Game On! Celtics @ Wizards - February 08, 2018

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Post by gyso on Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:53 am

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Boston Celtics (39-16) at Washington Wizards (31-23)

Tipoff: 8:00 pm EST Thursday February 08, 2018, Stadium: Capital One Arena

TV: TNT, [NO NBCS-B broadcast] (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/boston-celtics-washington-wizards-2018020827/

http://www.espn.com/nba/game?gameId=400975559

Odds:
WAS -2

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Post by gyso on Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:58 am

Wizards seek season sweep of Celtics

http://www.espn.com/nba/preview?gameId=400975559

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Wizards had their five-game winning streak without injured All-Star John Wall snapped in their previous contest.

Avoiding a second consecutive loss would mean remaining undefeated against the Boston Celtics this season.

The Wizards get their chance at another win Thursday when they host the Celtics.

The Celtics (39-16) lead the Eastern Conference, one game ahead of the Toronto Raptors. Thanks to their recent surge, the Wizards (31-23) moved into a virtual tie for third, mere percentage points behind the struggling Cavaliers. Washington's chance to jump Cleveland ended with Tuesday's 115-102 loss at Philadelphia.

Boston, which had won four in a row, trailed Toronto by 29 points before falling 111-91 on Tuesday in Kyrie Irving's return from a quad contusion.

"We got our butts kicked by a really good team who physically overwhelmed us from a speed and physicality standpoint," Boston coach Brad Stevens said told reporters. "That's the part that really stood out to me. I thought their pace and their physicality were different than ours."

Ball movement and balanced scoring fueled the Wizards' winning streak that included impressive victories over Oklahoma City, Toronto and Orlando. The same crispness wasn't there in the second game of a back-to-back set and third road game in four days.

Washington lacked energy early and trailed by 17 points after the first quarter. Led by their other All-Star guard Bradley Beal, Washington fought back, but each rally was met by a 76ers key play or 3-pointer. Philadelphia sank 14-of-28 from beyond the arc and All-Star center Joel Embiid had 27 points and 12 rebounds, enough to overcome Beal's 30.

"We dug a deep hole in that first quarter, 37 points, we couldn't make any shots during that stretch too," Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. "We fought, we fought, and we battled. It seems like every time we cut it to seven or eight we would miss a wide-open three and they would come down and make one.?

Even with Thursday afternoon's NBA trade deadline looming, the primary buzz involving Washington centers around a lingering narrative about the team's improved play without Wall. He will be out six to eight weeks following left knee surgery on Jan. 31.

After the Wizards had 30 assists and eight players score in double figures against the Raptors, Beal explained the contagious ball movement as "everybody eats." Center Marcin Gortat later tweeted out "Unbelievable win tonight! Great team victory!" Many interpreted those statements as a shot against Wall, charges Beal and Gortat denied.

Wall, who is averaging 19.3 points and 9.3 assists, spoke with several media outlets on Tuesday about the perceived tension.
"It was funny to me at first just to see some of the things that people were saying and certain type of comments, but like I said, I've seen these guys put in a lot of work every day," Wall said Tuesday on ESPN's "The Jump." "We always say the motto is 'next man up, no matter what.' We moved the ball well early in the season, we just couldn't make shots and we couldn't defend at all. I think now guys are stepping up. The first unit and the second unit are playing very well.

"But it was kind of shocking to hear a couple people saying the ball is moving a lot better when that's what I pride myself off of is being happier when my teammates are scoring than I am."

Point guard Tomas Satoransky has stepped in for Wall and provided energy on both ends of the court. That will be needed in the matchup against Irving, who missed three games with a quad injury.

Irving, who leads the Celtics with 24.7 points and 5.0 assists, scored 17 points in 22 minutes against Toronto. He also took the hit for Boston's lagging energy in Tuesday's loss.

"Me not necessarily playing with the pace I should have been playing with all night," he told reporters. "Also, the effort on both ends. That's the responsibility I have as one of the leaders on this team in integrating myself as best I can. I didn't do a good job of that and it kind of led to some of our mistakes."

Washington is 10-7 without Wall this season, but his point guard play helped lead the Wizards to a 111-103 at Boston on Christmas Day. Beal scored 25 points, Wall had 21 and 14 assists, and Otto Porter finished with 20 points. Irving and rookie Jayson Tatum each had 20 points.


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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Wizards - February 08, 2018

Post by gyso on Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:02 am

The game is on TNT, so NBA League Pass blackout rules apply.

There is no NBC Sports Boston broadcast, but there is a Celtics Trade Deadline Special show at 7:00 and the regular pregame show at 7:30.

Tonight starts the Greg Monroe era (crossing fingers).  Hopefully he doesn't pull a "Josh McDaniels" (LOL)

The Wizards are 2 point favorites at the time I made this thread.  I expect that to change as we approach game time.  

Maybe we add another top of the rotation player to the team before the game as well? That wouldn't be in time to play tonight, but it would be exciting news!

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Post by Phil Pressey on Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:59 pm

That'll be nice if Monroe plays. It'd also be nice if one of Larkin and Smart could get back soon. I am not so sure Marcus Smart will always be a bad shooter and mediocre for pg skills, so I'm lifting his ceiling. He's too young to give up on just yet. Cleveland will be scrambling around integrating new players. Smart is 100% Boston Celtic and defines the Brad Stevens era up to this point. It looks like he did not get traded and is on a collision course with restricted free agency. Yet my only present concerns reside within the 2017-18 NBA season. I will think about next season after this one is over. I think I've only missed one game. I overslept.

This is one of the last sort of difficult games left on the schedule. Indiana looks tough and then there will be a full plate of drama with Pierce Day and the Cavs.

The last game was miserable, but add on Smart and Monroe, get everyone healed and cooking the same recipe, then it might be getting closer to authentic prediction time.

I could see anything as possible for wins and losses until the team gets healthy with momentum. There is a pure next man up mentality maintaining present cohesion. I think the last game was ultimately meaningless. None of these games as individual contests seem to signify much in themselves. I don't think there is anything the Celtics have to prove. It's basically down to getting everyone back and running to start honing in on playoff rotations.

You need both teams at full strength with no rust to ever gauge meaning in single games. That's my 25 cents for an amateur pregame report.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Wizards - February 08, 2018

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:04 pm

Good evening all.  Ugh, no Mike and Tommy.  I may have to get my radio.  More LeBron love fest again after this afternoon on ESPN.  

Great day to be a Cleveland Cavaliar fan, Uck!!!!!!
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:05 pm

Ragging on IT right now!!
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Post by Phil Pressey on Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:10 pm

I see the Cleveland trades as a big so what. It seems to be a lot of hype. I'd be more worried if they'd tinkered a bit and then somehow turned on a switch. This feels like they are admitting defeat or why didn't they trade the Brooklyn pick? I'm not impressed with their trades in regards to this season's playoffs.
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Post by Sandpd on Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:12 pm

Hi all,

Quite an active day! I hope we get to see Monroe play tonight.

IT should stop with his self-esteemed ego talk. Instead of a Brinks truck, he'll be seeing the U-Haul truck again - his agent said "He's not coming off the bench."

https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nba/agent-isaiah-thomas-refuses-to-come-off-bench-for-lakers/ar-BBISjt6
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Wizards - February 08, 2018

Post by Phil Pressey on Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:12 pm

I.T. is a convenient scapegoat for LeBron squeezing the life out of that team over several years.
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Post by Phil Pressey on Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:14 pm

It sounds like Marv Albert.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:15 pm

Half those guys, unless they turn into super players, which is extremely doubtful, won't even be on that team next year. It did give them cap space to go after free agents in the summer, if LeBron stays.
This was a message to LeBron that they would do anything to keep him,
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Post by gyso on Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:15 pm

I liked Chuck's saying about teams overvaluing their own players. I believe they were talking about why Memphis hung on to Evens.

"Everyone thinks they are married to a playboy bunny. They're all just married to rabbits".

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Post by Sandpd on Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:15 pm

Phil Pressey wrote:I see the Cleveland trades as a big so what. It seems to be a lot of hype. I'd be more worried if they'd tinkered a bit and then somehow turned on a switch. This feels like they are admitting defeat or why didn't they trade the Brooklyn pick? I'm not impressed with their trades in regards to this season's playoffs.

Actually, the sports commentators are saying the moves Clev has made were to appease LeBron for the remainder of this season and if he bolts, they'll have dug themselves a big hole moneywise.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:15 pm

Weber, Uck!
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Post by bobheckler on Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:16 pm

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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:17 pm

It is Albert, when will he retire???
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:18 pm

What is he talking about, this is the first time Horford starting at the 4????  Come on Weber, do your homework
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Wizards - February 08, 2018

Post by gyso on Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:18 pm

According to Yahoo, the Celtics are now 2 point favorites. That is a 4 point change from this morning.

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Post by Sandpd on Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:18 pm

Nice spin move by Horford
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:19 pm

What the hell was Morris thinking??? Tough guy, huh
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Post by Sandpd on Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:20 pm

Nice move to the hoop by Al. Draws the foul.
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Post by gyso on Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:21 pm

Double foul? The other Morris just started whacking Horford. SMDH

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Post by Phil Pressey on Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:22 pm

Sandpd wrote:
Phil Pressey wrote:I see the Cleveland trades as a big so what. It seems to be a lot of hype. I'd be more worried if they'd tinkered a bit and then somehow turned on a switch. This feels like they are admitting defeat or why didn't they trade the Brooklyn pick? I'm not impressed with their trades in regards to this season's playoffs.

Actually, the sports commentators are saying the moves Clev has made were to appease LeBron for the remainder of this season and if he bolts, they'll have dug themselves a big hole moneywise.

What do you think? Those names don't sound anything special.
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Post by bobheckler on Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:22 pm

We are playing with energy and we are running more than usual
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:23 pm

Good defense there
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