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Celtics (49-22) at Jazz (33-36) Game #72 3/18/23
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Boston Celtics (49-22) at Utah Jazz (33-36)
Saturday, March 18, 2023
9:00 PM ET
Regular Season Game #72 Road Game #37
TV:   NBCSB,  ATTSN-RM, NBA-LP
Radio: 98.5 Sports Hub, KZNS/KTUB
Vivint Arena


Probable Celtics Starters
PGSG SF PF C
PG: Marcus Smart
SG: Derrick White
SF: Jaylen Brown
PF: Jayson Tatum
C:   Blake Griffin

Celtics Reserves
Grant Williams
Malcolm Brogdon
Sam Hauser
Luke Kornet
Mike Muscala

2 Way Players
JD Davison
Mfiondu Kabengele

Out/Injuries
Danilo Gallinari  (ACL)  out
Payton Pritchard (heel) out
Robert Williams III (hamstring) out
Al Horford (back) questionable

Head Coach
Joe Mazzulla




Probable Starters
PG SG SF  PF C
PG:  Talen Horton-Tucker
SG:  Ochai Agbaji 
SF:   Kelly Olynyk
PF:   Lauri Markkanen
C:    Walker Kessler

Jazz Reserves
Udoka Azubuike
Kris Dunn
Simone Fontecchio
Rudy Gay
Damian Jones
Juan Toscano-Anderson

Out/Injuries
Jordan Clarkson (finger) questionable
Collin Sexton (hamstring) out

Two Way Players
Johnny Juzang
Micah Potter

Head Coach
Will Hardy

Game Notes
The Celtics come off of a Friday night game against the Trail Blazers to face the Utah Jazz.  This is the first of 2 games this season between these two teams.  They will meet again in Boston on March 31.   These two teams tied the series 1-1 last season with each team winning on their home court.  This is the 11th back to back set of the season for the Celtics.  They are 8-2 on the second night of back to back games and 3-1 when the games are both on the road. 

The Celtics remain in 2nd place in the East,  1.5 games behind first place Milwaukee.  They are 1 game ahead of 3rd place Philadelphia, who have won their last 7 games,  and 5 games ahead of 4th place Cleveland.  They are 23-13 on the road and 5-5 in their last 10 games.  They are 19-6 against Western Conference opponents.  They have won their last 2 games.

The Jazz are 11th in the West.  They are half a game behind 10th place Oklahoma City and the final play in spot.  They are 2.5 games behind 6th place Golden State and the final guaranteed playoff spot.  They are 20-13 at home and 4-6 in their last 10 games.  They are 12-14 against Eastern Conference opponents.  They lost their last game. 

The Celtics are playing in the 5th game of a 6 game road trip.  They will have two days off after this game before facing Sacramento for the final game of their road trip before heading home to face the Pacers and then the Spurs.  The Jazz are playing in the first home game after a 2-4 road trip.  This is the first game of a 4 game home stand for them. 

Robert Williams III (hamstring), Payton Pritchard (heel) and Danilo Gallinari (ACL) are all out for this game.  I'm guessing that Al Horford will be out since they are playing back to back.  I'm also guessing that Blake Griffin will start in his place.  Malcolm Brogdon missed Friday's game with Achilles soreness but  I'm guessing that he may be back for this game.  In the end, it's a guess as to who will play and who will sit. 

For the Jazz,  Jordan Clarkson has missed the last 4 games with a sprained finger and is questionable for this game.   He participated fully in Friday's practice, however, and will likely return for this game.   Collin Sexton is out with a hamstring injury.   

Key Matchups
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Markkanen is averaging 25.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.  He is shooting 50.5% from the field and 40.4% from beyond the arc.  He has a height advantage over Jayson Tatum and is a very good shooter and so the Celtics are going to have to work hard on defense to slow him down. 

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Malcolm Brogdon vs Jordan Clarkson
Clarkson is a former 6th man of the year while Brodgon is a candidate for the honor this year.  Clarkson is averaging 20.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game.  He is shooting 44.4% from the field and 33.8% from beyond the arc.  This will be a battle between two very good 6th men. 

Honorable Mention
Jaylen Brown vs Kelly Olynyk
Olynyk is averaging 12 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.  He is shooting 49.8% from the field and 39.9% from beyond the arc.  He will definitely look to give a little extra to beat his former team.  He is a good shooter and at 7', he has a height advantage over Jaylen Brown.  The Celtics need to pay special attention to Olynyk, especially on the perimeter. 

Keys to the Game
Defense -  Defense is the key to winning each and every game.   The Celtics are 4th in the league with a defensive rating of 111.1 while the Jazz are 24th with a defensive rating of 115.7. The Celtics are 4th in points with 117.5 while the Jazz are 6th in points with 117.2 The Celtics must particularly guard the 3 point line as the Jazz have some very good 3 point shooters on the team and they are 5th with 35.8 3 pointers attempted per game.  The Celtics must play smothering defense if they hope to get a win in this 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  45.1 rebounds per game (7th) while the Jazz are averaging 45.3  rebounds per game, which is 6th in the league.  The Jazz are 4th with 16.2 second chance points per game and so if the Celtics want to win this game they need to crash the boards and out-rebound the Jazz. 
 
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.  We have seen spurts in each game where they go on a run and look very good but they also have spurts when they turn the ball over and can't make a shot.  They have to be consistent and play all 48 minutes at full effort and focus. 

Focus - The Celtics must come into the game focused on playing the right way as a team.  They need to focus on moving the ball and moving without the ball as they had just 19 assists on Monday.  They have to focus on taking good shots and making them. They have to focus on making good passes and not get sloppy handling the ball.  They have to stay focused on playing tough team defense and not miss defensive assignments.

X-Factors
Back to Back On the Road - The Celtics are playing in the fifth game of a 6 game Western road trip.  They have to stay focused on playing Celtics basketball and block out all the distractions that come from playing on the road like travel, playing in a different time zone,  staying in hotels and a hostile crowd.  They are also playing in back to back games and in the 3rd game in 4 nights.  Fatigue may be a factor down the stretch in this game. 

Coaching -  This is the first time that Will Hardy and Joe Mazzulla will be matched up against each other as head coaches.  Both are former Celtics assistant coaches and both are first year coaches who have done well in their first season.  Which former assistant will lead their team to the win? 

Officiating -  Officiating is always an x-factor. Will they let them play or will they call every ticky tack foul?  Will they favor the home team?    We never know what any given crew will do.  The Celtics need to stay focused and not allow bad calls or lack of calls take them out of their game. 
   
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Re: Celtics (49-22) at Jazz (33-36) Game #72 3/19/23
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lets go! 3 in a row!

Re: Celtics (49-22) at Jazz (33-36) Game #72 3/19/23
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TP to  MattyIce  for being the first to post in the game thread!!!!!!

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Beat the Jazz!!!!!

Re: Celtics (49-22) at Jazz (33-36) Game #72 3/18/23
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I'm going to be at this game! Xmas present from the family. Can't wait to see a bit of home of home again.

Re: Celtics (49-22) at Jazz (33-36) Game #72 3/18/23
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Needed big win last night, let's make it three in a row with another strong game tonight.
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Come on bench. Get us through this one!

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Tonight could officially be clinch night with a Celtics win OR Heat loss  ;D
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Al is questionable !!!  ;D ;D ;D

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Al is questionable !!!  ;D ;D ;D

Heís not playing. I think itíll be more Muscala and Griffin tonight

BRobb on radio seems to think Timelord could return on Tuesday against SAC. Thatíd be huge. A few days off between tonight and Tuesday, then again after the game until Friday. Good time to ease Rob in
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Smart listed with left hip bruise..


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Al, Rob, Marcus, and Payton all out vs Utah.

Smart listed with left hip bruise..

I'm surprised Tatum is playing tonight tbh

I still feel strangely confident though. We still have the Jays, White and Brogdon leading the group. Would be nice to get some contribution from GWill and Muscala as well off the bench tonight
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With a win tonight, we'd be just 1 game back of MIL in the standings. Still would need a little bit of help from other teams over the next week, but we're still absolutely in the mix so long as we continue to take care of business again
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C's clinch a playoff spot with a win OR Miami loss.

And Miami is currently down 21 lol near halftime
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