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Re: Celtics .. 2016-2017

Postby MattyB » Tue Feb 28, 2017 7:26 am

Celtics have bad loss to Hawks

Dwight Howard was ejected at the 4:03 mark in the third quarter. It was obviously supposed to be the turning point in this game, where the Celtics finally were freed from their kryptonite with Superman back in the locker room.

In a twist so grand that Moonlight won Best Picture all over again, the Hawks beat the Celtics 36-21 from the Howard ejection to the 2:40 mark in the fourth quarter when coach Mike Budenholzer threw in his garbage-time unit.

Kent Bazemore won best supporting actor, but Tim Hardaway put in his Emma Stone performance. He belted high notes from deep and tapped dance his way to the rim with ease.

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Re: Celtics .. 2016-2017

Postby MattyB » Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:06 am

Celtics lose out on Andrew Bogut, must look within for improvement

Andrew Bogut, not only looking for a larger than peripheral role but also the best chance at a return to the NBA Finals, turned down the Celtics last night and agreed to terms with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Cavs, who also signed point guard Deron Williams, will be a more significant challenge than ever for the Celtics, who are in second place in the Eastern Conference and on a slide with losses in three of their last four games.

And for the time being, the Celts don’t have what a source called a “Plan B” to improve their obvious weakness on the glass.

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Re: Celtics .. 2016-2017

Postby MattyB » Thu Mar 02, 2017 7:35 am

Celtics hold off LeBron, Cavaliers in 103-99 thriller

BOSTON -- The best games are the ones that exceed the hype, that feature some of the world's most talented players, two of the NBA's best teams, and high-level execution on both sides. When everything comes together like that and the top two clubs in the Eastern Conference meet, the product screams with basketball excitement.

A most enjoyable basketball experience ended Wednesday night at TD Garden only after Isaiah Thomas and Kyrie Irving traded clutch baskets in the final minute, Avery Bradley fought off a recent Achilles strain to hound Irving on a pivotal possession, and the Boston Celtics survived a late offensive rebound by Tristan Thompson -- the permanent irritant they deal with every time they see the Cleveland Cavaliers -- and the ensuing wide open three from Deron Williams.

During the Celtics' 103-99 win, the best players on both teams all showed off their stuff. Thomas scored in ways nobody his size should even consider, set up two huge 3-pointers down the stretch, and drilled a 29-footer inside the final minute to give the Celtics a two-point lead. Irving went on a stunning third-quarter stretch and, later, responded to Thomas' go-ahead by putting in a magical reverse layup. Al Horford (nine points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists) missed his first three shots but put together a powerful, well-rounded performance after that. LeBron James -- how did we not mention him until here? -- did what he's done for more than a decade now en route to 28 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.

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Re: Celtics .. 2016-2017

Postby MattyB » Thu Mar 02, 2017 1:32 pm

The B-List: Episode 3

This week on the B-List with Matty B, which you can hear on Sports Time 780 and Sportstime780.com Saturday morning at 8 am, Matty was joined by Chris Mannix from NBC Sports Radio to talk Celtics, and was joined in-studio by Randy Whitehouse and Lee Horton from the Sun Journal.

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Re: Celtics .. 2016-2017

Postby MattyB » Mon Mar 06, 2017 6:49 am

Late miscues cost Celtics at buzzer in Phoenix

PHOENIX — No one is staging a palace coup to remove Isaiah Thomas from his throne or anything, but the King of the Fourth and his Celtics had themselves a time to regret in the final seconds yesterday.

After a brilliant comeback — led, of course, by Thomas — the Celts were on the precipice of victory without starters Avery Bradley (rest) and Al Horford (elbow). But some missed free throws, a fumbled inbounds pass and a Tyler Ulis 3-pointer at the buzzer ended their reign and gave the Phoenix Suns a 109-106 triumph.

“We should have won,” said Thomas, who scored 14 of his 35 points in the final frame. “But they hit a crazy shot. We turned the ball over at the end, and if you turn the ball over on the road, things like that happen. We have to do a better job of finishing games and we didn’t do that tonight. So that’s why we lost.”

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Re: Celtics .. 2016-2017

Postby MattyB » Tue Mar 07, 2017 7:08 am

Celtics lose big second-half lead

LOS ANGELES -- There was no Tyler Ulis prayer this time, no final-minute collapse. Monday night against the Los Angeles Clippers, the Boston Celtics fell apart earlier in the second half.

One day after a nearly impossible loss to the Phoenix Suns, the Celtics tumbled into a 116-102 disaster after allowing Jamal Crawford to take their 13-point second-half lead, snap it over his leg, and throw it through a window. During a five-minute stretch spanning the third and fourth quarters, the high-scoring sixth man drilled three triples, drove by Kelly Olynyk for a bucket, found DeAndre Jordan (15 points, 12 rebounds) rolling to the hoop, and isolated James Young for a pull-up jumper. That helped charge a 31-10 Clippers run, which took less than six minutes.

Though Chris Paul (23 points) and Blake Griffin (26 points, eight rebounds) scored their share of points early, the Celtics held everybody else in check until the end of the third quarter, when Brad Stevens called on a weird lineup -- Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, James Young and Jordan Mickey -- and Crawford (19 points) went nuts. In Stevens' defense, injuries left him with a depleted roster and Crawford hit two tough, off-the-dribble triples as part of his nine-point outburst to end the quarter. He has always hit difficult shots, but those came at a rough time as the Celtics, already reeling, allowed an 11-0 run to end the period. Up 66-53 earlier in the quarter, they trailed 75-71 by the time the fourth arrived.

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Re: Celtics .. 2016-2017

Postby MattyB » Wed Mar 08, 2017 7:34 am

Celtics need to get better for stretch run

SAN FRANCISCO — No doubt Brad Stevens had a talk with Isaiah Thomas before, during or after the Celtics’ flight here yesterday. With the Warriors waiting across the bay in Oakland tonight, it’s best to have as clear a head as possible.

While Stevens said, “I’m not worried about anything other than getting better,” he has to be a tad concerned by Thomas’ critical comments — borne of frustration or not — after Monday’s collapse against the Clippers in Los Angeles. It was the second time this season Thomas has publicly questioned strategy, wondering after a home loss to Golden State in November whether the coaches had given up on the game too soon.

Looking at the larger picture now as the Celtics head down the regular-season stretch, Stevens was very direct in remarks to the Herald, questioning the validity of the Celtics’ 40-24 record. The All-Star point guard, on the other hand, seemed to point clearly to the lineups the coach employed in the latest loss, but he was likely more upset that, after building a 13-point lead, he was taken out with the Celts up six in the third quarter and re-inserted with the club down eight in the fourth.

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Re: Celtics .. 2016-2017

Postby MattyB » Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:28 am

CELTICS VS. WARRIORS
The Boston Celtics (41-24) snapped a two-game losing streak Wednesday night with a 99-86 win over the Golden State Warriors (52-12) at Oracle Arena that was buoyed by a fourth quarter filled with statements.

Although the Celtics trailed by two entering the final frame, they outscored the Warriors, 27-12, in the fourth and ripped off a 15-0 run at one point to slam the door shut.

Isaiah Thomas led the Beantown charge with 25 points, and he received plenty of help as the Celtics pieced together a complete team effort while disrupting the Warriors' flow all night long.

Fired-Up Steph Curry Taunted Jaylen Brown — Before Being Held Scoreless In Fourth
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Re: Celtics .. 2016-2017

Postby MattyB » Sat Mar 11, 2017 10:06 am

Nuggets steamroll Celtics

DENVER — Somewhere in the wildest Celtics dream, there is a trip to this year’s NBA Finals.

The nightmare is that it’s against the Nuggets.

Two nights after holding the Warriors, the highest scoring team in the league, to 86 points, the Celts dribbled into Denver and found their Kryptonite. The Nuggets slowed considerably in the last quarter, but they still burned the Bostonians for a 119-99 victory.

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Re: Celtics .. 2016-2017

Postby MattyB » Thu Mar 16, 2017 6:43 am

Celtics Beat Wolves 117-104;Horford nearly gets triple-double

Forget the last game, they said. Forget those Baby Wolves, with their fourth-quarter woes. This is the NBA’s best defense since the All-Star break, after all.

Memories of the fall of 2016 were fresh Wednesday night, as the Boston Celtics slaughtered the Minnesota Timberwolves 59-44 in the second half, en route to a 117-104 win.

The Celtics’ 34 assists were their most in a game since January 7 and their third-best performance of the year, with Al Horford nearly completing the team’s first triple-double of the season, contributing 20 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Horford helped hold Karl-Anthony Towns in check, as the emerging star left the Garden with just 17 points in 40 minutes. To his credit, Towns did wrangle a game-high 14 rebounds.

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