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Celtics (39-22) at Lakers (19-42) Game #62 3/3/17
« on: March 02, 2017, 09:07:36 PM »

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Boston Celtics (39-22) at Los Angeles Lakers (19-42)
Regular Season Game #62 Road Game #32
Friday, March 3, 2017
10:30 PM ET
TV:  CSNNE,  Spectrum Sportsnet,  NBA-LP 7636(DTV)/751(xfinity)
Radio: 98.5 Sports Hub, 710 AM ESPN
Staples Center




Probable Starters
Point Guard: Isaiah Thomas ---------------- Shooting Guard: Avery Bradley



Center:  Amir Johnson


Small Forward: Jae Crowder ------------------ Power Forward: Al Horford


Celtics Reserves

Marcus Smart
Jaylen Brown
Terry Rozier
James Young
Jonas Jerebko
Tyler Zeller
Kelly Olynyk
Demetrius Jackson
Jordan Mickey

Injuries
Gerald Green (heel) game time decision

Head Coach

Brad Stevens




Probable Starters
Point Guard: D'Angelo Russell -------------------- Shooting Guard: Nick Young



Center:  Tarik Black


Small Forward: Brandon Ingram -------------------- Power Forward: Julius Randle


Lakers Reserves
Corey Brewer
Jordan Clarkson
Luol Deng
Timofey Mozgov
Tyler Ennis
Metta World Peace
Ivica Zubac 
Larry Nance, Jr
David Nwaba

Injuries
Thomas Robinson  (flu-like symptoms) game time decision

Head Coach

Luke Walton

Game Notes
The Celtics begin a 5 game Western road trip with a stop in LA to take on the Lakers.  This is the 2nd and final game between these two storied franchises this season.  The Celtics won the first meeting in Boston 113-107.  Lou Williams, who was moved at the trade deadline, led the Lakers with 21 points.  Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 38 points, with 17 coming in the 4th quarter. 

The Celtics have won 6 of their last 10 games and are coming off one of the biggest wins of the season against the Cleveland Cavaliers.  The Lakers have won just 2 of their last 10 games and have lost their last 5 games.  The Celtics are 18-13 on the road while the Lakers are 12-16 at home.   

If the Celtics want to compete for the top seeds in the East, they have to win games like this one against the teams that they should beat.   Gerald Green is a game time decision with a heel injury for the Celtics.  Thomas Robinson is listed as a game time decision for the lakers with flu like symptoms. 

Standings Reset

After their big win over the Cavs, the Celtics have moved to within 3 games of the Cavs in first place.  The red hot Wizards beat the Warriors and the next night beat the Raptors to move to within 2 games of the Celtics.  The Raptors slipped back to 3 games behind the Celtics.  The Hawks are 4.5 games behind the Celtics.

Toronto is completing a home and home set against the Wizards and is playing at Washington on Friday.  Cleveland is playing at Atlanta. 

Key Matchups
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Isaiah Thomas vs D'Angelo Russell
 Russell is averaging 14.8   points, 3.7 rebounds, and 4.8 assists a game.  After struggling in a couple of games, Isaiah snapped back against the Cavaliers and should have a big game in this one.   

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Avery Bradley vs Nick Young
Young is averaging 13.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists.   He is 10th in the league in 3 pointers made  and is shooting 40.7% from beyond the arc.  Even through he is still on a minutes restriction, it will be good to have Avery's defense back for this game as he missed the last meeting between these two teams. 

Honorable Mention

Bench vs Bench
The Celtics reserves will have to play well to offset the Lakers' reserves, who lead the league in bench scoring with 50.1 points off the bench per game. 

Keys to the Game
Focus - The Celtics need to keep their focus on playing their game and not underestimate the Lakers.  Playing the first game on a road trip is always tricky.  On their last road trip out West,  the Celtics lost to a short handed Kings team and the Celtics need to stay focused so they don't let the distractions of playing on the road keep them from playing their best. 

Defense
-  The Lakers are 29th in the league with a defensive rating of 110.4.  The Celtics are 18th with a defensive rating of 106.0.   The Celtics got a boost with the return of first team all defense Avery Bradley.  The Celtics have to play tough in your face defense if the want to get a win.  Defense wins games. 

Move the Ball and Play as a Team
- When the Celtics play as a team and make the extra pass to find the open man,  they play very well.  When they slow the game down and play hero ball, things don't usually go as well.  They have to move the ball and play as a team.   Isaiah especially has to kick it out to the open man when teams try to double him.   

Be Aggressive - The Celtics must be the more aggressive team. They have to be aggressive in going to the basket, in diving for loose balls, and on defense.  They have to aggressively crash the boards and just play harder.  They have to be the team that wants it more. The only way the Lakers can beat the Celtics is if the Celtics don't bring their best effort and expect to coast to a win.   

X-Factors
Road Trip - The Celtics are beginning a 5 game road trip and the first game is always tough with the time change and jet lag and all that.  The Celtics need to stay focused and overcome all the distractions that playing on the West coast and in a hostile arena can bring. 

Trap Game - The Celtics stood pat at the trade deadline, but the Lakers actually got a bit worse when they traded Lou Williams.   They are next to the last in the West and the Celtics might be tempted to underestimate them but that would be a mistake.  The Celtics have to come out and play as though they are playing the Warriors and not let the Lakers gain any confidence.

Officiating - Officiating is a factor in every single game played in the NBA.  Every crew has their own biases and their own way of officiating and many times it affects the way the game is played.  Kobe once made the comment in an interview that he didn't know how the Lakers won game 7 of the 2010 Finals.   It's very simple.  After the referees allowed both teams to play in the first 3 quarters with the Lakers shooting 16 free throws to 11 for the Celtics, they called the 4th quarter completely one sided with the Lakers shooting 21 free throws to the Celtics.  Hopefully they will call this one fairly and let them play. 

Re: Celtics (39-22) at Lakers (19-42) Game #62 3/3/17
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2017, 09:09:01 PM »

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Lala land.....let's do them up.

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Go get 'em Cs!!!
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Re: Celtics (39-22) at Lakers (19-42) Game #62 3/3/17
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Eww. Lakers.

Let's get this one.

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« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2017, 09:29:59 PM »

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Usually this should be a highlight game of the NBA season. Too bad the Lakers are trash and it doesn't even warrant a national game on ESPN or TNT

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LA Tankers    ;)

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Black is a decent defender, but who's the best defender out of the other 4 starters? Talk about a bunch of turnstiles.

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I'm looking forward to watching Ivica Zubac in action tomorrow night!

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Black is a decent defender, but who's the best defender out of the other 4 starters? Talk about a bunch of turnstiles.

Bunch of baffle gates imo.
« Last Edit: March 02, 2017, 10:21:06 PM by tarheelsxxiii »
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hoping this wont be a trap game

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TP FL - great thread as always.   looking forward to C's kicking Laker butt -  a victory even sweeter than beating Bron

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I am not sure what number poster I am on this thread, but I suspect it is not first.  ;D

Many thanks flc for a great thread. I love the old times pix at the top. Tp as ever for you.

Celtics win walking away. We will see Mickey by the middle of the fourth quarter. ;D

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Having said that, this should be a easy one.

Brown vs Ingram, who you got?
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