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Post by gyso on Sun Mar 18, 2018 3:02 pm

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Boston Celtics (47-22) at New Orleans Pelicans (39-30)

Tipoff: 6:00 pm EST Sunday March 18, 2018, Stadium: Smoothie King Center

TV: FSNO, NBCS-B (NBC Sports Boston Pre-game show starts at 5:30 PM)
Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

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

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https://sports.yahoo.com/nba/boston-celtics-new-orleans-pelicans-2018031803/

http://www.espn.com/nba/game?gameId=400975793

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NOP -1.5

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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Pelicans - March 18, 2018

Post by gyso on Sun Mar 18, 2018 3:06 pm

Pelicans hope to regain footing vs. banged-up Celtics

http://www.espn.com/nba/preview?gameId=400975793

NEW ORLEANS -- It wasn't too long ago that the New Orleans Pelicans had won 10 consecutive games to climb to as high as the third seed in the Western Conference playoff race.

But after losing 107-101 to the Houston Rockets Saturday night at the Smoothie King Center, the Pelicans (39-30) have dropped four of their last five games to fall to the No. 7 spot in the West entering a critical match-up against the Boston Celtics (47-22) on Sunday.

The Celtics have been one of the NBA's best teams on the road, sporting a 24-9 record, while the Pelicans have had difficulty defending their home court, going 18-15.

Because a Feb. 7 home game against the Indiana Pacers was postponed due to a leaky roof and rescheduled for March 21, the Pelicans will play three games in three nights and five games over six nights, an unprecedented stretch for a team fighting for its playoff life.

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said his team must block out the brutal schedule. After facing the Celtics on Sunday, New Orleans will have home games against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday, the Pacers on Wednesday and Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday.

"Don't worry about it," Gentry said. "We play one game at a time. We can't worry about it. We've done a good job of putting ourselves in a position to take care of our own fate. We don't have to depend on anyone else. We just have to do what we need to do, and we'll be fine."

The Pelicans trailed the Rockets by 20 points in the second half but rallied to cut the deficit to four before Chris Paul iced the game with four points in the final 27 seconds.

After the game, Gentry directed his anger toward the referees with a diatribe that is certain to draw a fine from the league. Gentry said All-Star forward Anthony Davis gets little respect from the referees, while in the closing minutes, James Harden drew a 3-point foul from E'Twaun Moore in the left corner on what looked like a non-foul.

"We're playing our (butt) off, and then what happens to us is that AD never get a call," Gentry said. "We talk about them holding him, we talk about them grabbing him on rolls, we talk about them coming under him on post-ups. He never gets a call. Why? Because he doesn't bitch and complain.

"When you got a team playing for playoff spots, you can't guess on the foul. When a guy's got his hand on his chest -- and he's got his hand in -- and you call a 3-point (foul), that's not correct. That's not the way you do it.

"And then when you can get a technical foul for walking away from a guy, then this league has really changed. I walked away from (the referee) so I wouldn't get a technical."

Gentry praised Harden and the Rockets -- "that's a great team down there" -- and he also acknowledged he would be fined for his critical comments about the officiating.

"I'll take the (darn) fine that they're going to give me tomorrow," he said. "We haven't said one thing about it the whole year. We talk about it, we send it in, we write it down on the evaluation, but nothing ever happens with him. So, I'm sick and tired of it.

So, I'll take whatever they want to give me. That's fine. All I want to do is have equal opportunity to win the game."

The Celtics have won seven of their last 10 games and have played well despite the extended loss of guard Marcus Smart, who is scheduled to miss at least six weeks with a thumb injury, and the absence of Kyrie Irving (sore left knee).

While Smart is not expected to return anytime soon, Irving could return shortly. He missed his second straight game Friday and sat for the third time in the last five games.

In a 92-83 road victory against Orlando on Friday night, Terry Rozier started his fifth game at the point and scored 17 points and had five assists in 34 minutes on a night when the Celtics shot 37.8 percent.

"I'm just not even thinking about it," Rozier said. "I'm going out there and having a lot of fun and just playing the right way. My coaches and my teammates do a great job of just giving me that confidence and letting me build off of it."

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Post by bobheckler on Sun Mar 18, 2018 5:51 pm

Thanks, as always, to the ever-dependable GYSO for initiating this thread.

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Post by bobheckler on Sun Mar 18, 2018 5:53 pm

Jay King @ByJayKing
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Stevens doesn't believe Jaylen Brown will return by Tuesday, but he's getting closer.

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Jabari Bird is with the Celtics today and will be available. Has dealt with a back injury since January. "Thats's been resolved," said Stevens. If Bird plays, though, it will be for short stints. Stevens doesn't think wing can play more than 3 or 4 minutes at a time after layoff.

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MY NOTE: Since January?!
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Pelicans - March 18, 2018

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sun Mar 18, 2018 6:11 pm

Good evening all.  Time for payback.  Watch out NO looking for a win.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sun Mar 18, 2018 6:11 pm

I think Rondo has  found a home for more than a year
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sun Mar 18, 2018 6:13 pm

Time for Tatum to have a big game
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Pelicans - March 18, 2018

Post by bobc33 on Sun Mar 18, 2018 6:15 pm

Early evening gents, and Rosalie!

Berlin you must be digging this start time.
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Post by bobc33 on Sun Mar 18, 2018 6:17 pm

Our old friend is starting in the Pelicans backcourt. E’Twaun Moore of course.
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Post by bobheckler on Sun Mar 18, 2018 6:20 pm

what was Horford doing? Caught in no mans land on that alley oop
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sun Mar 18, 2018 6:20 pm

Davis is a monster.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sun Mar 18, 2018 6:22 pm

Moore has worked hard to stay in the league. He has a good shot, I liked him for the short time Celtics had him.
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Post by bobheckler on Sun Mar 18, 2018 6:22 pm

I hope we don't hear a lot of people talking about Davis being traded to the Celtics. That wasn't going to happen, isn't going to happen, will not happen.
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Post by bobheckler on Sun Mar 18, 2018 6:23 pm

RosalieTCeltics wrote:Moore has worked hard to stay in the league. He has a good shot, I liked him for the short time Celtics had him.


He is what he is: a gunner. Don't ask him to pass or do anything except shoot. A poor man's Nick Young.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Pelicans - March 18, 2018

Post by Berlin-T on Sun Mar 18, 2018 6:25 pm

bobc33 wrote:Early evening gents, and Rosalie!

Berlin you must be digging this start time.

You caught me! I wasn't going to say hello, because I didn't want to bug out before the end.

However I think I'll make it through tonight.

So hello everyone. Go Celtics!

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Post by bobheckler on Sun Mar 18, 2018 6:27 pm

Monroe bobbled that. That was a nice pocket pass by Roier that came right up into his hands.
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Post by Berlin-T on Sun Mar 18, 2018 6:30 pm

Monroe a bit slow on the defensive end.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Pelicans - March 18, 2018

Post by bobheckler on Sun Mar 18, 2018 6:35 pm

I liked that play by Nader. He missed the shot but he took a guy off the dribble into the paint. He'll make a lot of those and we need to collapse the defense.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sun Mar 18, 2018 6:37 pm

I guess Gentry's whinnying has worked for him. They got the calls in the first quarter.

Ha, Berlin, BobC caught you!!!!
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sun Mar 18, 2018 6:39 pm

Brad could say the same about Kyrie, he does not go to the line enough, gets whacked and no calls.  It is just that he does everything so fast that the ref's can't keep up with him!!
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Pelicans - March 18, 2018

Post by bobheckler on Sun Mar 18, 2018 6:40 pm

AFTER 1


Celtics

STARTERS MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
A. Horford PF 12 0-2 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 +8 0
M. Morris PF 12 3-5 1-2 4-5 0 4 4 0 1 0 0 1 +8 11
J. Tatum SF 7 3-5 1-1 1-1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 +5 8
A. Baynes C 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 1 0 2 +6 0
T. Rozier PG 12 1-4 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 +8 3

BENCH MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
G. Yabusele PF Has not entered game
S. Ojeleye PF Has not entered game
A. Nader SF 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 +3 0
G. Monroe C 7 3-5 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 +2 6
S. Larkin PG Has not entered game
K. Allen SG Has not entered game
J. Bird SG Has not entered game
TEAM 10-24 3-7 5-6 2 12 14 3 4 1 2 7 28
41.7% 42.9% 83.3%



Pelicans

STARTERS MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
A. Davis PF 10 4-9 0-1 2-2 0 2 2 1 1 0 1 0 -5 10
E. Moore SF 7 0-2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 -5 0
E. Okafor C 7 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 -5 2
R. Rondo PG 12 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 2 0 0 1 1 -8 2
J. Holiday PG 7 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 -5 0

BENCH MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
N. Mirotic PF 5 2-4 0-2 2-4 0 3 3 0 0 0 1 1 -3 6
C. Diallo PF 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 -3 0
D. Miller SF Has not entered game
S. Hill SF 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 -3 0
L. Drew II PG Has not entered game
D. Liggins SG Has not entered game
I. Clark SG 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 -3 0
C. Cooke SG Has not entered game
TEAM 8-21 0-5 4-6 2 8 10 6 2 2 4 3 20
40.0% 0.0% 66.7%



FG Made-Attempted................10-24......8-21
Field Goal %...........................41.7.......38.1
3PT Made-Attempted...............3-7.........0-5
Three Point %........................42.9........0.0
FT Made-Attempted................5-6..........4-6
Free Throw %.......................83.3.........66.7
Total Rebounds......................14...........10
Offensive Rebounds................2.............2
Defensive Rebounds...............12...........8
Assists.................................3.............6
Steals..................................4.............2
Blocks..................................1.............2
Turnovers.............................2.............4
Team Turnovers.....................0.............0
Total Turnovers.....................2.............4
Points Off Turnovers..............2..............8
Fast Break Points..................9..............0
Points in Paint......................12............14
Personal Fouls......................7..............3
Technical Fouls.....................0..............0
Flagrant Fouls......................0..............0



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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sun Mar 18, 2018 6:45 pm

Brad really likes Nader, complimented him after the game the other night and then again today
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Post by Berlin-T on Sun Mar 18, 2018 6:47 pm

Diallo meets Baynes - ouch!!!
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Post by bobheckler on Sun Mar 18, 2018 6:49 pm

I hope Tatum didn't pull a groin muscle on that near split.

Someone get a damn rag on the floor there, will ya?
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sun Mar 18, 2018 6:53 pm

Tatum feeling it right now.
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