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Post by gyso on Sat Nov 25, 2017 10:04 am

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Boston Celtics (17-3) at Indiana Pacers (11-8 )

Tipoff: 8:00 pm EST Saturday November 25, 2017, Stadium: Bankers Life Fieldhouse

TV: FSIN, NBCS-B (NBC Sports Boston Pre-game show starts at 7:30 PM)
Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

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BOS -2


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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Pacers - November 25, 2017

Post by gyso on Sat Nov 25, 2017 10:10 am

Morris out, Brown questionable for Pacers game Saturday

http://www.nbcsports.com/boston/celtics/morris-out-brown-questionable-pacers-game-saturday

BOSTON – Boston made strengthening their depth at the wing position a priority during the offseason.

Well, that depth will be put to the test with the possibility of at least one and maybe two of their top wing players being out for Saturday’s game at Indiana.

Shortly after Boston’s 118-103 win over Orlando on Friday night, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens announced that Marcus Morris (left knee) would not travel with the team for Saturday’s game against the Pacers.

Also, Jaylen Brown will be attending the funeral of his best friend (Trevin Steede) in Georgia on Saturday and isn’t sure if he’ll be back with the team in time for Saturday’s game.

“My intention is to make it back. If I can, I’ll definitely be playing,” Brown said. “But we’ll see.”

The absence of Brown would be a huge blow for the Celtics.

Boston only returned four players from last season’s team, none of whom have improved their overall game as much as Brown did during the offseason.

He came into the season focused on being a lock-down defender.

But Gordon Hayward’s left ankle injury was a game-changer for all the Celtics, including Brown.

Not only would Brown be charged with being an elite defender, but Boston now needed the second-year wing player to become more of a scoring threat.

And to Brown’s credit, he has risen to the challenge.

In 20 games (all starts) this season, Brown has averaged 15.9 points per game which is second on the team to Kyrie Irving (22.9). In addition, Brown’s defense has been among the keys to Boston’s 17-3 start which is the best record in the NBA thus far this season.

His defensive rating of 95.0 is fifth among players to appear in at least 10 games this season, and tops among all second-year players. And of the four players ahead of him, two – Aron Baynes and Marcus Smart – are teammates.

But just like the Celtics gave Isaiah Thomas all the time he needed in dealing with the death of his sister right before the playoffs last season, a similar approach has been taken with Brown which he is admittedly appreciative of the organization for doing.

“Brad (Stevens) has been great in this process,” Brown said. “Just somebody to talk to, allowing me to deal with it in the best way our family and their family feels we can deal with it. He’s been great; we’ll see how it goes. Hopefully I can make it to Indiana; if not, I just have to re-group with my family and I’ll see you guys next game (against Detroit on Monday).”

While there's a chance that Brown will play against Indiana, the same can not be said for Morris who is definitely out.

Morris, who missed the first eight games of the season with left knee soreness, has been on a minutes restriction all season in addition to not being allowed to play in back-to-back games.

Following Friday’s game, Morris said the knee feels good but he understands the need to be cautious.

“It’s frustrating,” said Morris who acknowledged the decision was made by the coaching and medical staff. “I’m a competitor, so I want to be out there.”

He added, “Like I said, at this point I pretty much don’t have control over it when I’m playing. It’s a long season. I just want to be ready for June.”

With Morris out and Brown potentially out as well, the Celtics will be extremely thin and inexperienced at the wing position. Look for Marcus Smart and Aron Baynes to be in the starting lineup if Brown is out along with Morris.

Also, Stevens will likely use Terry Rozier and first-year forward Semi Ojeleye more in addition to increased spot-duty for another rookie, Abdel Nader. On Friday, Rozier had a career-high 23 points while Ojeleye and Nader had seven and three points, respectively.

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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Pacers - November 25, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Sat Nov 25, 2017 6:32 pm

We know that Morris is definitely out and Brown is likely out for the Celtics.  Oladipo is the Pacers' top scorer.


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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Pacers - November 25, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Sat Nov 25, 2017 6:56 pm

Brown will definitely NOT be playing tonight.  He stayed in Atlanta overnight.

Jabari Bird has been called up from Maine and is with the team in Indy instead.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Pacers - November 25, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Sat Nov 25, 2017 7:29 pm

Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP

about 5 minutes ago

I once traveled with a team that included Pierce, Garnett, Allen, Rondo...and Shaq. Never saw a crowd like the one that was waiting for Kyrie here an hour ago...
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Post by bobheckler on Sat Nov 25, 2017 7:34 pm

Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP

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This is the second start for Daniel Theis. The first came October 26 at Milwaukee. The one before that was February 19...for Brose Bamberg in the 3rd and final game of the German League Finals.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Pacers - November 25, 2017

Post by Sandpd on Sat Nov 25, 2017 7:57 pm

This should be an interesting game with both Brown and Morris out. The bench is a bit short tonight. Theis starting after a DNPCD last night. I don't understand why Theis didn't get to at least break a sweat. Oh well, that's why Brad's the coach - he there's a method to his strategy.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Pacers - November 25, 2017

Post by Ktronic1 on Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:04 pm

Sooooooooo we have Draper and Scal calling the game on the tube with Chris Mannix! No Mike no Tommy. Rosalie oughta love this!!
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Post by bobheckler on Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:06 pm

I'm waiting for Swede to show up and provide some links.  I'll take Opposing Announcers for 500, Alex.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Pacers - November 25, 2017

Post by Phil Pressey on Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:06 pm

So that explains Theis not seeing garbage time. The team shouldn't expect Kyrie to score 30 or a Kobe 50. A guy like Tatum might be needed to score a career high/ Let's see if Rozier is still feeling it. Maybe Smart can have an offensive explosion. They are rare, but he has done it.

Ugh, so no Gorman and it's Draper/Scal. I might turn off the volume and watch it like a professional scout.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Pacers - November 25, 2017

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:08 pm

Good evening all

Ready for this side show???  How could they do this to me?  Draper????  

I may find myself shutting the voice off at times!!  Interesting game tonight though. Smart and Theis starting, I would love to see them both play great
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Pacers - November 25, 2017

Post by Phil Pressey on Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:10 pm

Brad knows sports politics similar to Belichick. Every opponent is great and fantastic.

A guy named Brad Stephenson sounds like he should play for Brad Stevens.
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Post by Phil Pressey on Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:11 pm

Oops, Lance? I'm confused already.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Pacers - November 25, 2017

Post by Ktronic1 on Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:13 pm

I. Hate. Lance. Stephenson!
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Pacers - November 25, 2017

Post by bobc33 on Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:13 pm

Evening gents, and Rosalie!

Curious to see how Draper does tonight. Rosalie hang in there!
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:13 pm

Isn't the. Lance Stephenson story strange?  Did well in Indy, signed  big contract and bounced around, and is now back here in INdy. He  should never have left. Bird worked with him to make him what he is
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Post by Ktronic1 on Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:16 pm

Someone call Draper and let him know that he is not on the radio.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:16 pm

Big Al finally coming alive like he was before he got hit in the head
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Post by bobc33 on Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:16 pm

We are going to see a LOT of Kyrie and Horford tonight.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:17 pm

Man, they are shooting lights out
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Post by bobheckler on Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:19 pm

down 2 and they're shooting 85%.

I'm good with that.
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Post by Ktronic1 on Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:20 pm

NBC Sports Boston must really love Draper. He’s the big dog up in there!!
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Post by Phil Pressey on Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:20 pm

Yup, it will be the Kyrie/Horford show unless Rozier is still on fire.

I think this is when Indiana starts to question how come they are only leading by two. Every mediocre team is coming at Boston like it's their Super Bowl.
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Post by Sandpd on Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:21 pm

Nader's in the game.
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Post by Phil Pressey on Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:23 pm

Smart is playing more smart on offense the last couple games.
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