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Post by gyso on Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:00 pm

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Boston Celtics (45-20) at Minnesota Timberwolves (38-28)

Tipoff: 8:00 pm EST Thursday March 08, 2018, Stadium: Target Center

TV: TNT (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-minnesota-timberwolves-2018030816/

http://www.espn.com/nba/game?gameId=400975720

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BOS -2.0

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Post by gyso on Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:04 pm

Irving to return as Celtics face Timberwolves

http://www.espn.com/nba/preview?gameId=400975720

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Timberwolves are trying to keep themselves near the top of the packed Western Conference without star Jimmy Butler.

Thursday's opponent, the Boston Celtics, found out they won't be short-handed heading into Minnesota.

Boston guard Kyrie Irving announced Wednesday that he would return to the lineup for Thursday's game against the Timberwolves after missing one game with left knee soreness.

"I'm in," Irving said, according to Boston Globe reporter Adam Himmelsbach on Twitter.

The Celtics (45-20) hardly missed Irving when he was held out of Monday's 105-89 victory at Chicago, but having the All-Star back in the lineup against Minnesota (38-28) will be a boost for the No. 2 team in the East, which is healthy aside from forward Gordon Hayward. Hayward, of course, has missed all but one game this season and isn't expected back this season, a blow Irving told reporters was hard to get over initially.

"Losing Gordon was just a few more eyes on me that I had to be a lot more aware of, and then also with one of our leaders going down, it's tough, because it's an adjustment," Irving told the Boston Globe on Wednesday. "Coming into a new environment and you're kind of expecting this is going to be the team, and then one big piece goes down, and you have to figure it out from there."

Irving has kept Boston on track without Hayward. Irving is scoring a team-high 24.8 points per game and has passed out a team-best 5.1 assists. Monday was his seventh missed game of the season.

Irving has scored at least 17 points in each of his past 10 games since missing three at the start of February. He's eclipsed 30 points three times in that span. The Celtics have won five of their past six games.

"He brings that winning mentality," swingman Marcus Smart told the team's website. "A guy like Kyrie who knows what it takes to win a championship and the things you have to go through, to have somebody like that to come in and stabilize this group where you've got a lot of young guys, young talent that's been thrown in the fire very early, it's been huge for us."

Without Irving, Jaylen Brown scored a team-high 21 points Monday against the Bulls. Boston's depth showed with 10 players playing between 16:03 and 31:31 on Monday. Smart has returned from injury in the past two weeks. Marcus Morris' minutes have increased lately and the team added center Greg Monroe in February.

"That's the league. Especially with them. The way they started the season, with Hayward going down, the first game, everyone was like 'there's their season,' but they found a way collectively, obviously Kyrie's' the head of the snake," Wolves guard Jamal Crawford told the team's website. "They've been impressive."

Meanwhile, Minnesota is relying on its starting unit as much as ever. Losing Butler has moved forward Nemanja Bjelica into the starting lineup and Crawford's scoring is more of a necessity.

In eight games as a starter this season, Bjelica is averaging 10.8 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. Butler, in his first year with the Wolves, has been irreplaceable, though. Minnesota has lost three of its past five games, including the game in which Butler injured his knee.

The untimely slip in the packed Western Conference means the Wolves have gone from third place to tied for fifth.
Minnesota has had five days off between games, a time to rest and refocus, but also time missed as the rest of the West keeps winning.

"I think the biggest thing for us is, one, rest," All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "Two, mental recharge. And then to be able to come back and really get right. Get in tune, tweak some things in our offense and defense to be ready for what is, for some of us -- especially me and (Andrew Wiggins) -- the biggest stretch of our career so far."



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Post by gyso on Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:05 pm

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


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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:52 pm

No Mike tonight?  Ugh!!! With our luck we will be stuck with Jackson or Weber, awful..
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Post by Phil Pressey on Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:10 pm

And of course Barkley just condemned the Celtics as out of the ECF question in regards to Cleveland and Toronto. It's the same old, same old from him tonight. Same as it ever was according to the Talking Heads. Charles Barkley. Wow.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:12 pm

I shut his voice off, I have no interest in what he has to say. He is just a clown on this show. His opinions are very outdated and very one sided.
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Post by Sandpd on Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:21 pm

Hi all,

I hope the C's continue to play well tonight.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:21 pm

This is what Wolves do a lot, turn the ball over.    Kyrie hits his stride there
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Post by Phil Pressey on Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:22 pm

Yeah, Barkley might even do that on purpose for some ratings ploy. He must also hate the Celtics for winning so many titles and always ruining Philly when he was on the 76er's. Barkley is well known for never winning it all. Boston is a consistent reminder to him that he was a loser.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:22 pm

Bob must be having Sushi and Saki it is Thursday!!

Wiggins  has been playing well
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Post by bobheckler on Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:22 pm

That wasn't a kicked ball?
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Post by Sandpd on Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:22 pm

Minn is shooting lights out! Need to stop that.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:23 pm

Time to turn up the defense boys.  Too many easy shots
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Post by Sandpd on Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:23 pm

bobheckler wrote:That wasn't a kicked ball?

I thought so too.
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Post by bobheckler on Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:24 pm

RosalieTCeltics wrote:Bob must be having Sushi and Saki it is Thursday!!

Wiggins  has been playing well

I am @ Ozumas but no sake. I'm on a diet/workout regimen for March that doesn't allow alcohol, as no diet really does.
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Post by Phil Pressey on Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:24 pm

This to me is a barometer of whether the C's can win sixty games. I don't know if they can catch Toronto. Maybe the Raptors will get the fool's gold and the C's end up as Cleveland last year winning the ECF without the top seed.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:24 pm

Hi Bob, thought you might not be here.
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Post by Phil Pressey on Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:27 pm

The regular season is basically over for impact. The one or two seed is clearly guaranteed. So now it's pretty much just about tightening team play and not getting hurt.
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Post by Sandpd on Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:27 pm

Nice board and put back by Brown.
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Post by bobheckler on Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:28 pm

Wow. What an o board and fadeaway turnaround jump shot by Jaylen!!
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Post by Phil Pressey on Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:28 pm

The TNT announcer is way over the top. Oh my whoah nellie look at Minnesota, then oh my god the Celtics wowee, yeehaw, etc..
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Post by Sandpd on Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:29 pm

Who is that guy Bellica?
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:30 pm

Beautiful play Jaylen, and the foul!!!
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Post by Phil Pressey on Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:32 pm

Feed the ball hog.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:33 pm

Man, Morris is really hitting his stride in these past few games..
Kyrie on a minutes restriction
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