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Cavaliers (25-12) at Celtics (30-10) Game #41 1/3/18
« on: January 02, 2018, 10:23:41 PM »

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Cleveland Cavaliers (25-12) at Boston Celtics (30-10)
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
8:00 PM ET
Regular Season Game #41 Home Game $22
TV: ESPN,  NBCSB,  FSO
Radio: 98.5 Sports Hub, WMMS 100.7
TD Garden




Probable Starters

PG:  Kyrie Irving  ........................................ SG:  Jaylen Brown


C:  Aron Baynes


SF:  Jayson Tatum   ............................................ PF:  Al Horford 

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

Injuries

Semi Ojeleye (back) game time decision

Two Way Players
Jabari Bird
Kadeem Allen
 
Head Coach
Brad Stevens 




Probable Starters

PG:  Jose Calderon  ................ SG:  JR Smith


C:  Kevin Love   


SF: LeBron James................. PF: Jae Crowder

Cavs Reserves
Channing Frye
Jeff Green
Kyle Korver
Cedi Osman
Dwyane Wade
Tristan Thompson
Ante Zizic

Injuries
Isaiah Thomas (rest) out
Iman Shumpert  (knee)  out
Derrick Rose (ankle)  out

Two Way Players
John Holland
London Perrantes

Head Coach

Tyronn Lue
 
Game Notes
The Celtics and Cavaliers meet for the second of three games this season, and the first played at the TD Garden.  They played on opening night in Cleveland on 10/17 and just 5 plus minutes into the game they lost their star free agent, Gordon Hayward, to a gruesome ankle injury.  In spite of being rattled by that injury and falling behind by 18, the Celtics came back to lose by just 3 points. 

They will play for the 3rd and final time in the regular season on February 11, which is the night that the Celtics have set aside to honor Paul Pierce and retire his number.  Isaiah Thomas played his first game as a Cavalier on Tuesday night against Portland but will not play in this game.  IT's return helped the Cavs get a 127-110 win over Portland with Isaiah scoring 17 points in 18 minutes of play. 

He has asked the Celtics not to play a tribute video for him in this game since he can't play.  That leaves Paul Pierce's night for an Isaiah Thomas tribute as well.   Isaiah should get a standing ovation and a warm welcome from the Celtics fans at the Garden in spite of not playing.  Even though Isaiah has been very critical of Danny Ainge and the Celtics leadership,  he has always shown love for his former teammates as well as for Celtics fans. 

Also returning to the Garden for the first time since being traded in the off season is Jae Crowder.  Jae also gave his all for the Celtics each time he took the court.  He should also get a warm welcome from the crowd.  He is still a little hurt by the fact that Celtics fans cheered for Gordon Hayward when he came to Boston and mentioned that since the fans cheer for opposing players they should at least cheer for him.   It should be an interesting night.

The Cavaliers are playing in the second of back to back games while the Celtics have had 2 days rest for the second time in as many games.  The Celtics are 16-5 at home while the Cavaliers are 10-8 on the road.  Both teams are 6-4 in their last 10 games.  The Celtics have won their last 3 games while the Cavs lost 3 straight before Tuesday's win over the Blazers. 

Marcus Morris' knee seems to be back to normal and should play in this game.  Semi Ojeleye has missed the past 4 games and is a game time decision for this game.  Derrick Rose is still out for the Cavs with an ankle injury.  Iman Shumpert is out with a knee injury and Isaiah will sit out for rest. 

Key Matchups
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Aron Baynes vs Kevin Love
Baynes isn't the strongest defender when it comes to stretch 5's like Love.  We may see Marcus Morris start at power forward once again with Al Horford at center to cover Love.  Love is averaging 20.2 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists.  He is also shooting 40.9% from beyond the arc, so they have to stay with him whether he is in the paint or on the perimeter.   

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Jayson Tatum vs LeBron James 
The rookie will find himself in the unenviable position of having to slow down LeBron, who is averaging 27.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 9.2 assists while shooting 55.9% from the field.  It is also possible that Marcus Morris or Jaylen Brown will cover LeBron for part of the game since both have had success in the past.

Honorable Mention
Marcus Smart vs Dwyane Wade
Wade has played well since going to the bench.  He, like Smart, comes off the bench and is usually on the court at the end of the game.  Wade  is averaging 11.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists.  He is shooting 44% from the field and 36.5% from beyond the arc. 

Player to Watch
Jae Crowder
Jae is going to be very motivated to get revenge against the team that he feels treated him unfairly.  Like Isaiah, he felt that the Celtics did not handle the trade very well.  Jae is very competitive normally and will be even more so in this game, wanting to beat his former team in front of their home crowd. 

Keys to the Game
Defense Defense Defense!! Defense is key to winning every game.   The Cavs are 5th in the league averaging 110.1 points while the Celtics are 21st averaging just 103.5 points.  The Celtics need to clamp down on defense if they want to get a win.  The Celtics are still first in the league with a defensive rating of 100.8 while the Cavs are 28th with a defensive rating of 108.7.  If the Celtics win this game, it will be with defense. 

Rebound - The Celtics can't score if they don't have the ball.  This was the Celtics' biggest weakness last season but the team has more length and more athleticism this season and rebounded well to begin the season but have slacked off a bit recently.  Much of rebounding is effort and so the Celtics have to work hard to beat the Cavs to rebounds.  The Cavs are averaging 41.8 rebounds while the Celtics are averaging 44.0 rebounds.  If the Celtics put out effort, they can win the rebounding battle. 

Be Aggressive -  The Celtics must be the more aggressive team.  They have to beat the Cavs to every loose ball and win the 50/50 plays.  They have to be aggressive on the boards and in driving into the paint and to the basket.  The more aggressive team will usually get the benefit of the doubt from the refs as well.   They have to be the team that works harder and the team that wants it more.     

Focus - The Celtics have to remain focused and block out the distractions of playing the Cavs, who everyone feels is the team to beat in the East.  They have to focus on taking good shots and they have to make them.  They have to focus on taking the Cavs out of their comfort zone and out of their game.  They can't let all the hoopla over IT and Jae returning take away their focus on playing Celtics basketball. 

X-Factors
Fatigue  - The Celtics finally have had some rest between games.  The Cavs, on the other hand, played the Trailblazers on Tuesday night and had to travel afterwards.  Unfortunately, the Cavs starters were able to keep their minutes all under 33 minutes.  The Celtics should be the more rested team, however and need to take advantage of that. 

Home Game  - The Celtics have the advantage of playing at home in front of what should be a very loud crowd.   The Celtics have to get motivation and energy from the crowd and hopefully the crowd will be able to frustrate the Cavs at the same time. 

Re: Celtics (0-0) at Cavaliers (0-0) Game #10/17/17
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2018, 10:24:38 PM »

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TP, FLCeltsFan for all the work you do to create these game threads!

Now it's time for our Cs to go to work and beat the reigning EC chumps....I mean champs.

First game of the year....bad memories....our prize FA taken out on a play that was at best reckless and at worst, malicious.

Let's spank the little "gifted child", Bron Bron and send him home whining.

Go Cs!

Re: Celtics (0-0) at Cavaliers (0-0) Game #10/17/17
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Go Celts

Re: Celtics (0-0) at Cavaliers (0-0) Game #10/17/17
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TP to csfansince60s and liam for being the first to post in the game thread!!
And thanks csfan for your kind words!!! 

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Celtics!!!

Re: Cavaliers (25-12) at Celtics (30-10) Game #41 1/3/18
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Let's give IT and Crowder a hell of a welcome.

Re: Cavaliers (25-12) at Celtics (30-10) Game #41 1/3/18
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How many whines will LeCry have .   He ll get one Tech ,  should get two , but the NBA does notnhave the nads to toss him on national TV. 

20 whines ,  15 head shakes ,  5 flops .......and one TECH

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Re: Cavaliers (25-12) at Celtics (30-10) Game #41 1/3/18
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Time to prove why we have the best record in the east.  Let's go C's!!

Re: Cavaliers (25-12) at Celtics (30-10) Game #41 1/3/18
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C's win this one, much more confident than in the Houston game.

Re: Cavaliers (25-12) at Celtics (30-10) Game #41 1/3/18
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Not related to the game, but can the Cavs keep Lebron and IT next year assuming they both will want max ?

Re: Cavaliers (25-12) at Celtics (30-10) Game #41 1/3/18
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Will be interesting to see who starts tonight. With Love at Center, I donít think the Baynes/Horford lineup will work. If Morris is healthy enough to start, Iíd like to see him out there instead of Baynes to better matchup with Cleveland.
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Re: Cavaliers (25-12) at Celtics (30-10) Game #41 1/3/18
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Cleveland starting to look like a well oiled machine. Give us a 50-50 chance tonight, and that's because IT resting.  Wade is playing really well.

Re: Cavaliers (25-12) at Celtics (30-10) Game #41 1/3/18
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A few more hours to wait. Go C's!
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Re: Cavaliers (25-12) at Celtics (30-10) Game #41 1/3/18
« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2018, 10:21:36 AM »

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Beyond the war of the starters can't wait to watch the bench battle.

Korver
Green
Frye
Wade
Thompson

Smart
Rozier
Theis
Morris
Larkin

Should be a good one. "Battle of the rotations."

Celtics have yet to have an answer for Kevin Love. See who Stevens puts on him.
My guess is Irving will have a big game.

Re: Cavaliers (25-12) at Celtics (30-10) Game #41 1/3/18
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Let's get this. We need a big win to let them question themselves.


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Re: Cavaliers (25-12) at Celtics (30-10) Game #41 1/3/18
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Letís get it!!!!
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