Game On! Celtics @ Knicks - December 21, 2017

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Game On! Celtics @ Knicks - December 21, 2017

Post by gyso on Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:10 pm

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Boston Celtics (26-8 ) at New York Knicks (17-14)

Tipoff: 8:00 pm EST Thursday December 21, 2017, Stadium: Madison Square Garden

TV: TNT, 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/boston-celtics-new-york-knicks-2017122118/

http://www.espn.com/nba/game?gameId=400975219

Odds:
BOS -2.0

Go Celtics!!!

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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Knicks - December 21, 2017

Post by gyso on Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:13 pm

Knicks' Porzingis could return vs. Celtics

http://www.espn.com/nba/preview?gameId=400975219

NEW YORK -- In the midst of their biggest slump of the season -- a 4-4 stint after starting the season 22-4 -- the Boston Celtics head to New York on Thursday night for a showdown with the Atlantic Division-rival Knicks.

Potentially in the offing? A matchup with Kristaps Porzingis, the NBA's fifth-leading scorer.

Porzingis, who has missed two games with a sore knee, told reporters on Wednesday that he anticipated making his return against the Celtics, who are currently eight games above the surprising Knicks in the divisional standings.

"I still feel it just a bit," Porzingis told the New York Daily News. "This kind of injury I'm going to feel it for a little bit. It's nothing bad. I just got to make sure the knee's stable and I'm feeling stable on the court. I can't have instability sensation. That's not good. I went through the whole practice. They were trying to take me out. I wanted to stay in. I felt great. The knee felt stable. I don't see why I would not play (Thursday)."

New York (16-14) played admirably in Porzingis' absence on Saturday in a 111-96 win over Oklahoma City in Carmelo Anthony's first game back in New York since an offseason trade, but the Knicks crashed hard in a 109-91 loss at Charlotte on Monday, shooting 42 percent from the field and 17 percent from 3-point range.

The Celtics had similar shooting woes in a 90-89 home loss to Miami on Thursday.

Boston (26-8 ) shot 38 percent against the Heat, capping off a 4-4 stretch in which they've shot 46 percent from the field.

It wasn't only the Celtics' offense that failed them against the Heat, but the defense against former Celtic Kelly Olynyk, who had a career-high 32 points against them. Aside from Olynyk, Miami shot just 21 of 64.

"He played a great game," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. "I'm certainly happy for him. It was definitely at our expense. Second time in a week one of our former players came in and gave it to us."

Utah's Jonas Jerebko was the other.

The Knicks, who are just 1-5 this season without Porzingis, might be getting another key player back in the near future.

The team announced on Tuesday that shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. was cleared to move forward in his rehabilitation from a left lower leg stress injury, and that he's eyeing a return following Christmas.

His return would give a boost to a squad still seeking a reliable third scoring option in Porzingis and his absence.

Even if New York has improved in its play without its big two.

"We've grown a lot. I think we've grown a lot and I think we still have a lot of growing to do," Porzingis said. "We're on the right track. Even without Tim, we're getting better. When Tim comes back I believe he's going to bring us even more gunpowder offensively. That's going to make us even better."

Boston won the teams' first meeting, 110-89 on Oct. 24 in Boston.

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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Knicks - December 21, 2017

Post by Phil Pressey on Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:07 pm

Barkley yet again is attacking the Celtics. Wow.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Knicks - December 21, 2017

Post by gyso on Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:14 pm

Phil Pressey wrote:Barkley yet again is attacking the Celtics. Wow.

If he's denying, he's lying.

Okay, he denies that he hates the Celtics. I call BS on that, he always shows the hate.

That being said, he is an entertainer and he does entertain. He don't bother me, I know the source of his "extreme dislike".

If you can't beat them, whine about them ad nauseam. Razz

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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Knicks - December 21, 2017

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:14 pm

Good evening all.  

Don't pay attention to Barkley, he is just a blow hard. It is time for them to bring in new blood on that show. He is living "back when". 

Jaylen Brown out tonight, as is Shane Larkin and, of course, Morris.
Smart will get a ton of minutes tonight
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Post by bobheckler on Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:16 pm

If it's Thursday this must be Ozumas.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:17 pm

Damn that Jarred Jack, he plays excellent against the Celtics no matter what team he is on
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:20 pm

I am sorry, Kyrie just does not get the respect from the ref's that he should.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Knicks - December 21, 2017

Post by gyso on Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:22 pm

RosalieTCeltics wrote:Damn that Jarred Jack, he plays excellent against the Celtics no matter what team he is on

My son in law is a Knicks fan, he said they got Jack for his veteran presence, them being a young team.

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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Knicks - December 21, 2017

Post by dboss on Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:23 pm

Knicks off to a fast start.

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Post by dboss on Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:26 pm

Need to rebound
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Knicks - December 21, 2017

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:30 pm

Bob, your boy is having a field day right now.

The Celtics just don''t look good offensively at all.  Can't rely on Kyrie for all all the offense, someone has to pick up the slack
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Knicks - December 21, 2017

Post by dboss on Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:32 pm

Celts in a funk so far.

They need to become more intense on defense and the offense will come.

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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Knicks - December 21, 2017

Post by Phil Pressey on Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:33 pm

It's a bit earlier than usual to say it, but in Brad we trust. The Celtics need to collectively relax. They are a little bit on tilt.

Theis will get his chance. One will get to observe Semi and Yabs, I'm assuming. Tiny ball ain't gonna get it done.

Rozier will get a nice chance to show what he's got facing adversity. The Knicks have a solid home record. No trap game tonight.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Knicks - December 21, 2017

Post by Sandpd on Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:34 pm

Hi all, the C's are looking a step slow to the play, particularly on the boards right now. Hopefully they'll get into the rhythm of the game soon.
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Post by Phil Pressey on Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:34 pm

Good effort by Rozier.
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Post by Sandpd on Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:36 pm

That was a cheap foul call on Smart.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Knicks - December 21, 2017

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:36 pm

We need Jason to get hot and drive .  They have to go inside to get the outside working
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Post by dboss on Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:36 pm

Celts to to run lots of plays for Tatum
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Post by Sandpd on Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:37 pm

Wow, another cheap foul call.
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Post by dboss on Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:37 pm

Non call
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:38 pm

Wow, what a shot
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Knicks - December 21, 2017

Post by gyso on Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:38 pm

Both fighting for the ball. Rolling Eyes

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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:39 pm

Who taught these guys to leave their feet and jump on defense?????
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Knicks - December 21, 2017

Post by Phil Pressey on Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:39 pm

Kyrie!
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