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Post by gyso on Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:10 am

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Boston Celtics (40-19) at Detroit Pistons (28-29)

Tipoff: 7:00 pm EST Friday February 23, 2018, Stadium: Little Caesars Arena

TV: FSD, NBCS-B (NBC Sports Boston Pre-game show starts at 6:30 PM)
Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

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

Box Score:

https://sports.yahoo.com/nba/boston-celtics-detroit-pistons-2018022308/

http://www.espn.com/nba/game?gameId=400975619

Odds:
BOS -2

Go Celtics!!!


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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Pistons - February 23, 2018

Post by gyso on Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:12 am

Pistons focus on facing Celtics, better utilizing Griffin

http://www.espn.com/nba/preview?gameId=400975619

Stan Van Gundy spent a good portion of the NBA All-Star break watching film. He wasn't catching up on the movies nominated for Oscars next month.

Rather, the Detroit Pistons coach was trying to figure out ways to maximize his team's offensive potential with the addition of Blake Griffin. The team had virtually no practice time after acquiring one of the league's premier power forwards from the Los Angeles Clippers in late January.

Detroit entered the break one game below .500 and in ninth place in the Eastern Conference. The Pistons' aim the remainder of the season is to move up a notch or two in the standings and claim a playoff spot.

Van Gundy is trying to revamp the team's offense on the fly. The Pistons return to the court with a home game against Boston on Friday.

"Blake's different than anybody we've had at that spot," Van Gundy told Pistons.com and other media members after the team's first practice since the layoff. "We're not going to plug him in to what Tobias (Harris) and (Anthony Tolliver) do. You've got to try to play through him more and get him in positions closer to the basket. You're actually having to do some stuff new to everybody and that's been a challenge -- a significant challenge."

Moving up the standings will be a tough challenge for the Pistons (28-29), who play 15 of their remaining 25 games on the road. Van Gundy tried to strike a balance between getting them prepared for the rest of the season and making sure he didn't work them too hard in two practices before Friday's game.

"We're just trying to get more organized on the offensive end and trying to make some defensive improvement without killing them," he said. "It's a little bit of a challenge in terms of try to get enough done that you think you're better, and try to conserve enough energy that you can play."

The All-Star break came at a good time for the Celtics (40-19). They have lost three straight and four of their last five, falling two games behind Toronto for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. They allowed 121 points to Cleveland and 129 to the Clippers in their last two outings.

Combo guard Marcus Smart returned to practice this week after missing the last 11 games. He suffered right hand lacerations after punching a glass picture frame.

"I felt like I let my team down," he said. "I've got a second chance to come back and redeem myself."

Smart's forte is defense and the Celtics certainly need to clamp down in order to catch the Raptors.

"There's no question that having Marcus back makes our defense a lot better," power forward Al Horford said. "As a group, our commitment to defense, that's what we need to do. We've talked enough about it. It has to start with our first game on Friday."

This is the rubber match of the three-game series, as each team won on the other's home court. Detroit captured a 118-108 victory on Nov. 27 and Boston won 91-81 on Dec. 10.

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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Pistons - February 23, 2018

Post by bobc33 on Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:55 am

About time!

I’ve been jonesing.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Pistons - February 23, 2018

Post by Phil Pressey on Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:39 pm

Hi and good luck to the Celtics.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Pistons - February 23, 2018

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:00 pm

GOOD EVENING!!!!!!!!!!  FINALLY< A BASKETBALL GAME!!!!!!
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Post by bobheckler on Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:02 pm

Thank God, I have a life again...
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Pistons - February 23, 2018

Post by dboss on Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:09 pm

Finally a game.  Been going nuts
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Post by Phil Pressey on Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:10 pm

The C's will need the good Baynes.
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Post by Phil Pressey on Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:14 pm

Moose!
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Pistons - February 23, 2018

Post by bobheckler on Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:16 pm

Whose man is Stanley Johnson's? Tatum's, I think.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Pistons - February 23, 2018

Post by bobheckler on Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:22 pm

horrible defense by Monroe on the Smith drive. Didn't even contest.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Pistons - February 23, 2018

Post by bobheckler on Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:23 pm

Our offense is not fixed.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Pistons - February 23, 2018

Post by dboss on Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:23 pm

Marcus looks thinner
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Post by bobheckler on Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:27 pm

they're shooting 57%. Ugh.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Pistons - February 23, 2018

Post by dboss on Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:27 pm

4 turnovers.  Celtics look a step slow getting back on defense
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Pistons - February 23, 2018

Post by bobheckler on Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:28 pm

dboss wrote:Marcus looks thinner


Not many calories in humble pie.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Pistons - February 23, 2018

Post by dboss on Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:29 pm

Tatum was 3-3. I hate when a player is shooting well and is sent to the bench.


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Post by dboss on Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:35 pm

Celts defense a little stinky
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Pistons - February 23, 2018

Post by bobheckler on Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:38 pm

AFTER 1


Celtics

STARTERS MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
A. Horford PF 7 0-2 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 2 1 -6 0
J. Tatum SF 10 3-3 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 -3 8
A. Baynes C 3 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 1
K. Irving PG 9 2-4 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 -6 5
J. Brown SG 7 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 -6 2

BENCH MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
S. Ojeleye PF 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -2 0
M. Morris PF 5 1-2 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 +1 2
D. Theis PF 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 +1 0
A. Nader SF Has not entered game
G. Monroe C 7 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 1 -6 2
M. Smart PG 5 1-2 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 +1 3
T. Rozier PG 2 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 +1 0
TEAM 9-19 4-9 1-2 1 9 10 7 1 1 5 5 23
47.4% 44.4% 50.0%


Pistons

STARTERS MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
B. Griffin PF 9 2-5 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 +5 5
R. Bullock SF 10 2-4 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 +3 6
S. Johnson SF 8 2-4 1-2 1-2 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 +4 6
A. Drummond C 10 2-2 0-0 1-2 0 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 +6 5
I. Smith PG 9 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 +6 4

BENCH MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
H. Ellenson PF Has not entered game
E. Moreland PF Has not entered game
A. Tolliver PF 5 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0
J. Ennis III SF 4 1-2 0-1 0-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 +1 2
D. Buycks PG Has not entered game
J. Nelson PG 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 -1 0
L. Kennard SG 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +2 0
L. Galloway SG Has not entered game
TEAM 11-21 4-8 2-6 1 8 9 7 1 2 2 1 28
55.0% 57.1% 33.3%


FG Made-Attempted.............9-19......11-21
Field Goal %.......................47.4.......52.4
3PT Made-Attempted............4-9........4-8
Three Point %.....................44.4.......50.0
FT Made-Attempted..............1-2........2-6
Free Throw %......................50.0.......33.3
Total Rebounds....................10..........9
Offensive Rebounds...............1...........1
Defensive Rebounds..............9...........8
Assists................................7.............7
Steals.................................1.............1
Blocks.................................1.............2
Turnovers............................5.............2
Team Turnovers....................0.............0
Total Turnovers.....................5.............2
Points Off Turnovers..............1.............0
Fast Break Points..................5.............6
Points in Paint......................8.............14
Personal Fouls......................5..............1
Technical Fouls 0 0
Flagrant Fouls 0 0


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Post by bobheckler on Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:40 pm

For a guy who cut his hand so badly he couldn't play Smart's shooting looks pretty practiced.
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Post by dboss on Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:42 pm

Nice play between Terry and DT
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Post by dboss on Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:43 pm

Bench has come in and played well.
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Post by bobheckler on Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:45 pm

36 minutes starters, 40 minutes bench.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Pistons - February 23, 2018

Post by bobheckler on Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:47 pm

Morris gets the ball with :10 on the shot clock and takes a buzzer beater.

Pass the freaking ball!
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Pistons - February 23, 2018

Post by Sandpd on Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:50 pm

Hi all, I'm a little late to the game but the C's are at least not falling way behind like usual as of late. That's a good sign.
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