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Celtics (6-2) at Thunder (4-3) Game #9 11/3/17
« on: November 02, 2017, 10:07:14 PM »

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Boston Celtics (6-2) at Oklahoma City Thunder (4-3)
Friday, November 3, 2017
9:30 PM ET
Game #9, Road Game #5
TV: ESPN, NBCSB, FSOK
Radio: 98.5 Sports Hub, WWLS 98.1 FM
Chesapeake Energy Arena




Probable Starters
PG SG SF PF C
PG: Kyrie Irving
SG: Jaylen Brown
SF:  Jayson Tatum 
PF:  Al Horford
C:   Aron Baynes

Celtics Reserves
Shane Larkin
Abdel Nader
Semi Ojeleye
Daniel Theis
Guerschon Yabusele
Terry Rozier
Marcus Smart

Injuries
Marcus Morris  (knee)  day to day
Gordon Hayward (ankle)  out

Two Way Players
Kadeem Allen
Jabari Bird

Head Coach
Brad Stevens




Probable Starters
PG SG SF PF C
PG: Russell Westbrook
SG:  Andre Roberson
SF:  Paul George
PF:  Carmelo Anthony
C:   Steven Adams

Thunder Reserves

Alex Abrines
Nick Collison
Raymond Felton
Terrance Ferguson
Jerami Grant
Josh Huestis
Dakari Johnson
Patrick Patterson
Kyle Singler

Injuries
None

Two Way Players

PJ Dozier
Daniel Hamilton

Head Coach

Billy Donovan

Game Notes

The Celtics begin a 3 game road trip with a stop in Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder.  This is the first of two games between these two teams with the Thunder visiting the Celtics on March 20.  The Thunder swept the series 2-0 last season. The Celtics are 2-0 vs Western Conference teams while the Thunder are 4-0 vs Eastern Conference teams. 

The Thunder are 2-1 at home while the Celtics are 3-1 on the road.  The Thunder have 3 legitimate All Stars on their team and they have continuity on their side, having started the same 5 players in each game so far.  The Celtics lost their third All Star in the first game of the season and have had to change up their starting lineup a few times. 

The Thunder have no injuries to report.  Gordon Hayward is out for the Celtics.  Marcus Morris has yet to play this season but he traveled with the team and is targeting this game for his debut with the team.  His availability will be a game time decision.  If he can play, it would definitely give the team a boost to finally have him on the court.

Key Matchups
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Kyrie Irving vs Russell Westbrook
Westbrook is the reigning league MVP and is averaging 19.6 points, 9.9 rebounds and 11.7 assists.   Kyrie will need his newfound defense to slow Westbrook down.  This is a big test for the Celtics and is on National TV and so it would be a good time for Kyrie to be Kyrie and have a big game.

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Jayson Tatum vs Paul George
George is averaging 19.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists.  Tatum will need to play play solid defense both in the paint and on the perimeter because George is a threat both inside and out. The Celtics will also need Tatum to produce on the offensive end to keep PG13 working on that end as well. 

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Al Horford vs Carmelo Anthony
Anthony is averaging a team high 22.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists.  Al has been a defensive stopper so far for Antetokounmpo, Porzingis, and LaMarcus Aldridge but Carmelo Anthony may be his toughest assignment yet.  Hopefully he will be up to the task. 

Honorable Mention

Aron Baynes vs Steven Adams
This will be a clash of the titans.   Both centers are tough and aren't afraid of banging inside.  We should see some mighty battles for position in the paint between these two.  Adams is averaging 14.4 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks.  Baynes will need to keep him out of the paint and away from the basket. 

Keys to the Game
Rebound
- The Celtics have turned their fortunes around on the boards by group rebounding.  They are 6th in the league with 47.1 rebounds per game.  The Thunder are 24th in the league with 42.4 rebounds per game.  The Celtics will need to continue their effort and hustle on the boards in this game.

Defense - Defense is always a key to winning.  The Celtics will need to defend the perimeter as well as the inside because they have players who can score both inside and out.  The Celtics are first with a defensive rating of 95.1 while the Thunder are right behind them in second place with a defensive rating of 95.9.  This may be a low scoring affair between the two best defenses in the league.  The Celtics must continue to make defense their priority if they want to win this game.   

Be Aggressive - The Celtics have to be aggressive and fight for loose balls, 50/50 balls, and rebounds, and be aggressive on defense and in going to the hoop.  They have to be the more aggressive team and the one that wants it more.  They simply have to play harder, especially since they are on the road. 

Take Care of the Ball - The Thunder are first in steals with 10.7 per game and also first in deflections (18.6) and forcing opponent turnovers (19.0)  The Celtics have to keep the ball moving and avoid playing hero ball but they also have to make crisp passes and focus on avoiding turnovers and deflections by the Thunder's quick hands. 

Run and Set the Pace
- The Celtics need to run on every possession and try to tire the Thunder's starters since the Celtics are the deeper team.  If they can tire the Thunders starters out, the Celtics will have an advantage when their benchs come in. 

X-Factors
On the Road - The Celtics are on the road and the Chesapeake Energy Arena is one of the toughest places to play.  Their fans are loud and make it tough for teams coming there.  The Celtics have to focus on playing their game and not let the distractions of the road take them out of their game.

Bench Play
- The Celtics bench is averaging 50.2 points and 19.4 rebounds per game.  The Thunder bench is averaging just 27 points and 13.3 rebounds per game.  If the Thunder have any weakness it is when their starters come out of the game to rest.  The Celtics reserves have to come up big and take advantage of that. 

Re: Celtics (6-2) at Thunder (4-3) Game #9 11/3/17
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2017, 10:07:53 PM »

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FRIST!!  ;D

TP FLCeltsFan!!!!

Should be a fantastic game, and really excited honestly. Big test on the road against a tough OKC team. We should learn a lot more about this team tomorrow night.  8)


Re: Celtics (6-2) at Thunder (4-3) Game #9 11/3/17
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TP FLC, great game thread per usual. Obviously a labor of love.

Go Cs.....let's quiet the Thunder!

Re: Celtics (6-2) at Thunder (4-3) Game #9 11/3/17
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2017, 10:08:25 PM »

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TP to Phantom255x and csfansince60s for being the first to post in the game thread!!

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Celtics!!!!! 

Re: Celtics (6-2) at Thunder (4-3) Game #9 11/3/17
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2017, 10:09:33 PM »

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Road games gonna be a test for the young roster.  Got to keep the momentum going.

Go Celtics!

Re: Celtics (6-2) at Thunder (4-3) Game #9 11/3/17
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2017, 10:18:45 PM »

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Huge Test for this Hayward less team. 


I expect a war


Re: Celtics (6-2) at Thunder (4-3) Game #9 11/3/17
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It will be a test especially for this defense, as they've gone 6 straight w/o giving up more than 100 points.

But against OKC they may have that streak halted, so offense will have to step up too. Looking for Kyrie to have a big game (and first 30+ score this season).

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This will be the most exciting game of the year so far. It's a good measuring stick for The Celtics!

Re: Celtics (6-2) at Thunder (4-3) Game #9 11/3/17
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Smart always have an A-game playing in either Dallas or Oklahoma. Don't be surprised if he explodes in this game on either side of the court.

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Is morris out for this game too? or is his status not yet confirmed?

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Smart always have an A-game playing in either Dallas or Oklahoma. Don't be surprised if he explodes in this game on either side of the court.

I think this is a game he will need to for the Celtics to get a win.

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LET'S GO CELTICS! Brown will be key against the weak link in this OKC team at SG, hope he has a big game and Kyrie/Tatum/Horford/Smart follow suit.

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Is morris out for this game too? or is his status not yet confirmed?

i read somewhere on line is playing . 

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 Jaylen Brown dropping 40!

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GO CELTICS!!!!!! TP FLCF!!!