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Post by gyso on Sat Dec 23, 2017 1:01 pm

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Chicago Bulls (10-21) at Boston Celtics (26-9)

Tipoff: 7:30 pm EST Saturday December 23, 2017, Stadium: TD Garden

TV: CSCH, 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/chicago-bulls-boston-celtics-2017122302/

http://www.espn.com/nba/game?gameId=400975236

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Bos -7.5

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Re: Game On! Bulls @ Celtics - December 23, 2017

Post by gyso on Sat Dec 23, 2017 1:03 pm

Bulls, Celtics meet again heading in opposite directions

http://www.espn.com/nba/preview?gameId=400975236

BOSTON -- Things have changed for both the Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics as they get set to meet for the second time this month Saturday night at TD Garden.

The Bulls, who opened the season 3-20, won their next seven games before a narrow defeat to LeBron James and the Cavaliers in Cleveland Thursday night. The seven straight wins, one of them a 23-point victory over the Celtics in Chicago, came after Nikola Mirotic returned from injury.

While Chicago has been on the rise, the Celtics have gone the other way.

Thursday night in New York, the Celtics lost their second straight game (within 24 hours) for the first time since dropping the first two games of the season amid the horror of losing Gordon Hayward for the season in the opener.

The Celtics (26-9) are just 4-5 in their last nine games.

The Bulls, who went through a travel ordeal to get to Cleveland (smaller plane, long wait to disembark, no actual stairs or ramp), had 34 assists and lost by three at Cleveland, the Cavs making it 19 wins in their last 21 games.

"We did some things tonight that were as good as any we've had in the last eight, to be able to make it one possession and have a chance to tie on the last possession shows the growth we've had with this team," coach Fred Hoiberg said after the game. "Last time we played Cleveland in our home building they absolutely drilled us, down 25 in that game.

"We are getting better. The biggest thing is the effort and I thought we had great effort the entire game. Lauri was phenomenal; great to see him have a breakout game like this. We battled them, stood toe to toe with them and gave us a chance to win; effort was tremendous coming on a back to back, sitting on a plane for 40 minutes when we got in with no stairs."

Lauri is Lauri Markkanen and he had 25 points in the loss.

The Celtics lost at home to a seriously depleted Miami team Wednesday night in Boston before the loss in New York. They are playing without the injured Marcus Morris (and, of course, Hayward) and Thursday night were also missing Jaylen Brown (sore Achilles) and Shane Larkin (knee, MRI Friday).

The enigmatic Michael Beasley came off the bench with 32 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks.

"I just think he got going," Al Horford said of Beasley. "And he got into a good rhythm. And once those easy shots started to fall then he really started to make more difficult shots."

Celtics coach Brad Stevens thought his team played hard against Beasley, who has the talent to do what he did Thursday.

"It's a long year. It's a marathon," Stevens said. "We know that. I just told our guys: 'Listen, there's a lot of things we can improve on, but that was the kind of fight that we can build off of. The last couple (games), not so much. This one, we'll be OK if we play like that more often than not."


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Post by bobheckler on Sat Dec 23, 2017 6:22 pm

Per Brad, Jaylen expected to play tonight.

Larkin and Morris out.




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Post by bobheckler on Sat Dec 23, 2017 6:36 pm


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Re: Game On! Bulls @ Celtics - December 23, 2017

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:09 pm

Good evening all. Just listening to Tommy, saying what the Celtics are missing......a PJ Brown type player. PJ was one of my favorites back in his playing days. He was super for that one half a year that they convinced him to sign and got himself a ring. Who is like that out there now?? Who could they go after who has one year of good basketball left in him that DA could sign???

I will have to think a lot about this tonight!

PS It is not Perk, sorry Cowens.
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Post by bobheckler on Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:29 pm

Saw Baynes working with Yabby down low.  Baynes just banged yabby back until he could get the bunny.  I'm sure they didn't have that in China.
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Re: Game On! Bulls @ Celtics - December 23, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:32 pm

Toronto beat Sixers.

Toronto now 23-8, right on our tail.

Philly, despite all the BIG talk going into the season about how tough they are going to be this year, are 14-18.  11th worst in the league and not in the playoffs.
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Post by steve3344 on Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:36 pm

bobheckler wrote:Toronto beat Sixers.

Toronto now 23-8, right on our tail.

Philly, despite all the BIG talk going into the season about how tough they are going to be this year, are 14-18.  11th worst in the league and not in the playoffs.

And 1-9 in their last 10 games.

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Post by bobheckler on Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:38 pm

Lauri Markannen texted Scal to ask if he could wear Scal's #24 in Chicago?  Really?
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Re: Game On! Bulls @ Celtics - December 23, 2017

Post by Phil Pressey on Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:39 pm

Cue up Under Pressure by Bowie and Freddie Mercury?
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Re: Game On! Bulls @ Celtics - December 23, 2017

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:40 pm

Brad said the same thing to Scal. "That did not happen??", that is a kind man
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Post by bobc33 on Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:41 pm

Evening gents, Rosalie and our European friends!

Let’s get back on track with an easy solid win tonight.
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Re: Game On! Bulls @ Celtics - December 23, 2017

Post by Phil Pressey on Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:41 pm

I agree with Rosalie this team could use a reinforcement or two with ready made players. It's one thing for Tatum and Brown to emerge with Rozier and Smart as young guys needing to take leaps, but Brad is having to rely on too many players simply not ready.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:42 pm

I still have to wonder about Emblid's strength during a 82 game season. He has sat how many games already????
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Post by Phil Pressey on Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:43 pm

Nice finish by Al. He usually bricks those types of layups in close.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:43 pm

Lou Williams????
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Post by bobheckler on Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:45 pm

they're playing with energy to start.  About time...Now let's see if they maintain it for 4 quarters
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:46 pm

Boy, Celts are one of the hottest tickets in town. You should see how they have jacked the prices. I have been trying to get decent tickets to almost any decent team and the prices have almost doubled what we paid last year.
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Post by Phil Pressey on Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:46 pm

Baynes is good for getting rebounds or tipping it. He just wants the team rebound either way.
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Post by bobc33 on Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:47 pm

Kyrie is a walking, talking human highlight reel!!!
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:47 pm

Kyrie.......unbelievable handle
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:49 pm

So, Mannix says Celtics very pro active on phones...watch three teams, Charlotte, NO, Orlando. Who could they be looking at?
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Post by bobheckler on Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:50 pm

RosalieTCeltics wrote:Kyrie.......unbelievable handle
I thought IT had a good handle but he didn't have one like Kyrie.  And IT would just throw himself into the pack and hope he got the foul whistle.  Kyrie is a magician getting to the rim.  IT was a magician when he got there with his shot English.
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Post by Phil Pressey on Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:50 pm

Brad is going to figure it out. The starters are very good, but it can't rely too much on Horford to get every assist. I think Kyrie will transform his game by the start of the playoffs and improve for pg. His handle is too good. There's no more LeBron hogging the spotlight.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:54 pm

Wow. Semi hit his first three, that is a good sign.
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