Game On! Celtics @ Rockets - March 03, 2018

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Post by gyso on Sat Mar 03, 2018 7:54 am

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Boston Celtics (44-19) at Houston Rockets (48-13)

Tipoff: 8:30 pm EST Saturday March 03, 2018, Stadium: Toyota Center

TV: ABC (NBC Sports Boston Pre-game show starts at 7:30 PM)
Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

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

Box Score:

https://sports.yahoo.com/nba/boston-celtics-houston-rockets-2018030310/

http://www.espn.com/nba/game?gameId=400975685

Odds:
HOU -8.5

Go Celtics!!!

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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Rockets - March 03, 2018

Post by gyso on Sat Mar 03, 2018 7:58 am

Rockets face Celtics with revenge on their minds

http://www.espn.com/nba/preview?gameId=400975685

HOUSTON -- Their losses have been so few and far between that the Rockets are rarely in position to circle a game on the schedule and set out for revenge against a particular opponent.

However, the Rockets (48-13) on Saturday will have the opportunity to make amends for one of their small handful of ugly defeats when they host the Boston Celtics at Toyota Center. Houston blew a 26-point lead in falling 99-98 at TD Garden on Dec. 28, the fourth setback in what would develop into a season-long five-game losing skid for the then-shorthanded Rockets.

Houston played that night without starters Chris Paul and Clint Capela and reserve swingman Luc Mbah a Moute. The Rockets nevertheless led 64-38 early in the second half before coming undone, their stellar offense unraveling against the Celtics' suffocating defense soon thereafter.

Currently riding a 14-game winning streak, their second of this season, the Rockets are relatively whole. Reserves Ryan Anderson (hip) and Brandan Wright (knee) will be unavailable against Boston, but Houston for the most part is healthy and playing with supreme confidence.

"Competition. When you're competitive it doesn't matter," Paul said of what is continuing to push the Rockets. "You don't need somebody else to get you going. We've got a lot of competitive people over here, whether it's shooting games, whether it's tic tac toe ... we've got a competitive group. Who cares who we're playing or what's happening? We want to win."

The Rockets would be wise to maintain that approach, for after the rematch with Boston, they face games at Oklahoma City and Toronto next week, against whom Houston is 0-2. The Rockets' recent road trip featured three victories but also ragged, inconsistent performances.

"There's always things we'd like to tinker with, we just don't want to go crazy thinking we can solve everything," Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said. "Some of it is you just make shots (or) you miss shots and we're in a period now ... after the All-Star break we're not going to be as sharp as we were before. But we'll give it another couple weeks and we'll see."

The Celtics (44-19) continue to hang their hat on defense, but their offense since the season resumed has been outstanding. Boston ranks second only to the Golden State Warriors in offensive rating (119.5) over the last four games, with a net rating (15.1) that's third in the NBA.

Still, defending Rockets guard James Harden, the MVP frontrunner who averaged 30.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 8.1 assists in February, is paramount. Harden produced a robust 63.6 true shooting percentage last month, his second-best mark in any month this season. Boston is justified in making Harden its primary focus.

"You just try to make it as hard as you can," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. "James, his ability to score from behind the arc, drive the ball and then get to the foul line, he's as good as anybody. You can't count on one guy to do that; you have to throw as many bodies at him as possible. And he's going to make some plays.


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Post by gyso on Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:01 am

This game is on ABC, so NBA League Pass blackout rules apply.

There will not be a NBC Sports Boston broadcast. Sad

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Post by bobheckler on Sat Mar 03, 2018 6:39 pm

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Post by bobheckler on Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:12 pm

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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Rockets - March 03, 2018

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:25 pm

Good Saturday evening all. 

Why didn't we sign Gerald as insurance for our bench???  I have to wonder.  Maybe they felt they were holding him back because they could not give him the minutes he deserved????  But he was overseas wasn't he?
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Rockets - March 03, 2018

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:32 pm

This is going to be fun, who wins??? Marcus or Harden????  I would give a million bucks to have Marcus hold him to low numbers.  (Of course, don't count on that money, my check will bounce!)
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Rockets - March 03, 2018

Post by Berlin-T on Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:35 pm

Good evening - morning everyone,

Here comes the acid test for our new-after-the- break Celtics.
It should be interesting.

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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Rockets - March 03, 2018

Post by bobheckler on Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:35 pm

RosalieTCeltics wrote:This is going to be fun, who wins??? Marcus or Harden????  I would give a million bucks to have Marcus hold him to low numbers.  (Of course, don't count on that money, my check will bounce!)


Hi Rosalie,

"Low numbers"? For Harden that's 25/7/7.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Rockets - March 03, 2018

Post by Phil Pressey on Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:35 pm

Hello to everybody.

Brad won't do it, but why not start Marcus for this rare type of game (talking Beard)? He does it with Morris and Baynes.

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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Rockets - March 03, 2018

Post by bobheckler on Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:35 pm

Berlin-T wrote:Good evening - morning everyone,

Here comes the acid test for our new-after-the- break Celtics.
It should be interesting.

Berlin-T  


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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Rockets - March 03, 2018

Post by bobheckler on Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:36 pm

Phil Pressey wrote:Hello to everybody.

Brad won't do it, but why not start Marcus for this rare type of game (talking Beard)? He does it with Morris and Baynes.


Hi Phil,

Marcus will get his 30 minutes and most of them will be on Harden.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Rockets - March 03, 2018

Post by bobheckler on Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:40 pm

I'm expecting Baynes to be sitting soon. Capela will out run him and that will bring Theis in.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Rockets - March 03, 2018

Post by Sandpd on Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:40 pm

Hi all,

This should be a tough game for the C's. I don't expect Smart to have the same success as he did on Harden in the 2nd half of their last meeting. Just make him work for all his shots.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Rockets - March 03, 2018

Post by swedeinestonia on Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:41 pm

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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Rockets - March 03, 2018

Post by bobheckler on Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:41 pm

One of our top priorities has to be is to NOT put Harden on the line nonstop
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Rockets - March 03, 2018

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:43 pm

Don't think I will be able to take too much of Mark Jackson before I shut the voice off.  Yuck
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Rockets - March 03, 2018

Post by Phil Pressey on Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:44 pm

These are two evenly matched teams, imho. Houston has proven nothing over several years of great regular season records.
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Post by Phil Pressey on Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:44 pm

No jitters this time to start.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:45 pm

Jackson thinks they are not going to lose another game this season???
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Post by Sandpd on Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:45 pm

C's are a little sloppy with the ball.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:46 pm

You listening to Van Gundy???
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:46 pm

Jaylen hitting early
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Post by Phil Pressey on Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:47 pm

I still think Hayward might come back for the playoffs. I think they say he's not coming back to take the pressure off of him and fans. They don't want a media circus.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:48 pm

Don't want to get into a shoot out with these guys, time to play some defense
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