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Post by gyso on Thu Dec 28, 2017 10:04 am

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Houston Rockets (25-7) at Boston Celtics (28-10)

Tipoff: 8:00 pm EST Thursday December 28, 2017, Stadium: TD Garden

TV: TNT (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/houston-rockets-boston-celtics-2017122802/

http://www.espn.com/nba/game?gameId=400975263

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Re: Game On! Rockets @ Celtics - December 28, 2017

Post by gyso on Thu Dec 28, 2017 10:10 am

Rockets aim to end losing streak in game with Celtics

http://www.espn.com/nba/preview?gameId=400975263

BOSTON -- The battered and bruised Houston Rockets bring a three-game losing streak into Thursday night's TD Garden game against the Boston Celtics.

The Rockets (25-7) learned Wednesday that big man Clint Capela will miss at least the next two games after suffering a fractured right orbital bone when struck by a Steven Adams elbow in Monday's loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

"Obviously, Clint has been in and out of the lineup, Luc (Mbah a Moute) as well), so you take guys that are versatile that create opportunities defensively that we're missing," said MVP candidate (favorite?) James Harden. "But we'll be all right. It's a grind period right now -- dropped three in a row -- but it's a long season."

Capela, averaging 14.2 points and 11.2 rebounds per game while leading the NBA with a 69.1 percent field goal percentage, returned to the lineup Monday after missing three of the previous four games with a heel contusion. He played while limping Monday and the eye socket injury will also allow the heel to ... well, heal.

The Houston injury situation has been a growing saga.

Chris Paul has a groin strain and the hope was he could play either Thursday or in Friday night's game at Washington -- not in both.

"I'm not confident," coach Mike D'Antoni told the Houston Chronicle. "He wants to (play). Trying to hold him back is hard. We want to make sure he's 100 percent. I'm confident against the Lakers at home (on Monday) he'll be back. I'm hopeful for one of these two games, but I don't want to go there yet."

Talking about Capela, D'Antoni said, "He's the one guy that gives us that weapon on lobs and dunks and rim protection. "He's the one vertical (spacing) guy. We can do it without him. We need to do it. But that's kind of like the straw that breaks the camel's back. When you have Chris and Luc (shoulder) out, that's three of your top guys and three of your best defenders. That makes it tough.

"One of the reasons we had so much success last year was how he improved from the year before to last year, and we made another jump this year because of how he improved from last year. He's been a key. He has his fingerprints on almost everything we do offensively and defensively as far as the improvement."

The Rockets were snug in their hotel beds in frigid Boston Wednesday night, while the Celtics, playing without the injured Jaylen Brown, handled the Charlotte Hornets in North Carolina to go to 28-10.

The win brought the Celtics to an even 6-6 in their last 12 games.

The Celtics outscored the Hornets 26-16 in the fourth quarter Wednesday and got 20 points and 10 rebounds from Al Horford, 21 points and eight assists from Kyrie Irving and great contributions off the bench from guards Terry Rozier (15 points) and Shane Larkin (11).

Rookie Jayson Tatum had 18 points, five rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots, playing beyond his 19 years in the fourth quarter. He had 10 of his 18 in the fourth.

Asked after his own ninth straight 20-point game about how Tatum has grown as a rookie, Irving said, "Tremendously. The patience that he has, understanding what we're trying to accomplish and knowing that when the game has to slow down, the spots that he needs to be in, the spots that he can take advantage of and being able to have the confidence to be put in that position. He's taking full advantage of it, so he just wants to continue to grow and learn like he's been doing."

Said coach Brad Stevens: "I think everyone enjoys that. Kyrie is drawing a ton of attention in that moment and Al (Horford) draws a lot of attention, so a couple of Jayson's baskets were off of that. We played him at the four a little bit so he was able to drive the ball but we need him to be a good player."

The Celtics (14-5 at home, 10-2 against the Western Conference) ended a three-game home losing streak against Houston last season, when the teams split their two games.

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Re: Game On! Rockets @ Celtics - December 28, 2017

Post by NYCelt on Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:49 pm

Ever since Cliff Paul left State Farm, Chris Paul has been in and out of the lineup. Coincidence?
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Re: Game On! Rockets @ Celtics - December 28, 2017

Post by bobc33 on Thu Dec 28, 2017 6:30 pm

Evening gents, and Rosalie!

Darn going to miss a good game tonight but Thursdays are always a good dinner and Shuffleboard/Bocce at the Sons of Italy.

Root them to a victory!
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Re: Game On! Rockets @ Celtics - December 28, 2017

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Thu Dec 28, 2017 7:23 pm

Gpd Evening All. Big one tonight. Too bad Jaylen out again. He has not been right since he had that Great game where he scored 26.

Mannix saying he thinks Cleveland in trouble. Blakely is a LeBron lover. Very tired of the IT talk. Getting to be a whiner. Driving me crazy. I loved the guy, but he is driving it into the ground.

Gerald Green just signed with Rockets, wish Danny had signed him
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Re: Game On! Rockets @ Celtics - December 28, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Thu Dec 28, 2017 7:27 pm

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Least surprising stat ever at this point, but it helps to see it in print. Tonight, is the Celtics' 39th game. Easily the most in the @NBA. In the last 20 years, their 39th game has averaged falling on January 17th.


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Re: Game On! Rockets @ Celtics - December 28, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Thu Dec 28, 2017 7:28 pm

I'll be @ Ozumas watching the 2nd half.
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Re: Game On! Rockets @ Celtics - December 28, 2017

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Thu Dec 28, 2017 7:34 pm

All because they are taking that stupid London trip. I really think this is dumb. Preseason is fine,, not during the season. I think I heard Scal say they have one game in ten days. Celtics set it up this way, they wanted it. Only good thing is they will get some good practice time in during this stretch.
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Re: Game On! Rockets @ Celtics - December 28, 2017

Post by Phil Pressey on Thu Dec 28, 2017 7:37 pm

Hi all. I hope everyone enjoys the game. There are four days off before and after London.
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Re: Game On! Rockets @ Celtics - December 28, 2017

Post by Berlin-T on Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:08 pm

Good evening everyone,

I'm good for a quarter or two.

Go Celtics!

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Re: Game On! Rockets @ Celtics - December 28, 2017

Post by Phil Pressey on Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:08 pm

Not so big surprise: Barkley picks Houston.

Shaq goes with the Celtics due to home court.
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Re: Game On! Rockets @ Celtics - December 28, 2017

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:10 pm

Getting to the point where I have to shut Barkley off, thinks he is a know it all.

This is going to be a tough game, I don't care who is out for the Rockets. That just means Harden will take over and do most of the scoring. Let's hope we can put them on a three game losing streak.
Cleveland has lost three in a row too. Dog days are here in the NBA
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:12 pm

Funny, KG spent most of his career in Minnesota, yet because he won the title here, when you see a pix of him in uniform, it is Celtics uniform. The man loved it here. Imagine if he had his whole career in Boston???
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Re: Game On! Rockets @ Celtics - December 28, 2017

Post by dboss on Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:14 pm

Damnit

I have to listen to that clown Barkley.

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Re: Game On! Rockets @ Celtics - December 28, 2017

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:17 pm

Get that damn rebound. These guys will shoot the hell out of the ball
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:17 pm

Half time on Comcast.
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Re: Game On! Rockets @ Celtics - December 28, 2017

Post by dboss on Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:18 pm

Need a timeout
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Post by dboss on Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:19 pm

Real sloppy
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Re: Game On! Rockets @ Celtics - December 28, 2017

Post by Sandpd on Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:19 pm

C's are sleeping.

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Re: Game On! Rockets @ Celtics - December 28, 2017

Post by cowens/oldschool on Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:20 pm

Can we trade Smart right now?
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Re: Game On! Rockets @ Celtics - December 28, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:20 pm

I think it's safe to say this is not a good start.

0-3, 3 TO, 2 steals by Houston and only 3 minutes gone.  8 possessions and only 3 fgas.


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Re: Game On! Rockets @ Celtics - December 28, 2017

Post by Phil Pressey on Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:21 pm

I noticed that too with KG in a Celtics uniform. I think it's why Barkley is so bitter towards the C's. He's known for being one of the best players to never win anything.
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Post by Berlin-T on Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:21 pm

So what happened to our ball movement?
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Re: Game On! Rockets @ Celtics - December 28, 2017

Post by dboss on Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:22 pm

Smart with 2 turnovers already and an ill advised 3 attempt early in the shot clock.

Celts need to play team ball or get blown out.  Rockets are hungry losing 3 straight.

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