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Celtics (40-24) at Warriors (52-11) Game #65 3/8/17
« on: March 07, 2017, 09:47:14 PM »

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Boston Celtics (40-24) at Golden State Warriors (52-11)
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
10:30 PM ET
Regular Season Game #65, Road Game #35
TV: ESPN,  CSN-NE, CSN-BA
Radio: 98.5 Sports Hub, 95.7 The Game
Oracle Arena




Probable Starters



PG: Isaiah Thomas
SG: Avery Bradley
SF: Jae Crowder
PF:  Al Horford
C:  Amir Johnson

Celtics Reserves

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

Injuries

Al Horford  (elbow)  day to day
Jonas Jerebko  (illness) day to day

Head Coach

Brad Stevens 




Probable Starters




PG: Stephen Curry
SG: Klay Thompson
SF: Patrick McCaw
PF: Draymond Green
C: Zaza Pachulia

Reserves
Matt Barnes
Ian Clark
Andre Iguodala
Shaun Livingston
Kevon Looney
James Michael McAdoo
JaVale McGee
Davis West

Injuries
Kevin Durant (knee) out
Damian Jones (D-League Assignment) out 

Head Coach
Steve Kerr

Game Notes
The Celtics continue their 5 game road trip with the 4th game in Oakland to play the Golden State Warriors.   The Warriors just returned from a 3-2 five game road trip themselves.  The Celtics are trying to snap back after losing two games in a row that they should have won. 

The Celtics are 5-5 in their last 10 games while the Warriors are 7-3 in their last 10 games.  The Celtics are looking to snap a 2 game losing streak while the Warriors are looking for their 3rd straight win.  The Warriors are 26-3 at home while the Celtics are 19-15 on the road. 

The Celtics have been struggling with injuries in the road trip.   Avery Bradley and Al Horford both missed the loss to the Suns.  Avery returned against the Clippers but Al Horford remained out with an elbow injury that he suffered against the Lakers.  Jonas Jerebko joined him on the injured list with flu-like symptoms.    Al Horford has said that he hopes to play in this one but is a game time decision as is Jonas Jerebko. 

The Warriors have been playing without Kevin Durant, who injured his knee when teammate Zaza Pachulia fell on it.   Damian Jones is away from the team on an assignment with the Warriors' D-League team. 

Key Matchups
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Isaiah Thomas vs Stephen Curry
The simple truth is that no human can guard Stephen Curry.   Avery, Jae, Jaylen,  Isaiah and Marcus have to do the best they can but he will still get his.  Curry is averaging 24.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.3 assists, and 1.8 steals per game.  He is shooting 46% from the field and 40% from beyond the arc.  The best the Celtics can hope for is to maybe slow him down a little.

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Avery Bradley vs Klay Thompson
Thompson is averaging 21.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.1 assists.  He is shooting 46% from the field and 41% from beyond the arc.  Thompson, like Curry are very tough to cover and if they get going, you just have to try to limit everyone else. 

Honorable Mention
Al Horford vs Draymond Green
Hopefully Al will be able to play in this one.  Green is capable of putting up big numbers if not defended well.  If Al is out once again, Jae will get the job of playing against Green while Jaylen Brown will likely start at small forward once again.  Green is averaging 10.3 points, 8.1 rebounds, 7.2 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.4 blocks. 

Keys to the Game
Defense
- The Warriors can put up points quickly and in bunches.  They are averaging 117.5 points per game.   It will be important for the Celtics to bring their defensive intensity into this game, especially to shut down the Warriors' fast breaks as they can get up the floor very quickly.  The Celtics must especially guard the perimeter as the Warriors are very dangerous from beyond the arc.   The Celtics must execute on the defensive end of the court and play tough team defense if they have any hope of winning this game. 

Rebound - The Celtics need to crash the boards to keep the Warriors from igniting their fast breaks. The Celtics also need to rebound to give themselves second chance points and limit the second chance points for the Warriors. The Celtics are 5-0 when they out rebound their opponents.  They have to crash the boards as a team to have a chance in this game because they won't win a shoot out.   

Take Care of the Ball - The Warriors can be very disruptive by getting into the passing lanes, averaging a league best 9.7 steals per game. The Celtics need to stay focused and not give the Warriors any easy opportunities to steal the ball or to get out on the break.  If the Celtics get sloppy with the ball, the Warriors will make them pay.

Be Aggressive - The Celtics need to come out focused and play hard from start to finish. The Celtics have to be the more aggressive team throughout the game. They must be aggressive on defense, on the boards, in chasing down loose balls, and in taking the ball to the hoop and not settling for jumpers. They allowed both the Suns and the Clippers to finish the game playing harder than them and if they allow the Warriors to play harder than them,  they will get the same results.   They need energy and extra effort from every player on the team.

Teamwork and Chemistry- After the loss to the Clippers, Isaiah made a comment about how it wasn't time for the coach to be experimenting with lineups and he called out everyone on the team for the loss.  Hopefully the team can work through any problems and come out united and ready to play together to get a win. 

X-Factors
Focus - The Celtics have to be focused on the game and not on the frustration of their last two losses and not on the controversy of Isaiah's complaints after the loss to the Clippers.  The only way the Celtics will get a win in this game is to outwork the Warriors and stay focused on the task at hand.

Injuries - The first time these two teams met this season, the Celtics were without Al Horford and Jae Crowder.  Al is again a game time decision for this game qs is Jonas Jerebko.  It would make it much easier if both Al and Jonas can play. 

Officiating - As always, the officiating is an x-factor.   Every crew officiates differently and teams never know what to expect.  Sometimes they let them play and other times they call a foul on every possession.  Some games they call evenly and others they favor one team or the other.  It's like Forrest Gump's box of chocolate... you never know what you are going to get. 

Re: Celtics (40-24) at Warriors (52-11) Game #65 3/8/17
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TP FLC!

Re: Celtics (40-24) at Warriors (52-11) Game #65 3/8/17
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So close...

Re: Celtics (40-24) at Warriors (52-11) Game #65 3/8/17
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TP for GetLucky for being the first to post in the game thread!!!   

Goooooooooooooooooooo Celtics!!!!!   

Re: Celtics (40-24) at Warriors (52-11) Game #65 3/8/17
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Game thread!  And with coffee cups. I guess that flc needs to sober up after the flasks from the last game thread.  ;D

Celtics show the world they can beat anyone and pull out a close game against the warriors. Smart plays such physical defense on curry that curry begins to cry on the court.  ;D

Thanks for the thread, my sober flc. A very sober tp for you.

Goooooooooo Celtics!!  ;D
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Calling it now - if we're healthy and get Al and JJ back, we take this game.

The Warriors have been all out of whack recently with KD out, and though we're currently about as consistently inconsistent as we can get, we somehow get up for these big games like this.

103-101 Celtics with Smart hitting the game-clinching free throws after a magnificent defensive play to get the tie up and foul. Then AB pulls another Cleveland game out of his arse and gives Curry All-NBA 1st Team defense and forces a bad three point miss at the buzzer for a C's win!
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Re: Celtics (40-24) at Warriors (52-11) Game #65 3/8/17
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This team is like Rondo. Only step their game up against elite opponents. Im expecting a good fight, if not a W. We need Phoenix to beat Washington today if we want to keep the #2 spot from them.

Re: Celtics (40-24) at Warriors (52-11) Game #65 3/8/17
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Calling it now - if we're healthy and get Al and JJ back, we take this game.

The Warriors have been all out of whack recently with KD out, and though we're currently about as consistently inconsistent as we can get, we somehow get up for these big games like this.

103-101 Celtics with Smart hitting the game-clinching free throws after a magnificent defensive play to get the tie up and foul. Then AB pulls another Cleveland game out of his arse and gives Curry All-NBA 1st Team defense and forces a bad three point miss at the buzzer for a C's win!
Great post. A  tp for the optimism!  ;D
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Re: Celtics (40-24) at Warriors (52-11) Game #65 3/8/17
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Again, unless he is 110%, Al should rest. PLENTY more games to win after this one.

NO PANICKING!  8)
This is where the rubber hits the road

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I can't wait for this game!!!

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I can't wait for this game!!!

I can't stay up for it!!!!   But thank the heavens for DVR.

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Go Celts! Hopefully Horford plays.


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Re: Celtics (40-24) at Warriors (52-11) Game #65 3/8/17
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TP to hwangjini_1 for always giving me a smile!   from a very sober me :D

TP to jpotter33 for the optimism.  I'd love for the game to end up just like that!   

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This team is like Rondo. Only step their game up against elite opponents. Im expecting a good fight, if not a W. We need Phoenix to beat Washington today if we want to keep the #2 spot from them.

Only if AB and Horford play

Otherwise IT4 should probably avoid speaking to the media after th game

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Calling it now - if we're healthy and get Al and JJ back, we take this game.

The Warriors have been all out of whack recently with KD out, and though we're currently about as consistently inconsistent as we can get, we somehow get up for these big games like this.

103-101 Celtics with Smart hitting the game-clinching free throws after a magnificent defensive play to get the tie up and foul. Then AB pulls another Cleveland game out of his arse and gives Curry All-NBA 1st Team defense and forces a bad three point miss at the buzzer for a C's win!
Yes, sir.

With Horford in and KD out, the Celtics should win. I think this is an important game to gauge how well this team can deal with a little struggle.