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Post by gyso on Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:20 am

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Brooklyn Nets (13-22) at Boston Celtics (29-10)

Tipoff: 5:30 pm EST Sunday December 31, 2017, Stadium: TD Garden

TV: YES, NBCS-B (NBC Sports Boston Pre-game show starts at 5:00 PM)
Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

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

Box Score:

https://sports.yahoo.com/nba/brooklyn-nets-boston-celtics-2017123102/

http://www.espn.com/nba/game?gameId=400975285

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Bos -10.0

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Re: Game On! Nets @ Celtics - December 31, 2017

Post by gyso on Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:27 am

Boston still abuzz over comeback win vs. Houston

http://www.espn.com/nba/preview?gameId=400975285

BOSTON -- Fresh off their wild come-from-behind victory over the Houston Rockets, the Boston Celtics close the calendar year with a New Year's Eve matchup with the Brooklyn Nets.

The Celtics (29-10) pulled off the biggest NBA comeback of the season, rallying from 26 points down in the third quarter and leading only once -- on Al Horford's basket with 3.7 seconds left in the game.

They had help in the most improbable win. First of all, the Rockets were severely shorthanded. Second, and probably more important, the NBA revealed Friday that the game's two officials -- Mark Lindsay injured his back in pregame warmups -- missed a pair of traveling violations against Boston. Both noncalls led to the final two baskets of the wild night.

Saturday, Celtics coach Brad Stevens, asked about the two traveling calls said, "Yeah, I saw one of them."

Afterward, Houston star James Harden, whose two offensive fouls in the backcourt as his team tried to inbound the ball, said the shortage of a ref had plenty to do with the Rockets' fourth straight loss.

"Well, first of all how do you have two officials in a national game? ... It's unacceptable," he said. "You can't have two officials in a professional game. It changes the dynamic. Lot of grabbing, lot of holding. How else am I supposed to get open?"

Both teams had to play the game with two officials and the Rockets were victims as the Celtics, spurred by their sellout crowd, managed to come all the way back.

"We just didn't stop believing," said Terry Rozier, who said Kyrie Irving called the players together for "a special talk" at halftime.

The win came at the perfect time for the Celtics, who had gone just 6-6 in their previous 12 games, including a win over the Hornets in Charlotte the previous night.

Jaylen Brown (Achilles) missed both games but said Saturday he expects to return, while Semi Ojeleye (back) likely will not.

Boston actually had a chance to have an actual practice Saturday and now goes for its seventh straight win over the Nets, who have a lot to do with the makeup of the current Celtics roster after that Kevin Garnett/Paul Pierce deal in 2013.

If you've forgotten, here's the way it went:

Brooklyn received: Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry and D.J. White.

Boston received: Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks, Kris Joseph, Keith Bogans, three first-round picks (2014, 2016 and 2018), plus the right to swap first-rounders in 2017.

That swap of first-rounders in 2017 gave the Celtics the top pick in the draft, they then traded down to No. 3 and picked up another first-rounder (could be at 2-through-5 if that's where the Lakers finish) -- and took Jayson Tatum at No. 3.

Coming off that incredible Thursday win, and with the Cleveland Cavaliers coming to Boston Wednesday night, there could be a bit of a letdown for Boston Sunday night.

The Nets (13-22) come in off a blowout win over the Heat in Miami.

Brooklyn fell behind 8-0 in that game but then outscored Miami 59-31 through the rest of the first half and cruised to the win.

"As upset as I was with our defensive performance against the Pelicans, we just turned the tables. It was a complete turnaround," coach Kenny Atkinson said after the Miami win. "Great job by the guys being ready. Even at halftime, you know the Heat are going to come out with a lot of energy, and we responded again."

The Nets hope to have D'Angelo Russell (knee surgery Nov. 17) and Jahlil Okafor (conditioning) back soon -- and one or both could play when the Celtics come to Brooklyn next Saturday night.

Okafor played in one game after the trade from Philadelphia, with 10 points and four rebounds -- and a minus-21 -- before being shut down to get in shape after being idle with the Sixers. He has sat and watched the last seven games, three of them blowouts.

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Re: Game On! Nets @ Celtics - December 31, 2017

Post by gyso on Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:34 am

Early New Year's Eve Game, 5:30 game time. Let's finish 2017 with a win!


Go Celtics!!!

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Re: Game On! Nets @ Celtics - December 31, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Sun Dec 31, 2017 2:09 pm

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA

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Injury report for Celtics today as they host the Nets: Jaylen Brown and Mook are planning to play, but Semi Ojeleye is still a little too sore to give it a go. usat.ly/2El3VRs
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Post by bobc33 on Sun Dec 31, 2017 2:13 pm

Root them home folks! I’ll be out and about and won’t see the game.

Hoping everyone has a great New Years and that 2018 proves to be your best year ever!
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Re: Game On! Nets @ Celtics - December 31, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:24 pm

Timberwolves starting off hot.  17-0 vs Indy IN INDY
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Post by bobheckler on Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:26 pm

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA

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Stevens on Zeller: “It makes you really appreciate how good our team was when you look across the league at how many of these guys are starting, playing great. He’s probably the best rim-runner that I’ve ever coached...Getting down the floor in transition, he flies down there.”
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Re: Game On! Nets @ Celtics - December 31, 2017

Post by Phil Pressey on Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:41 pm

Hi everyone. I just made it in time.

Now this is piped in music I like. First Aerosmith, then shipping up to Boston. This is a must win because the next one is Cleveland and a loss would be awful after the big Houston win.
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Post by Phil Pressey on Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:45 pm

Maybe it was Black Sabbath. This is a nice start.
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Re: Game On! Nets @ Celtics - December 31, 2017

Post by cowens/oldschool on Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:45 pm

Love seeing Jaylen hitting 3’s
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Re: Game On! Nets @ Celtics - December 31, 2017

Post by bobheckler on Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:47 pm

what a swooping shot by Tatum.
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Post by cowens/oldschool on Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:47 pm

Glad we got rid of Zeller, so soft, see him bounce off Baynes?
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Post by cowens/oldschool on Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:49 pm

bobheckler wrote:what a swooping shot by Tatum.

isn’t it great having 2 such young elite wings?
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Re: Game On! Nets @ Celtics - December 31, 2017

Post by Phil Pressey on Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:49 pm

What happened to Zeller? I just saw him go flying.
Tatum is probably looking at a market correction for his outside shooting. 50% at threes seems unsustainable, but he is definitely a natural, as is Kyrie. Jaylen and Horford can shoot. Just need Rozier and Smart to be consistent with Morris, and the Celtics will be the team no one wants to face.
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Re: Game On! Nets @ Celtics - December 31, 2017

Post by Sandpd on Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:51 pm

Hi all, after a Patriots win in frigid Foxboro, we need the C's to turn on the heat and put the Nets out in the cold early.
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Post by Phil Pressey on Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:52 pm

It's Bizarro World with Zeller hitting a three.
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Post by Sandpd on Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:53 pm

Good to see ol' Celt Zeller. He was always a trooper when he was with the C's.
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Post by cowens/oldschool on Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:54 pm

Sandpd wrote:Hi all, after a Patriots win in frigid Foxboro, we need the C's to turn on the heat and put the Nets out in the cold early.

up 13, I think we will
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Post by Phil Pressey on Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:55 pm

Jaylen Brown is great. It looked like no way he could hit that layup.
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Post by cowens/oldschool on Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:56 pm

Sandpd wrote:Good to see ol' Celt Zeller. He was always a trooper when he was with the C's.

seeing him and KO on the floor made me want to puke
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Post by bobheckler on Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:56 pm

Washington pulled out the win vs Chicago.  Chicago faded towards the end.  Expected but too bad.
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Post by Phil Pressey on Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:56 pm

Brooklyn looks like the Celtics for Brad's first year. They are not too shabby, but the talent is just not there.
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Re: Game On! Nets @ Celtics - December 31, 2017

Post by Phil Pressey on Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:58 pm

If the Celtics go on a good stretch, it might not just be people getting healthy, but that teams need days off to recover.
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Post by bobheckler on Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:59 pm

cowens/oldschool wrote:
Sandpd wrote:Good to see ol' Celt Zeller. He was always a trooper when he was with the C's.

seeing him and KO on the floor made me want to puke
You need to stop holding things in.  It's not good for you.
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Post by cowens/oldschool on Sun Dec 31, 2017 6:02 pm

Seen Lavert play, he’s very good....I would take him over Smart in a heartbeat
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