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Cavaliers (4-16) at Celtics (11-10) Game #22 11/30/18
« on: November 28, 2018, 01:35:00 PM »

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Cleveland Cavaliers (4-16) at Boston Celtics (11-10)
Friday, November 30, 2018
7:00 PM EST
Regular Season Game #22 Home Game #9
TV: NBCSB, FSO
Radio: 98.5 Sports Hub, WMMS 100.7
TD Garden




Probable Starters

PG:  Kyrie Irving  ..............SG:  Marcus Smart


C:  Aron Baynes


SF:  Jayson Tatum   ............... PF:  Marcus Morris 

Celtics Reserves
Daniel Theis
Terry Rozier
Guerschon Yabusele
Semi Ojeleye
Gordon Hayward
Brad Wanamaker
Robert Williams

Injuries

Jabari Bird
Jaylen Brown
Al Horford

Two Way Players
P. J. Dozier
 
Head Coach
Brad Stevens 




Probable Starters

PG:  Collin Sexton  ................ SG:  Rodney Hood


C:  Tristan Thompson   


SF: Cedi Osman................. PF: Larry Nance, Jr.

Cavs Reserves
Jordan Clarkson
J. R. Smith
Channing Frye
Ante Zizic
Alec Burks

Injuries
Kevin Love
Sam Dekker
George Hill
David Nwaba

Two Way Players
Andrew Harrison
Billy Preston

Head Coach

Larry Drew

Game Notes

The Celtics come back to the friendly confines(always wanted to type that) of TD Garden after a 2-1 road trip to take on one of the two worst teams in the NBA, the Lebron-less Cleveland Cavaliers. Boston played very well on the road trip, with a hard fought loss in Dallas sandwiched around great wins in Atlanta and New Orleans. The Cavs have lost their last two games but have won only 4 games all year. Tonight will be a good night to build on the overall better play that Boston showed over the last three games.

Cleveland is a different team this year without LeBron James leading the way. Also out of Cleveland is coach Tyronne Lue and any semblance of trying to win, as J. R. Smith has even acknowledged the team is tanking. All-Star power forward, Kevin Love, is injured and will be nursed along slowly. The Cavs are just a terrible team. They scored the least points per game in the league and they take less and make less three pointers a game than anyone else. Cleveland is not an efficient scoring team having bottom three marks in eFG% and TS%. Thier magic number is 113 points. They have scored above that mark five times, winning four of those games, their only wins. Hold them below 113 and you will beat the Cavs. Cleveland also has the worst defense in the league and grab the second lowest number of defensive rebounds per game, though that is most likely due to their 3rd slowest pace in the NBA. They give up the highest FG% by their opponents across the league. Basically, Cleveland doesn't score a lot of points and they give up a lot. A perfect recipe for a tanking team.

This is the part where I usually talk about who leads the opponent's team, but in the case of Cleveland, in the absence of LeBron James, and Kevin Love out, there isn't really any player that leads this team. Apart from Love, there is only one player with more than 2.8 assists per game and that is George Hill with 3.0. Jordan Clarkson gets his 16 PPG but adds little else. Cav's rookie Collin Sexton has looked solid when starting putting up 18.9 PPG, 4.4 RPG and 2.8 APG on very good shooting percentages, but he is a poor defender. And, of course, Boston Celtics killer on the offensive boards, Tristian Thompson is putting up his usual 11 points and 11rebounds per game. Larry Drew's squad will be stretched tonight with 4 players out due to injury and Drew's decision to not giving any playing time to Channing Frye or J. R. Smith, who requested a trade out of Cleveland earlier this month. Speaking of trades, Cleveland sent sharpshooting vet, Kyle Korver, to Utah for Alec Burks and picks. As of this writing the trade hasn't been approved by the league so there is a good chance Burks is unavailable against the Celtics.

For Brad Stevens' squad, Jaylen Brown will miss his second consecutive game due to a bruised tailbone that he got after a nasty fall in the Dallas game. Al Horford is also being given a rest game with the Celtics playing Minnesota  tomorrow night. The Celtics starting units had much improved, aggressive game starts averaging 35 points in the first quarters of the last three games. This has been a key to much of Boston's wins this year and needs to continue. Keys to this game will be Kyrie Irving taking advantage of the poor defensive backcourt of the Cavs as well as continuing to shoot better from everywhere. It would behoove Boston to stay aggressive all game and really crank up the pressure in the 4th quarter as Cleveland will be playing 6 players big minutes tonight with their depleted bench. Here's hoping the Celtics get a win and can finally start playing consistently to their talent level.
 
« Last Edit: November 30, 2018, 02:06:31 PM by nickagneta »

Re: Cavaliers (4-16) at Celtics (11-10) Game #22 11/30/18
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2018, 01:53:46 PM »

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Let's go C's!!!!  Thanks Nick!

Re: Cavaliers (4-16) at Celtics (11-10) Game #22 11/30/18
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2018, 01:56:32 PM »

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ECF rematch!!  :D get hyped!

Re: Cavaliers (4-16) at Celtics (11-10) Game #22 11/30/18
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2018, 01:57:18 PM »

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TP to otherdave, once again, for being the first to post in the game thread.

Re: Cavaliers (4-16) at Celtics (11-10) Game #22 11/30/18
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2018, 02:00:51 PM »

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I believe Horford is out tonight for rest?

Re: Cavaliers (4-16) at Celtics (11-10) Game #22 11/30/18
« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2018, 02:02:32 PM »

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I believe Horford is out tonight for rest?
You are correct. Will fix that.

Re: Cavaliers (4-16) at Celtics (11-10) Game #22 11/30/18
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2018, 02:03:40 PM »

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The C's tend to not bring it against inferior opponents.

But instead of focusing on the Cav's 4-16 record and thinking this will be a cake walk, I hope they look at this as the team that knocked them out of the playoffs the last 2 years (and 3 of the last 4, but that only really applies to Smart), and have Tristan Thompson's trash talk up on the bulletin board, and some spite from Kyrie wanting to show that the Cavs chose the wrong star to build around.

So instead of the regular lackluster performance against bottom feeder, I'm hoping for a 50 point blow out.
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Re: Cavaliers (4-16) at Celtics (11-10) Game #22 11/30/18
« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2018, 02:08:48 PM »

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I hope NBA.com and realgm.com update their pics on Kyrie Irving. Can't stand putting up that long haired picture of him in the game threads

Re: Cavaliers (4-16) at Celtics (11-10) Game #22 11/30/18
« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2018, 02:21:36 PM »

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This is actually an important game.  They played really well vs NO and one would hope that they build on that - but the pattern all season so far has been to play like crap vs the less talented teams - especially defensively. 

We'll know they're on the right track if they put these guys away early.  If they struggle the malaise continues and the last game won't have meant much. I'd like to see a halftime score of something like 60-40.

Re: Cavaliers (4-16) at Celtics (11-10) Game #22 11/30/18
« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2018, 02:26:13 PM »

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BRING IT!

Re: Cavaliers (4-16) at Celtics (11-10) Game #22 11/30/18
« Reply #10 on: November 30, 2018, 02:26:41 PM »

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I believe Horford is out tonight for rest?

Is it Robert Williams time?

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« Reply #11 on: November 30, 2018, 02:28:50 PM »

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This is actually an important game.  They played really well vs NO and one would hope that they build on that - but the pattern all season so far has been to play like crap vs the less talented teams - especially defensively. 

We'll know they're on the right track if they put these guys away early.  If they struggle the malaise continues and the last game won't have meant much. I'd like to see a halftime score of something like 60-40.

I agree, most of the second half should be garbage time if the Celts are getting on track.

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« Reply #12 on: November 30, 2018, 02:34:32 PM »

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Please don't let this be another "stoop down to the level of competition and get blown out at home"

Plus, I want some revenge for what these fools did to us in Game 7 last year.

Re: Cavaliers (4-16) at Celtics (11-10) Game #22 11/30/18
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thanks nick for the thread. a tp as ever.

the celtics will kick cleveland butt tonight. no doubt about it!!

gooooooooooooo celtics!  ;D
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Re: Cavaliers (4-16) at Celtics (11-10) Game #22 11/30/18
« Reply #14 on: November 30, 2018, 02:42:52 PM »

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I believe Horford is out tonight for rest?
You are correct. Will fix that.

At least Lebron is no longer in the starting line-up for CLE. That kind-of freaked me out yesterday when I saw this thread.

Great job once again, Nick, and go Cs!!

 

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