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Post by 112288 on Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:25 pm

Celtics Wrap: Kyrie Irving’s 32 Points Lifts Boston To 111-100 Victory

NESN by Adam London on Mon, Dec 4, 2017 at 9:45PM

BOSTON — The Boston Celtics fell to the Bucks the last time Milwaukee visited TD Garden, but the C’s made sure history didn’t repeat itself Monday night. The Celtics notched their third consecutive victory with a 111-100 win over the Bucks. Kyrie Irving (32 points, four rebounds), Al Horford (20 points, eight assists, eight rebounds) and Jayson Tatum (17 points, six rebounds) were sensational for the green, while Aron Baynes (10 points, four rebounds) also scored in double figures. Giannis Antetokounmpo put on a show in his return to Boston, scoring a game-high 40 points to go along with seven rebounds and four assists. Unfortunately for the Greek Freak, his teammates weren’t nearly as strong. With the win, the Celtics improve to 21-4, while the Bucks fall to 12-10. Here’s how it all went down:

JUMP-START JAYSON The Celtics’ offense was firing on all cylinders in the first quarter, as the team collectively shot 61 percent from the field and held a 34-26 lead after the opening 12 minutes. Tatum, however, was on another level. The rookie forward was lights out to start, connecting on all four of his 3-point attempts and both of his free throws for 14 first-quarter points to go along with two rebounds. Tatum’s performance was matched by an equally impressive showing from Antetokounmpo, who notched 13 first-quarter points to go along with four rebounds and one assist.

THREES COMPANY Boston held a comfortable 62-49 lead at the break thanks in large part to its success from beyond the arc. The Celtics knocked down nine of their 16 3-point attempts through the first two quarters, marking one of their most efficient halves of the season. After being limited to only four first-quarter points, Irving responded with nine points in the second, while Terry Rozier pitched in seven. Milwaukee, on the other hand, only attempt six shots from beyond the arc in the first half, hitting three. The Bucks’ trouble on the glass plagued the visiting club early on, as the Celtics outrebounded their opponent by a 23-14 margin through two quarters.

STAR POWER Both teams relied on their marquee players to lead the way in the third. Irving dazzled with 14 points in the quarter on 6-of-11 shooting, but Antetokounmpo bested the Celtics point guard with 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting. However, Boston held an 88-81 lead heading into the final quarter. After being held scoreless in the first half, Brown finally found the bottom of the basket with four points in the third. Marcus Smart, Daniel Theis and Baynes were the only other Celtics players to score in the quarter.

WINNING TIME While Irving provided the bulk of the offense for the Celtics in the second and third quarters, it was Horford who carried the weight in crunch time. The veteran forward pitched in 10 fourth-quarter points to help the C’s fend off the Bucks, who managed to cut the deficit to just seven with a minute and a half left in regulation. That’s as close as Milwaukee would get, though, as an Irving 3-pointer with 44 seconds left all but sealed the deal for Boston.

PLAY OF THE GAME Tatum’s first quarter was a sight to see.

UP NEXT The Celtics return to action Wednesday night when they host the Dallas Mavericks. Tip-off from TD Garden is set for 7:30 p.m. ET

Celtics beat Bucks 111-100 despite monster night from Antetokounmpo

NBC BOSTON SPORTS By A. Sherrod Blakely December 04, 2017 9:51 PM

BOSTON – Monday’s game between Boston and Milwaukee was billed as Greek night, which you would imagine had to make Giannis Antetokounmpo feel at home.

He had a monster night for the Milwaukee Bucks, finishing with 40 points on 14-for-24 shooting with nine rebounds and four assists.

The rest of his team?

Not so much.

And it was Boston’s balanced attack that paved the way for a 111-100 win. Kyrie Irving led the Celtics with 32 points, with Al Horford chipping in a near triple-double (seems like he does this every other game, huh?) with 20 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.

Boston (21-4) got double-figure scoring from Jayson Tatum (17 points) and Aron Baynes (10 points).

The Celtics’ defense certainly played a role in Milwaukee’s less-than-stellar play in the closing minutes.

But Boston also benefited from a Milwaukee team that looked fatigued, and that’s not a stretch considering the minutes logged by the Bucks’ core guys in the second half.

Milwaukee head coach Jason Kidd played four of his five starters for the entire third quarter, and used just one substitution off the bench.

In the same period, Boston used nine players with only one – Jayson Tatum – playing the entire third period.

Once they got around to the fourth, Boston simply made the necessary plays to maintain at least a three or four-possession lead as they added yet another victory to their league-best record which now stands at 21-4.

Tatum got the Celtics off to fast start, scoring 14 points in the first quarter alone. And Baynes, in the starting lineup primarily because of his defense, made the most of Milwaukee’s defense not paying him much attention, scoring eight points in the first quarter which ended with Boston ahead 34-26.

Irving went into “I got this” mode in the second quarter, finishing the first half with 13 points on 5-for-10 shooting.

Meanwhile, Antetokounmpo was dominant as ever, scoring on drives to the basket, lay-ups and a few dunks including a couple over Baynes.

Boston pulled ahead by as many as 20 points in the third quarter, only to see its lead on the cusp of being single digits again.

Eric Bledsoe, whose arrival has brought about much-improved play by the Bucks, drained a 3-pointer with 3:23 to play in the third that cut Boston’s lead to 81-72.

Another Celtics missed followed by a basket by Milwaukee’s Malcolm Brogdon brought the Bucks within 81-74, only for a 3-point play by Irving that put the Celtics back ahead by double-digits.

But that sequence was in many ways symbolic of the kind of night that the Bucks had … good but not good enough.


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Post by bobheckler on Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:55 pm

A nice win against a good team.

Giannis is un-freaking-real.  Words are just inadequate.  If you think 18 first half points is impressive, he scored 22 in the 2nd half.  He is going to own this league after LeBron retires.  

Interesting that Kidd has last year's ROY coming off the bench behind Tony Snell.

Horford flirted with a triple double.  He guards The Freak, Ben Simmons and NBA centers.  He isn't an eye-popper like Embiid but he is just so incredibly versatile.  20 points on 8-10 with at least half a dozen of those points off dunks from Smart.

I'm very happy with Smart's game now.  He was only 3-8, but as I have said many times, I'm happy with that from him.  He doesn't need to be a lights out shooter to want him on the floor.  It seemed like he was the only one who defended Giannis to where Giannis had to take jump shots instead of getting to the rim.

Tatum had 16 at halftime but only ended with 17.  Didn't even take fga in the 2nd half, very unusual for him.

Brown with 3 quick fouls in the 1st quarter sat him down after 5 minutes, but in the 2nd half he scored 8 points on 4-9 and grabbed 7 rebounds.

Irving with 18 of his 32 points in the 2nd half and we needed them as Giannis had the ball in his hands and was wreaking damage one way or another.

Morris 1-6 but 6 rebounds.  

Theis only 1 rebound but 6 points and a block (should have been 2, that was not a goal tend).  He is very efficient.  My prediction is he is going to be very helpful in the 2nd half of this season and really good next with a year of NBA under his belt.

After having the #1 defense and a 20-something offense we have scored over 50% the last 3-4 games, as our defense has slipped a bit. That's ok with me.  We know we can play suffocating defense and now we know we can play full-throttle offense.  By year end we hope to be doing both at the same time.



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Post by dboss on Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:07 am

Would have liked to have seen better defense against the freak.  Very little help defense when he was driving which was pretty much all night. It looked like a layup drill.  Still pleased with another solid win.

AH had a great game.

Kyrie had a great game.

Smart was solid but scared me a bit down the stretch with a turnover, early in the shot clock 3 point attempt and a bad drive and missed layup.  

Jason was shooting excellent.  He did not get a lot of opportunities to score in the second half.  I think he can play with the ball but they always have him off the ball.

Theis was solid as was Baynes.  Rozier made a few shots.  Brown was limited due to the 3 early fouls but he did contribute to the win.

25 games in now and the Celtics are still rolling.


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Post by wideclyde on Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:56 am

A somewhat easy game against a very decent NBA team most likely decided very much by the Cs out rebounding the Bucks by 17 including limiting them to only three offensive rebounds.

Our Cs are a very good team this year, and when they win the rebound battle by 17 they are going to be very difficult to beat at any time of the year.


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Post by mrkleen09 on Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:43 am

Bucks are a good team, now with an even stronger offensive player at the point in Bledsoe - and the Celtics handled them fairly easily.

Tatum is going to be really good. Easy and flowing and never forces anything. That drive in the second half against Middleton (who is a strong player), Jason took him off the dribble, bumped him with his body and finished at the rim. Very professional scorer. He will be an 18-22 ppg player for a decade in green.

Kyrie makes very difficult plays look effortless. He is much smoother than IT and can score anytime he wants at the rim, which makes him more reliable than someone who bombs away from 3 point land all night. Not to mention his defense is much better than advertised. This was a GREAT deal by Danny all time transformative deal in Celtics history.

Horford is rock solid and gives that game what it needs. A steal, a block, a rebound, a hard foul on on opponent. Just a very smart basketball player.

Smart has been playing great and his pick and roll decision making is the best on the team. His shooting is still up and down, but he is showing a maturity that we were all waiting for. And his defense continues to be lock down.

Theis, Baynes, Rozier, Morris all came in and did their bit. Our bench is solid.

Solid win and a good recovery after a couple of shaky games over the last 10 days or so. Finish the homestand with a win over Mavs on Wednesday and keep rolling.

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Post by mulcogiseng on Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:15 pm

Just as I was saying what a beautiful half of basketball they announced that this was the most efficient first half of the season. The Celtics played great TEAM basketball.

Marcus Smart is playing much more the way I like right now. He is not forcing his shot and is making the extra pass. He is developing a nice two man game with Al and Theis. Hope he continues this improvement and keeps making the right play on both sides of the ball.

Speaking of Theis, I like. Given decent minutes, he makes good hustle plays and helps the team win. I like the way Brad is starting to sub the bigs. Most of us were calling for Baynes to start with Morris coming off the bench along with DT. I think its the right play and glad to see that Celtics management are still monitoring our superior knowledge. Basketball

It's getting more and more difficult for me to consider Tatum and Brown as first and second year players. Tatum is so smooth and unhurried out there but he has really improved his game so far. He's doing those "small" things that make everything run better. He really benefits from the ball movement. The ball needs to find him open and ready to shoot.

Brown on the other hand is just flat out improving every aspect of his game. He still drives to the rim out of control but not anywhere near as much. He still bites for the upfake but again, not nearly as much. Those shots he couldn't hit from outside last year he is making them now. He is so much more aware of the flow of the game. Plus he is so much more in control of his own game and yet still has so much more upside.

Al Horford deserves to be an all star this year.

I still don't like it when this team gives up a big lead or when they find themselves needing to overcome one.

This team is much better than some people think. They were built to compete for and win a championship this season. That is exactly what they are doing only the plan was to have GH playing. It's really an amazing story and the reality of how this team is playing is becoming more and more evident in those great quotes from the other team's fans. (I know some of you aren't convinced of this but you have expressed that downer sentiment before, no need to rain on my 21-4 Duckboat lol)

In Boston Trust the Process means paying close attention to the unfoldment of each possession. While it is indeed a marathon, not a sprint, it is run one step at a time, and that kind of orientation to detail, is what is making our team the one to beat.

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