Game On! Celtics @ Bulls - December 11, 2017

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Post by gyso on Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:35 pm

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Boston Celtics (23-5) at Chicago Bulls (5-20)

Tipoff: 8:00 pm EST Monday December 11, 2017, Stadium: United Center

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

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

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https://sports.yahoo.com/nba/boston-celtics-chicago-bulls-2017121104/

http://www.espn.com/nba/game?gameId=400975142

Odds:
BOS -4

Go Celtics!!!

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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Bulls - December 11, 2017

Post by gyso on Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:12 pm

Bulls vie for third straight win as Celtics visit

http://www.espn.com/nba/preview?gameId=400975142

CHICAGO -- Back-to-back victories may not seem like the biggest of accomplishments, but in a season in which the Chicago Bulls are experiencing plenty of growing pains and toll-taking injuries, even small successes carry some weight.

After a weekend in which Chicago managed to snap a 10-game losing streak and hold on for a pair of closely contested wins, the heavy lifting continues on Monday when the Bulls host the Boston Celtics at the United Center.

The Celtics (23-5) boast the league's best record while the Bulls (5-20) possess the league's worst mark. Despite the disparity and all of the challenges that the Celtics present, Chicago's two-game winning streak has provided the Bulls with a renewed sense of confidence after dealing with the 10 consecutive setbacks.

The Bulls slipped past the Hornets 119-111 in overtime at Charlotte on Friday, then posted a 104-102 home victory over the New York Knicks on Saturday.

The Celtics will be without point guard Kyrie Irving, ruled out because of a left quad contusion. Irving scored 16 points on 4-of-12 shooting on Sunday, playing 34 minutes against Detroit. He came out of the game in the first quarter and was spotted removing his left shoe and stretching out his leg during a timeout, according to ESPN.

Chicago is benefitting from the return of Nikola Mirotic, who missed 23 games with facial fractures and a concussion sustained in a fight with teammate Bobby Portis. After returning to action on Friday, Mirotic sparked the Bulls with 19 points Saturday.

The Bulls withstood a late-fourth-quarter surge by the Knicks and made enough plays late to win for the second straight night.

"We've got to keep hopefully building and gain a little confidence with finding a way to win two close games," Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg said after the Saturday victory. "Hopefully, we'll get a little rest for our guys (Sunday) and bounce back with good effort in what will obviously be an extremely tough game on Monday."

For a team that has already endured its share of adversity, including the recent lengthy losing streak, using actual victories as a springboard is a sign that the Bulls haven't lost faith in themselves while navigating difficult times.

"We've been in a lot of tough games," Chicago guard Kris Dunn said Saturday. "It just shows that we're starting to get it together down the stretch (in games)."

Now the Bulls will have to take another step forward against the league's top team.

The Celtics have won seven of their last nine games, and they bounced back from a loss at San Antonio on Friday with a 91-81 road victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday.

Boston avoided losing for the second straight game after building a 16-point, fourth-quarter lead. The Celtics weathered a late Pistons surge while Boston missed 12 straight shots, emerging on top while giving up season-low point total.

"We were locked in," Celtics forward Aron Baynes said. "Our offense wasn't as crisp tonight as we wanted it to be, but defensively we had a game plan and we stuck with it. We were trying to pack the paint and make them make plays from the outside. Last time, they really had whatever they wanted inside the paint. Tonight, we wanted to go out there and control it a lot better."

The Celtics will look to avoid offensive lulls on Monday against the Bulls, who, despite their record, have impressed opposing teams with their effort. Playing on a short turnaround, Boston is not only without Irving, but will again be without forward Marcus Morris, who didn't play on Sunday and has been ruled out for Monday due to a left knee injury.

Also, center Al Horford was listed as questionable with a right knee contusion.

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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Bulls - December 11, 2017

Post by kdp59 on Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:17 pm

Morris, Irving and maybe Horford out?

I don't like how this one is sitting up at all
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Post by bobheckler on Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:01 pm

kdp59 wrote:Morris, Irving and maybe Horford out?

I don't like how this one is sitting up at all

kdp,

I'm not either but what can one do?
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Bulls - December 11, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:02 pm

Damn, Stacey King has turned into a butterball turkey.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Bulls - December 11, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:03 pm

a break, however small compared to the loss of Irving, Morris and possibly Horford is that Lauri Markannen is out for the Bulls.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Bulls - December 11, 2017

Post by Berlin-T on Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:04 pm

Good evening everyone,

I'm good for a quarter or two. Should be an interesting game with all the injuries. Time for the bench to step up.

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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Bulls - December 11, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:05 pm

Berlin-T wrote:Good evening everyone,

I'm good for a quarter or two. Should be an interesting game with all the injuries. Time for the bench to step up.

Berlin-T


Hey Berlin, you trouper you.

Can you suit up?  We might need you.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Bulls - December 11, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:06 pm

Al is playing!!!

phew.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Bulls - December 11, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:09 pm

It's Al vs the Wild Man of Borneo.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Bulls - December 11, 2017

Post by Sandpd on Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:09 pm

bobheckler wrote:
kdp59 wrote:Morris, Irving and maybe Horford out?

I don't like how this one is sitting up at all

kdp,

I'm not either but what can one do?

Not to worry, Bulls have the worst record in the NBA and the C's should win this game, regardless. We'll get to see how good the bench is - Da Bulls are in the midst of a major rebuild and aren't really concerned about winning, except for winning the draft lottery.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Bulls - December 11, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:13 pm

Jaylen struggles to finish around the hoop.  This is not the first time.  He is good at getting his own miss but then misses again.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Bulls - December 11, 2017

Post by Sandpd on Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:15 pm

Slow start for the C's - don't fall into the trap of playing down to their level.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Bulls - December 11, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:15 pm

0-5 in first 3 minutes.

NOT an auspicious start.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Bulls - December 11, 2017

Post by dboss on Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:15 pm

Hate tap outs.  Grab the rebound with both hands if you can...baynes
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Bulls - December 11, 2017

Post by cowens/oldschool on Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:16 pm

Jaylen had a great finish right at Drummond last night, it’s not like he’s Rozier
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Bulls - December 11, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:17 pm

cowens/oldschool wrote:Jaylen had a great finish right at Drummond last night, it’s not like he’s Rozier

He sure looked like him just now vs Lopez
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Post by bobheckler on Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:19 pm

Jaylen lost Holliday on the rebound.
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Post by cowens/oldschool on Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:20 pm

No no yes
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Bulls - December 11, 2017

Post by Sandpd on Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:21 pm

What a bad foul call on Baines!
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Bulls - December 11, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:21 pm

bad call on Baynes.  He was set.  Dunn sold it.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Bulls - December 11, 2017

Post by Berlin-T on Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:22 pm

Who needs Kyrie when you have Marcus Smart shooting 3s! Very Happy
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Post by cowens/oldschool on Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:22 pm

That’s true bob
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Post by bobheckler on Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:23 pm

Marcus Smart is our offense.

I may never say that again, so I wanted to get it in.
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Post by cowens/oldschool on Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:23 pm

Great Marcus is here!!!
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