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Post by gyso on Fri Mar 23, 2018 6:05 pm

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Boston Celtics (48-23) at Portland Trail Blazers (44-27)

Tipoff: 10:00 pm EST Friday March 23, 2018, Stadium: Moda Center at the Rose Quarter

TV: NBATV, CSNW, NBCS-B (NBC Sports Boston Pre-game show starts at 9:30 PM)
Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

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

Box Score:

https://sports.yahoo.com/nba/boston-celtics-portland-trail-blazers-2018032322/

http://www.espn.com/nba/game?gameId=400975832

Odds:

POR -7.0

Go Celtics!!!

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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Trail Blazers - March 23, 2018

Post by gyso on Fri Mar 23, 2018 6:10 pm

Blazers, Celtics enter matchup following thrilling games

http://www.espn.com/nba/preview?gameId=400975832

PORTLAND, Ore. -- One team is smarting from a down-to-the-wire loss while the other is coming off a comeback victory for the ages.

That's the scene when the Portland Trail Blazers host the Boston Celtics Friday night at the Moda Center.

The Trail Blazers (44-27) fell 115-111 to the high-flying Houston Rockets Tuesday night, ending a 13-game win streak.

On the same night, the Celtics (48-23) rallied from a six-point deficit with 24 seconds left to beat Oklahoma City 100-99 in regulation for one of the most miraculous comebacks in the franchise's long, storied history.

"Basketball is a strange game," said Boston's Terry Rozier after teammate Marcus Morris buried a game-winning 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds remaining.

"It's almost hard to believe," Boston power forward Al Horford told reporters. "We were just going to keep playing until the last second of the game. We didn't panic. I'm proud. This is a big win."

The injury situation is foremost on the minds of the Celtics, with point guard Kyrie Irving the biggest concern. His backcourt mate, Jaylen Brown (concussion) will miss his sixth straight game, and reserves Marcus Smart (thumb) and Daniel Theis (knee) are both lost for the rest of the regular season.

Irving, meanwhile, will be out for his fifth consecutive game with a lingering knee injury.

"There is opportunity for other players now to prove they can contribute," said Danny Ainge, Boston's president/basketball operations. "There are big opportunities for Marcus Morris and Terry Rozier. Their minutes and roles will increase, and there will be opportunities for Abdel Nader and Guerschon (Yabusele) and Greg Monroe and Shane Larkin."

Boston coach Brad Stevens left open the possibility that Irving could rejoin the team at some point on a trip that has stops at Sacramento on Sunday, Monday at Phoenix and Wednesday at Utah. Without him, Rozier becomes the starting point guard, with Jayson Tatum sliding over from small forward to shooting guard and Morris joining Horford and Aron Baynes on the starting front line.

Portland will be a difficult opponent for Boston, especially at Moda Center, where the Blazers have won 18 of their last 20 games.

"I've watched them play on TV late on the East Coast a few nights recently," Ainge told the Portland Tribune. "They're well-coached. They're playing good defense and they're still a dynamic offensive team. They'll be a fun team to watch in the playoffs."

The Blazers, fighting for the No. 3 playoff spot in the Western Conference, weren't down after taking the Rockets to the wire on Tuesday.

"We played a good game against the best team in the league," Portland coach Terry Stotts said. "There are no moral victories. We all felt we had a good chance to win it, and it's disappointing to lose. Now we have to play Boston, and we need to win that game."

"(The Celtics) have dealt with injuries all year long, and they have had a lot of guys step up and play a lot of minutes and just be ready," Portland point guard Damian Lillard said. "They play with confidence. They beat OKC -- that's a big win -- and they beat us short-handed in Boston (97-96 on Feb. 4). We have to be ready to play a sharp game and get back going in the right direction."

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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Trail Blazers - March 23, 2018

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Fri Mar 23, 2018 9:56 pm

Good evening everyone.

This is the second tough game this week, will we be as forceful tonight?  

Gotta love Marcus Morris, interviewer asks him if he had any hesitation taking that last shot?  HESITATION? I can't even spell that!!!! Guy with a sense of humor who knows he loves to shoot!
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Post by dboss on Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:02 pm

Go Celts!
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Post by Sandpd on Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:14 pm

Hi all,

Another tough game for the C's to win..
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Post by Sandpd on Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:20 pm

C's need a lineup change. Time to put Larkin and Moose in.
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Post by bobheckler on Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:20 pm

Hi everyone. Not watching the game, might be my first this season. Will be following the play-by-play and this thread when able.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:22 pm

This is one tough team.  What a great backcourt they have
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Trail Blazers - March 23, 2018

Post by Sandpd on Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:24 pm

Morris with an ankle injury?
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:24 pm

Oh Geez, Morris hobbling, ankle.  This could get ugly fast without him on the floor
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:26 pm

No foul there for Nader?
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Trail Blazers - March 23, 2018

Post by cowens/oldschool on Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:27 pm

Nader looking good
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Trail Blazers - March 23, 2018

Post by Sandpd on Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:29 pm

If Morris is out for a while, who will pick up the scoring . . . Al? or Monroe?
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Post by cowens/oldschool on Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:31 pm

Yabu with a nice drive!!
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Post by Sandpd on Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:32 pm

C's hanging tough, only down by 3.
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Post by cowens/oldschool on Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:37 pm

Sandpd wrote:C's hanging tough, only down by 3.

It’s a game of runs
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Trail Blazers - March 23, 2018

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:39 pm

Tatum not shooting tonight.
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Post by cowens/oldschool on Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:40 pm

Way to battle Baynes!!
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:40 pm

Morris back
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:41 pm

I love CJ McConnell, he is such a good shooter, inside and out.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:43 pm

Baynes working hard
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Post by Sandpd on Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:46 pm

C's need to get some pts. from Al. He needs to step it up on offense.
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Post by bobheckler on Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:55 pm

Hanging in there. Need someone besides Morris
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Post by cowens/oldschool on Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:01 pm

Sandpd wrote:C's need to get some pts. from Al. He needs to step it up on offense.

He’s been really cold as of late
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:02 pm

That was a terrible call on Tatum.  He has to stay aggressive the second half and start scoring.  But for a couple of non calls, they would be tied right now
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