Game On! Cavaliers @ Celtics - January 03, 2018

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Post by gyso on Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:43 pm

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Cleveland Cavaliers (25-12) at Boston Celtics (30-10)

Tipoff: 8:00 pm EST Wednesday January 03, 2018, Stadium: TD Garden

TV: ESPN, FSOH, 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/cleveland-cavaliers-boston-celtics-2018010302/

http://www.espn.com/nba/game?gameId=400975305

Odds:
Bos -3.0

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Re: Game On! Cavaliers @ Celtics - January 03, 2018

Post by gyso on Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:46 pm

Cavs to rest Thomas against former Celtics teammates

http://www.espn.com/nba/preview?gameId=400975305

BOSTON -- Isaiah Thomas finally played his first game with the Cleveland Cavaliers in Tuesday night's 127-110 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

The former Boston Celtics' little scoring machine will not, however, play his second game with the Cavs when his new team invades TD Garden for the second meeting of the season between last year's Eastern Conference finalists.

Thomas will be with the Cavs and has asked the Celtics not to give him a video tribute, a wish granted by Boston with the thought that could come in the future -- like Feb. 11 when Cleveland returns on Paul Pierce jersey retirement day.

Without Thomas, the Cavaliers went 24-12. With him they're 1-0.

"They're the team to beat. Everybody knows that," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Wednesday. "... They haven't even had Isaiah yet. We all know how special he is.

"I can't say enough positive, glowing things about Isaiah. He's a special guy."

Thomas, welcomed by the Cleveland crowd when he entered the game off the bench, played 19 minutes Tuesday. He scored 17 points on 6 of 12 from the floor, 3 of 8 from 3-point range. He was 2-for-4 from the foul line, had three assists and was a plus-17.

"It was a special night for me," Thomas said. "I haven't played in seven months, so to be able to be out there and compete against another team was special. Obviously to get the win was even bigger but just to be able to compete, to be out there and be in an arena setting, a game setting ... it was a great feeling for myself."

"It was great," LeBron said on television after the game. "Just to see him, his first basket, he had his pull-up shot going a little bit.

"It's a spark and jolt we need on our team right now."

The Cavs defeated the Celtics (30-10) on opening night, Boston going through the trauma of losing Gordon Hayward, probably for the year, less than six minutes into his Celtics career. With Thomas out of this Wednesday night picture, the James-Kyrie Irving "reunion" again takes center stage.

"I don't think anybody on this team has any type of fear," Boston's Jaylen Brown said. "I think everybody's even-keeled about this game. I think we think we're a better team. And we just want to come out and show it."

James, asked about what needs to be done with Thomas' return, said, "It doesn't matter. Just give him the ball."

With Thomas coming off the bench, he, Dwyane Wade, Kyle Korver, Tristan Thompson and Jeff Green were a combined plus-92 Wednesday night.

Thomas' hip injury has drawn all kinds of attention in recent months, leaving his return -- and whether or not he will be his former self, something that has to be determined.

"We really don't know. We know he's excited to once again grace an NBA floor and actually play," James said. "We're excited for him as teammates as well.

"We expect him to be gassed. We expect him to just be very emotional about the whole, just his journey, just getting back. As far as his performance, that's the last thing that we're thinking about."

Also returning to TD Garden Wednesday is Jae Crowder, another part of that mega deal that brought Irving to Boston -- and Crowder expects some love from his former home crowd.

Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe spoke with Crowder and tweeted, "(#Celtics) fans have cheered for opposing team's players before (i.e. Gordon Hayward), I feel like they should do the same for me because I gave them a lot. I hope they give me a little cheer."

Crowder, seeing that as a slap at him, was upset with the way Celtics fans cheered for Hayward when he came to town with the Utah Jazz last season.

The Cavs are deep -- and are still missing the rehabbing Derrick Rose and Iman Shumpert, who are working their way back.

Playoff series aside, the Cavs have won six of the eight games between the teams over the last two-plus seasons. The Celtics and Cavaliers split two games in Boston last season before the Cavs took the Eastern Conference finals in five games.



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Re: Game On! Cavaliers @ Celtics - January 03, 2018

Post by Phil Pressey on Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:40 pm

It's a tale of two teams. One is developing and seeks growth. The other says give me the damn ball, we will win on sheer talent and destiny.

Jaylen Brown (let's keep improving): ""I don't think anybody on this team has any type of fear," Boston's Jaylen Brown said. "I think everybody's even-keeled about this game. I think we think we're a better team. And we just want to come out and show it.""

LeBron James (I'm the King and the Little Guy replaces Kyrie): "James, asked about what needs to be done with Thomas' return, said, "It doesn't matter. Just give him the ball."

Cleveland's due a spanking either tonight or later in the season. Hopefully for once all Celtics are clicking for 48 minutes. I will take a great team over entitled superstar teams every time. The Celtics almost beat Miami one year, but they were a bit too old at that point.

This is why Kyrie left. Cleveland is getting very old, fast with no growth potential. They are all in on offense and extremely vulnerable on the other end which Isaiah will make worse. Just saying. I would not bet the farm on the Cavs going to the finals. LeBron will need a tremendous burst of energy in the playoffs in order to possibly bully his way through the East as in past years. There is definitely some drama building up this season with Boston very much in the mix with underdog status.

What could be the best part of tonight? There's no Charles Barkley. Very Happy
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Re: Game On! Cavaliers @ Celtics - January 03, 2018

Post by Phil Pressey on Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:53 pm

Jalen Rose has always seemed biased against Boston similar to Barkley, but Pierce offsets that and then Billups can be the mostly unbiased third voice. This show is better than TNT's. Shaq and Barkley antics get tiring. I do like Kenny and the other dude.
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Re: Game On! Cavaliers @ Celtics - January 03, 2018

Post by Berlin-T on Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:09 pm

Good evening everyone, I'm good for a quarter or two.

Go Celtics!

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Re: Game On! Cavaliers @ Celtics - January 03, 2018

Post by Phil Pressey on Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:10 pm

Doris Burke is the master of the cliche.
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Re: Game On! Cavaliers @ Celtics - January 03, 2018

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:11 pm

Good evening all. Hi Berlin....this game is going to be so good you will not be able to shut it off!!!

Let's go! A big win please!
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:12 pm

The Garden must be electric tonight!!
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Re: Game On! Cavaliers @ Celtics - January 03, 2018

Post by bobc33 on Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:13 pm

Evening gents, Rosalie and our European friends!

Should be a decent game tonight.....
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Re: Game On! Cavaliers @ Celtics - January 03, 2018

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:14 pm

I like that they started Morris.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:15 pm

See James push Brown running down the court
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Re: Game On! Cavaliers @ Celtics - January 03, 2018

Post by Shamrock1000 on Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:15 pm

Nice tip by Morris

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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:16 pm

Nice play by Tatum
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Post by Shamrock1000 on Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:16 pm

Tatum is going to be a stud. Hell, he already is

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Re: Game On! Cavaliers @ Celtics - January 03, 2018

Post by Sandpd on Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:16 pm

Hi all. Horford seems to behaving a tough time with Love's length.
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Post by Shamrock1000 on Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:17 pm

Damn, say what you will about LBJ, but the guy is a virtuoso

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Post by Phil Pressey on Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:17 pm

LeBron already looks cooked.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:17 pm

LeBron looks like a giant out there
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Post by bobheckler on Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:17 pm

anybody got a reliable link?
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Post by Shamrock1000 on Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:17 pm

Nive pass by Brown

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Post by Shamrock1000 on Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:19 pm

bobheckler wrote:anybody got a reliable link?

Bob, its nationally televised - ESPN

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Re: Game On! Cavaliers @ Celtics - January 03, 2018

Post by bobc33 on Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:19 pm

Tatum brings it back to his right hand for the layup and gets it blocked. If he used his left it was an easy two.

He has been doing it less but he needs to totally get over doing that.
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Re: Game On! Cavaliers @ Celtics - January 03, 2018

Post by cowens/oldschool on Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:20 pm

Sandpd wrote:Hi all. Horford seems to behaving a tough time with Love's length.

Loves been missing everything
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Re: Game On! Cavaliers @ Celtics - January 03, 2018

Post by fierce on Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:20 pm

Cavs not the same since Kyrie left.

Their defense is horrible.

Should be a Celtics win tonight.
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Re: Game On! Cavaliers @ Celtics - January 03, 2018

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:20 pm

I really have not looked at Cleveland box scores this year, how is Wade doing for them? Is Rose still out?
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