Game On! Pacers @ Celtics - February 09, 2018

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Post by gyso on Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:46 pm

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Indiana Pacers (30-25) at Boston Celtics (40-16)

Tipoff: 7:30 pm EST Friday February 09, 2018, Stadium: TD Garden

TV: FSIN, NBCS-B (NBC Sports Boston Pre-game show starts at 7:00 AM)
Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

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

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https://sports.yahoo.com/nba/indiana-pacers-boston-celtics-2018020902/

http://www.espn.com/nba/game?gameId=400975566

Odds:
Bos -4.0

Go Celtics!!!

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Re: Game On! Pacers @ Celtics - February 09, 2018

Post by gyso on Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:49 pm

Tired Celtics rejuvenated by Monroe before facing Pacers

http://www.espn.com/nba/preview?gameId=400975566

BOSTON -- It will be a tired group of Boston Celtics that hosts the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.

While the Pacers, who haven't played since Monday, relaxed in their Boston hotel Thursday night, the Celtics started their game in Washington at 8 p.m. for national television -- and then had to go to overtime to dispose of the Wizards.

Such is life in the NBA.

Boston's win Thursday was its fifth in the last six games and came in the Celtics debut of Greg Monroe. The big man signed with his new team earlier in the day and logged 20 minutes. He had five points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals and was a plus-9 while also earning his first Celtics technical foul (three minutes into his debut).

"It's just incredible that Brad (coach Stevens) has more weapons to work with now," Kyrie Irving said after scoring 12 of his team's last 17 points (28 total) in Thursday night's win. "So we'll see how it works out going forward."

Before the game, Monroe said his decision of where to spend the rest of the season came down to two teams.

"I was considering (the Pelicans)," Monroe said. "As soon as the buyout was open, I was analyzing all my options.

"Obviously, I want to wish a speedy recovery to (injured Pelicans big man) DeMarcus (Cousins). He went down and obviously they had a need there at my position. I definitely analyzed going there. It's home for me, so it was definitely a tough decision. But it was hard to pick against here."

The Celtics (40-16) have won their last six games against the Pacers, two of them this season -- both in Indianapolis.

The Pacers (30-25) had their game at New Orleans on Wednesday postponed by a wet floor caused by a leaky roof. They have lost two of their last three but are 6-3 in their last nine.

Victor Oladipo, who missed his team's loss to Washington on Monday night because of illness, was ready to play the game that wasn't played Wednesday. He scored 38 points (14 in the fourth quarter) in a 112-111 loss to the Celtics Dec. 18 and comes in averaging 24 points per game for the season.

Indiana remains without starting point guard Darren Collison (knee) while the Celtics are still without Marcus Smart (lacerated hand).

Both teams were quiet at Thursday's trade deadline, with the only move by either of them being the Celtics adding Monroe.

Pacers coach Nate McMillan said he didn't think the deadline -- and rumors -- was a distraction for his team.

"I haven't said anything to our guys about it," he said. "They seem to be OK."

Said Stevens: "It was probably the least amount of time that I was paying attention to it or on the phone over these days in five years."

Irving, asked to react to the series of moves made by his old team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, said after Thursday's game, "I'm in Boston."

The Celtics, who will retire Paul Pierce's No. 34 in a ceremony following Sunday's game with the rebuilt Cavs, could add another player when other contracts are bought out. There was speculation they are interested in bringing Joe Johnson (traded from Utah on Thursday and expected to be bought out by the Sacramento Kings) back to where he started his NBA career.

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Re: Game On! Pacers @ Celtics - February 09, 2018

Post by bobheckler on Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:34 pm

Danny said he's looking at the buyout market but he wants "2-way players". I guess that means players that play offense and defense.

1. Players that play offense and defense usually don't get bought out.
2. That pretty much leaves out Bellinelli, I would think. He can shoot but defense?
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Re: Game On! Pacers @ Celtics - February 09, 2018

Post by Phil Pressey on Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:40 pm

It might be overkill to bring in someone else. Monroe filled the only real hole.

Yay that Tommy is back.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:43 pm

Good evening all.  This is a good building Indiana team. Miles Turner is a moose in the middle but so talented.

Lousy call on Horford
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Re: Game On! Pacers @ Celtics - February 09, 2018

Post by bobheckler on Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:43 pm

between Monroe and Morris we should be getting scoring off the bench.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:44 pm

Watch out Tommy you will get a Tech
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Re: Game On! Pacers @ Celtics - February 09, 2018

Post by Sandpd on Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:44 pm

Hi all, I hope tonight's game is a little bit better for the C's defense.
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Re: Game On! Pacers @ Celtics - February 09, 2018

Post by Phil Pressey on Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:45 pm

The Celtics have a bunch of players with great shooting percentages- Kyrie, Brown, Tatum and Horford. Morris is solid. Rozier seems to be on the upswing. Smart is the question mark. Monroe surely adds rebounds and points.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:45 pm

Come on Jason 20 point night we are going to need you to step up
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Post by bobheckler on Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:46 pm

at least Tatum is being aggressive
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Post by bobheckler on Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:47 pm

they're calling that foul on the drive but they aren't calling anything on Tatum's drives?
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Re: Game On! Pacers @ Celtics - February 09, 2018

Post by bobc33 on Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:48 pm

Evening gents, and Rosalie! Looking forward to seeing more of Moose Monroe this evening.

My guess for the contest tonight is 137......
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Re: Game On! Pacers @ Celtics - February 09, 2018

Post by bobheckler on Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:48 pm

I would think Semi would be an interesting matchup vs Thaddeus Young.
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Re: Game On! Pacers @ Celtics - February 09, 2018

Post by Phil Pressey on Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:50 pm

C's don't seem special this year for back to backs like other years. Ojeleye and Nader might get some minutes if the team drags.
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Re: Game On! Pacers @ Celtics - February 09, 2018

Post by Sandpd on Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:52 pm

I wonder if Semi will get some playing time tonight. Yeah they might need his mobility on D.
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Post by Phil Pressey on Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:53 pm

No rookie wall on the Tatum shot.
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Post by Sandpd on Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:53 pm

C's aren't playing much deny D.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:54 pm

Turner is a such a good young player for them.  They have hit three three pointers in a row.  Finally, they get a travelling call.  Turner traveled on his last shot
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Post by Sandpd on Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:55 pm

C's don't look ready to play.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:55 pm

Here comes Monroe early.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:55 pm

Someone get on Olodipo
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Re: Game On! Pacers @ Celtics - February 09, 2018

Post by Phil Pressey on Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:56 pm

Finally some Monroe. It's Moose Time.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:57 pm

Why do they start out cold every game????
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Post by dboss on Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:59 pm

Seems every game Celtics play like crap in the 1st QTR and then spend the rest of the game trying to catch up.  This one looks just like the Raptors game.

They are running us off the court.
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