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Celtics (6-3) at Nuggets (8-1) Game #10 11/5/18
« on: November 04, 2018, 01:02:41 PM »

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Boston Celtics (6-3) at Denver Nuggets (8-1)
Monday, November 5, 2018
9:00 PM EST
Regular Season Game #10  Road Game #6
TV: NBCSB, Altitude
Radio: 98.5 Sports Hub, 950 AM
Pepsi Center



Probable Starting Matchups
Point Guard

vs
Kyrie Irving vs Jamal Murray

Shooting Guard
vs
Jaylen Brown vs Gary Harris

Small Forward

vs
Gordon Hayward vs Torrey Craig

Power Forward
vs
Jayson Tatum vs Paul Millsap

Center
vs
Al Horford vs Nikola Jokic


Celtics Reserves
Terry Rozier
Marcus Morris
Marcus Smart
Aron Baynes
Guerschon Yabusele
Semi Ojeleye
Brad Wanamaker
Robert Williams

Injuries
Jabari Bird
Daniel Theis

Two-Way Players
Walt Lemon, Jr.
P. J. Dozier

Head Coach

Brad Stevens




Nuggets Reserves
Malik Beasley
Juancho Hernangomez
Tyler Lydon
Trey Lyles
Monte Morris
Miles Plumlee

Injuries
Isaiah Thomas
Will Barton
Jarred Vanderbilt
Michael Porter, Jr.

Two Way Players
DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell
Thomas Welsh

Head Coach
Michael Malone

Game Notes
The Celtics travel to Denver to take on the Nuggets on the second stop of this tough 5 game road trip. Boston didn't have a good start to the trip losing to the Pacers 102-101 on a late game three pointer by Victor Oladipo. Boston continued their dominant defensive prowess but just could not generate any offense by going inside or getting to the line. If they continue with their extremely heavy three point offense, scoring inside or by drawing fouls will be a problem all year. They will simply live by the three or die by the three.

The Nuggets have played inspired ball so far this season and have the 2nd best record in the league with key victories over Golden State, New Orleans and Utah. Denver has been great defensively this year giving up the third least points per game and have the third best defensive rating in the league. They are excellent at causing turnovers and are the best rebounding team in the league with a rebounding rate of 54.3%.

Offensively, the Nuggets, one of the younger teams in the league, are led by their back court of Gary Harris and Jamal Murray. But, without a doubt, the best player offensive player on the Nuggets is one of the most unique players in the league, their center, Nikola Jokic. Jokic is averaging 18 points, 10 rebounds and 7.7 rebounds per game. The offense runs through Jokic and besides his excellent passing ability he has great shooting percentages of 52/38/85. Jokic is coming off a game against Utah where he had 16 assists...from the center position. The one area the Denver offense does struggle from is the three point line shooting just 30.6% good for 27th in the league.
 
For Boston to win tonight, they are going to have to hit on a high percentage of their three point shots, as it appears creating open three pointers has become Coach Stevens go to offense. Denver has good interior defense with Millsap, Plumlee and Jokic patrolling the paint. It will be best if the Celtics can draw those players out to the perimeter by having Horford Morris and Tatum hitting threes early which should open lanes for Hayward, Brown, Irving,Rozier and Smart.

Defensively, Boston has the length and athleticism to bother Denver's outside game but what will be best to contain Denver will be to play Jokic tight when he is out by the three point line trying to create opportunities for his team's. Jokic is Denver's defacto point guard. Limit his play making and you limit the Denver offense.


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Tough game!
We can win if we shot 50% from 3  ;)

Re: Celtics (6-3) at Nuggets (8-1) Game #10 11/5/18
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2018, 12:07:58 PM »

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This will be a battle. This would be a good game for Theis if he's available or some spot minutes for Robert Williams!

Re: Celtics (6-3) at Nuggets (8-1) Game #10 11/5/18
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TP to apc for being the first to post in the game thread

Re: Celtics (6-3) at Nuggets (8-1) Game #10 11/5/18
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2018, 12:19:57 PM »

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In my home state. Lets beat those Nuggets! I wish I could go to game tonight but unfortunately due to personal reasons, I cannot. Would have loved to see them up close and personal.

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starter!!! thanks for the thread and hopefully the nuggets take your suggestion and stay in bed for this game.  ;)

celtics back in the win column with this game.

Gooooooooooooooo celtics!!!!  ;D

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Re: Celtics (6-3) at Nuggets (8-1) Game #10 11/5/18
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This will be another great test early in the season. Can't wait!

Re: Celtics (6-3) at Nuggets (8-1) Game #10 11/5/18
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Celts have had a tough early schedule. Philly, Toronto, Milwaukee, Indy, OKC, Denver and will play Portland and Utah in 2 of next 3 games. 8 of first 13 games against probable playoff teams. 9 of first 13 games on the road.
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The C's are definitely in for a tough match up tonight.   Denver is one of the few teams that has actually beaten the Kings!



Seriously though, seems like the Nuggets have had a pretty easy schedule so far.  8-1 is always impressive in the NBA regardless of who you play, but only legit wins were over Warriors and Jazz.  Besides that their wins were against a Pelicans team without Anthony Davis and a bunch of teams I don't expect to make the playoffs.

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The C's are definitely in for a tough match up tonight.   Denver is one of the few teams that has actually beaten the Kings!

TP, although that joke's only funny until the Kings go 62-20. :)

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Re: Celtics (6-3) at Nuggets (8-1) Game #10 11/5/18
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Celts have had a tough early schedule. Philly, Toronto, Milwaukee, Indy, OKC, Denver and will play Portland and Utah in 2 of next 3 games. 8 of first 13 games against probable playoff teams. 9 of first 13 games on the road.

Good point. Another fact to factor in. 6 and 3 is not a bad stretch for the schedule.
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Horford seems very well-equipped to defend Jokic. Letís hope he can slow him

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Horford seems very well-equipped to defend Jokic. Letís hope he can slow him

My guess is they will defend him a lot like they defended Giannis. If he scores 28 points, but only has 3 assists, we probably did a pretty good job defensively.

It's when these passing forwards/bigs become playmakers for others that defenses get in trouble.
Most talent in the league. We don't want or need AD.

Re: Celtics (6-3) at Nuggets (8-1) Game #10 11/5/18
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Horford seems very well-equipped to defend Jokic. Letís hope he can slow him

My guess is they will defend him a lot like they defended Giannis. If he scores 28 points, but only has 3 assists, we probably did a pretty good job defensively.

It's when these passing forwards/bigs become playmakers for others that defenses get in trouble.
Agree. Thankfully Jokic can't get anywhere whenever he wants

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Excited for this one. Need to carve out some time to watch.
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