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Post by gyso on Sun Dec 10, 2017 12:49 pm

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Boston Celtics (22-5) at Detroit Pistons (14-11)

Tipoff: 4:00 pm EST Sunday December 10, 2017, Stadium: Little Caesars Arena

TV: FSD, NBCS-B (NBC Sports Boston Pre-game show starts at 3:30 PM)
Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

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

Box Score:

https://sports.yahoo.com/nba/boston-celtics-detroit-pistons-2017121008/

http://www.espn.com/nba/game?gameId=400975137

Odds:
BOS -1

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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Pistons - December 10, 2017

Post by gyso on Sun Dec 10, 2017 12:53 pm

Celtics visit slumping Pistons

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Kyrie Irving will remove his protective face mask on Sunday. His opponent will try to shed something even more cumbersome: the burden of a five-game losing streak.

The slumping Detroit Pistons will host Irving and the Boston Celtics on Sunday afternoon. The Pistons were 14-6, including a victory on the Celtics' home floor on Nov. 27, prior to the skid.

Boston's star point guard has worn a mask on the court since suffering a facial fracture on Nov. 10. The injury has healed and Irving has been cleared to play without it.

"I hope not to see it again," Irving said.

Irving had a pretty good look at a potential tying 3-pointer on the Celtics' final possession Friday. His corner attempt rimmed out as Boston lost to San Antonio 105-102.

"Thought it was cash money," Irving said. "Thought it was going to hit the bottom of the net. Obviously I didn't put enough on it."

Irving's 36-point performance went to waste in the process. The team's third-leading scorer, forward Al Horford, was held to two points.
The Celtics (22-5) saw their four-game winning streak snapped.

"Multiple times throughout the game they were in a rhythm scoring and we just couldn't break it," coach Brad Stevens said. "That was the difference in the game."

Detroit's last four losses have been decided by five points or less. Shooting guard Avery Bradley, a former Celtic, points the finger at the team's inability to get stops during key stretches.

"Our defense at times isn't good," he said. "We exchange baskets with teams and we can't be a team like that."

The Pistons (14-11) were outscored 31-17 in the third quarter of their 102-98 home loss to Golden State on Friday. They had a chance to tie it in the closing seconds but point guard Reggie Jackson missed an off-balance shot.

"He drove it hard and a lot of people came to the ball and we had two guys open weakside," coach Stan Van Gundy said. "That's what I saw. But it's a lot easier to sit and watch on tape than when you're driving to the basket."

Van Gundy is exasperated with the team's decision-making, which led to Milwaukee and Golden State blocking a combined 31 shots over the last two games.

"The ones where guys are blocking 3s, guys flying at you, you've got to be able to shot fake," he said. "You go to the basket, help is coming, you've got to be able to find open people. We've just got to do a lot better job of making those plays."

The Pistons had no trouble shredding Boston's defense in the first meeting. Forward Tobias Harris scored 31 points and center Andre Drummond had 26 points, 22 rebounds, six assists and four steals in their 118-108 victory. Irving was held to 18 points while shooting 6-for-16 from the field and committing six turnovers.

"They're well-coached, they run good stuff, I love what they're doing," Stevens said after that loss. "Drummond has greatly improved as now a playmaker out of the high post, which is a big difference from what he's done in the past. Tobias Harris' improvement has been tremendous, and obviously they've got really good guards. So, they're really good."


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Post by bobheckler on Sun Dec 10, 2017 12:56 pm

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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Pistons - December 10, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Sun Dec 10, 2017 2:03 pm

Steve Bulpett @SteveBHoop

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Celtics announce Marcus Morris (left knee soreness) will miss today's game here in Detroit and tomorrow night's in Chicago.
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Pretty spotty health for a guy who isn't that happy coming off the bench.  He can't even get on the floor.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Pistons - December 10, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Sun Dec 10, 2017 2:32 pm

Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach

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Stan Van Gundy on Tatum: “I’m not surprised. I thought he was the best prospect in the draft....he’s really, really good and I’m sorry he’s there for the next however many years.”
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Pistons - December 10, 2017

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sun Dec 10, 2017 3:59 pm

Love it Bob! I thought he was having trouble with those goggles in the beginning of the game, but he picked up his game and ended up having a good game.

I wonder if the Celtics knew this knee thing could be a problem. It's too bad, he is a tough guy on the floor. Theis will get his minutes today I bet. He has been playing well. The one who seems to have hit a little wall is Semi
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Post by bobheckler on Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:01 pm

RosalieTCeltics wrote:Love it Bob!  I thought he was having trouble with those goggles in the beginning of the game, but he picked up his game and ended up having a good game.

I wonder if the Celtics knew this knee thing could be a problem. It's too bad, he is a tough guy on the floor. Theis will get his minutes today I bet. He has been playing well. The one who seems to have hit a little wall is Semi
Hi Rosalie!

Usually it's the rookies who play a lot of minutes who hit the wall.  Semi is in a bit of a shooting slump while Tatum, who is playing MANY more minutes, has not.
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Post by bobheckler on Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:05 pm

Kadeem Allen and Jabari Bird are both in Detroit with the team today.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Pistons - December 10, 2017

Post by bobc33 on Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:12 pm

Afternoon gents, Rosalie and our European friends!

Baynes starting, guess he recovered ok from that hit in the “groin.”
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Post by bobheckler on Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:13 pm

Horford on Harris?  oh oh...
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Post by bobheckler on Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:15 pm

gotta hit those Jaylen
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Post by bobheckler on Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:16 pm

bobheckler wrote:gotta hit those Jaylen

point blank
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Pistons - December 10, 2017

Post by Phil Pressey on Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:17 pm

From the eye test, this is what a good game looks like. Not many turnovers. Two solid teams with fundamentals.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Pistons - December 10, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:18 pm

Baynes doing a great job of keeping Drummond off the boards.  That's all I need from him.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Pistons - December 10, 2017

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:22 pm

Boy, they did a number on Smart the other night, he couldn't move

Don't let Jackson get wound up
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Post by cowens/oldschool on Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:23 pm

Al responding after poor game last outing
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:23 pm

That little shot from the middle is money for Tatum
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Post by Phil Pressey on Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:23 pm

Detroit has too many weapons to allow Drummond big points with 20+ rebounds.
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Post by bobheckler on Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:24 pm

RosalieTCeltics wrote:That little shot from the middle is money for Tatum
shooting >51% from 3, they'll give him that all day all night
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:25 pm

I can't stand those green tights with those black uni's
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:27 pm

Crap, there goes Al to the locker room. Banged knees
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Post by bobc33 on Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:27 pm

Al to the locker room.....I think knee to knee is usually painful, but not that serious. Hopefully.
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Post by cowens/oldschool on Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:27 pm

Clever move by Marcus
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Post by bobheckler on Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:28 pm

Horford going to the locker room.
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Post by bobheckler on Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:30 pm

btw, that was a great block by Tatum on Stanley Johnson point blank.  He lost Johnson on the baseline but recovered in time for the Wilson burger.
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