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Post by gyso on Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:18 pm

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Denver Nuggets (15-12) at Boston Celtics (23-6)

Tipoff: 7:30 pm EST Wednesday December 13, 2017, Stadium: TD Garden

TV: ALT, 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

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https://sports.yahoo.com/nba/denver-nuggets-boston-celtics-2017121302/

http://www.espn.com/nba/game?gameId=400975158

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Bos -6.5

Go Celtics!!!

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Re: Game On! Nuggets @ Celtics - December 13, 2017

Post by gyso on Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:21 pm

Nuggets visit Celtics in clash of banged-up clubs

http://www.espn.com/nba/preview?gameId=400975158

BOSTON -- Two teams with serious injury questions meet when the Denver Nuggets close a six-game road trip against the Celtics at TD Garden on Wednesday night.

The Nuggets, who hammered the Pistons in Detroit on Tuesday night in the front end of a back-to-back, have been playing without Paul Millsap (wrist surgery) and Nikola Jokic (ankle) and there seems to be some hope Jokic can return for the trip finale.

"He's getting closer. He's definitely moving in the right direction," Nuggets coach Michael Malone said before Tuesday night's game. "The ankle is still very, very sore, but he's moving better. He's managing the pain, and whether he's available tomorrow night, we'll wait and see."

The Celtics, who lost Gordon Hayward probably for the season in the first quarter of the first game of the season, lost in Chicago on Monday night without Kyrie Irving (quad) and Marcus Morris (knee). Irving is listed as probable for Wednesday, but Al Horford, who played with a knee problem Monday, will rest. Morris is likely out for weeks.

Jokic -- averaging 15.5 points, 10.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists -- missed his sixth straight game Tuesday night, but the Nuggets led wire-to-wire to improve to 2/3 on the trip and 15-12 on the year. Millsap (15.3 points, 6.2 rebounds per game) has been out for 11 straight games.

Malone said Jokic is "our best player with Paul Millsap being out. You need Nikola Jokic to be a guy that's looking to score and carrying the load offensively, but the great thing about Nikola is that he's going to demand a crowd, a double-team, and he's always going to make the right play.

"I think he takes greater satisfaction out of making his teammates better than he does scoring himself. But, when you have the injuries that we've had, when he does get back, he needs to be a guy that's looking to score, regardless if he's double-teamed or not, because we need his productivity."

And the Celtics need Irving, who has been an MVP candidate in leading the Celtics to a 23-5 start before the loss to the Bulls on Monday.

"It was a collective success for them," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said, "and a collective failure for us.

"Sometimes you get your butt kicked. It's as simple as that. Chicago played more competitive than we did. They played with more authority than we did."

After playing Sunday and Monday, the Celtics host the Utah Jazz on Friday and visit Memphis on Saturday night, giving them five games in seven days.

The Nuggets dominated on the road Tuesday night and know what's waiting for them in Boston on Wednesday.

"We've got to go out and defend, try to do the same thing we did tonight," Denver's Trey Lyles said. "The offense will come. As long as we're doing what we're supposed to do on the defensive end, we'll be all right."

The Nuggets swept the two games series from the Celtics last season, but Boston had won the previous four contests against Denver at TD Garden.


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Re: Game On! Nuggets @ Celtics - December 13, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:59 pm

Brian Robb @BrianTRobb

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Will Barton out for the Nuggets tonight so they will start big with Faried at power forward and Plumlee at center. Jokic is still questionable.
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Re: Game On! Nuggets @ Celtics - December 13, 2017

Post by Phil Pressey on Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:25 pm

The grind part of the season has begun with teams getting banged up. No Al Horford on paper is painful, but maybe other Celtics can start to assert themselves. I'm not expecting Yabusele to break out, but perhaps Baynes and Theis can get it done.

Irving isn't close to Rondo at dishing assists, but they will have to come from somewhere.

These games can become quite interesting. It's tough to know what to expect.
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Re: Game On! Nuggets @ Celtics - December 13, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:33 pm

Phil Pressey wrote:The grind part of the season has begun with teams getting banged up. No Al Horford on paper is painful, but maybe other Celtics can start to assert themselves. I'm not expecting Yabusele to break out, but perhaps Baynes and Theis can get it done.

Irving isn't close to Rondo at dishing assists, but they will have to come from somewhere.

These games can become quite interesting. It's tough to know what to expect.


Hi Phil,

We will be halfway done with our schedule by January 3rd, I believe.  That's unbelievable.
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Re: Game On! Nuggets @ Celtics - December 13, 2017

Post by Phil Pressey on Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:38 pm

Hi Bob. Yeah, it's almost Christmas, New Years, then the trading deadline. We get to see Kyrie run the show with no Horford. Tatum at extended power forward. Should be fun. Maybe home cooking will solve whatever went on in Chicago. Smart was just mentioned in the pregame to keep an eye on for impact.
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Re: Game On! Nuggets @ Celtics - December 13, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:39 pm

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Re: Game On! Nuggets @ Celtics - December 13, 2017

Post by Berlin-T on Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:40 pm

Good evening everyone,

It'll be interesting to see how we do without some of our main pieces. I hope we play with more effort than we did against Chicago.

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Re: Game On! Nuggets @ Celtics - December 13, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:40 pm

the big matchup tonight is Jaylen vs Murray.

Faried starting.  BIG energy guy.
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Re: Game On! Nuggets @ Celtics - December 13, 2017

Post by bobc33 on Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:40 pm

Evening gents, Rosalie and our European friends!
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Re: Game On! Nuggets @ Celtics - December 13, 2017

Post by bobc33 on Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:41 pm

Baynes with a power dunk! (BobH you miss Zeller yet?)
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Re: Game On! Nuggets @ Celtics - December 13, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:46 pm

they are 6-6 starting.

Where is our #1 defense?  Teams are taking turns lighting us up.
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Re: Game On! Nuggets @ Celtics - December 13, 2017

Post by Berlin-T on Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:46 pm

I believe Rosalie is at the game tonight, no?
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Post by bobheckler on Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:47 pm

bobc33 wrote:Baynes with a power dunk!  (BobH you miss Zeller yet?)


Yet?  You mean "ever"
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Re: Game On! Nuggets @ Celtics - December 13, 2017

Post by Phil Pressey on Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:48 pm

I will never miss Zeller, but Olynyk and Turner would be nice right now over Yabs and Larkin for depth. Denver is on fire.
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Re: Game On! Nuggets @ Celtics - December 13, 2017

Post by Ktronic1 on Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:49 pm

Defense horrid thus far. Horford resting? After Chicago, all their asses should be playing
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Post by bobc33 on Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:50 pm

Berlin-T wrote:I believe Rosalie is at the game tonight, no?

She is.
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Post by Phil Pressey on Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:50 pm

This is the good Smart so far.
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Re: Game On! Nuggets @ Celtics - December 13, 2017

Post by Ktronic1 on Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:50 pm

Just ran a Globtrotter promo. Kyrie must’ve saw it.
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Post by bobheckler on Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:51 pm

that is the 2nd stupidly aggressive TO by Kyrie
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Post by Phil Pressey on Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:51 pm

Marcus didn't need to take that three.
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Re: Game On! Nuggets @ Celtics - December 13, 2017

Post by Ktronic1 on Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:52 pm

Running through us like a knife in hot butter.
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Post by Ktronic1 on Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:53 pm

Get down Mr Brown!!
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Re: Game On! Nuggets @ Celtics - December 13, 2017

Post by bobc33 on Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:53 pm

Baynes is one tough hombre! I can see why Pop wouldn’t let him cover Duncan during practices.
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