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Post by gyso on Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:22 pm

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Re: Game On! Wizards @ Celtics - March 20, 2017

Post by gyso on Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:23 pm

Washington Wizards (42-27) @ Boston Celtics (44-26)

Tipoff: 7:30 PM EST Monday March 20, 2017, Stadium:  TD Garden

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

http://www.csnne.com/ontv

Game Boxscore:

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/washington-wizards-boston-celtics-2017032002/

Odds:
BOS -3
O/U: 215.5

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Re: Game On! Wizards @ Celtics - March 20, 2017

Post by gyso on Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:50 pm

Join our Game On! Contest!!


Guess how many points it will take to win this game.


In other words, estimate how many points the LOSING team will score, add 1 to that number, and submit the result.


The winning contest figure must be higher than the losing team's score.

Post your entry on this thread before the Fourth quarter begins.

We'll be running this contest on almost every Game On! thread this season. And I'll keep track of how many "wins" each poster accumulates over time.

• One prize for most "wins" by Christmas Day

First Round Winner!!:  cheers

(7) BobC

Followed by:

(6 1/2) Rosalie
(3 1/2) gyso
(1) NYCelt

• One prize for most "wins" between Christmas Day and All-Star day

Second Round Winner!!:  cheers

(15) BobC

Followed by:

(5) gyso
(1) Dboss
(1) Berlin
(1) Rosalie

• One prize for most "wins" between All-Star day and season's end

Wins so far:

(1,000,009) BobC  affraid
(1) Rosalie
(2) gyso

• One prize for most "wins" during the playoffs
• One prize for most "wins" over the entire season (including the playoffs)

I'll be looking forward to your entries.

Remember, post your entry on this thread before the Fourth quarter begins.

Good luck!!!!

Go Celtics!!!

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PS: I will try to keep track of the Contest tonight.  If I cannot, I'll sort it out later.


PPS: I pick 105 as the points required to win the game.

PPPS:  Prize = Bragging Rights only]

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Re: Game On! Wizards @ Celtics - March 20, 2017

Post by gyso on Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:12 pm

Celtics-Wizards preview: C's understand significance of the 'big game'

http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/boston-celtics-washington-wizards-preview-cs-understand-significance-big-game

BOSTON – This time of year, there’s always an increased amount of tension between teams jockeying for playoff tension.

But what’s going on between the Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards … this is different.

With these two, there’s a clear and undeniable disdain for one another that we’ve seen become part of the narrative between these two before, during and after games.

Washington players dressing in all black for “the Funeral game” in which they buried the Celtics, 123-108 on Jan. 24.

That came 13 days after Jae Crowder and John Wall get into it after the game, an incident in which Crowder pointed his finger in Wall’s face, touched his nose and Wall responded by swinging back at Crowder.

Both players were fined for their roles in the incident.

And as much as pride and ego play a role in all this, the playoff stakes for both teams are extremely high in what may wind up being the most important game of the season for both franchises.

Boston (44-26) has a 1.5 game lead over Washington (42-27) for the second-best record in the East. If the Celtics win, they will split the season series at two games apiece but just as important, take a 2.5 game lead over the Wizards with what would be 11 games remaining.

For the Wizards, a victory would give them the head-to-head series three games to one, and put them just 0.5 game behind Boston for the No. 2 spot in the East.

Looking at the way the East is shaking down, these two are battling for home court advantage in the likely event that they meet in the second round of the playoffs.

Al Horford is well aware of the importance of tonight's game. 

But none of that stuff can be what the Celtics are focused tonight.

“It’s about us,” Horford told reporters following Sunday’s loss at Philadelphia. “I don’t think it has anything to do with standings or any of that stuff. It’s about us getting better. (Tonight) we have that opportunity.”

Avery Bradley also tried to downplay the significance of tonight’s game other than it being a chance to get back on track after losing 105-99 to the Sixers.

“It’s big. That’s a cool thing about the NBA,” Bradley told reporters in Philadelphia on Sunday. “We played (against Philly) and it was unfortunately a loss for us. But we’re playing a very good team (tonight). We can forget about this game. And worry about Washington. We know they’re going to come out and be ready to play. It’s our job to make sure we’re prepared mentally and physically.”

That’ll be a lot easier said than done.

The emotions are sure to run high when these two take to the floor tonight, which can be tricky balancing act.

Players always want to play with a high level of emotion, but there’s the potential for it to consume the Celtics and have a negative impact on their execution which will have to be at a high level due to the opponent who comes into tonight’s game with a great deal of confidence.

The way head coach Brad Stevens sees it, the Sixers loss is a reminder of what happens when they don’t play with the focus and attention to detail that they’ll need in order to win.

“If we don’t play well for long periods of time, we’re going to lose,” said Stevens who added that he felt the Sixers outplayed his team for three quarters of the game. “To give three quarters away, you’re probably going to get beat.”

Following the Philadelphia loss, Crowder talked about how he felt some of his teammates were looking ahead to the Wizards and not focusing as much as they should have on beating Philadelphia.

Well the Wizards game is here now, and Crowder isn’t one to mince his words when it comes to describing a game that could have a significant impact on the Celtics’ postseason starting point.

“It’s a big game, especially coming off this loss,” Crowder told reporters. “We have to bounce back. This is a bad loss for us. We have to bounce back. We look forward to bouncing back and getting a win.”

While that’s all good, this game has a little extra fight – Ok, let’s try a different word like "incentive" – because of the opponent, right?

“They’re a good team. They’ve been playing well. We’re right there, second and third seed in the East,” Crowder who added with a grin, “Both teams play hard; it is what it is.”

What “it is” is two teams that don’t like each other, and don’t do anything to hide that when they meet up.

Even though the Celtics haven’t talked much about it publicly, they have not forgotten the Jan. 24 meeting when the Wizards wore all-black and proclaimed that they were dressing for a funeral procession hours before putting the Celtics away in what was one of Washington’s best-played games this season.

Will the Wizards go with the funeral procession look again, only this time on the Celtics’ home floor (the Jan. 24 game was in D.C.)?

Crowder smiled before saying, “I don’t know what they’re gonna do.”

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Re: Game On! Wizards @ Celtics - March 20, 2017

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:04 pm

Great job Gyso...You are always right on it!!!

So, how about a little help with this contest stuff!!!


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Re: Game On! Wizards @ Celtics - March 20, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:29 pm

Hi Rosalie,

A big game, to say the least.
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Re: Game On! Wizards @ Celtics - March 20, 2017

Post by bobc33 on Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:38 pm

Evening gents, and Rosalie!

Both team mostly healthy I believe, a lot at stake for playoff seeding, and two teams who don't like each other. Should be a very good game and hopefully an indication we can come up big when the stakes are high.

Final answer for the contest is 131.
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Re: Game On! Wizards @ Celtics - March 20, 2017

Post by Berlin-T on Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:40 pm

Good evening everyone,

I'm good for a quarter or two.

Go Celtics!

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Re: Game On! Wizards @ Celtics - March 20, 2017

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:44 pm

Hi all, great to have you here Berlin!!

Boy, by the reporters here in Boston you would think we will be seeing another battle tonight
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:44 pm

Keep getting Al involved early, keeps him enthused
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Post by bobheckler on Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:46 pm

My link is behind the ESPN scoreboard. That is SO irritating.
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Re: Game On! Wizards @ Celtics - March 20, 2017

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:47 pm

What the heck , a tech on IT.  I am sure he thought he was fouled that last trip.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:49 pm

Ball is hopping right now
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Re: Game On! Wizards @ Celtics - March 20, 2017

Post by cowens/oldschool on Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:53 pm

WOW AB doing it all !!!
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Post by cowens/oldschool on Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:55 pm

Al with some nice post ups last 2 trips
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Re: Game On! Wizards @ Celtics - March 20, 2017

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:56 pm

Lots of crying going on with ref's. Shut up and play
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Re: Game On! Wizards @ Celtics - March 20, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:56 pm

nice 10-0 run.
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Re: Game On! Wizards @ Celtics - March 20, 2017

Post by Matty on Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:56 pm

Hooter checking in...

my guess 101 to win.
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Re: Game On! Wizards @ Celtics - March 20, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:56 pm

cowens/oldschool wrote:WOW AB doing it all !!!


Has to. If he doesn't Beal is going to light us up for 40.
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Re: Game On! Wizards @ Celtics - March 20, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:59 pm

Nice help block by Kelly
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Re: Game On! Wizards @ Celtics - March 20, 2017

Post by cowens/oldschool on Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:00 pm

about time Zeller did something
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Re: Game On! Wizards @ Celtics - March 20, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:01 pm

cowens/oldschool wrote:about time Zeller did something


no jinxing, please. Very Happy
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Re: Game On! Wizards @ Celtics - March 20, 2017

Post by cowens/oldschool on Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:02 pm

great post up by Smart, he can do that anytime he wants
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Re: Game On! Wizards @ Celtics - March 20, 2017

Post by Matty on Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:03 pm

cowens/oldschool wrote:about time Zeller did something

mebbe it was an accident?
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Re: Game On! Wizards @ Celtics - March 20, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:04 pm

stupid foul by Smart.
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