Game On! Celtics @ Mavericks - November 20, 2017

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Post by gyso on Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:11 pm

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Boston Celtics (15-2) at Dallas Mavericks (3-14)

Tipoff: 8:30 pm EST Monday November 20, 2017, Stadium: American Airlines Center

TV: FSSW, NBCS-B (NBC Sports Boston Pre-game show starts at 7:00 PM)
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http://www.nbcsports.com/boston/ontv

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https://sports.yahoo.com/nba/boston-celtics-dallas-mavericks-2017112006/

Odds:
BOS -6


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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Mavericks - November 20, 2017

Post by gyso on Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:14 pm

Celtics-Mavericks preview: C's need to play Smart vs. Dallas

http://www.nbcsports.com/boston/celtics/celtics-mavericks-preview-cs-need-play-smart-vs-dallas

Get it done. No excuses.
 
That has been how the Boston Celtics have played most of this season.
 
And if there’s one Celtics player who embodies that on this team, it’s Marcus Smart.
 
The fourth-year guard has struggled all season with his shot-making, but when the game is on the line in the fourth quarter you can count on Smart to be on the floor.

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He has been among the many reasons Boston has won 15 in a row, which is the fifth-longest winning streak in franchise history.
 
And Smart will be among the Celtics looking to keep it going tonight against the Dallas Mavericks.
 
Most likely, Smart will make an impact with his defense, which is among the best in the NBA.
How good?
 
Smart has a defensive rating of 93.4 (points allowed per 100 possessions) which is tops among all guards in the NBA, and ranks third among all players who have played in at least 10 games this season.
 
But in the 110-99 win over the Hawks, Smart knocked down a couple of 3-pointers which was a big deal considering how mightily he has struggled shooting the ball this season.
 
Smart is shooting 27.3 percent from the field as well as from 3-point range – both career lows.
 
However, he’s also averaging career highs in assists (4.5) and rebounds (5.1) this season.
 
And while he certainly doesn’t appear to be affected by the shooting struggles, he acknowledges that it is something that he can’t help but think about from time to time.
 
“It does affect you, especially if you’ve been working (on shooting) all summer,” Smart said. “At the same time, I don’t take as many shots. But like I said, we got other guys who are playing well. My job is to get them the ball and do whatever I can, go back down the floor, play defense and get the ball again.”
In Boston’s win over Atlanta, Smart spent a good amount of time defending Marco Belinelli who had four points on 2-for-10 shooting compared to 19 points on 6-for-10 shooting when these two teams met earlier this month.
 
Coach Brad Stevens pointed to the job Smart did on Belinelli, in addition to the clutch offensive rebound he was able to snag and quickly put back up and in that gave Boston a 103-95 game with about two minutes to play.
 
“He was really good,” Stevens said.
 
The same could be said for most of the Celtics of late.
 
Kyrie Irving is coming off his most efficient game of the season, tallying 30 points on 10-for-12 shooting from the field. Jayson Tatum had a rough start, but he came on strong as well with 14 points – all coming in the second half.
 
But the backbone of Boston’s success lies in what they’re able to get done defensively.
 
So far, Boston’s defense has been as strong as we’ve seen this early, in quite some time.
 
Boston, which has a league-best defensive rating of 95.9, has length, savvy and an overall total buy-in by the players on what Brad Stevens is looking for, from them.
 
Meanwhile, the Mavericks (3-14) are coming off their most impressive victory this season, a 111-79 win over Milwaukee.  Dennis Smith Jr. has been among the more talented rookies this season. He’s averaging 14.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. Dallas is indeed in a transition period where longtime superstar Dirk Nowitzki (10.3 points, 5.5 rebounds per game) is gradually passing the torch to his younger teammates like Harrison Barnes (18.7 points, 7.1 rebounds) and Smith Jr.
 
Much like the Hawks game, the Celtics must approach this game with a focus on the opponent and not their record.
 
Because the Celtics are no longer just a good team on the schedule. They are a measuring stick for most to see how they stack up against the league’s best.
 
And the Celtics understand how their success has changed how teams see them.
 
“Now that we have a reputation, I think everyone is coming for us,” said Boston’s Jaylen Brown. “Now we have to come play even harder, and I think we can do that. I think we are more than capable.”

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Post by bobheckler on Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:52 pm

Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP

about 14 minutes ago

Brad on whether Dennis Smith Jr. was "in the conversation" for the Celtics with the #3 pick..."Sure. That's why we had him in. This class was so deep, so many good players, it was going to be hard to choose one. It came back to the idea of Jayson and Jaylen growing together."
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Mavericks - November 20, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:10 pm

Cavaliers up big at halftime, 73-46, over Detroit in Detroit.

And IT is coming back.
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Post by bobheckler on Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:13 pm

Marc D'Amico

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[ltr]Brad Stevens says Marcus Morris (knee) may not play in both games of this weekend's back-to-back, and he will likely have some version of a minutes restriction through the end of the month.[/ltr]
4:07 PM - Nov 20, 2017



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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Mavericks - November 20, 2017

Post by Ktronic1 on Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:17 pm

Hey y’all! At the game. Try and Post when I can. Go C’Ssss!!!
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Mavericks - November 20, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:22 pm

Ktronic1 wrote:Hey y’all! At the game. Try and Post when I can. Go C’Ssss!!!


Woohoo!!!  You lucky dog!!

Bring'em home, ktronic!!
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Post by swedeinestonia on Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:28 pm

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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Mavericks - November 20, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:32 pm

6:24 left in the 3rd and Cleveland is over Detroit by 34.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Mavericks - November 20, 2017

Post by gyso on Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:35 pm

Smith and Tatum are 5th and 6th in rookie scoring. Simmons is possibly 1st, so who is 2,3,4?

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Post by Phil Pressey on Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:36 pm

It was barber shop music for the national anthem and no Abby.
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Post by bobheckler on Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:37 pm

I would think that putting Theis on Powell would be good.  Both energy players.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Mavericks - November 20, 2017

Post by gyso on Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:37 pm

bobheckler wrote:6:24 left in the 3rd and Cleveland is over Detroit by 34.

So, Detroit is not so good and Stan Van won't be coaching the All-Star game?

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Post by gyso on Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:39 pm

Phil Pressey wrote:It was barber shop music for the national anthem and no Abby.

Draper is less than Abby. Evil or Very Mad

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Post by Phil Pressey on Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:40 pm

Most NBA teams are putting up mediocre numbers for defense. The Celtics will be fine. Some guys got cold at the same time. This should be one of the easiest wins of all time.
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Post by bobheckler on Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:41 pm

Dirk is playing center?  Talk about a defensively challenged baseline.
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Post by bobheckler on Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:44 pm

can we please not go down 16 points early again?  It's getting boring.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Mavericks - November 20, 2017

Post by gyso on Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:45 pm

Tatum says enough with the jump shots. More please!

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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:45 pm

Good evening all.  Well.....is this the night we get derailed?  I hope not. 
Still coming out slow.  Smith putting on a show
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Post by bobheckler on Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:46 pm

101-62 in Detroit after 3.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:46 pm

What is the deal with Noel??  Not playing much right now??
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:46 pm

What is the deal with Noel??  Not playing much right now??
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Post by gyso on Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:46 pm

Take it to the hole!!

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