core of their team. They acquired Isaiah Thomas which finally gave them the offensive fulcrum they needed to make them go. Jae Crowder, who was acquired in the Rondo trade, developed into a do-it-all forward who can guard all positions and knock down shots. He’s a solid 3-point shooter but also a pretty solid midrange shooter.

And they’ve also acquired a group of guards and players up and down the roster that just know how to fight. Marcus Smart battles all night and Avery Bradley may be the best perimeter defender in the league at the guard position. I guess we will see who is better between the Celtics guard and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope who the Blazers will face on Sunday in Detroit.

Anyway, the Celtics have a lot of guys that just won’t give up on a game. They’re much like the Blazers in this way that they’re a bunch of young guys who you can never tell “it’s over.” Jared Sullinger is probably too short to play center but yet he fights with players much taller and guards much quicker, somehow getting the job done. He did quite the job in switching situations against the Jazz in crunch time the other night.

This game should be a dandy. Brad Stevens may already be the NBA’s best head coach but Terry Stotts has a case for Coach of the Year, too. And both are coming off being named Coach of the Month in their respective conferences.

The Celtics go small late in the game so it will be very interesting to see how the Blazers answer that. One would think the Blazers throw Crabbe in there, slide Aminu to power forward and roll with whichever big man is playing the best. But Stotts hasn’t been one to do the predictable often.

Whatever the combinations, this game should be a dandy. The Blazers, especially their guards, should expect to meet a lot more resistance than they did Tuesday against the Knicks.



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Post by bobheckler on Wed Mar 02, 2016 9:38 pm

Damn. What a tease. I get Mike and Tommy in the pre-game but I get the Portland announcers.
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Post by bobheckler on Wed Mar 02, 2016 9:40 pm

4th game in 5 nights on this road trip for Portland. They played, and beat, the Knicks last night.

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Post by bobheckler on Wed Mar 02, 2016 9:45 pm

4 of 5 for Portland to start.

NOT good.

Lillard and McCollum starting out hot
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Post by bobheckler on Wed Mar 02, 2016 9:51 pm

how is that not a travel on Vonleh? He went up the ball came out of his hands and he came down with it?
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Post by bobheckler on Wed Mar 02, 2016 9:54 pm

they are playing exceptionally well. their guards are hitting and when we over play them they make the pass to a dunk
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Post by bobheckler on Wed Mar 02, 2016 9:57 pm

Crowder and Thomas.  We'd be doomed without them. 18 of our 22.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:06 pm

Good evening all. Slow start again, driving me crazy!
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Post by bobheckler on Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:07 pm

We'll see about this 3pt shot by Lillard on the intentional foul on Davies.

No shot.
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Post by bobheckler on Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:09 pm

AFTER 1



Trail Blazers

STARTERS MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
N. Vonleh PF 8 2-4 0-1 0-2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 +10 4
A. Aminu SF 8 1-2 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 0 1 0 +10 2
M. Plumlee C 8 2-2 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 1 1 1 1 0 +10 4
D. Lillard PG 12 4-8 1-3 0-0 1 2 3 1 0 1 1 1 +5 9
C.J. McCollum SG 6 3-3 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 +4 8

BENCH MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
C. Alexander PF Has not entered game
M. Leonard PF Has not entered game
M. Harkless SF 4 0-2 0-1 0-0 1 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 -5 0
C. Kaman C Has not entered game
E. Davis C 4 0-0 0-0 3-4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 -5 3
B. Roberts PG Has not entered game
L. Montero SG Has not entered game
A. Crabbe SG 5 1-1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 +1 3
P. Connaughton SG Has not entered game
G. Henderson SG 4 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 -5 0
TEAM 13-24 4-9 3-6 5 9 14 5 2 2 3 5 33
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Celtics

STARTERS MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
A. Johnson PF 6 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 -4 2
J. Crowder SF 12 3-5 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 -5 8
J. Sullinger C 8 1-4 0-0 0-0 4 0 4 1 0 0 2 0 -9 2
A. Bradley PG 6 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 -4 0
I. Thomas PG 10 5-9 1-3 1-1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 -4 12

BENCH MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
J. Jerebko PF 2 0-0 0-0 2-2 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 -1 2
J. Mickey PF Has not entered game
T. Zeller C 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 +4 0
M. Smart PG 6 0-2 0-1 4-5 1 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 -1 4
T. Rozier PG Has not entered game
E. Turner SG 6 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 -1 0
R.J. Hunter SG Has not entered game
J. Young SG Has not entered game
TEAM 10-24 3-8 7-8 5 6 11 4 2 3 3 4 30



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Post by bobheckler on Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:09 pm

Considering we were down double digits and they were red hot, being down 3 at the end of 1 is excellent.
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Post by bobheckler on Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:10 pm

looked at the boxscore. they are 13-24, over 50%, and we're only down 3.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:12 pm

And they always land on their feet.
Good ball movement there


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Post by Ktronic1 on Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:13 pm

Evening folks! Watching C's from Phoenix tonight. Go Boys
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:13 pm

Those damn three pointers,
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:15 pm

Smart is everywhere. Missing a lot of shots they should be making
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Post by bobheckler on Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:16 pm

that's 3 very rugged boards by Smart.
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Post by bobheckler on Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:16 pm

McCollum is 5-5 and 3-3 from 3 for 13. Maybe we should guard him. Tough. He's hitting some tough shots.
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Post by bobheckler on Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:17 pm

RosalieTCeltics wrote:Smart is everywhere. Missing a lot of shots they should be making


Hi Rosalie! Nice night for a win, I think.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:20 pm

Bob Ryan was on Comcast today, they tried to get him to say that he would think a trade for Kyrie would be great, send Smart and a Brooklyn pick, or IT and a Brooklyn pick. Ryan said yes to IT but not Smart. He feels he is a cornerstone of this team.
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Post by gyso on Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:21 pm

They missed the charge by Smart.

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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:21 pm

Yes Bob seeing as Cleveland will be laying in waiting to get back at them Saturday
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Post by bobheckler on Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:22 pm

41% for us, 50% for them, and it's tied
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