Game On! Trail Blazers @ Celtics - February 04, 2018

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Post by gyso on Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:58 am

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Portland Trail Blazers (29-23) at Boston Celtics (38-15)

Tipoff: 12:00 pm EST Sunday February 04, 2018, Stadium: TD Garden

TV: CSNW, NBCS-B (NBC Sports Boston Pre-game show starts at 11:30 AM)
Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

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

Box Score:

https://sports.yahoo.com/nba/portland-trail-blazers-boston-celtics-2018020402/

www.espn.com/nba/game?gameId=400975530

Odds:
Bos -1.5

Go Celtics!!!


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Re: Game On! Trail Blazers @ Celtics - February 04, 2018

Post by gyso on Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:01 am

Celtics hope Rozier keeps rolling versus Blazers

http://www.espn.com/nba/preview?gameId=400975530

BOSTON -- Terry Rozier made a promise after scoring a career-high 31 points to lead the Boston Celtics to a 119-110 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.

The third-year guard, who starred in his first two NBA starts, pledged to give Boston's starting point guard job back to its rightful owner -- Kyrie Irving.

"Kyrie's probably one of my biggest supporters outside of my family through this little process," Rozier said after the game. "So I know he's happy for me. And when he comes back he's going to pick it up."

Irving has missed the last two games with a bruised quad and is doubtful for Sunday's home matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers -- a game being played some six hours before another local team chases another Super Bowl title.

Rozier, always a spark plug off the bench, on Wednesday became the first player -- since Basketball Reference began tracking starting lineups in 1970 -- with a triple-double in regulation time in his first pro start. He had 17 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, and the triple-double also matched Irving's career total in 429 games.

Then came Friday night's explosion in a game where rookie Jayson Tatum also had a career high with 27 points.

In the two games, Rozier had 48 points, 18 rebounds and 12 assists, shot 53 percent from the floor and 64 percent from 3-point range, and was a plus-63.

"He's come a long way," teammate Al Horford said. "I was always just impressed by his ability, but you don't know if that's going to translate. For him, the more that we've played him, doesn't matter the positions we put him in, he just keeps learning and growing and he's playing the right way.

"He's playing aggressive, but what I like most about him is that he really commits on the defensive end, rebounds great. I've just been very happy to see his progress and I know that he's going to continue to get better."

Irving's status was up in the air for Sunday, but was one of several roster questions for the Celtics (38-15 with three straight wins) as they face a team that had been hot before yielding 130 points in a loss Friday night at Toronto.

The Celtics signed free-agent big man Greg Monroe on Friday and his availability for Sunday was not known as he completed the waiver process. Marcus Morris (hip) and Shane Larkin (knee) were also injured with status unknown.

Marcus Smart is out with a lacerated hand. And a report surfaced Saturday that he could be moved, with the intended compensation a first-round draft pick.

Regardless of who the Celtics have available for this game, especially in the backcourt, they'll have to deal with the outstanding Portland guard combo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.

On Friday night, Lillard reached 10,000 points faster than any Trail Blazers player in franchise history and also became the eighth NBA player with 10,000 points and 2,500 assists in his first six seasons. The others are Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Larry Bird, Nate Archibald, Pete Maravich, Dave Bing and Oscar Robertson.

"It's a quite a list," coach Terry Stotts said. "All Hall of Famers except for LeBron, and I think he has a chance to get in, too."

Said Lillard: "It's something I'm really happy about. Now I've just got to keep on moving up."

The milestone came a game after McCollum joined Lillard (three times, including a franchise-high 59 this past April) and five others in Portland's 50-point club. He dropped 50 in three quarters against the Chicago Bulls.

The Blazers, who had a four-game winning streak snapped Friday, have won seven of their last eight -- but are 2-5 in their last seven road games.

Former Celtics player Evan Turner (left calf soreness) is probable for Sunday and Shabazz Napier (left big toe soreness) is questionable.

Each team won on the other's floor last year and this is a series that once saw Portland (29-23) win nine straight games at TD Garden.

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Re: Game On! Trail Blazers @ Celtics - February 04, 2018

Post by gyso on Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:05 am

This is a very early game, noon EST. For many NBA players, this is time for a little breakfast. For many western time zone players, they are still in bed.

Minor advantage: Celtics.

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Post by Phil Pressey on Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:33 am

This is a nutty start time. I am a night owl, so this is difficult. I have a little bit of time to make more coffee.

The Berlin guy will probably be the Terry Rozier of this thread. He is next man up. He should be wide awake for the game. Neutral
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Post by bobheckler on Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:47 am

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Re: Game On! Trail Blazers @ Celtics - February 04, 2018

Post by Sandpd on Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:00 pm

Top O' the Mornin' all, this should be another acid test for Rozier. He'll be going against some formidable guards on the other side. I wish Monroe had been signed and available to play today.
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Post by bobheckler on Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:04 pm

Sandpd wrote:Top O' the Mornin' all, this should be another acid test for Rozier. He'll be going against some formidable guards on the other side. I wish Monroe had been signed and available to play today.


Hi Sand, and Phil etal,

Yeah, it's odd that Monroe isn't signed even though he cleared yesterday. Makes me think there's other stuff going on.
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Post by Phil Pressey on Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:05 pm

It's another game which will ultimately not mean much because of the injured list. It'd still be nice to win to keep some wiggle room ahead of Toronto. The lead over Cleveland for home court seems clinched.
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Post by bobheckler on Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:07 pm

I'm thinking CJ McCollum is going to go off for 30+. Who is going to stop him with Smart out? Rozier has to play Dame.
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Re: Game On! Trail Blazers @ Celtics - February 04, 2018

Post by Phil Pressey on Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:09 pm

bobheckler wrote:
Sandpd wrote:Top O' the Mornin' all, this should be another acid test for Rozier. He'll be going against some formidable guards on the other side. I wish Monroe had been signed and available to play today.


Hi Sand, and Phil etal,

Yeah, it's odd that Monroe isn't signed even though he cleared yesterday.  Makes me think there's other stuff going on.

I saw your post saying that. Perhaps. The C's would lose defense trading Smart for example, but the offense might really start to click without him and a player like Tyreke Evans taking his spot alongside Terry for backup guards.

Golden State shows that the more offensive weapons a team has, the more automatic scoring becomes. Although losing Smart could bite the team in the butt in the finals when someone's needed to stop Curry.
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Re: Game On! Trail Blazers @ Celtics - February 04, 2018

Post by Berlin-T on Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:10 pm

gyso wrote:This is a very early game, noon EST.  For many NBA players, this is time for a little breakfast.  For many western time zone players, they are still in bed.

Minor advantage:  Celtics.

Major advantage: Berlin-T, it's 6 P.M. here, just a lovely time for a Celtics game!
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Post by Phil Pressey on Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:12 pm

Horford is a quieter version of KG, but he does try to break the opponent's rhythm.
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Re: Game On! Trail Blazers @ Celtics - February 04, 2018

Post by Sandpd on Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:14 pm

Berlin-T wrote:
gyso wrote:This is a very early game, noon EST.  For many NBA players, this is time for a little breakfast.  For many western time zone players, they are still in bed.

Minor advantage:  Celtics.

Major advantage: Berlin-T, it's 6 P.M. here, just a lovely time for a Celtics game!

LOL. timezone differences!
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Post by bobheckler on Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:17 pm

4-13 not a good start.
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Post by cowens/oldschool on Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:17 pm

Our defense getting sliced and diced early
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Post by Phil Pressey on Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:19 pm

This will take some miracle work from Brad Stevens. This is not the Knicks or Hawks.
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Post by Sandpd on Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:19 pm

If Semi could only find where his shot has gone. He was shooting so well pre-season. I guess that says something about the quality of pre-season play.
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Post by Berlin-T on Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:19 pm

cowens/oldschool wrote:Our defense getting sliced and diced early

And on top of that our shooting woes have returned. Let's hope not for long.
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Post by Sandpd on Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:20 pm

C's will miss Smart's D for this game.
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Post by Sandpd on Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:21 pm

Here comes the becnh.
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Post by bobheckler on Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:22 pm

make that 3-15.
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Post by Sandpd on Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:23 pm

Tough pass to handle from Horford.
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Post by Sandpd on Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:25 pm

Blazers seem better adjusted to the early start than the C's.
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Post by Phil Pressey on Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:25 pm

Brad needs to throw caution to the wind and play Kadeem Allen. I thought he looked good except for shooting. It's too much to expect Horford and Jaylen to back up Terry as pg.
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Post by bobheckler on Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:26 pm

8-18 vs 4-19. It's amazing we're "only" down 9.
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