Game On! Suns @ Celtics - December 02, 2017

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Post by gyso on Sat Dec 02, 2017 9:38 am

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Phoenix Suns (8-15) at Boston Celtics (19-4)

Tipoff: 1:00 pm EST Saturday December 02, 2017, Stadium: TD Garden

TV: FSAZ, NBCS-B (NBC Sports Boston Pre-game show starts at 12:30 PM)
Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

http://www.nbcsports.com/boston/ontv

Box Score:

https://sports.yahoo.com/nba/phoenix-suns-boston-celtics-2017120202/

http://www.espn.com/nba/game?gameId=400975077

Odds:
Bos -12.5

Go Celtics!!!

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Re: Game On! Suns @ Celtics - December 02, 2017

Post by gyso on Sat Dec 02, 2017 9:40 am

Booker seeks encore as Suns visit Celtics

http://www.espn.com/nba/preview?gameId=400975077

BOSTON -- Devin Booker will never forget the last time he played in Boston.

Anyone else there on that March night last season won't forget it either.

It was the night the young Booker, in only his second year in the NBA, joined some true immortals of the game by scoring 70 points.

"That was the craziest part of the whole night for me, being mentioned with those names," Booker told the Arizona Republic earlier this week, talking about his performance in Phoenix's 130-120 loss to the Boston Celtics. "I play the game to be a legend, to be one of the best and that's a good way to start."

On that magical night, Booker joined Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant, David Thompson, Elgin Baylor and David Robinson as the only NBA players to score at least 70 points in an NBA game, a list topped by Chamberlain's 100.

On Saturday, Booker, averaging 23 points per game this season, and the Suns (8-15) visit the Celtics (19-4) in a matinee -- Booker's first game back on the parquet since that night.

"Somehow I get reminded of it on a daily basis," Booker said, noting he was approached in China last summer by someone who wanted to shake the hand of someone who scored 70 points in a game. "I think because it happened in Boston, against the Celtics, one of the most historic franchises in the NBA, that added a little bit to it."

Booker went 21-for-40 from the floor that night, 4-for-11 from 3-point range, 24-for-26 from the foul line. He also had eight rebounds, six assists (yes, he passed) and three steals.

In the final minutes, Earl Watson, his coach at the time, turned to gimmicks to get him more points. Intentional fouls, timeouts in a game that was not on the line. He drew fire for it -- the Celtics, in particular, didn't like it.

The Suns lost their seventh straight that night, a streak that would run to 13. Watson was fired earlier this year. Jay Triano is the interim coach and they have lost four of their last five games, going 1-2 in the first three games of a six-game trip.
They now run into a team that is 19-2 after an 0-2 start and has won nine of its last 10 at home.

Marcus Morris, a key in Thursday night's win over the Philadelphia 76ers, came to Boston from Detroit, but was with the Suns for three seasons. To say he doesn't have fond memories would be an understatement.

"Honestly, I'm tired of talking about Phoenix," he said Friday. "I'm in Boston, I was in Detroit. It's evident what's going on over there. The players, I have a great relationship with, it has nothing to do with them. It's the ownership and things like that.

"I think they could be a lot better. The way they treat their players, what players go through, some people think because you're paid a certain amount, everything else shouldn't matter. I think they don't do a great job there."

Kyrie Irving had his fourth 30-point game in the last seven and his fifth of the year Thursday night, finishing with a game-high 36. His teammates and coach Brad Stevens continue to be amazed by his play -- at both ends of the floor.

Asked what it's like having the confidence every time Irving goes up with a shot, teammate Al Horford said, "It's a luxury. Not a lot of teams have that. Just his will to win and make those shots, when we need it most, just keeps impressing me game by game."

The Celtics have won both home games against the Suns the past two seasons but lost at Phoenix last year for a series split.

Stevens was named Eastern Conference coach of the month for October-November on Friday.

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Re: Game On! Suns @ Celtics - December 02, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:31 am

Baynes gets another start.  Here's why...


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Re: Game On! Suns @ Celtics - December 02, 2017

Post by Phil Pressey on Sat Dec 02, 2017 1:01 pm

This still feels like morning, so I probably won't be such a blowhard for this one.

I'm glad Baynes is starting. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. I'm not going to over-analyze Morris' reaction other than to say "no comment" was the wrong answer.

A healthy Amir or similar tall/tough athletic guy would be better than Marcus Morris. He's a tweener hog ball. He is a proven pro, but starting him with Al makes us small and puts too much pressure on Horford.

If Baynes is too bulky, then go with Theis or Danny should find another center to pair with Al.

Morris should fill an Evan Turner be your hog ball self role off the bench where it seems there is a lack of offense especially if Smart and Rozier are slumping.

This is just my opinion.
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Re: Game On! Suns @ Celtics - December 02, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Sat Dec 02, 2017 1:06 pm

https://twitter.com/celtics/status/937018926239764481/video/1
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Re: Game On! Suns @ Celtics - December 02, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Sat Dec 02, 2017 1:14 pm

nice rebound and laydown by Tatum.

I like that Baynes through and elbow to get space.  LOL
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Re: Game On! Suns @ Celtics - December 02, 2017

Post by bobc33 on Sat Dec 02, 2017 1:16 pm

Afternoon gents, and Rosalie!

Watching the first few minutes, then have to head out to help prepare the local park for a big Tree Lighting and Santa visit tomorrow.
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Re: Game On! Suns @ Celtics - December 02, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Sat Dec 02, 2017 1:18 pm

Tatum past Jackson for the LEFTY bank hook!
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Re: Game On! Suns @ Celtics - December 02, 2017

Post by cowens/oldschool on Sat Dec 02, 2017 1:19 pm

2great plays in a row by Tatum
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Re: Game On! Suns @ Celtics - December 02, 2017

Post by Phil Pressey on Sat Dec 02, 2017 1:20 pm

It was 5-0 Suns yet another dodgy start. Phew for the quick turnaround. Tatum definitely showed up for this game.
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Re: Game On! Suns @ Celtics - December 02, 2017

Post by Phil Pressey on Sat Dec 02, 2017 1:22 pm

I like it. Establish defense with Baynes, then bring in Smart and Morris. Makes sense.
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Re: Game On! Suns @ Celtics - December 02, 2017

Post by cowens/oldschool on Sat Dec 02, 2017 1:22 pm

Gotta love seeing a Brown finish!!!
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Re: Game On! Suns @ Celtics - December 02, 2017

Post by cowens/oldschool on Sat Dec 02, 2017 1:24 pm

2 J’s Are on
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Re: Game On! Suns @ Celtics - December 02, 2017

Post by Ktronic1 on Sat Dec 02, 2017 1:24 pm

Suns 3 Time outs in less than 8 minutes
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Re: Game On! Suns @ Celtics - December 02, 2017

Post by Phil Pressey on Sat Dec 02, 2017 1:26 pm

If Jaylen and Jayson were on bad teams, they would be putting up huge stats. The rookie of the year award doesn't seem to take into account the rare times great rookies go to top teams.

Jayson Tatum would be the big deal, always on the ESPN highlights and the talk of the country if he was on a bottom feeder.

And the guy on Philly considered the favorite is in his second year, so it isn't a real award imho.
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Re: Game On! Suns @ Celtics - December 02, 2017

Post by Phil Pressey on Sat Dec 02, 2017 1:29 pm

Kyrie is also ready to go. This looks like a scheduled win.
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Re: Game On! Suns @ Celtics - December 02, 2017

Post by Phil Pressey on Sat Dec 02, 2017 1:32 pm

The Rozier three attempt was lazy. Guys like him and Brown are very fast and should get fast breaks to the hoop.
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Post by cowens/oldschool on Sat Dec 02, 2017 1:33 pm

Too bad Rozier sucks so bad at finishing, a 3 on 2 break and he clanks a 3 with an open lane....new game, doesn’t mean it’s better
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Re: Game On! Suns @ Celtics - December 02, 2017

Post by Phil Pressey on Sat Dec 02, 2017 1:34 pm

Morris plays like an older Paul Pierce for offense. I like it. He's giving a bump to the second unit putting less pressure on Smart and Rozier to launch deep shots.
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Post by Phil Pressey on Sat Dec 02, 2017 1:35 pm

cowens/oldschool wrote:Too bad Rozier sucks so bad at finishing, a 3 on 2 break and he clanks a 3 with an open lane....new game, doesn’t mean it’s better

Yes. You get the steal, fast guys are moving forward, and then they settle for a three.
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Re: Game On! Suns @ Celtics - December 02, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Sat Dec 02, 2017 1:35 pm

AFTER 1


Brown 10 on 3-6, 2-4 from 3

Irving 9 on 4-5

Booker 6 on 2-4, 2-3 from 3

8-16 vs 13-20

4-8 vs 3-6

8 vs 6

8 vs 9

6 TO vs 2

0-2 fast

2-10 paint
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Re: Game On! Suns @ Celtics - December 02, 2017

Post by Ktronic1 on Sat Dec 02, 2017 1:39 pm

GD Monroe whining pays off. Sorry bastard
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Re: Game On! Suns @ Celtics - December 02, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Sat Dec 02, 2017 1:39 pm

a little acting by Theis on the Monroe foul.
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Re: Game On! Suns @ Celtics - December 02, 2017

Post by Phil Pressey on Sat Dec 02, 2017 1:39 pm

Theis pushed Monroe's shoulder, so it was a foul. Tommy was wrong.
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Re: Game On! Suns @ Celtics - December 02, 2017

Post by cowens/oldschool on Sat Dec 02, 2017 1:39 pm

Love Theis!!
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