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Nets (28-53) at Celtics (54-27) Game #82 4/11/18
« on: April 10, 2018, 10:55:10 PM »

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Brooklyn Nets (28-53) at Boston Celtics (54-27)
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
8:00 PM ET
Regular Season Game #82 Home Game #41
TV:  NBCSB, YES,  NBA-LP (DTV 751, xfinity 751)
Radio: 98.5 Sports Hub, WCBS 880 AM
TD Garden



Probable Starting Matchups
Point Guard

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Shane Larkin vs D'Angelo Russell

Shooting Guard

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Jaylen Brown vs Spencer Dinwiddie

Small Forward
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Jayson Tatum vs Allen Crabbe

Power Forward
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Marcus Morris vs Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

Center
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Aron Baynes vs Jarrett Allen 


Celtics Reserves
Abdel Nader
Semi Ojeleye
Jabari Bird
Kadeem Allen
Greg Monroe
Jonathon Gibson


Injuries
Gordon Hayward (ankle)  out
Marcus Smart (Thumb)  out
Daniel Theis  (knee)  out
Kyrie Irving (knee)  out
Guerschon Yabusele (knee) questionable
Al Horford (out) rest
Terry Rozier (out) rest

Two Way Players

Jabari Bird
Kadeem Allen

Head Coach

Brad Stevens




Nets Reserves
Quincy Acy
Dante Cunningham
Milton Doyle
Caris LeVert
Timofey Mozgov
Jahlil Okafor
Nik Stauskas
James Webb

Injuries
Jeremy Lin  (knee) out
DeMarre Carroll (hip)  out
Joe Harris (ankle) out
Caris LeVert (foot)  probable
Isaiah Whitehead (wrist) out

Two Way Players
Jacob Wiley
Milton Doyle

Head Coach
Kenny Atkinson

Game Notes
The Celtics and Nets meet for the 4th and final game this season.  This is also the final game of the regular season for both teams.  The Nets have been closing out the season strong with a 3 game win streak leading into this game.  The Cavs own their pick, courtesy of the Celtics trade for Kyrie and so they have no reason to tank. 

The Nets are 13-27 on the road and they are 5-5 in their last 10 games.  The Nets have lost their last 8 games against the Celtics.  The Celtics are 26-14 at home and are 6-4 in their last 10 games.  They are playing in the second of back to back games and are 8-5 on the second night of back to back games. 

All 3 games between these teams have been close.  The Celtics won 109-102 at Brooklyn on November 14.  The Celtics won at Boston 108-105 on December 31.  And then, on January 6th, the Celtics won 87-85 at Brooklyn, just before they took of for their game in London.  The Nets play hard and you have to take them seriously. 

The Celtics have Kyrie Irving (knee), Daniel Theis (knee) Marcus Smart (thumb), Gordon Hayward (ankle)  out for certain.  Guerschon Yabusele is questionable with a sore knee.  Terry Rozier and Al Horford are out for rest.  I'm just taking a guess that Shane Larkin and Marcus Morris will start, but it may well be anyone in the starting lineup. 

The Nets also have a long list of injuries going into this game.  DeMarre Carroll (hip), Joe Harris (ankle), Jeremy Lin (knee) and Isaiah Whitehead (wrist) are out for them.  Caris LeVert has been out with a foot injury and is listed as probable for this game. 

Key Matchups
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Shane Larkin vs D'Angelo Russell
D'Angelo Russell missed the first 3 games between these two teams with a knee injury.   He is averaging 15.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 5.2 assists on the season.  Shane, or whoever starts, will need to slow him down. 

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Marcus Morris vs Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
Hollis-Jefferson is averaging 14.1 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.5 assists.  In the first game, between these two teams, he had 16 points and 9 rebounds and in the second game, he had 22 points and 12 rebounds.  He is also one of the better defenders on the team.  Marcus, or whoever starts, will need to make him work on both ends of the court. 

Honorable Mention
Jaylen Brown vs Spencer Dinwiddie
Dinwiddie started at the point in the first 3 games and put up decent numbers, scoring 20 points in the last game and 12 points and 11 assists in the first game.   He is averaging 12.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game.

Keys to the Game
Defense
- Defense wins games.  The Celtics are still tops in the league with a defensive rating of 101.5  Their defense will be tested against the Nets, who are averaging 106.7 points per game.  The Celtics are averaging just 104.0 points per game and so in order to win they are going to have to continue to make defense their priority and slow down the Nets' offense. 

Be Aggressive - The Celtics need to be the more aggressive team in going after loose balls, rebounds, 50/50 balls, and in going to the basket.  They also have to be aggressive on defense.  They have to be the team that wants it more and they have to play that way for 48 minutes.  They can't let themselves play with less than 100% effort because they are playing the Nets because the Nets always play hard themselves.  They have to be the team that plays harder.

Rebound - The Celtics need the ball in order to score.  They need to rebound on the offensive end to give themselves extra possessions and to keep the Nets from getting fast break points.  They also need to rebound on the defensive end to keep the Nets from getting second chance points.  The Celtics are averaging 44.2 rebounds per game compared to 44.4 for the Nets.  They need to give extra effort on the boards as a team in order to beat the Nets to the rebounds.

Take Care of the Ball - The Celtics have to stay focused and take care of the ball.  They  have to value every possession and make good passes and find the open man for the best open shots.  They can't get sloppy and give the Nets extra chances by allowing them to steal the ball.   The Nets play hard and will try to disrupt the passing lanes and the Celtics have to be careful to keep them from doing so.

X-Factors

Final Game - It's the final game of the season.  The Celtics have nothing  on the line to play for.  They are locked into the 2nd seed and the biggest priority will be to finish the game with everyone healthy and on the same page going into the playoffs.  Brad may choose to sit some of the players for rest or limit their minutes.   

Back to Back - The Celtics are yet again playing on the second night of back to back games.  Playing against the Wizards on Tuesday, they expended a lot of energy and so may not have the energy in this one to pull out if any of the rotation players sit and especially if the Nets play to win the game. 
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Re: Nets (28-53) at Celtics (54-27) Game #82 4/11/18
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Last game of the season! Leggo C's!

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lets goooo lose this!  hurt the cavs! rest everbody

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Great game to lose. Screw the Cavs!

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


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Going to see a lot of Gibson, Bird, and Allen!

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This is an unimportant game. Play six or seven guys. Get ready for Washington
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7th!

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Hope that we just get a favourable 1st round matchup.
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We need to lose this one. Can't believe I'm saying this but...Lets go nets!

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Will I get to see the famed Gibson/Allen/Bird/Nader/Yabu lineup.
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Please lose this one then when the Cavs beat NY tonight Brooklyn will be at #9 instead of #8.


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Time to put the death lineup of Yabu, Semi, Nader, Larkin and Baynes. We have more to gain by resting our starters. Bench getting more experience, worst pick for Cavs and avoiding injury risk for our key players.

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I’ll be at tonight’s game, first time since 2011.

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