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Hornets (5-6) at Celtics (10-2) Game #13 11/10/17
« on: November 09, 2017, 10:36:49 PM »

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Charlotte Hornets (5-6) at Boston Celtics (10-2)
Friday, November 10, 2017
7:30 PM ET
Regular Season Game #13 Home Game #6
TV: NBCSB, FSSE-CHA, NBA-LP 753(DTV)/753(xfinity)
Radio:  WZLX 100.7, WFNZ 102.5 FM
TD Garden




Probable Starters
PG SG SF PF C
PG: Kyrie Irving
SG: Marcus Smart
SF:  Jaylen Brown 
PF:  Marcus Morris
C:   Aron Baynes

Celtics Reserves
Shane Larkin
Abdel Nader
Semi Ojeleye
Daniel Theis
Guerschon Yabusele
Terry Rozier
Jabari Bird

Injuries
Gordon Hayward (ankle)  out
Al Horford (concussion) day to day
Jayson Tatum (ankle)  day to day

Two Way Players
Kadeem Allen

Coach
Brad Stevens




Probable Hornets Starters
PG SG SF PF C
PG:  Kemba Walker
SG:  Jeremy Lamb
SF:  Michael Kidd Gilchrist
PF:  Marvin Williams
C:   Dwight Howard

Probable Reserves
Dwayne Bacon
Michael Carter Williams
Frank Kaminsky
Malik Monk
Johnny O'Bryant
Cody Zeller

Injuries
Treveon Graham  (thigh) game time decision
Nicolas Batum (elbow) out
Julyan Stone (hamstring) out

Two Way Players
Mangok Mathiang
Marcus Paige

Head Coach
Steve Clifford

Game Notes
The Celtics host the Hornets for the first of 3 regular season games.  They have already met twice in the preseason with the Celtics winning both games.  The Celtics swept the series last season 4-0.  These two teams will meet in Charlotte on December 27th and once more in Boston on February 28.

The Hornets are 1-5 on the road and have lost their last 3 games.  The Celtics are 4-1 at home, losing just the first home game the night after Hayward's injury.   They have won 10 straight games.  Charlotte last played on Tuesday and so they should be well rested while the Celtics last played on Wednesday. 

The Celtics have been hit with a string of injuries.  Al Horford missed Wednesday's game as he was placed in the league's concussion protocol.  He is day to day and likely will miss this game also.  Jayson Tatum left Wednesday's game with a sore ankle.  Xrays and MRI were both negative  and he is a game time decision.  Gordon Hayward remains out with the ankle injury. 

For the Hornets, Treveon Graham is a game time decision with a thigh injury.  Julyan Stone is out with a hamstring injury and Nicolas Batum is out with an elbow injury.  The starting lineup for the Hornets should be the same as their last game. 

The starters for the Celtics will depend on whether Jayson or Al can return to the lineup.  I've included the lineup I think they will use if both Al and Jayson remain out.  I'm thinking that the Celtics will be cautious with both players.  I'm going to guess that Marcus Smart would start with Irving, Brown, Morris and Baynes if both remain out.  But, Brad Stevens is always full of surprises and may start someone else.

Key Matchups
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Kyrie Irving vs Kemba Walker
Walker is averaging 21.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 6.2 assists.  Kyrie is going to need to go to his newfound defense to slow Walker down because he is capable of taking over a game.  Kyrie will also need to make him work on the defensive end so as to wear him out a bit.   

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Marcus Smart vs Jeremy Lamb
Lamb has been playing well, averaging 17.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 3.3 assists.  He may have a problem getting to his averages if Smart is guarding him.  Hopefully Marcus will also be able to do some scoring to make Lamb have to work on the defensive end.

Honorable Mention

Aron Baynes vs Dwight Howard
Baynes, coming off his career high 21 points against the Lakers, will be tasked with keeping Howard from having a big game.  Howard is averaging 15.2 points, 13.3 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks.  Baynes needs to keep Howard out of the paint and away from the basket. 

Keys to the Game:
Defense Defense Defense!!  Defense is the key to winning every game, but particularly this one.  The Hornets average 104.9 points per game while the Celtics average 103.8 points per game.  They average more rebounds, fewer turnovers, and approximately the same 3 point percentage.  The biggest difference is that the Celtics are tops in the league with a defensive rating of 95.6 while the Hornets have a defensive rating of 103.6.  The Celtics must continue to make defense a priority and play tough individual and team defense if they want to win this one.   

Next Man Up - If both Tatum and Horford are out, each player needs to step up his game to the next level.  Aron Baynes and Marcus Morris did it against the Lakers and others will need to do it once again in this game in order to get a win, especially if both players are out.   

Rebound -  The Celtics have been rebounding very well this season.  They are 5th in the league with 47.5 rebounds per game.  The Hornets have been better as they are 2nd with 48.0 rebounds per game.  The Celtics need to put in extra effort to crash the boards and beat the Hornets to the rebounds. 

Be Aggressive - One of the strengths of the Celtics has been their aggressiveness on the court.  They need to be aggressive in going after rebounds, on defense, in attacking the basket and in going after loose balls.  The more aggressive team will also usually get more calls from the officials. 

Don't Underestimate - The Celtics can't underestimate the Hornets because of the sub-.500 record.  They are tough and they seem to do everything well except defend.  It's certain that the Hornets will come in motivated to halt the Celtics win streak and so if the Celtics let up at all, they are likely to get beat. 

X-Factors
Depth - If both Tatum and Al are out, the Celtics depth will be tested.  Each of the Celtics will need to work harder on both ends of the court to try to make up for their injured teammates.  They will especially need to work harder on the defensive end with two key defenders out. 

Home Game - The Celtics are playing in their second home game in a row.  The Hornets have struggled on the road this season and so the Celtics need to get a boost from the home crowd and defend their home court. 

Re: Hornets (5-6) at Celtics (10-2) Game #13 11/10/17
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2017, 10:41:23 PM »

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Still optimistic. I hope we get Horford and Tatum back.
I moved the cheese.

Re: Hornets (5-6) at Celtics (10-2) Game #13 11/10/17
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2017, 10:41:51 PM »

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2nd - hooray!

Way to go and TP once again FLC! Let's hope we have enough warm bodies to play (and compete) in this one.

Re: Hornets (5-6) at Celtics (10-2) Game #13 11/10/17
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2017, 10:42:21 PM »

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TP to azzenfrost and jambr380 for being the first to post in the game thread!

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Celtics!!!!!

Re: Hornets (5-6) at Celtics (10-2) Game #13 11/10/17
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Go Celtics!  11

Re: Hornets (5-6) at Celtics (10-2) Game #13 11/10/17
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TP for another great game thread FL

Re: Hornets (5-6) at Celtics (10-2) Game #13 11/10/17
« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2017, 10:52:03 PM »

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IN!

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LET'S GO CELTICS!

Re: Hornets (5-6) at Celtics (10-2) Game #13 11/10/17
« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2017, 10:53:18 PM »

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Still optimistic. I hope we get Horford and Tatum back.

doubtful
LET'S GO CELTICS!

Re: Hornets (5-6) at Celtics (10-2) Game #13 11/10/17
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Horford no. But Tatum should play if he feels OK. He has checked out OK medically.

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is there enough players to field a team......

maybe i can walk on as temp player contract  :D

Re: Hornets (5-6) at Celtics (10-2) Game #13 11/10/17
« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2017, 11:41:37 PM »

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Man, that bench. Rozier, Larkin, and a bunch of rookies.

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Man, that bench. Rozier, Larkin, and a bunch of rookies.

I expect Rozier to start over Smart myself, but yeah.

Re: Hornets (5-6) at Celtics (10-2) Game #13 11/10/17
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TP FL! let's go for 11!

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Go Celts! This will be tough shorthanded but we can do it!!


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Re: Hornets (5-6) at Celtics (10-2) Game #13 11/10/17
« Reply #14 on: November 10, 2017, 07:11:56 AM »

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Big game Kyrie going to show up tonight.