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Cavaliers (32-22) at Celtics (40-17) Game #58 2/11/18
« on: February 10, 2018, 11:15:19 PM »

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Cleveland Cavaliers (32-22) at Boston Celtics (40-17)
Sunday, February 11, 2018
3:30 PM ET
Regular Season Game #58 Home Game#31
TV: ABC
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
Abdel Nader
Terry Rozier
Guerschon Yabusele
Marcus Morris
Semi Ojeleye
Greg Monroe

Injuries

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

Two Way Players
Jabari Bird
Kadeem Allen
 
Head Coach
Brad Stevens 




Probable Starters

PG:  George Hill  ................ SG:  JR Smith


C:  Tristan Thompson   


SF: Cedi Osman................. PF: LeBron James

Cavs Reserves
Jose Calderon
Jordan Clarkson
Jeff Green
Rodney Hood
Kyle Korver
Larry Nance Jr
Ante Zizic

Injuries
Kevin Love (hand)  out

Two Way Players
John Holland
London Perrantes

Head Coach

Tyronn Lue

Game Notes

Although the new look Cavaliers are the opponent for this game, the emphasis will not be on LeBron or the new faces on the Cavs, or even the game itself.  The emphasis on this day will be Paul Pierce as the Celtics raise his #34 to the rafters.  Of course, a Celtics win would be very nice against one of Pierce's biggest rivals. 

This is the 3rd and final meeting between these two teams in this regular season.  The Cavs won in Cleveland on opening night when the Celtics lost Gordon Hayward.  The Celtics then won 102-88 in January when the Cavaliers came to Boston. 

The Celtics are coming off a loss to the Pacers and are 6-4 in their last 10 games.  They are 21-9 at home.  The Cavaliers haven't played as well on the road as they have at home with a 12-15 record on the road.  They are 5-5 in their last 10 games and have won their last two games. 

The Cavs will be integrating several new players as none of their new players played on Friday.  They plan to start George Hill at the point but beyond that, it's hard to say which new players will get playing time in this game. 

The Celtics have dropped into 2nd place in the East by win percentage.  The Raptors now have the better win percentage by .002%.  The Celtics still have a 1/2 game lead on the Raptors after their loss to the Pacers and the Raptors win over the Knicks.  The Raptors are playing at Charlotte on Sunday and so the Celtics need a win in this one to hang onto first place. 

Key Matchups 

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Al Horford vs LeBron James 
Al Horford will be tasked with slowing down LeBron, who is averaging 26.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 8.9 assists.  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.

Celtics Bench vs Cavs Bench
The Cavs reserves ae averaging 41.3 points per game, which is good for 5th best in the league.  They have Jeff Green averaging 10.8 points while shooting 49% from the field.  They also have Kyle Korver averaging 9.5 points while shooting 43.2% beyond the arc.   The Celtics reserves at times struggle to score and so the Celtics will need them to come up big for them in this game. 

Keys to the Game
Defense Defense Defense!! Defense is key to winning every game.   The Cavs are 5th in the league averaging 109.8 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 100.1 while the Cavs are 28th with a defensive rating of 109.9.  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 are rebounding much better this season.  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 44.3 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.     

Play 48 Minutes
- The Celtics have a bad habit of starting out slow and allowing the opponent to build a big lead and then they have to play extra hard in the second half to catch up and sometimes they get the win and others they don't.  The Celtics must start strong and play hard throughout the game. 
 

X-Factors
Focus - The Celtics have to remain focused and block out the distractions of playing the Cavs and the circus that always surrounds them.  They also need to focus on playing the game rather than focus on the festivities surrounding Paul Pierce and the retirement of his number.

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: Cavaliers (32-22) at Celtics (40-17) Game #58 2/11/18
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Go C's

And a salute to the Truth!

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TP to  KGs Knee   for being the first to post in the game thread!!

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Celtics!!!!! 

Re: Cavaliers (32-22) at Celtics (40-17) Game #58 2/11/18
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ill be there! goooo C's and the Truth!

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I want a cav massacre! And a great day for Pierce..bring back memories of Lebron quitting vs them!!

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We need this one.


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Let's get this win on Pierce's day!  ;D

And please let's start off well in this game (no awful starts and large deficits early).

Cleveland will have their new guys playing so it will be an adjustment for them of sorts.

Hopefully Monroe and Morris can have big games tomorrow. Morris the "Lebron stopper" and Monroe helping us inside with the rebounds and scoring in the paint. Thompson has been terrible this year but against us he always seems to look like prime Shaq...  ::)
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Cleveland will have their new guys playing so it will be an adjustment for them of sorts.

Crush their spirits early so Lebron quits on them like he did to the team earlier in the year.

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Look for Larry Nance Jr or Jordan Clarkson going lights out in this game. Darn these former Lakers on top of LeBron James.

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Cleveland will have their new guys playing so it will be an adjustment for them of sorts.

Crush their spirits early so Lebron quits on them like he did to the team earlier in the year.
LeBron can't commit.  That's a problem for his teammates.

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I would love to see Kyrie dominate today and hear the crowd chant "MVP" with LeBron in the building.


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I expect a Lebron James trying to take over the game. Boston needs to start fast and play hard throughout the game.

“The rim is looking bigger and bigger every game.”

 Paul Pierce

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they will do  everything in their power to spoil THe Truth Day ..... :D


Maybe Paul sit on the bench and help cheer the team to victory!  ;D

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Would like to see baynes pick up a few flagrant shots on queen James and more ball movement from Morris and rozier

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God I hope this site is working right on Pierce's Day. Really want to share that with all my Celticsblog family