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Post by gyso on Fri Dec 08, 2017 6:35 pm

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Boston Celtics (22-4) at San Antonio Spurs (17-8 )

Tipoff: 9:30 pm EST Friday December 08, 2017, Stadium: AT&T Center

TV: ESPN, KENS, NBCS-B (NBC Sports Boston Pre-game show starts at 7:00 PM)
Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

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

Box Score:

https://sports.yahoo.com/nba/boston-celtics-san-antonio-spurs-2017120824/

http://www.espn.com/nba/game?gameId=400975125

Odds:
SA -2.5

Go Celtics!!!

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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Spurs - December 08, 2017

Post by gyso on Fri Dec 08, 2017 6:37 pm

Spurs in search of signature win vs. red-hot Celtics

http://www.espn.com/nba/preview?gameId=400975125

If there has been a knock on San Antonio's early-season success as it plays without star forward Kawhi Leonard, it's been that the Spurs have feasted on teams with a losing record, winning 14 of their 17 games against competition below the .500 mark.

The Spurs have an outlet to quiet the naysayers on Friday when they play host to the Boston Celtics, the team with the NBA's best record, at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.

San Antonio (17-8 ) enjoyed one of its best overall games on Wednesday when it beat Miami 117-105. The Spurs got double-figure scoring from eight of the 11 players who took the court in the victory, which was their sixth in seven games.

LaMarcus Aldridge led the way for San Antonio in the win over Miami, tallying 18 points to lead the team in scoring for the 20th time this season.

But just about every other San Antonio player got in on the action in big way as well. Bryn Forbes hit for 17 points with five 3-pointers, while Rudy Gay scored 16, Patty Mills had 13 points, Pau Gasol and Danny Green tallied 12 apiece, and Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili pumped in 10 each.

"The ball really moved and we made some shots," Ginobili said. "(Aldridge) has been carrying a lot of the offensive load so it's good that some others are able to contribute. It's important for everyone to be involved."

The Spurs had 30 assists in the game, a statistic San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich was quick to point out but also as quick to put into perspective.

"Getting 30 assists is always wonderful," Popovich said. "Then you sit down and start feeling good about it and you realize that Golden State does that every night. And you go 'OK, we've got a ways to go, don't get too excited.' But it is great to see."

The Celtics (22-4) have won 22 of their past 24 games after going 0-2 to start the season, and have captured four in a row, including a 97-90 home victory over Dallas on Wednesday.

Kyrie Irving scored seven of his 23 points in that win over a span of 3:05 of the fourth quarter to lift the short-handed Celtics. Irving scored five straight points and then added another basket as the Celtics clinched their latest win with a 12-2 run down the stretch.

Boston played without Jaylen Brown (swollen eye) and Marcus Morris (knee rehab), but still improved to 8-0 against the Western Conference and swept the two-game season series against the Mavericks.

Al Horford had 17 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, three blocks and two steals for the Celtics and rookie Jayson Tatum also scored 17 and grabbed 10 rebounds. Tatum is the first Boston rookie with four straight 15-point games since Paul Pierce in 1999.

"I'm very happy," Horford said. "Going into the season you never have any expectations. This is good. We want to keep building on it."

The Celtics recorded 25 assists on 36 baskets, racking almost Spurs-like numbers and prowess in sharing the basketball.

"We mentioned that at shootaround that everybody has to be ready, especially when we call to the bench," Boston's Terry Rozier said. "You've got to have that 'next man up (mentality)'. Just covering for one another. We're a team. We're pros for a reason. You put all that hard work in and you have to be ready."

Boston defeated the Spurs 108-94 on Oct. 30 at TD Garden in the only other game between the teams this season as Irving scored 24 points, all through three quarters. San Antonio has a five-game home win streak against the Celtics dating back to March 31, 2011.

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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Spurs - December 08, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:06 pm

THANKS, GYSO, AS USUAL!!!


One more game for Kyrie with his mask.

Jaylen Brown will be wearing goggles for 1 week, minimum, perhaps "indefinitely".

He's acquired a bunch of goggles of different styles (all prescription, of course, since he wears contacts.  It was his contacts that inflamed his eyes).  One of them, I understand, are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar retro goggles.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Spurs - December 08, 2017

Post by Phil Pressey on Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:46 pm

There's something old-school about this year's edition. Jaylen Brown with goggles makes sense.

The early game is Warriors at Pistons. I'm gonna turn it on. It'd be nice to get the top seed. Houston is on fire, but they are no sure bet to compete with GS. It could be an exciting, competitive playoffs. Hopefully GS has fallen back a bit and other teams have a shot at this. It's going to be awkward when Isaiah returns. I can't root against him but I hate LeBron and the Cavs.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Spurs - December 08, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:50 pm

I'm probably watching the 2nd half @ Ozumas but I'll watch the first half with all of you.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Spurs - December 08, 2017

Post by bobc33 on Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:51 pm

Should be fun to see what type of fashion statement Jaylen makes tonight!

Evening gents, and Rosalie, and our European friends though this late start may be a challenge for them.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Spurs - December 08, 2017

Post by Phil Pressey on Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:59 pm

The Pistons have a huge gangly center in there named Marjanović. He's sort of effective despite looking very awkward.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Spurs - December 08, 2017

Post by Phil Pressey on Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:05 pm

A Piston made the most stupid foul giving Durant three free throws. It's still close. So Detroit had two huge beast centers in there the whole time. All we have is Baynes. And that will wear down Al. They are up next after the Spurs. Bradley looked impressive.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Spurs - December 08, 2017

Post by Phil Pressey on Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:07 pm

It was either Drummond or the Serbian. They are too big for Horford.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Spurs - December 08, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:16 pm

Phil Pressey wrote:It was either Drummond or the Serbian. They are too big for Horford.


Nobody's too big for Baynesy...
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Spurs - December 08, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:23 pm

Cavs down 4 in Indy with :21 left.  Pacer ball.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Spurs - December 08, 2017

Post by Phil Pressey on Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:28 pm

There was a shady non-call at the end. Detroit made a nice comeback.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Spurs - December 08, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:29 pm

Bradley with 25 in Detroit's loss to GSW.  KD with 36, 10 rebs, 7 asts.  It's mind-boggling that Curry isn't even the best player on that team anymore.


Cavs lose in Indy.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Spurs - December 08, 2017

Post by Phil Pressey on Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:31 pm

bobheckler wrote:
Phil Pressey wrote:It was either Drummond or the Serbian. They are too big for Horford.


Nobody's too big for Baynesy...

The last time he was unfortunately mostly on the bench.
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Post by Phil Pressey on Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:34 pm

bobheckler wrote:
Phil Pressey wrote:It was either Drummond or the Serbian. They are too big for Horford.


Nobody's too big for Baynesy...

The Serbian is 7 foot three and 298 pounds. Baynes will look tiny.
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Post by bobheckler on Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:38 pm

Brad just told Scal that if Scal wears goggles in Chicago Brad will wear goggles too.

Oh, I have GOT to see THAT!!
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Spurs - December 08, 2017

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:40 pm

Good evening all.  Two in specks tonight. Kyrie can;t wait to get rid of the mask.  

I was busy all day and just saw that Okafer got traded to the Nets. That will strengthen that team. Looks like Danny may have made a good deal!!!

Here's hoping we can take this one
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:41 pm

Tatum looking better and better every game on defense
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Post by bobheckler on Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:43 pm

RosalieTCeltics wrote:Tatum looking better and better every game on defense


That's the best part of this year.  We knew he could score, it was the NBA level defense that is the surprise.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:44 pm

Brad getting more and more relaxed with interviews and his real sense of humor comes out a lot lately.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Spurs - December 08, 2017

Post by Phil Pressey on Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:44 pm

Their arena looks empty.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Spurs - December 08, 2017

Post by bobc33 on Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:45 pm

bobheckler wrote:Brad just told Scal that if Scal wears goggles in Chicago Brad will wear goggles too.

Oh, I have GOT to see THAT!!

Got quite a chuckle out of that too. Maybe Brad isn’t as dry as it appears.
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Post by bobheckler on Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:45 pm

Phil Pressey wrote:Their arena looks empty.


If it stays that way it will make the "Let's Go Celtics!" chants louder.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Spurs - December 08, 2017

Post by Phil Pressey on Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:46 pm

Celtics look ready. I think they said Kyrie scored 57 against them.
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