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Post by gyso on Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:34 pm

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Boston Celtics (44-20) at Chicago Bulls (21-41)

Tipoff: 8:00 pm EST Saturday March 03, 2018, Stadium: United Center

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

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

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https://sports.yahoo.com/nba/boston-celtics-chicago-bulls-2018030504/

http://www.espn.com/nba/game?gameId=400975699

Odds:
BOS -7.0

Go Celtics!!!

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Post by gyso on Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:37 pm

Celtics, looking up at No. 1 seed, visit Bulls

http://www.espn.com/nba/preview?gameId=400975699

CHICAGO -- As the regular season nears the finish line, the Boston Celtics have plenty of incentive to play well down the stretch.

More important, the Celtics still appear to have gas left in the tank.

The Celtics head into Monday's game at the rebuilding Chicago Bulls with the first-place Toronto Raptors in their sights as they push to be the Eastern Conference's top seed heading into the playoffs.

But after a disappointing loss to the Houston Rockets on Saturday when the Celtics appeared to be in line to remain unbeaten since the All-Star break, Boston couldn't hold on to a late lead. In the process, it dropped three games behind the Raptors in the loss column.

Despite being in position to knock off the NBA's hottest team on Saturday, the Celtics understood that just being close to pulling off the feat won't be enough if they want to accomplish what they hope to once the postseason rolls around.

"(Being) right there isn't good enough," Celtics guard Kyrie Irving told reporters after a 123-120 loss to Rockets, according to The Boston Globe.

The Celtics (44-20) have won four of their last five games. They remain confident that if they can maintain and build on what has been a solid stretch of play since the break, their goals of catching the Raptors and making a lengthy playoff run is certainly achievable.

The Celtics still have two games remaining against Toronto this season, but the Celtics realize they have to take care of their business in the meantime. That starts Monday against Chicago.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens knows that as well as his team has played this season, he doesn't believe he has seen the best it can offer.

"We played really hard (against Houston) and we're clearly getting better," Stevens said Saturday, according to the Globe.

The Bulls (21-41) are at the opposite end of the spectrum as the Celtics remain in the midst of trying to evaluate young talent during the regular season's final 20 games. Chicago snapped a five-game losing streak on Friday against the Dallas Mavericks as the Bulls won for just the third time in their past 16 games.

Chicago has broken its remaining games into five-game blocks during which Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg will experiment with varying combinations to pair which his young talented nucleus of Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine and rookie Lauri Markkanen.

Bobby Portis, who started the season suspended after punching then-teammate Nikola Mirotic in the face, has rebounded since the incident. He will be given the chance to show what he can do as a starter as the Bulls continue to evaluate what they have in place as they continue to build toward the future.

Portis hopes to make the most of the opportunity even though he has become accustomed to providing energy off the bench.

"I don't really worry about individual stats or anything like that," Portis said recently, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. "I go out there and try to play hard every night. Starting or coming off the bench doesn't matter, as long as the team does well. I've been a team guy my whole life.

"One day, I would like to be a (permanent) starter. But right now, I'm accepting this role because I feel like I fit in really well for the team."

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Post by bobheckler on Mon Mar 05, 2018 7:58 pm

In case you didn't know, Kyrie is out and SHANE LARKIN is starting.
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Post by Sandpd on Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:06 pm

The question will be, who will pick up the slack on the scoring . . . Horford needs a big game after a disappointing game all around. Maybe the C's will go inside for points with Baines, while Monroe just had a breakout game against Houston.
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Post by Sandpd on Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:18 pm

So far, the C's have made going to the inside a first priority.
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Post by bobheckler on Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:19 pm

Markannen and Portis are their bigs? Monroe is going to gain weight he's going to be feasting so much tonight.
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Post by bobc33 on Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:19 pm

Evening gents, and Rosalie!
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Post by bobheckler on Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:19 pm

Sandpd wrote:The question will be, who will pick up the slack on the scoring . . . Horford needs a big game after a disappointing game all around. Maybe the C's will go inside for points with Baines, while Monroe just had a breakout game against Houston.


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Post by gyso on Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:19 pm

We were stuck on 7 for a long time and then quickly doubled it.

Go Celtics!!!

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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:24 pm

Good evening all.  Something. Tells me this is going to be a very boring game.  Unless the Bulls pick it up, they are going south fast
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Post by Sandpd on Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:25 pm

Hi bob and all,

It looks like the C's can/will overpower da Bulls tonight.
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Post by bobheckler on Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:26 pm

I realize it can't continue like this for another 3 1/2 quarters, but let's not take our sneakers off their throats either.
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Post by bobheckler on Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:27 pm

Nice to play a team we can own the rim against.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:28 pm

Dunn must think  he got traded to hell.  Same with Lavine, he was so comfortable in Minny
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Post by bobheckler on Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:30 pm

link problems are worse than usual. Freezing up almost nonstop
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Post by Sandpd on Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:31 pm

Poor lob pass by Smart leads to a T/O
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Post by Sandpd on Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:32 pm

Smart makes up for it with a nice lob pass to Brown.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:33 pm

I hate real big leads in the first quarter. They take their foot off the gas early and let teams back in.  I.E. Memphis.....

I like when they slowly build a lead and knock them out in the 4th
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Post by Sandpd on Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:35 pm

I would say that was a very good 1st Q for the C's. No mercy - they need to get the engine running at optimum proficiency to get on another winning streak.
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Post by Sandpd on Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:36 pm

Monroe with a strong move into the paint for 2.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Bulls - March 05, 2018

Post by bobheckler on Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:36 pm

AFTER 1


Celtics

STARTERS MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
A. Horford PF 10 4-6 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 1 0 0 +17 9
J. Tatum SF 6 2-4 1-2 0-0 0 3 3 1 0 0 0 1 +14 5
A. Baynes C 7 1-3 0-0 0-0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 +17 2
S. Larkin PG 6 1-1 1-1 0-0 0 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 +14 3
J. Brown SG 12 6-8 1-2 1-1 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 0 +19 14

BENCH MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
S. Ojeleye PF Has not entered game
M. Morris PF 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 +2 0
D. Theis PF Has not entered game
A. Nader SF Has not entered game
G. Monroe C 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +2 0
M. Smart PG 5 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 +5 2
T. Rozier PG 5 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 4 0 0 1 0 +5 0
TEAM 15-26 4-6 1-1 3 11 14 10 2 1 2 3 35
56.0% 66.7% 100.0%



Bulls

STARTERS MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
B. Portis PF 11 1-3 0-1 1-1 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 -18 3
L. Markkanen PF 10 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 -17 0
D. Nwaba SF 9 1-2 0-0 1-2 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 -16 3
K. Dunn PG 10 2-6 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 2 1 -17 5
Z. LaVine PG 10 0-4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 -17 0

BENCH MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
N. Vonleh PF 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0
D. Valentine SF 5 2-2 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 -5 5
C. Felicio C 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -2 0
O. Asik C Has not entered game
C. Payne PG 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 -2 0
J. Grant PG Has not entered game
J. Eddie SG Has not entered game
TEAM 6-19 2-6 2-3 1 7 8 2 2 1 5 4 16
33.3% 33.3% 66.7%



FG Made-Attempted...............15-26......6-19
Field Goal %..........................57.7.......31.6
3PT Made-Attempted...............4-6........2-6
Three Point %........................66.7.......33.3
FT Made-Attempted................1-1.........2-3
Free Throw %........................100.0......66.7
Total Rebounds......................14...........8
Offensive Rebounds................3............1
Defensive Rebounds...............11...........7
Assists.................................10...........2
Steals..................................2.............2
Blocks..................................1............1
Turnovers.............................2............5
Team Turnovers.....................0............0
Total Turnovers......................2............5
Points Off Turnovers...............1............8
Fast Break Points...................10..........2
Points in Paint.......................20..........4
Personal Fouls.......................3............4
Technical Fouls......................0............0
Flagrant Fouls.......................0............0



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Post by Sandpd on Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:37 pm

Monroe is a beast in the paint.
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Post by bobheckler on Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:38 pm

Theis, Monroe and Morris to start the 2nd. That's a BIG front court for us.
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Post by bobc33 on Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:38 pm

I missed the last game, but it seems Monroe is fitting in nicely to say the least!
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Post by bobheckler on Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:39 pm

They have NOBODY that can stop Monroe.

Step back and let the Big Moose EAT!!!
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