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Celtics (34-19) at Cavaliers (11-42) Game #54 2/5/19
« on: February 04, 2019, 10:40:58 PM »

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Boston Celtics (34-19) at Cleveland Cavaliers (11-42)
7:00 PM ET
Regular Season Game #54, Road Game #26
TV: NBCSB, FSO, NBA-LP 752(DTV), 752(xfinity)
Radio: 98.5 Sports Hub, WTAM 1100
Quicken Loans Arena




Probable Starters

PG:  Terry Rozier  ........................................ SG: Marcus Smart


C:  Al Horford


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

Celtics Reserves
Daniel Theis
Guerschon Yabusele
Semi Ojeleye
Gordon Hayward
Brad Wanamaker
Jaylen Brown

Injuries
Jabari Bird  (personal)  out
Kyrie Irving (hip)  out
Aron Baynes (foot) out
Robert Williams (back) questionable

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




Probable Starters

PG:  Collin Sexton  ................ SG:  Alec Burks


C:  Ante Zizic


SF: Jordan Clarkson................. PF: Larry Nance, Jr

Cavaliers Reserves
Matthew Dellavadova
Channing Frye
Deng Adel
Jaron Blossomgame
Wade Baldwin, IV
David Nwaba


Injuries
John Henson (wrist)  out
Kevin Love (foot) out
Nick Stauskas (knee) out
Tristan Thompson (foot) out
JR Smith (head case)  Not with team
Cedi Osman (ankle)  out

Two Way Players

Deng Adel
Jaron Blossomgame

Head Coach

Larry Drew

Game Notes

After a big home win over the Thunder, the Celtics visit the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 3rd of 4 meetings this season.   The Celtics won the first matchup 128-95 on November 30 in Boston.  They then won the second meeting 123-103 on January 23, also in Boston.    They will meet one more time on March 26 in Cleveland.

The Celtics have moved up to 3rd in the East, tied with Philly but owning the tie breaker over them.  They are 3.5 games behind Toronto for 2nd and 5 games behind Milwaukee for first.  Indiana is half a game behind the Celtics in 5th.  The Celtics are 9-1 in their last 10 games and 12-13 on the road.  They have won their last 4 games. 

The Cavs have long ago given up any thoughts of playoffs as they are 14th in the East, 13 games out of playoff position.  They are 6-20 at home and 3-7 in their last 10 games.  They lost their last game on Friday after winning two straight.  The Cavs have won their last 4 games against the Celtics in Cleveland.  Those were all in the LeBron era, however.

The Celtics will be without Kyrie Irving.  He is listed as out due to hip soreness but with the trade deadline on Thursday,  there are a lot of questions about his absence.  He also missed the last game against the Cavs in January.  Aron Baynes is out with a foot contusion and Robert Williams is questionable with back soreness. 

The Cavs are without John Henson (wrist), Kevin Love (toe), Cedi Osman (ankle),  Tristan Thompson (foot) and JR Smith (head case).  Osman was injured in Friday's game against Dallas.  Love is reportedly close to a return but is expected to remain out for this one.  Nick Stauskas came over from Portland in the trade of Rodney Hood and may or may not be ready to play.  Since they are so shorthanded,  they may have their two way players with the team. 

Terry Rozier should start once again at point guard with Kyrie out.  For the Cavs, their starting small forward was just traded and their starting power forward was injured on Friday.  I've taken a guess that Jordan Clarkson will start at small forward and Larry Nance Jr will start at power forward.  But that may change by game time. 

Key Matchups
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Terry Rozier vs Collin Sexton
One of the key parts of the trade that brought Kyrie from the Cavs to the Celtics was the Nets draft pick.  That pick became Collin Sexton.  Sexton is averaging 14.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.8 assists.  Terry usually plays good in his starts and he should get the better of this matchup.     

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Jayson Tatum vs Jordan Clarkson
With Rodney Hood now playing for the Blazers,  I'm going to guess that Jordan Clarkson gets the start at small forward.  He is averaging 16.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists. 

Honorable Mention
 Marcus Morris vs Larry Nance, Jr
With Cedi Osman out with a sore ankle, I'm guessing that Larry Nance will be starting at the power forward.  He is averaging 8.7 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 3.0 assists.  Morris has been playing very well and should get up for this matchup. 

Keys to the Game
Defense   As always, defense is the key to every single game.  The Celtics' defense has looked pretty good lately even though they gave up 129 points to the Thunder.  They MUST communicate and they have to play tough lock down defense both in the paint and on the perimeter in every game.  They can't let up and figure they can win just because it's just the Cavs.   Defense is the key!!!!!

Rebound
- Rebounding is second to defense in importance for the Celtics to get a win.   Much of rebounding is effort and so the Celtics have to work hard to beat the Cavs to rebounds.  When the Celtics put out the extra effort needed to win the rebounding battle, that usually translates to the rest of the game.   

Move the Ball Carefully - The Celtics get into trouble when they take quick shots and don't move the ball enough to get the defense out of position. Their assists are usually down in their losses and up in their wins.   The Celtics have to move the ball and find the open man.  Hero ball doesn't win games.  But, they have to be careful with their passes.  They have to take care of the ball and at the same time keep it moving.

Start Strong and Don't Let Up - The Celtics seem to always play down to their competition.  They have been beaten by teams who are definitely not as good and should have been easy for the Celtics to beat.    Allowing the sub .500 teams to hang around will sometimes come back to bite them.  They need to start out strong and play hard right up until the final buzzer.

X-Factors
Trap Game - This shouldn't be a trap game with as bad as the Cavaliers are and as short handed as they are,  but the Celtics have a way of underestimating teams, even teams as bad as the Cavs.  The Celtics will hopefully take the Cavs seriously and will dominate this game. The Celtics will hopefully take the Cavs seriously and will dominate this game.  However, never underestimate the opponent's desire to beat the Celtics, even if they are tanking, or the Celtics ability to play down to a weaker opponent. 

On the Road - The Celtics are now 12-13 on the road. They have said that they aren't sure why they have struggled on the road, but hopefully they figure it out and come out focused and play well in this one.   They need to be able to block out the distractions of playing on the road and the hostile crowd and focus on playing Celtics basketball.   

Re: Celtics (34-19) at Cavaliers (11-42) Game #54 2/5/19
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2019, 10:47:19 PM »

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Re: Celtics (34-19) at Cavaliers (11-42) Game #54 2/5/19
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Re: Celtics (34-19) at Cavaliers (11-42) Game #54 2/5/19
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A win under 20 points will be indicative of lacklustre
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Re: Celtics (34-19) at Cavaliers (11-42) Game #54 2/5/19
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2019, 12:16:51 AM »

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Re: Celtics (34-19) at Cavaliers (11-42) Game #54 2/5/19
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2019, 12:40:19 AM »

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I wish i could call the game .

I d lock those two A hole Cav TV comentators in a room ,  and give them the what for fore entire season , about what a D league peta turd team they have .  With all those nothing players,  they don't even belong on the court with Boston....on and on hack job they laid on Boston past few year   was unbarable . With Bron as their god.   All they did was trample Bostons players at every monent of every game .  They could not even WIN GRACEFULLY .  I hate that old man and his big mouth , i hope he hopes a train to LA to be with his hero Bron and Corupt Sports inc

Re: Celtics (34-19) at Cavaliers (11-42) Game #54 2/5/19
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2019, 04:56:46 AM »

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Should be another easy win.

Cavs are also tanking for Zion.

Re: Celtics (34-19) at Cavaliers (11-42) Game #54 2/5/19
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2019, 05:06:58 AM »

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Should be another easy win.

Cavs are also tanking for Zion.
They are, but NBA already used up all of its karma points to give them 3 1st picks in the draft and make the "unplanned" LeBron comeback happen.
(taking off my truthful conspiracy hat)
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Re: Celtics (34-19) at Cavaliers (11-42) Game #54 2/5/19
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Re: Celtics (34-19) at Cavaliers (11-42) Game #54 2/5/19
« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2019, 06:42:53 AM »

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go c's
zizic is projected starter? lol



Re: Celtics (34-19) at Cavaliers (11-42) Game #54 2/5/19
« Reply #10 on: February 05, 2019, 06:50:55 AM »

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go c's
zizic is projected starter? lol
Clarkson is starting sf in this league? ROFL
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Re: Celtics (34-19) at Cavaliers (11-42) Game #54 2/5/19
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Osman was the only guy who scored last time vs Boston. This should be a comfortable win.
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Re: Celtics (34-19) at Cavaliers (11-42) Game #54 2/5/19
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Let’s go GORDON!! :blank:
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Re: Celtics (34-19) at Cavaliers (11-42) Game #54 2/5/19
« Reply #14 on: February 05, 2019, 09:13:04 AM »

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I wish i could call the game .

I d lock those two A hole Cav TV comentators in a room ,  and give them the what for fore entire season , about what a D league peta turd team they have .  With all those nothing players,  they don't even belong on the court with Boston....on and on hack job they laid on Boston past few year   was unbarable . With Bron as their god.   All they did was trample Bostons players at every monent of every game .  They could not even WIN GRACEFULLY .  I hate that old man and his big mouth , i hope he hopes a train to LA to be with his hero Bron and Corupt Sports inc
Totally agree i actually like listening to opponents commentators but NOT those two.

 

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