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Celtics (51-23) at Jazz (42-32) Game #75 3/28/18
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Boston Celtics (51-23) at Utah Jazz (42-32)
Wednesday, March 28,2018
9:30 PM ET
Regular Season Game #75 Road Game #38
TV:  ESPN, NBCSB, ATTSN-RM
Radio: 98.5 Sports Hub, 1280 AM The Zone
Vivint Smart Home Arena




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

Celtics Reserves
Shane Larkin
Abdel Nader
Semi Ojeleye
Greg Monroe
Guerschon Yabusele
Jabari Bird
Kadeem Allen
Xavier Silas

Injuries
Marcus Morris  (ankle)  questionable
Gordon Hayward (ankle)  out
Daniel Theis (knee) out
Kyrie Irving (knee) out
Marcus Smart (thumb)  out

Two Way Players
Kadeem Allen
Jabari Bird

Head Coach
Brad Stevens




Probable Starters
PG SG SF  PF C
PG: Ricky Rubio
SG: Donovan Mitchell
SF: Joe Ingles
PF: Derrick Favors
C: Rudy Gobert

Jazz Reserves

Tony Bradley
Alec Burks
Jae Crowder
Dante Exum
Jonas Jerebko
Erik McCree
George Niang
Royce O'Neal
David Stockton
Ekpe Udoh

Injuries
Raul Neto (wrist) out
Thabo Sefolosha (knee) out

Head Coach
Quin Snyder

Game Notes

The Celtics come to the end of their 4 game road trip.  They are 3-0 so far on the trip and are looking for a sweep of the trip with a win against the Utah Jazz.  This is the toughest game on the trip as the Jazz have been playing very well and are a very good defensive team.  They also are very motivated by several factors. 

First, the Jazz are still smarting from the loss of Gordon Hayward. He won't be playing in this game but the Jazz will be playing to beat his new team and also to show him he turned his back on the better team.  You might say that they have gotten over it,  but this was tweeted by the Salt Lake Tribune on Tuesday. 
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Dear @gordonhayward: The @utahjazz are doing just fine without you. @rudygobert27 is a stud and @spidadmitchell is going to be a star, probably bigger than you. You're not missed. Sincerely, @GordonMonson.

The Jazz are also fighting for their playoff lives and positioning.  They are currently 7th in the West.  They are 1.5 games behind the Spurs for 6th  place and just half a game ahead of Minnesota for the 8th place.  They are also just 2 games ahead of 9th place and slipping out of the playoffs altogether and so every win matters to them.

At the trade deadline, Jae Crowder was traded to the Jazz by the Cavaliers for Rodney Hood.  Like Isaiah, Jae did not fit in with the Cavaliers.   He is fitting in with the Jazz much better and is playing pretty well.   It's ironic that he ended up on the Jazz because he was very upset last season when the Celtics fans cheered for Gordon Hayward because he felt disrespected.  Now, Hayward is a Celtic and Jae is on Gordon's former team.  The Jazz will want to win this one for Jae and also for Jonas Jerebko who joined the Jazz in the offseason. 

The Celtics have won 4 straight and 3 on the road trip.  They are 7-3 in their last 10 games and 27-10 on the road.  They are 21-8 against Western Conference teams.  They are 3.5 games behind the Raptors, who won on Tuesday, and 7 games ahead of the Cavaliers, who lost on Tuesday.   The Jazz are 8-2 in their last 10 games and are 24-12 at home.  They are 14-15 vs the East.

Marcus Morris is questionable for this game after spraining his ankle in the game against the Suns.  Kyrie Irving (knee), Daniel Theis (knee), Gordon Hayward (ankle), and Marcus Smart (thumb) are all still out.  The Celtics signed Xavier Silas, who last played on Scal's team in the Big 3 League, and he is expected to join the team for this game.  For the Jazz, Raul Neto (wrist) and Thabo Sefolosha (knee) are both out. 


Key Matchups

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Jaylen Brown vs Donovan Mitchell
Donovan Mitchell has been a very impressive rookie for the Jazz.  He is the only rookie with three 30+ point games (41, 31, and 32).  He is leads all rookies with 20.3 points per game along with 3.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists.  In the earlier game vs the Celtics, Mitchell finished with 17 points, nine rebounds and five assists, hitting two back-to-back three pointers late in the game to seal the game for Utah.  Brown's size and defense will hopefully slow him down somewhat. 

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Aron Baynes vs Rudy Gobert
The 7'1" Gobert has a height advantage over Baynes but Baynes should have a strength advantage that he can hopefully use to keep him away from the basket somewhat.  Gobert is averaging 14.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per game.  The Celtics need to try to keep him out of the paint. 

Honorable Mention

Terry Rozier vs Ricky Rubio
Rubio is averaging 12.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists.  In the first game, which the Jazz won, Rubio led the Jazz with 22 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists.  Terry will need to come up big for the Celtics on both ends of the court for the Celtics to win this one. 

Keys to the Game
Rebound - Much of rebounding is effort and when the Celtics put out that effort on the boards, we see it in the other areas of their game.  The Celtics are averaging  44.4 rebounds per game (8th) while the Jazz are averaging 43.0  rebounds per game (20th).   The Celtics  were out rebounded 55-31 in the first game between these two teams.  If they want to win this one,  they have to do better on the boards.

Defense -  Defense is the key to winning each and every game.  The Celtics must play the swarming team defense that we saw from them to begin the season.  The Celtics are still the team with the best defensive rating (101.2).   The Jazz are also a good defensive team with a defensive rating of 102.0, good for 2nd in the league.   Defense wins games and the Celtics must play tough swarming TEAM defense.  The Celtics must particularly guard the 3 point line as the Jazz shot 52% from beyond the arc in their December win against the Celtics. 
 
Take Care of the Ball - The Celtics have to take care of the ball, make smart passes, and limit their turnovers.   The Jazz are 13th in the league, averaging 16.6 points off of turnovers  and the Celtics don't want to give them extra points by getting careless with the ball.  The Jazz are also 3rd with 8.7 steals a game.  It will be important for the Celtics to keep their focus and not turn the ball over and not be careless with the ball. 

Play 48 Minutes
-  The Celtics can't afford to dig a hole at the beginning of the game and they can't let up at the end and lose focus and miss shots and allow the Jazz to score at will.  They also can't afford those periods in the game where they turn the ball over and lose their focus.  They have to play hard from the opening tip to the final buzzer.   

X-Factors
End of the Road - The Celtics are playing in the final game of a 4 game Western road trip.  They have won the first 3 games and so it would be easy to let up and say 3-1 on the trip is pretty good.  The last game in a road trip is always a tough one as the team is road weary and tired and may struggle to keep their focus.  They have to stay focused on playing Celtics basketball and block out all the distractions that come from playing on the road. 

Motivation -  I'm sure the Jazz have had this game circled ever since Gordon Hayward signed with the Celtics this summer.   Hayward's former teammates, especially Gobert, were upset that he left the Jazz and will likely be extra motivated to beat the team he signed with.  Jae and Jonas will be motivated to beat their former team.  The Jazz will also have the home crowd to help motivate them.  The Celtics have to dig deep for enough Celtics Pride to help them avenge their earlier loss to the Jazz.

Injuries - The Celtics are still very short handed while the Jazz is pretty much healthy and they are starting the same lineup they did in Boston.  So far on the road trip, the Celtics have been able to overcome the absence of 4 (and in 2 games 5) of their key players.  However they are at the end of the trip and the injuries may just catch up to them.  [/center}

Re: Celtics (51-23) at Jazz (42-32) Game #75 3/28/18
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2018, 11:13:03 PM »

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Too bad Hayward won't be playing in this game. It would've been an interesting one indeed.

Let's go Celtics!

Re: Celtics (51-23) at Jazz (42-32) Game #75 3/28/18
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2018, 11:23:48 PM »

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TP FLCelts!!

This is going to be a tough one.

Rest Morris....we need him down the linr.

Go Cs!

Re: Celtics (51-23) at Jazz (42-32) Game #75 3/28/18
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2018, 02:20:07 AM »

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Let's Go Celtics Beat those Jazz!
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Re: Celtics (51-23) at Jazz (42-32) Game #75 3/28/18
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2018, 06:17:23 AM »

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TP FLCelts!!

This is going to be a tough one.

Rest Morris....we need him down the linr.

Go Cs!

Go Celts! Tough game.


Hey Jaylen. I lost 519 Tommy Points betting on you guys and lost

Re: Celtics (51-23) at Jazz (42-32) Game #75 3/28/18
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2018, 07:25:25 AM »

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Starting five??!!

I heard that Favors is coming off the bench now.

Mitchell should be ROY, not Simmons.

Re: Celtics (51-23) at Jazz (42-32) Game #75 3/28/18
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2018, 08:09:36 AM »

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TP to SparzWizard for being the first to post in the game thread!!

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Celtics!!!  Win this one for Gordon!! 

Re: Celtics (51-23) at Jazz (42-32) Game #75 3/28/18
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2018, 09:36:58 AM »

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4 or 4 road trip would be amazing with depleted Celtics squad.

Don't think we can win without Morris offense,  no matter how well Tatum and Rozier play.   Have to have that third scorer.

Re: Celtics (51-23) at Jazz (42-32) Game #75 3/28/18
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2018, 12:10:26 PM »

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We have to win this. Jazz fans are really really annoying.

-calling Mitchell a "bonafide superstar", not future, not even up-and-coming, BONAFIDE.
-their blog frontpage said Stevens tampered with Hayward.
-apparently Crowder and Jerebko are gonna destroy us.

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« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2018, 12:21:17 PM »

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Hard to believe there's only 8 games left! Gonna be tough. While I really like Spyder Mitchell, I still say Tatum has been the best rookie this season. Mitchell has been given the green light from day 1. He was told primarily that he was going to take over Gordon's role as go to scorer and he hasn't disappointed. I'm not a huge stat guy but I do know shots made and shots taken and this kid is hoisting them up at a blistering rate! If Jason shot as much as he does he'd probably be in the top 5 in scoring! His athleticism is off the charts. Reminds me a lot of Brandon Roy before the injuries.

With that said, I love our backups playing like they truly believe that they can compete against any team in this league. Win or lose, just compete and anything can happen!
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Al is questionable for tonight.
Morris likely out.

Re: Celtics (51-23) at Jazz (42-32) Game #75 3/28/18
« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2018, 04:32:32 PM »

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Al is questionable for tonight.
Morris likely out.

no AL and Morris = loss


Re: Celtics (51-23) at Jazz (42-32) Game #75 3/28/18
« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2018, 05:03:23 PM »

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We have to win this. Jazz fans are really really annoying.

-calling Mitchell a "bonafide superstar", not future, not even up-and-coming, BONAFIDE.
-their blog frontpage said Stevens tampered with Hayward.
-apparently Crowder and Jerebko are gonna destroy us.

https://twitter.com/sltribsports/status/978672798989156352

I hope we crush them, just because of this jerk who even the Jazz fans seem to dislike.

Re: Celtics (51-23) at Jazz (42-32) Game #75 3/28/18
« Reply #13 on: March 28, 2018, 05:53:28 PM »

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no Al no Marcus x 2 no Kyrie no Gordon no Theis

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Re: Celtics (51-23) at Jazz (42-32) Game #75 3/28/18
« Reply #14 on: March 28, 2018, 06:05:05 PM »

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If no Al hope to see a Yabu start. Still have optimism he will eventually become a key big for us off bench starting next season.