Game On! Celtics @ Jazz - March 28, 2018

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Post by gyso on Wed Mar 28, 2018 7:29 pm

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Boston Celtics (51-23) at Utah Jazz (42-32)

Tipoff: 9:30 pm EST Wednesday March 28, 2018, Stadium: Talking Stick Resort Arena

TV: ESPN, 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-utah-jazz-2018032826/

http://www.espn.com/nba/game?gameId=400975867

Odds:

Odds: UTA -8.0


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Post by gyso on Wed Mar 28, 2018 7:32 pm

Shorthanded Celtics take on Jazz

http://www.espn.com/nba/preview?gameId=400975867

SALT LAKE CITY -- Injuries to key players are piling up at an alarming rate for Boston. The injury bug is complicating efforts from the Celtics to make up ground against Toronto in the race for the Eastern Conference's top seed.

Boston heads west to Utah to face the Jazz with a shortened roster on Wednesday. Since the start of March, the Celtics have lost Kyrie Irving, Marcus Smart and Daniel Theis to serious injuries. Theis is done for the year while Irving and Smart won't be back in the lineup until the postseason.

Marcus Morris could also be sidelined against Utah after spraining his ankle in Monday's 102-94 win over Phoenix. It is a blow to the team's offense after Morris posted three straight 20-point games during Boston's current four-game winning streak. But the setback is a short-term one.

"I could be out a couple days, but nothing long term," Morris told the Boston Globe on Monday. "So, I'm good."

That's what's making Jayson Tatum's recent play even more invaluable. The rookie forward has emerged as a consistent offensive threat in absence of so many rotation regulars. Tatum is averaging 16.2 points on 50 percent shooting and 6.1 rebounds in March.

Tatum has had three 20-point outings in the last five games. He has shot 55 percent or better from the floor four times in that stretch.

"He's playing with a lot of confidence," teammate Al Horford told Celtics.com, "but just making the game simple."

The Jazz are getting confident production out of their own confident rookie, Donovan Mitchell. Utah is positioning itself for a strong finish in part because Mitchell continues to evolve into the type of go-to scorer the team thought it lost when Gordon Hayward departed via free agency to Boston.

Mitchell is averaging 23.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists in March. His ability to generate offense, especially late in games, has helped Utah post 11 wins over its last 13 contests.

One area of concern for the Jazz is slow starts. The Jazz averaged just 19.5 points in the first quarter in each of their last two games. It led to them digging out of holes against both Golden State and San Antonio. Utah succeeded in pulling away from the Warriors after halftime in a 110-91 win on Sunday. But a slow start ultimately cost them in a 124-120 overtime loss to the Spurs on Friday.

"We know what every game means at this point," guard Joe Ingles said after Monday's practice. "It's no secret. We just got to come out with the right mindset. ... Everyone who steps on the court needs to be ready to go."

Boston is making its first trip to Utah since Hayward joined the Celtics after spending seven seasons with the Jazz. Although Hayward still remains sidelined after dislocating his ankle and fracturing his tibia in the season opener, his presence still looms large for fans of the team he spurned.

Utah, however, is simply focused on getting another win over Boston to keep pace in a deep and spirited race for the final playoff spots in the Western Conference.

"It's an important game, but for the playoff picture with what this team wants to accomplish," Jazz coach Quin Snyder said.

Utah is aiming to complete a season sweep over Boston. The Jazz beat the Celtics 107-95 on December 15th. Ricky Rubio led the way for Utah with 22 points on 10-of-15 shooting, seven rebounds and five assists. The Jazz shot 52 percent from 3-point range in the win to offset a 33-point outing from Irving.


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Post by bobheckler on Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:55 pm

Horford is out with an ankle. Lordy! We're held together with duct tape and bailing wire!

Morris is day-to-day but probably out.

The Dancing Bear, Guerschon Yabusele, is STARTING again.

If Brad wins this game they should just give him the COY award, permanently, and come up with a new award. Utah NEEDS this game.

Kyrie, Morris, Horford, Smart, Theis. That leaves 10 healthy bodies of the regular 15 player roster + Xavier Silas (who just showed up with the last drop of rain) + Kadeem Allen (who has played a total of 32 minutes all year) + Jabari Bird (who has played 35 minutes all year). This is ridiculous.

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Post by steve3344 on Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:04 pm

Utah started the season 19-28 was on pace for a 33 win season and a spot in the lottery.

Since then they are 23-4. That finds them in the 7th spot out West, two games up on the Clippers to make the playoffs. Remarkable turnaround. Minnesota is in 8th, one-half game behind Utah, so this is a very big game for them.

Their hot streak started two games after Gobert got back from his injury.

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Post by bobheckler on Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:44 pm

nice job by Baynes sealing his man for Jaylen
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Jazz - March 28, 2018

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:46 pm

Good evening all.  Boy, when it rains it pours...two out tonight

Young guys have to take it over.  Yabasele for 3?????  Wow, could be an interesting night!
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Post by bobheckler on Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:47 pm

Yabu with some good stuff. Defense, rebounding and the 3.

They need to show those dab-and-arrows. They need to.
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Post by bobheckler on Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:48 pm

RosalieTCeltics wrote:Good evening all.  Boy, when it rains it pours...two out tonight

Young guys have to take it over.  Yabasele for 3?????  Wow, could be an interesting night!


Evening Rosalie,

I hope the trainers don't run out of duct tape and glue. That's about all we have holding us together.
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Post by bobheckler on Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:49 pm

bobheckler wrote:Yabu with some good stuff.  Defense, rebounding and the 3.

They need to show those dab-and-arrows.  They need to.


https://twitter.com/JaredWeissNBA/status/979173468137820162/video/1


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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Jazz - March 28, 2018

Post by Sandpd on Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:49 pm

Hi all,

We're running out of patches to assemble a patchwork lineup. If the C's can somehow win this game, it will be quite a feat as Utah really needs this game.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Jazz - March 28, 2018

Post by cowens/oldschool on Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:51 pm

Good D by Yabu!!
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Jazz - March 28, 2018

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:52 pm

Think any playing time Yabu gets is show time for off season trade? Or do you think Danny will keep him

Gotta love Gobert, terrific defensive player
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Post by cowens/oldschool on Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:52 pm

bobheckler wrote:Yabu with some good stuff.  Defense, rebounding and the 3.

They need to show those dab-and-arrows.  They need to.

I told you he can play
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Jazz - March 28, 2018

Post by bobheckler on Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:53 pm

11-0 run. Yuck.

We have GOT to hit some 3s. Baynes, in particular, has to drag Gobert out a bit with some fgm from 15'+.
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Post by cowens/oldschool on Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:53 pm

RosalieTCeltics wrote:Think any playing time Yabu gets is show time for off season trade? Or do you think Danny will keep him

Gotta love Gobert, terrific defensive player

who did we draft over him?
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Post by cowens/oldschool on Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:55 pm

RosalieTCeltics wrote:Think any playing time Yabu gets is show time for off season trade? Or do you think Danny will keep him

Gotta love Gobert, terrific defensive player

according to Pierce, he’s the DPoY
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Jazz - March 28, 2018

Post by bobheckler on Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:55 pm

cowens/oldschool wrote:
RosalieTCeltics wrote:Think any playing time Yabu gets is show time for off season trade? Or do you think Danny will keep him

Gotta love Gobert, terrific defensive player

who did we draft over him?


He was the 27th pick. EVERYBODY passed over him except for 3 teams and maybe they would have too.
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Post by cowens/oldschool on Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:57 pm

That’s it Baynes
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Jazz - March 28, 2018

Post by bobheckler on Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:58 pm

Larkin goes one-on-one with Gobert at the rim? Not smart, Shane.
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Post by Sandpd on Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:58 pm

2 ex C's in for Utah.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:59 pm

Nader! Nice shot
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Post by bobheckler on Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:59 pm

should have been a foul on Ingles, not Larkin.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Jazz - March 28, 2018

Post by cowens/oldschool on Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:59 pm

bobheckler wrote:
cowens/oldschool wrote:
RosalieTCeltics wrote:Think any playing time Yabu gets is show time for off season trade? Or do you think Danny will keep him

Gotta love Gobert, terrific defensive player

who did we draft over him?


He was the 27th pick.  EVERYBODY passed over him except for 3 teams and maybe they would have too.

I didn’t ask who passed up on him, I remember you and I wanted him....me very badly.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:00 pm

Rozier leaves his feet a lot on defense
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Post by bobheckler on Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:01 pm

I'm predicting 3 straight lousy games by Monroe.
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