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Celtics (39-16) at Wizards (31-23) Game #56 2/8/18
« on: February 07, 2018, 09:57:02 PM »

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Boston Celtics (39-16) at Wizards (31-23)
Regular Season Game #56, Road Game #27
Thursday, February 8, 2018
8:00 PM ET
TV: TNT
Radio: 98.5 Sports Hub, WFED 1500 AM
Capital One Arena



Probable Starting Matchups
Point Guard
vs
Kyrie Irving vs Thomas Satoransky

Shooting Guard

vs
Jaylen Brown vs Bradley Beal
Small Forward
vs  
Jayson Tatum vs Otto Porter, Jr

Power Forward
  vs 
Al Horford vs Markieff Morris

Center
vs
Aron Baynes vs Marcin Gortat 



Celtics Reserves

Abdel Nader
Daniel Theis
Guerschon Yabusele
Terry Rozier
Semi Ojeleye
Greg Monroe
Marcus Morris

Injuries
Shane Larkin (knee)  out
Marcus Smart (hand)  out
Gordon Hayward (ankle)  out

Two Way Players
Kadeem Allen
Jabari Bird

Head Coach
Brad Stevens




Wizards Reserves
Tim Frazier
Ian Mahinmi
Chris McCullough
Jodie Meeks
Kelly Oubre, Jr
Mike Scott
Jason Smith

Injuries
Shelden Mac  (Achilles)  out 
John Wall (knee)  out

Two Way Players
Devin Robinson
Mike Young

Head Coach

Scott Brooks 

Game Notes
The Celtics and Wizards meet for the second of 4 regular season games this season.  They will meet once more in Boston on March 14 and once more in Washington on April 10.  With this game, Boston becomes the first team that Washington has played 300 times in the regular season.  This is the 3rd season in a row that they have played 4 times in the regular season. 

All 4 games this season are set for national TV coverage.  I'm sure the reason for all the national TV appearances of these games is that they were hoping for a continuation of the heated rivalry that was brewing last season.   However, even though the Wizards are mostly unchanged, there are just 4 Celtics left from that team and it hasn't been near as heated as it was last season. 

The Wizards won the first meeting between these two teams 111-103 on Christmas Day in Boston.  These two teams have alternated wins over the last 5 games with Boston winning 1/11/17 and 3/20/17 while the Wizards won 11/9/16, 1/24/17 and 12/25/17.  Boston is 187-112 all time against the Wizards in the regular season.

Both teams are coming off a loss and looking to start a new win streak.  The Celtics are 5-5 in their last 10 games and they are 18-8 on the road.  The Wizards are 6-4 in their last 10 games and 17-9 at home.  The Celtics remain first in the East, but are clinging to just a one game lead over the Raptors after their loss on Monday.   The Wizards are 4th in the East and tied with Cleveland for the 3rd spot. 

Marcus Smart (hand), Shane Larkin (knee) and Gordon Hayward (ankle) are all out for the Celtics.  Greg Monroe has reportedly joined the Celtics in Washington and there is a chance that he makes his debut in this game.  John Wall (knee) and Sheldon Mac (Achilles) are out for the Wizards. 

Key Matchups
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Jaylen Brown vs Bradley Beal
Bradley Beal is averaging 23.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game.  Beal is averaging 16.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.4 assists over his career against Boston.   Jaylen Brown has the tough task of covering Beal.  Jaylen has the size to disrupt Beal and hopefully will be up to the task. 

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Jayson Tatum vs Otto Porter, Jr
Porter has had some big games against the Celtics and is averaging 10.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.2 assists over his career against the Celtics.   He is averaging 14.0 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game this season. 

Honorable Mention
Al Horford vs Markieff Morris
Morris is averaging 10.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game this season.  Over his career, he is averaging 12.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 2.5 assists against Boston.   If Brad opts to start Morris in place of Baynes for this game,  it's possible that Markieff would be matched up with his twin brother to start at this position. 

Keys to the Game
Defense - The Celtics need to make defense a priority.   Defense wins games.   The Wizards are averaging 107.4 points per game (9th).  The Celtics are averaging 103.0 points per game (25th).  The Celtics can't depend on winning a shoot out with the Wizards and so they have to play tough defense to stop the Wizards from scoring. 

Be Aggressive
- The Celtics need to be the more aggressive team from start to finish.  They need to be aggressive in going to the hoop, in crashing the boards, in fighting for loose balls and in running the court.  They also have to be more aggressive on defense.  They have to be the team that wants it more.  The Raptors vowed to come out and be more aggressive than the Celtics on Monday and they made good on their vow.  The Celtics seemed to back off and allow them to be the more aggressive team.  If the Celtics want to get a win in this game,  they have to be more aggressive than the Wizards. 

Rebound -  The Celtics are averaging 44.4 rebounds per game while the Wizards are averaging 42.7 rebounds per game.   The Celtics have to put out the extra effort to grab rebounds and match or exceed the Wizards efforts on the boards if they want to get a win in this game.

Focus -  The Celtics at times can shoot the lights out and other times can't hit the broad side of a barn.  Much of that has to be their focus on taking good shots and taking their time with their shots and not rushing them.    They need to take care of the ball and focus on making good passes and not give the Wizards extra possessions and fast break points by turning the ball over.   The Celtics must stay focused and play team basketball and not allow the Wizards to take them out of their game.

X-Factors
Trade Deadline - The trade deadline will pass during the day before this game.  With the deadline passed, Greg Monroe should be available to make his debut with the Celtics.  Will there be any other new faces?  Will any Celtics be on their way to a new team?  Will the team be energized by new additions or will they be deflated by losing a part of their team? 

Celtic Pride -  The Celtics were embarrassed by the Raptors on Monday night.  Will they show some pride and bounce back in this nationally televised game and get a big win over another possible playoff foe?

Road Game - They are playing their second straight game on the road.  They need to ignore the distractions of playing on the road and in front of a hostile crowd.  Can they dig deep and shake off travel fatigue in order to get a win?   
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Re: Celtics (39-16) at Wizards (31-23) Game #56 2/8/18
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Great job (and TP!), FLC and let's bounce back Cs!!  ;D

Re: Celtics (39-16) at Wizards (31-23) Game #56 2/8/18
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TP to  jambr380  for being the first to post in the game thread!

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Re: Celtics (39-16) at Wizards (31-23) Game #56 2/8/18
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Important game after that last blow out to show the C's can and have re-grouped.

Would be nice to see Monroe in action to see what effect he can have on the Wizard's give and go.  Last time the C's were getting killed by Gortat setting picks, rolling to basket and basically controlling the offensive boards.

Re: Celtics (39-16) at Wizards (31-23) Game #56 2/8/18
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FLC, you might want to change the name under the picture of John Wall.  Looks rather ghost-like.   ;)

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This server is wicked slow!! A couple minutes to post. Go Celts!! Welcome Moose.


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FLC, you might want to change the name under the picture of John Wall.  Looks rather ghost-like.   ;)
TP for catching that.  I've been down with the flu for the past week and still not over it.  It makes functioning a bit hard. 

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The C's better handle the Wiz easily, without JWall!  After getting trounced by the Raps getting beat by a Wall-less Wiz would be very worrisome! 
Maybe reinforcements are on the way!! ;D

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FLC, you might want to change the name under the picture of John Wall.  Looks rather ghost-like.   ;)
TP for catching that.  I've been down with the flu for the past week and still not over it.  It makes functioning a bit hard.
the Flu Thread? Well done FLC.
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can't wait to potentially see Monroe suit up and see who potentially joins our team today at the deadline

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Boston needs to come out with some fire and get after it tonight.
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