Game On! Wizards @ Celtics - March 14, 2018

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Post by gyso on Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:19 pm

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Washington Wizards (38-30) at Boston Celtics (46-21)

Tipoff: 8:00 pm EST Wednesday March 14, 2018, Stadium: TD Garden

TV: ESPN, CSMA, NBCSB (NBC Sports Boston Pre-game show starts at 7:00 PM)
Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

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

Box Score:

https://sports.yahoo.com/nba/washington-wizards-boston-celtics-2018031402/

http://www.espn.com/nba/game?gameId=400975763

Odds:

Was -2.0

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Re: Game On! Wizards @ Celtics - March 14, 2018

Post by gyso on Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:21 pm

Injury-riddled Celtics to piece together lineup vs. Wizards

http://www.espn.com/nba/preview?gameId=400975763

BOSTON -- Celtics coach Brad Stevens should be able to scrape together a lineup for Wednesday night's game against the Washington Wizards at TD Garden.

Boston, which has played the entire season -- minus a few minutes -- without the injured Gordon Hayward, has been hammered over the past several days and enters Wednesday night's game minus at least two starters and two valuable reserves.

Thursday night in Minneapolis, Jaylen Brown failed to hold onto the rim on a dunk and landed on his head and neck. He suffered a concussion, which was actually considered lucky because there was no structural damage and he is in the NBA concussion protocol and slated to miss at least a week.

Kyrie Irving, who makes the Boston attack run, left Sunday night's loss to the Indiana Pacers with left knee soreness and will rest the knee for several games.

To make things worse, the Celtics lost rookie big man Daniel Theis to knee surgery for the season and Marcus Smart, who had the best shooting night of his career Sunday, went down with a right thumb injury. The original report was a torn tendon but club president Danny Ainge refuted that report Monday, saying it was a sprain until they knew more.

Then, Tuesday word came Smart was awaiting a second opinion and Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald cited league sources saying the Celtics didn't know if Smart will play again this season.

Regardless, the injury report for Wednesday and beyond was dismal.

Al Horford, out Sunday with illness, is also questionable for Wednesday.

"We are equipped and we will battle on I think is the way you've gotta look at it," Stevens said Monday. "I've never been in a season that's been like this, and obviously it started right out of the gates this way with Gordon's (injury)."

The Celtics are firmly entrenched in second place in the Eastern Conference, four behind the sizzling (nine straight wins) Toronto Raptors for the top spot and well ahead the Pacers and Cleveland Cavaliers for spots 3 and 4. They have two games left against the Raptors but a realistic goal seems to be just getting their players ready for a playoff series against the seventh seed.

Boston is 7-6 over its last 13 games.

The Wizards, the Southeast Division leaders still playing without injured star John Wall, had a five-game winning streak smashed in a 27-point loss at Miami on Saturday night. Tuesday night, they dropped a 116-111 home decision to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

"We got to get stops. We got to stop worrying about scoring," coach Scott Brooks said after a second straight defensive swoon.
Wall, out for the last six weeks after arthroscopic knee surgery, is working out but there's still no target date for a return.

"This Wednesday will be six weeks, and we said six to eight weeks," Brooks said Saturday night in Miami. "It won't be six weeks."
As far as his situation, Irving said, "I think (rest) will probably be the best thing, just instead of kind of hoping it gets better over the two or three days that it usually does. It's aching a little bit more than I wanted it to now, so I'm taking the necessary time."

The teams, who engaged in a vicious seven-game playoff series last spring, split the first two contests of their four-game season series, both winning on the other's court.

Washington captured the first meeting Christmas Day in Boston, 111-103 behind 25 points from Bradley Beal and 14 assists from Wall. The Celtics won 110-104 at Washington on Feb. 8, as Irving scored 28.


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Post by bobc33 on Wed Mar 14, 2018 6:02 pm

I’ll be missing the game tonight as our youngest Forum member Brandon is playing in the State semifinals for Taconic High from Pittsfield. The kid is a junior with three point distance WAY beyond the line. Steph Curry has influenced basketball to a great degree. Left to their own devices the kids all shoot from well behind the three point line. Blows my mind but that is the state of the game currently.

Hoping for a win tonight as I’m guessing the final will be at the Boston Garden. (Or whatever it is named these days)

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Re: Game On! Wizards @ Celtics - March 14, 2018

Post by bobheckler on Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:23 pm

Brad said the starting lineup will probably be Rozier, Tatum, Morris, Baynes and Yabusele.

Jeez. We are so thin right now we're see-through.
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Post by bobheckler on Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:52 pm

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Yabu on starting: "It’s pretty crazy, it’s amazing, I was in the G-League a couple days ago, I had to fly here, come in here, and they told me I’m about to start, so I’m pretty excited. I’m just focused about bringing energy and trying to win the game."

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Re: Game On! Wizards @ Celtics - March 14, 2018

Post by dboss on Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:53 pm

Also I guess Tatum plays 2.  Interesting.
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Post by dboss on Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:56 pm

Rare when a team has to rely on 3rd string players.

Brad does not seem to be concerned.
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Post by bobheckler on Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:02 pm

dboss wrote:Rare when a team has to rely on 3rd string players.

Brad does not seem to be concerned.


How would we tell?
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Re: Game On! Wizards @ Celtics - March 14, 2018

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:04 pm

Good evening all.  This will be an interesting evening, to say the least.

Yabu starting????  That is strange.  Well, bring it on Washington, they have lost 5 out of their last 7 games according to Draper.
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Re: Game On! Wizards @ Celtics - March 14, 2018

Post by Phil Pressey on Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:08 pm

Hello. Yabusele needed to be scouted in real games anyway. I think teams should stop Mickey mousing around with young players. Find out sooner rather than later if they are scrubs. Going fifteen deep each year might be the answer. Belichick always figured something out. Now I'm liking the t.v. starts. I better turn on ESPN.
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Post by bobheckler on Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:11 pm

G-league players live their whole life wanting to hear their name over an NBA PA system.

Yabby just got introduced as a starter. Stranger than truth.
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Re: Game On! Wizards @ Celtics - March 14, 2018

Post by bobheckler on Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:13 pm

Morris tried a pass and remembered he doesn't like to do that so the next possession he kept it.
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Re: Game On! Wizards @ Celtics - March 14, 2018

Post by Phil Pressey on Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:13 pm

Feed Tatum.
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Post by bobheckler on Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:14 pm

Yabby active on D
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Post by Phil Pressey on Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:15 pm

The C's look good. It will come down to if the deep bench is ready to produce.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:15 pm

Tatum looking good, let's hope it goes for four quarters
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Post by bobheckler on Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:16 pm

Whoa! What a crossover by Tatum!

Starting off strong. Needed that.
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Post by mulcogiseng on Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:16 pm

Howdy pholks It wasn't that long ago I suggested that Bear needed to start. Smile Here we go.
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Post by Phil Pressey on Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:16 pm

It's like phew for part one but will the second unit play like pros or scrubs?
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:18 pm

I think having the two way contracts are a great thing. It gives these guys a chance to get better, and if they show enough, there is the chance they will be called to the big club.

There goes Tatum again!
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:20 pm

The other thing is that it shows the player off for the big team in case of trades later on.

That was a bomb by Morris
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Post by Phil Pressey on Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:21 pm

Wow.
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Post by mulcogiseng on Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:21 pm

Morris for 3 and a 13 point lead
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Post by bobheckler on Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:21 pm

Holy Crap! Who ARE these guys?!
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Post by Phil Pressey on Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:22 pm

Tatum is obviously the next Kevin Durant.
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