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Post by 112288 on Sun Dec 18, 2016 10:08 pm

Fast Break: Celtics lose Isaiah Thomas to flagrant 2 ejection but hold off Heat

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By Jerry Spar

Al Horford backs down Josh McRoberts during Sunday's game in Miami. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports)

Al Horford backs down Josh McRoberts during Sunday’s game in Miami. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports)

After one quarter, Sunday’s game in Miami looked like it was going to be an uneventful Celtics runaway against a struggling Heat team.

The C’s did manage to get the win, 105-95, but it turned out to be quite an interesting finish.

The Heat, who trailed by 18 points after the first quarter and by 22 later in the half, rallied to get within five points in the closing minutes before the C’s — who lost Isaiah Thomas to an ejection — closed the door.

With 3:02 remaining, Thomas was assessed a flagrant 2 foul — which comes with an ejection — when he was trying to clear space and caught Justise Winslow with his right elbow, giving the Heat forward a bloody cheek. Winslow missed both free throws, and those misses loomed large after the Heat quickly ran off three consecutive baskets — the last a 3-pointer by Goran Dragic — to get with five points at 97-92 with two minutes remaining.

After a missed 3-pointer by Al Horford, Tyler Johnson was fouled on the rebound and hit 1-of-2 to get the margin to four. The C’s responded by going right to Horford — this time in the post. He spun on Johnson and hit a reverse layup while being fouled, then hit the ensuing free throw.

After a missed 3-pointer by Heat guard Josh Richardson, Marcus Smart found Horford open for a 15-foot jumper and the center was true again, upping the lead to nine at 102-93 with 1:02 remaining.

Another Heat turnover — Miami’s 23rd of the night — essentially ended the home team’s hopes.

Thomas finished with 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting (3-of-5 treys). Avery Bradley also shot the ball well, hitting 9-of-17 from the field and finishing with 20 points. Horford contributed 17 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Jae Crowder had 15 points, six rebounds and five steals.

Dragic scored a game-high 31 points, hitting 12-of-21 shots. He added seven assists and five rebounds but also had five turnovers. Whiteside collected 23 points (9-of-13 field goals), 17 rebounds and three blocks. He also was assessed a flagrant 1 for an elbow to the face of Kelly Olynyk. Winslow, meanwhile, picked up a technical foul in the final minute for catching Smart in the midsection with his knee while going in for a layup (and being fouled by Smart).

Miami had 23 turnovers, while the Celtics gave it away 11 times. That was a big reason why Boston was able to take 23 more shots and win despite having a much lower shooting percentage (45.6 to Miami’s 52.2 percent).

Stud of the night: Al Horford

The C’s big man came up big down the stretch following Thomas’ ejection, scoring five straight points to stem Miami’s late run.

“[It was] tough there losing Isaiah. We needed to find ways to score and finish the game,” Horford told CSNNE’s Kyle Draper afterward.

Dud of the night: The Heat ball-handlers

Turnovers killed the home team all night. The Heat finished with 23 giveaways.

When the game was won: When Horford scored five straight with less than two minutes remaining

It should have been won when the Celtics scored 37 points in the first quarter and took an 18-point lead. But they let the Heat claw back in it, and then it came down to Horford’s heroics to close it out.
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Celtics build huge lead, hang on to beat Heat, 105-95

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By A. Sherrod Blakely December 18, 2016 8:52 PM

MIAMI - Isaiah Thomas scored 23 points before getting ejected, Avery Bradley added 20 and the Boston Celtics built a huge early lead on the way to beating the Miami Heat 105-95 on Sunday night.

Al Horford had 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Celtics. They led by 22 in the first half and beat Miami for the fifth consecutive time.

Miami turned the ball over 23 times, and Boston converted those into 24 points. And the Heat, the worst free-throw shooting team in the NBA, went 6 for 14 from the line in the fourth quarter.

Goran Dragic led all scorers with 31 points for Miami. Hassan Whiteside finished with 23 points and 17 rebounds, all but one of those rebounds coming in the second half.

Thomas was ejected with 3:02 left for elbowing Justise Winslow in the face, bloodying the Heat forward and being assessed with a flagrant-2 after a lengthy review.

Winslow missed both resulting free throws - part of that season-long Miami problem - but the Heat seemed sparked nonetheless.

In just over a minute after Thomas' ejection, the Heat had what was a 12-point deficit down to 97-93. Dragic connected on a 3-pointer from the right corner with 2:04 remaining and Tyler Johnson added a free throw not long afterward.

But Horford's three-point play with 1:29 left made it a three-possession game again, and Boston would escape.
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Celtics build huge lead, hang on to beat Heat 105-95

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MIAMI -- Isaiah Thomas drew blood from Justise Winslow. Other than that, most of Miami's biggest problems were self-inflicted.

And the Boston Celtics reaped the benefits.

Thomas scored 23 points before getting ejected, Avery Bradley added 20 and the Celtics led by 22 points in the first half before hanging on to beat the Heat 105-95 on Sunday night.

"I thought we answered their runs well," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. "You knew they were going to come. ... That's a hard-playing team."

Al Horford had 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to help the Celtics beat Miami for the fifth consecutive time.

"We're playing well," Horford said. "It shows we can close out games on the road."

Miami turned the ball over 23 times, leading to 24 Boston points. And the Heat went 6 for 14 from the foul line in the fourth quarter, 14 for 25 in the game to further cement themselves as the NBA's worst free-throw-shooting team this season.

"Every time we had an opportunity, we coughed it up right as the momentum would shift," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "That's one of our most inefficient games of the year."

Goran Dragic led all scorers with 31 points for Miami. Hassan Whiteside finished with 23 points and 17 rebounds, all but one of those rebounds coming in the second half.

Thomas was ejected with 3:02 left for elbowing Winslow in the face, bloodying the Heat forward and being assessed with a flagrant-2 after a review.

Winslow needed sutures postgame, but said he didn't think Thomas had intent. Neither did Stevens.

"(Referee) Tony Brothers didn't think it was a flagrant-2 but he has to go with what they say," Thomas said. "I'm happy we won but I'm disappointed that they kicked me out. There's no reason for that."

Winslow missed both resulting free throws -- part of that season-long Miami problem -- but the Heat seemed sparked nonetheless.

In just over a minute after Thomas' ejection, the Heat had what was a 12-point deficit down to 97-93. Dragic connected on a 3-pointer from the right corner with 2:04 remaining and Tyler Johnson added a free throw not long afterward.

But the Heat got no closer.

"We've got to figure out a way to get that second-half intensity in the first half," Winslow said.

TIP-INS

Celtics: Boston's 22-point lead was the biggest deficit the Heat have faced at home this season. Utah led Miami by 21. The Celtics also led by 19 at Miami earlier this season. ... Former Heat guard Gerald Green (sore left hip) was sidelined. ... The Celtics turned Miami's first five turnovers into 12 points.

Heat: Dragic was 5 for 6 on 3s. ... Wayne Ellington (hamstring) was out. His absence made Josh Richardson a starter, giving Miami its ninth lineup. ... Dion Waiters (groin) missed his 12th consecutive game. ... Whiteside's third block gave him 457 with Miami, passing Joel Anthony for No. 4 in team history.

ROAD WARRIORS

Later this week, Boston will wrap up a stretch where 18 of its first 29 games came on the road. No team in the NBA has played fewer home games than the Celtics so far; Sacramento has also played 11, and San Antonio played its 12th on Sunday. "It's part of it. You've got to play 41 road games. We're playing a lot of ours early," Stevens said.

NOT FREE

The Heat are on pace for the worst free-throw shooting season in franchise history. Sunday's 14 for 25 effort dropped Miami's season percentage to .662. The 2004-05 Heat shot .672 for the franchise low mark.

UP NEXT

Celtics: Visit Memphis on Tuesday, as a three-game trip continues.

Heat: Host Orlando on Tuesday, the next-to-last game in a six-game homestand.

Check out the team sites for the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat for more game coverage.


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Post by bobheckler on Mon Dec 19, 2016 10:36 am

We like playing down to our competition.  We rally, when time is running out, but we don't play hard and smart for 48.  Sometimes we rally when we are down and make the final score closer and sometimes, like last night, we rally when they get close and put it away.  Either way, we don't play hard and smart for 48.  If Miami had someone other than Whiteside and Dragic, we'd have been in trouble.  As it is that's almost all they needed, we couldn't stop either one of those guys.  At halftime Micah Shrewsberry was asked "what about giving up 51.5% fg%"?  He said that he felt good about where we were.  How anybody can think that giving up 51% is "good" is beyond me.  I don't know what he was smoking but I'm glad I didn't step in it.

Not a good game by our bench.  21 points on 8-28.  That's 28.5%.  That's not NBA level play.  Brown was 1-2, nice but not enough fgas to be a difference-maker, and Rozier was 2-4 but  Kelly was 1-5 (one was a blown layup after a rebound and coast-to-coast drive by him), Jerebko was an UN-Jerebko-like 2-7, and Smart was, unfortunately, a VERY-Smart-like 2-8.  Jerebko was his usual self-flying around on defense.  Smart, however, didn't have a great game.  Not awful, but considering he was 2-8 his defense wasn't good enough last night to offset it.

The NBA needs to calm down.  Whiteside's elbow in Kelly's mouth wasn't deliberate, he even bent down immediately to check to make sure he was ok, but he was assessed a Flagrant 1.  IT's was more flagrant, but a 2?  Hmm.  Maybe, he did swing his elbows, but c'mon!  Even Winslow has said that he thought that was excessive.  NBA, where wusses are made.  Winslow was T'd up for an "unnatural act" foul.  

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Bradley loves playing on the road.  Loves it.  He was the #1 fg% shooter on the road at 51.5% in the NBA starting last night, Kevin Durant was #2, and he didn't hurt himself by going 9-17 (52.9%).

90 fgas vs 69 for them.  11 TOs for us vs 23 TOs for them.  21 more fgas and 12 fewer TOs, and we only won by 10.  

Whiteside with 13 (14?) rebounds in the 3rd quarter.  That's what happens when we start missing.

4 point lead, minute-and-a-half left, IT gone.  Horford with the next 5 Celtic points.  After watching him blow game-winning bunnies and such I'm very happy to see him step up and be "da man".

Mike asked Scal what he thought of Justise Winslow.  Scal said that, with the game moving to the perimeter, he needs to elevate his 3pt shooting to 36% to be considered a good wing player.  Marcus Smart's 3pt fg% is 27.8% and yet Scal talks about everything about Smart's game except his shooting.  Danny was trying to sell the ranch to MJ to get their pick so he could take Winslow.  Just what we needed, another defender who can't throw the ball in the ocean from the edge of the pier.  Danny couldn't move up from #16 to get Winslow last year and so, instead, he took Terry Rozier and MJ stuck with Frank Kaminsky @ #9 and Riley took Winslow @ #10.  Right now, Terry Rozier is looking better than either one of the others.  If Winslow's fg and ft% don't come up from the 34.9% and 60.6% respectively that they are at now he is not going to become a starter.  Neither will Kaminsky, who is a 7'0er shooting 41% and getting only 4.1 rebounds (12.8 points and 7.1 rebs/36mpg.  By comparison, Kelly Olynyk averaged 47.5% fg%, 16.6 points, 7.7 rebounds/36mpg in his 2nd year).  Terry Rozier is looking better and better, @ #16, by the minute.  Furthermore, now that we have 6'7" 230# Jaylen Brown, who needs 6'7" 225# brickmeister Justise Winslow?  It's funny how things work out, isn't it?  

In other news, Philly beat Brooklyn.  That puts Brooklyn into a tie, with Minny, for the 2nd worst record in the league, just 1/2 game behind Philly and Dallas, who are tied.  When Dirk comes back Dallas should get better.  "The Process" is still a work-in-process in Philly and Minny has more talent/body than almost anybody, they have Thibs, and they still suck.  Old age and treachery will overcome youth and skill everytime (many attributions, but I think it goes back to the ancient Greeks).

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Post by sinus007 on Mon Dec 19, 2016 12:01 pm

Hi,
A win is a win is a win.
OTOH, it was the latest game in the trend: 4th quarter collapse. I think coach Brad and Co. have to figure out how to fix it. The sooner the better.

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Post by dboss on Mon Dec 19, 2016 1:42 pm

There is no realistic fix to the lack of consistency.  The bench simply cannot score enough points.

I know KO wants to add more diversity to his game but those drives to the hoop are pathetic.  He's slow, awkward and predictable.  Also saw two god awful layup attempts by Smart.   Wasted possessions.  

A win on the road is always a good win so I will take it.

AB, IT, AH and JC all played well

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Post by jrleftfoot on Mon Dec 19, 2016 4:35 pm

Unnatural act? Was an animal involved?
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Post by dboss on Mon Dec 19, 2016 6:56 pm

jrleftfoot wrote:Unnatural act? Was an animal involved?

Certainly a very strange way to describe the movements of a basketball player since by definition it is used to describe some form of sexual activity.

Why not just say he kicked his foot out when he shot, thus creating contact. It would be hard to accept the notion that such an act was unnatural for Draymond Green or Hal Greer.

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Post by bobheckler on Tue Dec 20, 2016 11:07 am

Rock, Paper, Scissors to determine who shoots the frito.

Must be uber-analytical Brad Stevens' idea...





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