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Post by gyso on Sat Mar 31, 2018 9:50 am

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Toronto Raptors (55-20) at Boston Celtics (52-23)

Tipoff: 7:30 pm EST Saturday March 31, 2018, Stadium: TD Garden

TV: NBATV, SNET, NBCS-B (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/toronto-raptors-boston-celtics-2018033102/

http://www.espn.com/nba/game?gameId=400975886

Odds: TBD

Go Celtics!!!

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Post by gyso on Sat Mar 31, 2018 9:55 am

Celtics could pull closer to Raptors with win

http://www.espn.com/nba/preview?gameId=400975886

BOSTON -- The Toronto Raptors hold a solid three-game Eastern Conference lead as they come down the stretch of the long NBA season.
That kind of advantage with this short amount of time remaining should be safe, but is it?

The Raptors still have to play the second-place, battered and bruised Boston Celtics twice, the first meeting Saturday night at TD Garden.

While Toronto has alternated losses and wins in its last six games after an 11-game winning streak, the Celtics have reeled off five straight wins, the last four on the road, with what can only be described as a skeleton lineup.

Boston played Wednesday without Kyrie Irving, Al Horford, Marcus Morris and Marcus Smart -- Gordon Hayward and Daniel Theis are out for the season -- and won a game that Utah needed on Jaylen Brown's 3-pointer with a tenth of a second left.

"I don't think it's really nothing new," Brown said after the game. "We've been doing it all year. I know the way we've won, with last-second shots and things like that, have been big, but we've been doing it all year. It's nothing new to us."

It seems no matter who coach Brad Stevens puts on the court, the team has a chance to win, which is why he may well be in a two-man race for NBA coach of the year with Toronto's Dwane Casey.

SB Nation made that two-man claim in a piece that said the award could come down to the two remaining games between the top seeds in the Eastern Conference.

The Raptors lead the Celtics by three games, but if Boston sweeps the two games, it would only have to make up one more because it would win a tiebreaker by taking the season series 3-1.

Though just 3-3 in the last six games, the Raptors are 14-3 in the last 17. Their bench continues to be a strength.

Fred Van Vleet, a key reserve, had thoughts about the Celtics.

"Luck of the Irish, man," he said of Boston's fifth game-winning shot in the last five seconds, tops in the league. "I was just talking about it this morning, I don't if it's because they're on TV so much or if every TV game they have, they always win on a buzzer-beater."

The Celtics also have 14 wins coming back from double-digit deficits, which is tied for second in the NBA.

"They kinda hang around and then last four minutes they're down eight and you know they're going to pull it out," Van Vleet said. "Give them a lot of credit. They've been able to excel in those late-game scenarios this year, but hopefully they've used all their magic up in the regular season."

Irving and his troublesome left knee are out for the rest of the regular season after a procedure to remove a wire. Smart is also gone until the playoffs. Horford and Morris are day-to-day, the latter picking up much of the offensive slack with Irving out.

During a weekly radio appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub, Celtics president Danny Ainge said about Irving: "I'm not concerned at all. I'm just saying, like, his knee is very structurally sound. It's not like a long-term thing.

"There could still be some challenges. We tried to do a minimal amount of surgery at this moment and it might require some more. But we don't know any of that. I'm just guessing. I don't know. I'll probably have a much better update on how he's doing when I return. I'm with the team right now and I'll see him (Friday)."

The Raptors and Celtics have split two games this season, both winning at home. Toronto is shooting for its fifth straight 1-1 season at TD Garden.


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Re: Game On! Raptors @ Celtics - March 31, 2018

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:31 pm

Good evening all.  Big test tonight.  Boy I miss Kyrie, just isn't a fair fight without him. 

They have fought real hard these last five games, here's hoping the fight continues
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Post by bobheckler on Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:34 pm

RosalieTCeltics wrote:Good evening all.  Big test tonight.  Boy I miss Kyrie, just isn't a fair fight without him. 

They have fought real hard these last five games, here's hoping the fight continues


Hi Rosalie etal,

No team can be the same without a player of Kyrie's quality but we've been scrappier, and winning, more than I thought possible. The injuries on that last road trip were hard to believe but we still went 4-0, including a b2b, and 2 of those games were vs good teams.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:46 pm

Baynes making them realize he can be a big help out there
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:46 pm

Al got whacked there
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:49 pm

Valenchulis (from now on known as The Big Guy), is a force under that basket
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:53 pm

What did they feed Baynes ?    Scoring like a superstar
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Post by cowens/oldschool on Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:54 pm

Baynes with the 3’s and nice pass to Jaylen!!
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Post by bobheckler on Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:54 pm

Whatever Baynes ate for his pre-game meal he has to keep eating it. That's 2 3pters, after ZERO for the season.
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Post by bobheckler on Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:57 pm

It's the All Australia show so far for us. Baynes with 12 of our 22.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:59 pm

Scal a little overboard with the Toronto love?
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sat Mar 31, 2018 8:00 pm

Does DeRosen ever miss?
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Post by cowens/oldschool on Sat Mar 31, 2018 8:02 pm

Moose with the tip in!!
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Post by cowens/oldschool on Sat Mar 31, 2018 8:03 pm

Two teams lighting it up
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Re: Game On! Raptors @ Celtics - March 31, 2018

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sat Mar 31, 2018 8:04 pm

High scoring first quarter.  They played well.  Now we will see what Allen can do, Brad put him in the game at the end of the quarter. No Shane Larkin tonight, got the same bug Al had the other day
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Re: Game On! Raptors @ Celtics - March 31, 2018

Post by bobheckler on Sat Mar 31, 2018 8:06 pm

AFTER 1



Raptors

STARTERS MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
S. Ibaka PF 12 3-4 2-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 +1 8
O. Anunoby SF 9 2-2 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 +2 5
J. Valanciunas C 9 3-6 0-1 0-0 2 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 +2 6
K. Lowry PG 12 2-4 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 1 +1 5
D. DeRozan SG 12 3-5 0-2 0-0 0 3 3 5 0 0 0 1 +1 6

BENCH MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
P. Siakam PF 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +1 0
C. Miles SF 3 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 +0 0
N. Powell SF Has not entered game
L. Nogueira C Has not entered game
J. Poeltl C 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0
F. VanVleet PG 0 1-1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +1 3
D. Wright PG 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +1 0
TEAM 14-23 5-11 0-0 2 9 11 10 0 0 2 5 33
59.1% 40.0% 0.0%



Celtics

STARTERS MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
A. Horford PF 6 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -4 2
J. Tatum SF 9 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 -2 2
A. Baynes C 12 5-7 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 -1 12
T. Rozier PG 12 4-5 2-2 0-0 0 1 1 3 0 0 1 1 -2 10
J. Brown SG 12 1-4 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 -1 2

BENCH MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
G. Yabusele PF Has not entered game
S. Ojeleye PF 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 +1 0
M. Morris PF 6 0-2 0-0 1-2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 +1 1
A. Nader SF Has not entered game
G. Monroe C 0 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 -1 2
K. Allen SG 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0
J. Bird SG Has not entered game
X. Silas G Has not entered game
TEAM 13-23 4-4 1-2 1 7 8 8 0 0 1 2 31
54.5% 100.0% 50.0%


FG Made-Attempted.............14-23.......13-23
Field Goal %.......................60.9.........56.5
3PT Made-Attempted............5-11........4-4
Three Point %.....................45.5.........100.0
FT Made-Attempted..............0-0..........1-2
Free Throw %......................0.0..........50.0
Total Rebounds.....................11...........8
Offensive Rebounds...............2............1
Defensive Rebounds..............9.............7
Assists.................................9............8
Steals.................................0.............0
Blocks.................................0.............0
Turnovers.............................2.............1
Team Turnovers....................0.............0
Total Turnovers.....................2.............1
Points Off Turnovers..............2.............0
Fast Break Points..................0.............0
Points in Paint......................12...........14
Personal Fouls......................5.............2
Technical Fouls.....................0.............0
Flagrant Fouls......................0.............0



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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sat Mar 31, 2018 8:08 pm

Semi hustling
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Post by Sandpd on Sat Mar 31, 2018 8:08 pm

Hi all,
Switching channels back and forth with the NCAA's, Mich making another comeback! C's are looking good, hanging in with TOR at full strength.
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Post by bobheckler on Sat Mar 31, 2018 8:10 pm

Poetl hit Monroe on the arms several times and got away with it
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sat Mar 31, 2018 8:13 pm

Whoa. What happened there ?
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Post by Sandpd on Sat Mar 31, 2018 8:15 pm

Mich wins 69-57!
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Post by bobheckler on Sat Mar 31, 2018 8:15 pm

Well, wasn't embarrassing for him.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sat Mar 31, 2018 8:16 pm

Wright traveled big time and they just let it go. Al also got fouled down under the basket.  Come on ref's wake up and call the game right
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sat Mar 31, 2018 8:17 pm

Really wondering what is going on with Tommy Heinsohn. He has missed a ton of games this year
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