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Post by gyso on Fri Mar 24, 2017 5:42 pm

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Re: Game On! Suns @ Celtics - March 24, 2017

Post by gyso on Fri Mar 24, 2017 5:43 pm

Phoenix Suns (22-50) @ Boston Celtics (46-26)

Tipoff: 7:30 PM EST Friday March 24, 2017, Stadium:  TD Garden

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

http://www.csnne.com/ontv

Game Boxscore:

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/phoenix-suns-boston-celtics-2017032402/

Odds:
BOS -17
O/U: 218.5

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Post by gyso on Fri Mar 24, 2017 5:45 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
(4) 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! Suns @ Celtics - March 24, 2017

Post by gyso on Fri Mar 24, 2017 5:51 pm

Celtics-Suns preview: Boston focused on Phoenix, not playoff standings

http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/celtics-suns-preview-boston-focused-phoenix-not-playoff-standings

BOSTON – Brad Stevens spent time talking to his team on Thursday about what everyone around them will be talking about between now and the playoffs – catching Cleveland. 

After Boston’s 109-100 win over Indiana and Cleveland’s 126-113 loss at Denver on Wednesday, the Celtics (46-26) are now just one game behind the Cavs (46-24) for the best record in the East. The Celtics hope to continue on their winning ways tonight against Phoenix which is coming off a 126-98 loss at Brooklyn on Thursday night.

As cool as landing that top seed overall in the East would be for the Celtics, Stevens is well aware that it can be a huge distraction that impacts their chances negatively in continuing to play good basketball and rack up wins if there's too much attention paid to it. 

“What we need to focus on is preparing for our next opponent,” Stevens said. “Our focus needs to be on Phoenix, not on anything else.”

The Celtics have already experienced the downside of what can happen if you pay too close attention to playoff positioning. 

Earlier this month, Boston began losing ground as the second-best team in the East to Washington, which eventually moved ahead of Boston briefly during a stretch in which the Celtics lost three of four games. 

“All we did was look at the standings, everyone looking at the standings,” said Boston’s Avery Bradley. “But we were losing games; we weren’t focused. We came together as a group, and said we can’t worry about where we are. Let’s worry about that when the time is right. Right now, we need to focus on every game and focus on getting better as a team.”

While that may be the Celtics’ collective purpose right now, it's hard to imagine that Boston can completely look past the fact that they can wind up with the best record in the East despite all the injuries, illnesses and stretches of inconsistent play they have had this season.

At least one player – Isaiah Thomas – has no plans of trying to ignore what’s happening around the NBA in regards to other team’s playoff position and how that relates to the Celtics who are focused on finishing with at least one of the top-two seeds in the East. 

“That’s the ultimate goal; get the best seed you possibly can whatever that is,” Thomas said. “We have a chance at number one, we’re a game behind them (Cavaliers). But at the same time, we just have to control what we can and worry about the things we can control and not worry about if Cleveland wins or loses.”
For Boston, the blueprint for success has already been laid out in these final 10 games, most (seven) of which are against teams that are .500 or worst record-wise.

“Just playing the same kind of basketball we played (against Indiana on Wednesday),” said Boston’s Kelly Olynyk. “Just hard on both ends of the floor, play together on both ends of the floor; just Celtics basketball.”

The Celtics might also have some added motivation against the Suns who beat them 109-106 as time expired earlier this season.

With the score tied at 106 with a few ticks left on the game clock, Thomas mishandled the in-bounds pass from Jae Crowder, resulting in the loose ball winding up in the hands of rookie Tyler Ulis who drained a game-winning 3-pointer. 

“It was a tough loss,” Thomas acknowledged. “But I’m the type of guy whether it’s good or bad, I forget about it the next day; I try to if I possibly can. That was a crazy ending, but things happen in the NBA. You just have to move on.”

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Re: Game On! Suns @ Celtics - March 24, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Fri Mar 24, 2017 6:49 pm

22 mins ago – via Twitter AdamHimmelsbach
Adam Himmelsbach: Avery Bradley’s been in the hospital most of the day with a stomach bug. Out tonight. Jaylen in.


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Re: Game On! Suns @ Celtics - March 24, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Fri Mar 24, 2017 6:54 pm

Chris Forsberg @ESPNForsberg
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Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley (stomach bug) is out vs. Suns. Rookie Jaylen Brown starts in his place. Brown is 10-7 as starter.
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Re: Game On! Suns @ Celtics - March 24, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Fri Mar 24, 2017 7:24 pm

Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
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The Suns were 7½ games up on the Celtics when they traded Isaiah Thomas in 2015. SINCE THE TRADE CELTICS: 114-71 (.616) SUNS: 55-127 (.302)
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Re: Game On! Suns @ Celtics - March 24, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Fri Mar 24, 2017 7:34 pm

It feels like we're starting to peak a bit, and this is the time to do it.

Horford, who started off the year rough, is now playing very well.  It took 3/4 of the season for him to learn Brad's system and his new teammates and it took Brad a while to figure out how best to use him.

Kelly couldn't pick up a basketball for 5 months last summer due to his surgery.  Now he's starting to get back to where he should be at this point in his career.

Bradley is healthy, except for his stomach flu (bad PB&J?).

IT is having the best season of his career, MVP conversation-worthy.

Jae is a much better 3pt shooter this year.

Smart's offense is still the worst in the league but on the other side of the ball he is, well, Marcus Smart. A human wrecking ball. He has also turned into a decent floor general. Not great, but adequate.
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Re: Game On! Suns @ Celtics - March 24, 2017

Post by bobc33 on Fri Mar 24, 2017 7:44 pm

bobheckler wrote:Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
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The Suns were 7½ games up on the Celtics when they traded Isaiah Thomas in 2015. SINCE THE TRADE CELTICS: 114-71 (.616) SUNS: 55-127 (.302)
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Post by bobheckler on Fri Mar 24, 2017 7:45 pm

Wizards up 14 early 2nd over Nyets
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Post by bobc33 on Fri Mar 24, 2017 7:47 pm

Horford just seems to be playing with so much more energy these past few weeks.
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Post by bobheckler on Fri Mar 24, 2017 7:50 pm

Suns 0-9 to start. That'll sure help our defensive rating. Very Happy
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Post by bobc33 on Fri Mar 24, 2017 7:50 pm

The line tonight is Celtics by 17. I still might take that bet!
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Fri Mar 24, 2017 7:50 pm

Good evening all.  So Avery is out tonight? Too bad, I want him to get a real run of good games under his belt before the playoffs.  There is some kind of a stomach bug that is all over the place here in Mass.
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Post by bobheckler on Fri Mar 24, 2017 7:51 pm

bobc33 wrote:Horford just seems to be playing with so much more energy these past few weeks.


Hi Bob.

Not just energy, but focused energy. He looks comfortable, where he didn't completely before. He now has that elusive "chemistry" that Sam always used to talk about.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Fri Mar 24, 2017 7:51 pm

I think Al is really fitting in here now and they are running more plays for him in his good spots
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Post by bobheckler on Fri Mar 24, 2017 7:51 pm

RosalieTCeltics wrote:Good evening all.  So Avery is out tonight? Too bad, I want him to get a real run of good games under his belt before the playoffs.  There is some kind of a stomach bug that is all over the place here in Mass.


Hi Rosalie.
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Post by bobc33 on Fri Mar 24, 2017 7:53 pm

Ok it is the Suns, but we're seeing some very nice plays on both ends from all the Cs!
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Re: Game On! Suns @ Celtics - March 24, 2017

Post by gyso on Fri Mar 24, 2017 7:53 pm

The Suns have three players who have gone 1-2 at the frito line.

That's three points.

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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Fri Mar 24, 2017 7:53 pm

Amir playing so well too, funny I read a Bleacher Report where they said that Amir is the player who could be "stolen" from Celtics
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Fri Mar 24, 2017 7:54 pm

Think they want to beat these guys??
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Post by bobheckler on Fri Mar 24, 2017 7:55 pm

Brown is now 11-21 for his last 21 ftas. It's the biggest glaring weakness in his game.
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Post by cowens/oldschool on Fri Mar 24, 2017 7:55 pm

Love watching young Jaylen grow and team look to getting him shots
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Post by bobheckler on Fri Mar 24, 2017 7:55 pm

RosalieTCeltics wrote:Amir playing so well too, funny I read a Bleacher Report where they said that Amir is the player who could be "stolen" from Celtics


I like Amir, but if he wants $12M next year he can be stolen. In fact, I'd leave the door unlocked and the window open.
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Post by bobheckler on Fri Mar 24, 2017 7:56 pm

Suns are now 1-14 with that really, really tough driving hook shot by Booker.
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