Thread: NBA Starts Tonight!

dadof2 - 10/17/2017 at 05:09 PM

yes, all of you hard core hoopsters,it's early, but that time of year again.

i know-the games are meaningless to some, but if you love the NBA,it's been a GREAT summer with lots to look forward to...

so many storylines:

the OKC big three plus Adams?
Will Chris Paul make any difference to the inevitable outcome?
Jimmy,Wiggins & KAT & the Timberwolves?
The Knicks-Porzingis?
Lonzo?
The Cavs-Lebron MVP? Rose,Wade,Green,Crowder,Thomas?
Kyrie?
Celts?
GS will win it all?-(unless some disaster, injury,etc.)-everyone believes they'll repeat.

much more for sure....should be FUN


Stephen - 10/18/2017 at 12:35 AM

Bad looking ankle injury -- hopefully Hayward recovers fully -- let's go Celts


robslob - 10/18/2017 at 01:25 AM

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GS will win it all?-(unless some disaster, injury,etc.)


I agree with you. Just thought I'd mention though, not that I think it will make a HUGE difference, but the injury bug has already hit: Andre Igoudala will miss the opener tonight vs. Houston because of back spasms. Andre is a great player and first man off the bench but Warriors are SO incredibly deep........I just don't see it effecting them much...........could in the long term, though.


jszfunk - 10/18/2017 at 11:18 AM

Feel bad for Gordon
This is a video of the Duke vs Butler championship game 2010. Its the last two mins and Bulter almost pulls it off. Heartbreaking shot off the rim
https://youtu.be/SB00wfyuQjY


Might be easier for the Cav's now.

GS losing on the night they receive they're championship rings. Kerr has some words for them after the game. Unless something weird happens , it is probably theirs to lose.

I am not sure I buy the whol big three thing in OKC. It's Russell's ball, Melo will want his touches and George will be the odd man at most of the times. Could be wrong though. George wanted to be the man here in Indiana but could not deliver on a full time basis.


dadof2 - 10/18/2017 at 12:08 PM

sad Gordon got hurt.

great, competitive first night, albeit sloppy as expected early in season.

just a quick word to reaffirm my great respect for the outstanding coaching of Brad Stephens.IMO he's third best coach in NBA after Pops & Kerr.


Wis608 - 10/18/2017 at 12:16 PM

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sad Gordon got hurt.

great, competitive first night, albeit sloppy as expected early in season.

just a quick word to reaffirm my great respect for the outstanding coaching of Brad Stephens.IMO he's third best coach in NBA after Pops & Kerr.


Pops yeah, Kerr I am not sure I would put him there quite yet. Stephens is definitely one of the better(top) coaches in the league.


griff - 10/18/2017 at 12:18 PM

I flipped over just in time to see Lebron "drive" down the middle.
I counted three offensive fouls plus a possible travel at the end.
Switched back to hockey and baseball.


matt05 - 10/18/2017 at 12:27 PM

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I flipped over just in time to see Lebron "drive" down the middle.
I counted three offensive fouls plus a possible travel at the end.
Switched back to hockey and baseball.


lol i actually saw that. it was a travel and 1 offensive foul


robslob - 10/18/2017 at 02:28 PM

I say this loss could possibly be the best thing that could happen to the Warriors. They looked to me like they thought the game was over in the middle of the 4th quarter. As my buddy Don said, Draymond being on the sidelines was huge.............he would not have allowed that collapse. He may be right. His injury did not look serious but we'll know more today.

The Warriors looked to me like they may have been reading their own headlines a little too much. This should be a huge wake-up call: No matter how high scoring your team is, you are playing a good team that can score too and unless you dig in on the defensive end, you are going to get beat. And I'll bet they heard a LOT of that from Steve Kerr last night after the game.

Don't forget The Spurs gave them a HUGE wake-up call last year in the opener, also in Oakland, beat them by 29 points. You know what happened after that...........




[Edited on 10/18/2017 by robslob]


porkchopbob - 10/20/2017 at 08:10 PM

Long-time NBA fans should dig this - the Bucks are getting their old MECCA floor back for one night!

http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/21089528/milwaukee-bucks-play-mecca-repl ica-court-oct-26


jszfunk - 10/22/2017 at 12:22 AM

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Long-time NBA fans should dig this - the Bucks are getting their old MECCA floor back for one night!

http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/21089528/milwaukee-bucks-play-mecca-repl ica-court-oct-26




That is sweet!!!!
Part of my life as a child I grew up in Wisconsin and hold a special place in my heart for the pro teams in that state. I bought an old school Bucks t shirt this summer.


jszfunk - 10/24/2017 at 10:37 AM

http://www.nba.com/article/2017/10/23/giannis-antetokounmpos-onslaught-cont inues#/


Onslaught of Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo continues



Just how hot has Giannis Antetokounmpo been to start the 2017-18 season?

The Greek Freak's 32 points against the Hornets on Monday marked his worst outing yet.

It was still just enough to give him a remarkable if esoteric achievement: a franchise-record 147 points through four games, one more than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar recorded in 1969.

Combined with his usual all-around impact -- season-high 14 rebounds, six assists, one steal, two blocks -- and it was yet another masterpiece for the blossoming young superstar.

If it's too early to start talking about the Kia MVP award, let's just say that whenever that time does come, Antetokounmpo will be No. 1 with a bullet barring a drop-off that, so far, seems almost impossible.

Monday's outing was another edition of Antetokounmpo's special brand of jaw-dropping, long-limbed bully ball. In a league that continues to emphasize outside shooting, just four of his 21 shots came outside the restricted area, and only one outside the paint. Despite that one-dimensionality, the Hornets -- like the Celtics, Cavs and Blazers before them -- were powerless to stop him as he converted 13 shots and drew eight free throws.

If not quite as spectacularly as Saturday's win over Portland, which he sealed with a steal, slam and blocked shot in the final 12.1 seconds, Antetokounmpo saved his best for last against the Hornets.

He dominated the fourth, scoring 11 points with six rebounds and a pair of blocks. His lone assist in the period set up Khris Middleton for the biggest shot of the game, a 3-pointer that put the Bucks up five with 43 seconds left.

Antetokounmpo is now averaging 36.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 5.3 assists, joining Russell Westbrook as the only players to reach those thresholds through four games.

That represents just five percent of the marathon that is an NBA season. While that's plenty of time for Antetokounmpo to cool off, it's also 78 more opportunities to blow our collective minds.


BIGV - 10/25/2017 at 07:15 AM

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I flipped over just in time to see Lebron "drive" down the middle.
I counted three offensive fouls plus a possible travel at the end.
Switched back to hockey and baseball.


lol i actually saw that. it was a travel and 1 offensive foul


Four steps or five?


matt05 - 10/25/2017 at 10:17 AM

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I flipped over just in time to see Lebron "drive" down the middle.
I counted three offensive fouls plus a possible travel at the end.
Switched back to hockey and baseball.


lol i actually saw that. it was a travel and 1 offensive foul


Four steps or five?



hard to tell as the nba now has "the gather step" which didn't exist before a few years ago so I am not sure exactly when the rules now state he has to stop moving his feet. I saw at least 4 steps though which is still more than allowed


dadof2 - 10/25/2017 at 01:41 PM

gotta give the celts a lot of credit for how they are playing since the big injury...their young players are excellent and coach stephens,as always, is doing a brilliant job...

my knicks,on the other hand....ugh...never knew Kantor was such a good rebounder, improving on defense,& superb scorer...Kristaps played well for 2 games, horribly last night...the team is awful.

nets are early surprise..Great Coaching!

season off to fun start...


kevdab - 10/25/2017 at 02:44 PM

The Celt's are playing good. I love that Tatum and Brown are playing and playing well. I'd like to see Irving assert himself as bit more. There are going to be games that he will need to take over (a la IT last year.) The future looks good.
I think Philly will be another team on the rise too. It will be great to see the Boston / Philly rivalry get going again.


dadof2 - 10/26/2017 at 10:19 PM

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The Celt's are playing good. I love that Tatum and Brown are playing and playing well. I'd like to see Irving assert himself as bit more. There are going to be games that he will need to take over (a la IT last year.) The future looks good.
I think Philly will be another team on the rise too. It will be great to see the Boston / Philly rivalry get going again.


interested to see if celts can contain giants tonight.

philly is tough-if they can stay on the court.

what's the deal with their rookie?


shep66 - 10/27/2017 at 01:09 AM

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The Celt's are playing good. I love that Tatum and Brown are playing and playing well. I'd like to see Irving assert himself as bit more. There are going to be games that he will need to take over (a la IT last year.) The future looks good.
I think Philly will be another team on the rise too. It will be great to see the Boston / Philly rivalry get going again.


interested to see if celts can contain giants tonight.

philly is tough-if they can stay on the court.

what's the deal with their rookie?


According to the "process" they only need to lose the next 60 or so games to draft the next slug that they can give a rediculous contract to.


jszfunk - 10/27/2017 at 11:11 AM

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The Celt's are playing good. I love that Tatum and Brown are playing and playing well. I'd like to see Irving assert himself as bit more. There are going to be games that he will need to take over (a la IT last year.) The future looks good.
I think Philly will be another team on the rise too. It will be great to see the Boston / Philly rivalry get going again.


interested to see if celts can contain giants tonight.

philly is tough-if they can stay on the court.

what's the deal with their rookie?


According to the "process" they only need to lose the next 60 or so games to draft the next slug that they can give a rediculous contract to.


HA!! Sad, but true.


Stephen - 10/29/2017 at 10:47 PM

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philly is tough-if they can stay on the court.

what's the deal with their rookie?


According to the "process" they only need to lose the next 60 or so games to draft the next slug that they can give a rediculous contract to.


HA!! Sad, but true.


Indeed -- Fultz' injury is worse than they thought (what a shock) - now he's out indefinitely
is there any team ever which has gotten more stiffed with their draft picks than Phila -- doesn't seem so


jszfunk - 11/2/2017 at 11:33 AM

Go Pacers!!

Nice win at Cleveland last night and beating the Spurs on Sunday with a win against the Kings on Monday.


Its a long season , and this is a young team, so we shall see. It gives Indiana people something to cheer about since the football team is circling the drain.

Cleveland seems to be struggling now. Like I said ,its still early and Boston is off to a great start.


Stephen - 11/7/2017 at 11:02 PM

pleasantly surprised so far -- our 2 draft picks, Jaylen & Jayson, are playing beyond their rookie years -- rather than than trying to orchestrate everything as I thought he might, Kyrie has blended in -- Semi has been big off the bench -- great early stuff -- rivalry nite tmrw, Celts-Lakiz, Bruins-Rangiz

Gordon is in a walking boot & on schedule so far back to what is expcted to be a full recovery
Isaiah Thomas is on the floor shooting, nothing more recent
Isaiah's year last year -- coming on the heels of David Ortiz's unbelievable farewell campaign -- both were 2 seasons that come along rarely

AB (Detroit) & Kelly O (Miami) playing good -- we have forward M. Morris, if he comes up big that's big for us -- let's go Celts -- hoping Gordon & IT recover fully


Stephen - 11/7/2017 at 11:28 PM

Suddenly, Kristaps
Kristaps-Kanter combo could kickstart NYK -- it's still early

but Finally -- after 3-4 years -- heralded top draft picks are healthy (2 of them, Embiid/Simmons), & PHILA could climb outta cellah this yee-ah, based on early projections --
their other top-pick saviors from over the years, Nerlens Noel & Michael Carter-Williams, are in limbo elsewhere -- now it's their current guy, M.Fultz -- he's expected to make his debut this month sometime, They Think

Cleve's & OKC's Heralded Big 3's have yet to gel
MN's has
Theirs & NO's -- they have many guards, like Jameer Nelson, Jrue Holiday etc -- who would love to be part of that Big 3 keying NO Pels' run to top of wstrn conf --
but they have the best chance of doing that w/RAJON --

Headspace-wise , he & DeMarcus didn't have in Sac, the foil they have in NO in Anthony Davis -- now the 2 mercurial/controversial players have that -- the great Rajon Rondo also expected back this month

they're a team that could go off -- double-doubles, & one of RR's triple doubles -- that'd be a first -- heck they even have former longtime Celtic/Memphis TONY ALLEN, he & Rajon could cook up some of that magic from the Celtics days of Kendrick Perkins, Leon Powe, Glen Big Baby Davis, their then-big 3 etc....


[Edited on 11/8/2017 by Stephen]


matt05 - 11/8/2017 at 04:51 AM

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pleasantly surprised so far -- our 2 draft picks, Jaylen & Jayson, are playing beyond their rookie years -- rather than than trying to orchestrate everything as I thought he might, Kyrie has blended in -- Semi has been big off the bench -- great early stuff -- rivalry nite tmrw, Celts-Lakiz, Bruins-Rangiz

Gordon is in a walking boot & on schedule so far back to what is expcted to be a full recovery
Isaiah Thomas is on the floor shooting, nothing more recent
Isaiah's year last year -- coming on the heels of David Ortiz's unbelievable farewell campaign -- both were 2 seasons that come along rarely

AB (Detroit) & Kelly O (Miami) playing good -- we have forward M. Morris, if he comes up big that's big for us -- let's go Celts -- hoping Gordon & IT recover fully



I truly hope jaylen brown is playing well beyond that of a rookie since jaylen was on the team last year. the Celtics rookies are tatum, semi, jabari bird and kadeem allen. they also have 2 more players that this is their first year playing games with the Celtics but were not drafted this past summer


Stephen - 11/8/2017 at 03:36 PM

Jaylen drew rookie minutes last year during the learning curve, then w/Hayward's injury his role became much more important & he's stepped right up to it -- he's essentially a 1st-year guy in there playing really good, But It's Certainly Early --
thanks for the lowdown, hadn't known that -- welcome aboard, fellow Boston fan!!

Magic's 1st full year running the show w/the great Lonzo (yawn) in town etc -- let's go Celts
Phila beat Utah w/out Embiid last night -- Jazz as always impossible to figure
RR must look at NO's box score from last night & be going, Watta blast this is gonna be...
MN at GSW a good early-season one tonite, Jimmy Butler currently featured on ESPN


dadof2 - 11/8/2017 at 05:16 PM

knicks are looking surprisingly good-hustling on defense and running a great offense centered around porzingis.

porzingis spent the summer doing the necessary strength,balancing and footwork that is improving his game in a big way.he's been incredible-an early mvp candidate.

hornacek is doing a fantastic job as well.

go knicks!

https://sports.yahoo.com/kristaps-porzingis-just-keeps-happening-knicks-get ting-fun-070906949.html





[Edited on 11/8/2017 by dadof2]


Stephen - 11/10/2017 at 03:32 PM

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Isaiah's year last year -- coming on the heels of David Ortiz's unbelievable farewell campaign -- both were 2 seasons that come along rarely



Russell Westbrook's has to be mentioned just as readily, almost Averaging A Triple Double while winning MVP
that's what's tough for a player like him -- he has to give up some of that game to accommodate the new scheme -- sucks for fans who want to see this brillant player at his full potential --
growing concern among OKC fans if trying the "big 3" concept was wise -- but a good wknd ahead, At Home tonite w/depleted LAC, & Sunday w/Dallas (2-10)
We're also getting dinged up with Jayson (ankle) and Al (protocol) -- let's go Celts


[Edited on 11/10/2017 by Stephen]


jszfunk - 11/10/2017 at 04:57 PM

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Isaiah's year last year -- coming on the heels of David Ortiz's unbelievable farewell campaign -- both were 2 seasons that come along rarely



Russell Westbrook's has to be mentioned just as readily, almost Averaging A Triple Double while winning MVP
that's what's tough for a player like him -- he has to give up some of that game to accommodate the new scheme -- sucks for fans who want to see this brillant player at his full potential --
growing concern over OKC fans if trying the "big 3" concept was wise -- they're at home playing depleted LAC tonite, thunderous 1-sided win in store

We're also getting dinged up with Jayson (ankle) and Al (protocol) -- let's go Celts

[Edited on 11/10/2017 by Stephen]


OKC is 4-7 and I don't think they have beat a Western conference team yet.


robslob - 11/10/2017 at 05:01 PM

Warriors had Minnesota at home Wednesday night. They are starting to gel.............played this game without Durant.............with this roster sure didn't matter. Some were looking forward to this matchup as Wolves are an up and comer with Wiggins, Anthony-Townes and now Jimmy Butler. Warriors did their third quarter terrorization of Minnesota which has been SO common over the last three years...........game looks close until halftime..........then it's ALL over by midway through the third. The team of the last three years is starting to re-appear.

Houston cleaned Cavs clock last night in Houston.............triple double for Harden..........he's on another level..............Cavs look to be in serious trouble..........no one really stands out right now other than LeBron...........loss of Irving seems to really hurt them but many predicted that it would.

Is Boston the team to beat in the East? It's way early, but right now it's looking that way.



[Edited on 11/10/2017 by robslob]


kevdab - 11/12/2017 at 12:09 PM

The Celtics are looking like they could make some noise this year. Their bench players have stepped up. Tatum and Brown are ahead of where I thought they would be. Kyrie Irving, well, he's a top eight player in the league. Good coaching from Brad Stevens.
It's a long season, but so far it's been great. GO CELTICS.


dadof2 - 11/12/2017 at 02:51 PM

gotta get some love for Kristaps Porzingis-a legit star-if he can stay healthy he has unlimited potential.

His timing, defense,footwork,shooting,ballhandling...whew...all at 7' 3"

my Knicks finally have something to cheer for-Jeff Hornaceck is doing an excellent job, finally freed from Phil's triangle lunacy.


Stephen - 11/13/2017 at 03:55 PM

He's playing fantastic -- a Rik Smits/Andrei Kirilenko hybrid -- playing the way I always thought AK would in Utah -- struggles ahead for Jazz w/no Rudy
their game tonite w/Cleve will tell much -- w/Joaquin Noah back in uniform? Still no definite word on IT

Terry Rozier has become a crucial part of the rotation now too -- the picks we've had are really stepping into it -- Shane Larkin playing good minutes
nope I was all wrong coming into season -- didn't think all the trades would work in our favor, but they sure have, & as kevdab said -- Kyrie is the man -- he's fit in better & faster than I thought -- a shot like that to the chops, Ouch

same thing AB in Detroit, he's fit right in & Pistons playing like their Ft. Wayne days

Suddenly, it's Paul George's team -- they played great, Melo sat out last night -- they & Cleve will get going soon (Cavs starting tonight? ) -- gotta feeling Melo's minutes going to decrease -- Adams also missed last nite for OKC

still watching my other big 3s, MN, & NO-when-Rondo-arrivo

Celts Have Been Amazing, Keep It Going Boys!


[Edited on 11/13/2017 by Stephen]


Stephen - 11/13/2017 at 09:59 PM

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Is Boston the team to beat in the East? It's way early, but right now it's looking that way.




We'll find out Thursday
(at this early time of season)
Kyrie fitted w/facemask, unsure if making Brooklyn trip

First sentence in today's Celtics Notebook section:
"At 21 years old and only in his second NBA season, Jaylen Brown is still in the rudimentary stages of everything."
That's kinda what I was referring to in that 11/7 post -- he D'd up big-time contesting DeRozan's last shot
another headline reads "Somehow Streak At A Dozen"
it's amazing & awesome what Celts are doing -- Theis has stepped up -- GSW as usual playing really good


jszfunk - 11/14/2017 at 12:37 PM

[quote

Celts Have Been Amazing, Keep It Going Boys!


[Edited on 11/13/2017 by Stephen]




I guess it just takes a coach from Indiana, huh?!


dadof2 - 11/14/2017 at 07:26 PM

An amazingly fun night in the Garden last night...despite the intense defensive focus on KP,Kanter,Lee, and Hardaway were excellent almost toppling the Cavs.

Lebron became a 4th qtr. assist machine and Korver went off...they scored 43 in the 4th and squeaked by the Knicks.

Something is definitely starting to happen for NY hoops...it's been a long time!

Caves look awful and need some defense in general and some interior help.


Stephen - 11/14/2017 at 11:14 PM

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Jazz as always impossible to figure



Not so much now with the Stifle Tower out for awhile
that's the perfect nickname for Rudy -- get back quick big guy
Kristaps/Kanter will have field day on Thursday -- MN did last night also
After countless dormant years, Sixiz are back & for real
also Thurs, Kyrie will play against GS -- let's go Celts, watta team

[Edited on 11/15/2017 by Stephen]


Stephen - 11/15/2017 at 03:28 PM

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Kristaps/Kanter will have field day on Thursday -- MN did last night also
also Thurs, Kyrie will play against GS

[Edited on 11/15/2017 by Stephen]


make that tonight swifty
Kyrie played, our starters accounted for all but seven points last night
yet our MVP was probably Marcus Smart -- forget 6th man voting now, he's it hands down
we have a super-interesting amazing team so far -- this early-season game will be a Funner (That's the Thurs. one)

another home feast To-Night for John Ringo, I mean Paul George & OKC, & what in the name of Luc Longley is w/da Bulls

He's On The Floor -- someone ahead of him will have to sit (or injury) for RR to get his chance w/DMC & AD for NOP -- if chemis-try among That 3 it's new-age space-age hoops to who knows where & beyond, real zany


[Edited on 11/15/2017 by Stephen]


jszfunk - 11/16/2017 at 11:31 AM

Joel Embiid pours in career-high 46 points as Sixers sink Lakers


http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/sixers-lakers-score-game-joel-em biid-ben-simmons-lonzo-ball-recap-20171116.html

LOS ANGELES — It was Joel Embiid Career Night at the Staples Center.



The center finished with career highs of 46 points, seven assists and seven blocks Wednesday night in a 115-109 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center. Embiid also had career highs in made field goals (14), made free throws (16) and free throw attempts (19). He added 15 rebounds to finish with second straight double-double, his sixth of the season. Embiid tied his season-low for turnovers with just two. He averages 4.4 per game.


“I was just playing basketball basically,” Embiid said of being in a groove. “They just kept throwing the ball to me in the post. And I kept finding new ways to score the ball and I went to the free-throw line. That’s where I was best at last year. I felt like today I did a great job.”

The 7-foot-2, 282-pounder fouled Lakers reserve post player Julie Randle with 24.8 seconds left.

“And with me using different moves and attacking them, they didn’t really know what to do,” Embiid said.


The Eurostep and Hakeem Olajuwan’s ‘Dream Shake’ were two of the many moves he used to score against the Lakers.

In the process, he was first player in NBA history with at least 46 points, 15 rebounds, seven blocks and seven assists in a game. He was first Sixer to score at least 40 since Allen Iverson had 45 in 2006.




“I wish I could have had a quadruple-double with blocks, shoutout [Miami Heat center] Hassan Whiteside,” Embiid said. “But like I said, I just went out there and played basketball and played the right way.

“I wasn’t forcing nothing, Playing with my teammates, passing the ball.”

The two turnovers was the thing he was most happy about tonight.

Teammate Ben Simmons also had a solid game. The point guard finished with 18 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season. He was one rebound shy of his third triple-double.

The victory improved the Sixers to 8-6 as they won for the seventh time in the last nine games. They are on their best start through 14 games since the 2012-13 season when the Sixers also went 8-6.

Nineteen of Embiid’s points came in the fourth quarter of this close game. With the Sixers down one, he converted a three-point play to put the Sixers ahead 103-101 with a little over four minutes to play.

Simmons followed that with a 10-foot jumper on the ensuing possession. After the Lakers pulled within one point, Embiid made a pair of foul shots to give the Sixers a 107-104 lead with 2 minutes, 52 seconds remaining.

The Sixers opened up an eight-point cushion (112-104) after three-pointer by Robert Covington and a jumper by JJ Redick.

The Lakers pulled within four points with 46.5 seconds left. However, Embiid scored a layup with 26.1 seconds remaining to make it a 114-108 game.

“He’s a beast,” Simmons said. “He’s been doing really well [and] he’s been getting better every game. We’re getting better playing together.”

This game featured the much-anticipated matchup between Simmons and the Lakers’ Lonzo Ball.

The point guards came into the season at the leading candidates to win rookie of the year. Simmons has since separated himself from Ball, who has been struggling.

This game was a one-sided battle, as Ball failed to live up the hype.

He struggled from the field, finishing with two points on 1-for-9 shooting. The 6-foot-6, 190-pounder missed all six of his three-point attempts. He was benched in fourth quarter for the second consecutive game.

Brandon Ingram led the Lakers (6-9) with 26 points and 11 rebounds.


DanB - 11/16/2017 at 11:48 AM

I finally have a reason to watch the Sixers again. It's been brutal


dadof2 - 11/16/2017 at 12:31 PM




Kristaps/Kanter will have field day on Thursday -- MN did last night also

After countless dormant years, Sixiz are back & for real



wasn't as easy as hoped for-jazz defense was pretty good and knicks were a bit off defensively-luckily Hardaway had another great 4th qtr.

sixers-EMBILD/SIMMONS=this combination of talent is incredible-what a joy to watch.pretty good supporting cast as well.

Lonzo will be a good player eventually, but he's clearly struggling..and far from Magic's fantasy that Lonzo will be "the face of the franchise"


robslob - 11/16/2017 at 05:40 PM

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This game featured the much-anticipated matchup between Simmons and the Lakers’ Lonzo Ball.

The point guards came into the season at the leading candidates to win rookie of the year. Simmons has since separated himself from Ball, who has been struggling.

This game was a one-sided battle, as Ball failed to live up the hype.


I heard an announcer say the other night that Lonzo Ball is shooting under 30% both from the field and from the three point line. Wow is all I can say. It's early, and Kobe Bryant had some mighty struggles his rookie season as well when he was only 18. That said, there is HUGE pressure on Ball, a lot of it from his jerk Father who has made statements like "He is better than Steph Curry". Mmmmm........under 30%..........you look awful foolish right now Daddy.........


robslob - 11/17/2017 at 04:24 AM

Congrats Stephen and all other Celts fans hanging here.

I was very, very impressed by Boston tonight. It looked like The Warriors had this game in the bag in the first half. Celts proved they not only have a ton of talent, they have a ton of heart. They wanted this one BAD. Hey, not sending out a Warriors death knell just yet. It's one game. But it was a big, big win for Boston. They proved something tonight: Even with Hayward out, they are NO joke!

Long way to go folks, and once Cleveland gets some of their players back they could still be a force to be reckoned with.


matt05 - 11/17/2017 at 06:13 AM

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This game featured the much-anticipated matchup between Simmons and the Lakers’ Lonzo Ball.

The point guards came into the season at the leading candidates to win rookie of the year. Simmons has since separated himself from Ball, who has been struggling.

This game was a one-sided battle, as Ball failed to live up the hype.


I heard an announcer say the other night that Lonzo Ball is shooting under 30% both from the field and from the three point line. Wow is all I can say. It's early, and Kobe Bryant had some mighty struggles his rookie season as well when he was only 18. That said, there is HUGE pressure on Ball, a lot of it from his jerk Father who has made statements like "He is better than Steph Curry". Mmmmm........under 30%..........you look awful foolish right now Daddy.........



to show how bad it is. i saw ben simmons could miss 90 of his next 100 shots and still have a better shooting percentage than lonzo ball does at this moment


jszfunk - 11/17/2017 at 11:58 AM

Hats off to Brad Stevens. For the majority the NBA is players leagues ,where I think the coaches are interchangeable/expandable except for a few that make a difference, and Brad does. Losing GH I thought might hurt them , but they are playing great ball. It will be interesting once he comes back(next year I assume?) on how the rotation pans out and the whole team responds. I am sure they will be fine do to their coach.

Its a shame he did not stay at Butler, but hey, what do you do when you receive that offer?!?!

I like this quote from Danny Ainge about what he said during the 2010 NCCA finals between duke and butler.

https://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/29/sports/basketball/celtics-brad-stevens-e nters-sophomore-year-learning-as-he-goes.html



Minutes before the championship game of the 2010 N.C.A.A. men’s basketball tournament, the coaches of the two finalists, Mike Krzyzewski of Duke and Brad Stevens of Butler, gathered for the ritual handshake.

Sitting in the stands, Stephen Pagliuca, an owner of the Boston Celtics and an admirer of the Blue Devils, said, “There is the best coach in college basketball.”

Sitting next to Pagliuca was Danny Ainge, the general manager of the Celtics. He remembered turning to Pagliuca and saying: “You’re right. Brad Stevens is the best coach in college basketball.”

And that, Pagliuca recalled, was the first time he heard Ainge mention the name of the individual who is now the Celtics’ head coach.

“I was only trying to bust Steve a little,” Ainge said recently. “But I’d seen a lot of Brad over the years, and I was impressed by his coaching and by the way his teams played. I meant what I said.”









dadof2 - 11/17/2017 at 02:57 PM

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Hats off to Brad Stevens. For the majority the NBA is players leagues ,where I think the coaches are interchangeable/expandable except for a few that make a difference, and Brad does. Losing GH I thought might hurt them , but they are playing great ball. It will be interesting once he comes back(next year I assume?) on how the rotation pans out and the whole team responds. I am sure they will be fine do to their coach.

Its a shame he did not stay at Butler, but hey, what do you do when you receive that offer?!?!

I like this quote from Danny Ainge about what he said during the 2010 NCCA finals between duke and butler.

https://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/29/sports/basketball/celtics-brad-stevens-e nters-sophomore-year-learning-as-he-goes.html



Minutes before the championship game of the 2010 N.C.A.A. men’s basketball tournament, the coaches of the two finalists, Mike Krzyzewski of Duke and Brad Stevens of Butler, gathered for the ritual handshake.

Sitting in the stands, Stephen Pagliuca, an owner of the Boston Celtics and an admirer of the Blue Devils, said, “There is the best coach in college basketball.”

Sitting next to Pagliuca was Danny Ainge, the general manager of the Celtics. He remembered turning to Pagliuca and saying: “You’re right. Brad Stevens is the best coach in college basketball.”

And that, Pagliuca recalled, was the first time he heard Ainge mention the name of the individual who is now the Celtics’ head coach.

“I was only trying to bust Steve a little,” Ainge said recently. “But I’d seen a lot of Brad over the years, and I was impressed by his coaching and by the way his teams played. I meant what I said.”








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absolutely...Pops,Kerr,Brad Stephens(& yes, others are excellent-there are some really great NBA coaches)-those three are the elite coaches in the NBA.

Last night's game was truly excellent...Celts have talent & chemistry & i was surprised at the poor play by GS in the final minutes...blame the refs all you want-the Warriors shot themselves out of the game-live by 3 die by 3-yup,that's their game...but,a few layups, strong drives inside, even some post ups might have helped...nothing sinful about winning games with 2 pointers.


Stephen - 11/17/2017 at 03:25 PM

Thanks robslob et al -- nope the boys kept their composure down the stretch & played fantastic -- totally didn't foresee this level of play early on in season -- warriyz as dadof2 pointed out like to hoist the 3s -- Kyrie threw up that one from the parking lot in the final minutes that missed, but make no mistake -- he's been tremendous as was readily evident last night

looks indeed like it can be sustained -- the boys didn't have the look of a club playing over its head, or "overachieving" last night

all the best, that was top shelf hoops


Stephen - 11/17/2017 at 05:42 PM

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Celts Have Been Amazing, Keep It Going Boys!




I guess it just takes a coach from Indiana, huh?!


that hoosier pedigree -- Tommy Heinsohn, who knows a thing or two about these things, has said how impressed Red would be with coach Stevens too

They should play that game tonite in Ft. Wayne -- That'd be a real hoosier-fest -- Pistons played there from 1941-57 -- Larry-less Pacers looking to re-establish

keep humble & rock on Celts, what a treat so far


jszfunk - 11/17/2017 at 06:08 PM

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Celts Have Been Amazing, Keep It Going Boys!




I guess it just takes a coach from Indiana, huh?!


that hoosier pedigree -- Tommy Heinsohn, who knows a thing or two about these things, has said how impressed Red would be with coach Stevens too

They should play that game tonite in Ft. Wayne -- That'd be a real hoosier-fest -- Pistons played there from 1941-57 -- Larry-less Pacers looking to re-establish

keep humble & rock on Celts, what a treat so far


I grew up just about 20 mins north of Ft Wayne.
Some of my older relatives use to watch the Zollner Pistons play.



Stephen - 11/18/2017 at 03:48 PM

Too cool bro -- the Zollner Pistons -- their mascot, The Bomb -- story in today's paper was about a robot just like the Big Z, Doing BackFlips & Stuff, Outta Control --
dig the photos from that era -- they look like your everyday city men's league team playing at the local gym -- & They Got Big Z (haha)
-- good win last nite for Pacers -- great ballgame w/6 players from each team making double figures, bomb

crazy as it seems, lowly Hawks as big a challenge as GSW -- they nearly beat us last week & we could be ripe for a letdown after big GS win -- w/supposedly-easy Dallas next
young as we are we could hit wall -- OMGosh tho watta start --

don't listen to me -- thought we'd struggle adjusting to new roster -- also, 2 games into the much hyped start of NOP Big 3....no one is home.... , now a concussion (what a shock) for AD

also, they're PHILA Warriors all over again, should be Very interesting game 2nite & when was the last time you could say that about the Philadelphia<>Warriors...... -- they can be a lot more deliberate w/Marquelle Fultz now, not that they weren't before....


robslob - 11/19/2017 at 02:56 PM

Warriors took Philly's BEST shot last night in Philly and were down by 22 points at halftime. By the end of the third quarter the Warriors were up by 10. That is right folks...........A 32 POINT SWITCH in the third quarter alone. They held Philly to 15 points in the third. Final: Warriors 124 76ers 116.

Philly looks like a force however...........Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Covington, J.J. Redick. No more easy wins against this team. The parity now in the NBA is like nothing I really can remember...........more good teams around than ever.

[Edited on 11/19/2017 by robslob]


jszfunk - 11/20/2017 at 12:54 PM

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Celts Have Been Amazing, Keep It Going Boys!




I guess it just takes a coach from Indiana, huh?!


Larry-less Pacers looking to re-establish





Pacers started out pretty solid for a young team and revamping of a good part of the roster. They then dropped four in a row and then won 4 out of 5. So we shall see!

I think it was time for Larry to step down. I think he got a free pass for awhile because of who he was. Being a great player does not always equate being a great manager.

The Paul George seems to be working out for the Pacers.


Stephen - 11/20/2017 at 03:37 PM

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Celts Have Been Amazing, Keep It Going Boys!




I guess it just takes a coach from Indiana, huh?!


Larry-less Pacers looking to re-establish





Pacers started out pretty solid for a young team and revamping of a good part of the roster. They then dropped four in a row and then won 4 out of 5. So we shall see!

I think it was time for Larry to step down. I think he got a free pass for awhile because of who he was. Being a great player does not always equate being a great manager.

The Paul George seems to be working out for the Pacers.


Good point -- sorta thought that when he coached too in a way -- during timeouts the other coaches seemed to draw up the plays & generally be more active -- he gave it a try

Big one in Auburn Hills 2nite, will Det draw their 22G w/LBJ & Cavs in the palace (they still play there?)
Tor has 3rd best record in league, is for real & will be there -- their Lowery-Demar backcourt is dynamite
NYK has winnable one tonite & is improving -- as robslob said good to see the East Conf strengthening --
...mid Nov & Warriyz got Pac Div locked :wtf: -- they visit OKC Wed

It's big 2nite, G3 summit of Big 3dom
13A, 10Rb, 10Pts -- that's the line I wanna see from Rajon 2nite

It's All Green, The Leprechaun Is Loose Amid Cigar Smoke, it's crazy -- a squad unlike any other, Keep It Going Boys


[Edited on 11/20/2017 by Stephen]


dadof2 - 11/20/2017 at 05:45 PM

knicks are facing a problem as teams are both double teaming and playing with great physicality vs. KP.And,they are taking it to him on the defensive end to get him into foul trouble.

he is still learning and his reactions in the double team are far from fluid at this point, but he tends to improve quickly-he's a quick study...

the real question is, can he hold up to the physical beatings he's gonna get? I think Lebron set the stage for how to guard KP in the 4th qtr. of their game last week.

the clippers should really be a lot better-a coaching change has been in order for awhile....


jszfunk - 11/21/2017 at 12:12 PM

Big night for Kyrie Irving to pull that game out.


Celtics will be here on Saturday. Hopefully the Pacers will come to play, it will be tough.


Stephen - 11/25/2017 at 04:01 PM

They will -- Pacers going good in torrid Central Div --
Atlantic Div much-improved too, so yeah, A Good One in store on the hoosier hardwood in the heartland 2nite -- Marcus M. likely to sit out, he hasn't played in any back to backs yet, good call -- maybe 33 will be there to see firsthand about the Celts & cheer on his team -- both teams

Aron Baynes (13/11) -- Terry R (23p) last nite -- we spread it around -- we're a young, athletic well-balanced club with a high collective hoop IQ -- we'll be tested to the 9s 2nite, both teams will be on top of it

then it's Det -- looked it up & saw that Palace at Auburn Hills is no longer home to Pistons -- they recently imploded the Georgia Dome -- is the Palace next?

[Edited on 11/25/2017 by Stephen]


Stephen - 11/28/2017 at 03:34 AM

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Philly looks like a force however...........Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Covington, J.J. Redick. No more easy wins against this team. The parity now in the NBA is like nothing I really can remember...........more good teams around than ever.

[Edited on 11/19/2017 by robslob]


Yet all 3 Atlantic teams lost at home 2nite -- Cavs are definitely back, they are cranking ever since putting Jose Calderon in starting lineup, and LeBron is the best player in the world
The Celts? What could we do -- they showed up with Big Z -- let's go Celts

yes offense is not his thing, But
27 min., 0 points, little else Sat against GSW -- that's not doin it
thought RR'd jump right in w/NO, not yet -- interesting one Wed. w/MN,

then PHILA pays a visit Thurs -- as dadof2 said at start of thread, fun season -- the concerns you posted b4 about Kristaps being beaten on proved out, good one -- NYK just 1 game this week, favorable for Kanter's return -- quietly hoping NY & Phil do well.....well sorta...



[Edited on 11/28/2017 by Stephen]


Stephen - 12/1/2017 at 04:04 PM

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Jazz as always impossible to figure




old friend Jonas Jerebko has become a key starter & suddenly, an improbable W4 without Rudy going into tonight's game against an NO team struggling w/Big3 chemis-try

former Jazz top pick Alec Burks, 28 off the bench last night -- things can turn quickly in this league, Kelley O now starting for Miami w/Whiteside out -- Amir Johnson started last night for Phila --
Let's Go Celts --

Rajon Rondo's hands-off approach offensively isn't doing it, the 0's stand out like a sore thumb -- rooting for Jazz 2nite (they're my west conf team), wanna see a few RR triple doubles too

Spurs are NBA's Patriots, win win win no matter who's injured under longtime coach etc. -- Kahwi Leonard returning this month sometime -- hopefully IT soon too -- Gordon rehab is on schedule -- let's go Celts

[Edited on 12/1/2017 by Stephen]


Stephen - 12/7/2017 at 05:46 PM

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yet our MVP was probably Marcus Smart -- forget 6th man voting now, he's it hands down
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Like Dennis Eckersley b4 him , Dwayne Wade has found a 2nd career as 6th man & has moved into the picture -- Alec Burks too -- no, not hands down for Marcus

Cleve chemistry tho -- like a machine now, However -- IT & Derrick Rose returning -- can't tinker w/lineup tho so what will they do....

Isaiah -- he left it all on the garden parquet last year, he's permanent in all Celts fans' HOFs -- he was best in the world last year

now it's us, Cleve, Houstn & GSW

he's eased into retirement & Happy Birthday (imitating C's PA announcer), "number33,LlllarryBiirrrD"

Ya Huge Fri. -- Jaylen (eye) cleared to play -- Kahwi close to returning -- Manu now 8th-9th off bench now -- wattateam, let's go Celts

[Edited on 12/7/2017 by Stephen]


jszfunk - 12/8/2017 at 11:50 AM

Cav's are getting hot ,13 in a row I believe. Here tonight against the Pacers. Hopefully Indiana will give them a game.



Philadelphia 76ers trade Jahlil Okafor, Nik Stauskas to Brooklyn Nets for Trevor Booker

http://www.nba.com/article/2017/12/07/jahlil-okafor-phaildelphia-76ers-broo klyn-nets-trade#/


dadof2 - 12/8/2017 at 01:58 PM

last night's philly/lakers game was tremendous-a showcase for the young up and coming stars...even Lonzo played great last night i thought philly was the better team but their defensive lapses were too much to overcome-Simmons & Embild are mindblowing!

as a premature thought on mvp...Harden has been awesome-but Lebron is the MVP so far imho...

Chris Paul is surprising me with his play-i really never thought he'd fit in this well & this quickly...if their team defense holds they will be taken very seriously....


robslob - 12/9/2017 at 12:45 PM

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last night's philly/lakers game was tremendous-a showcase for the young up and coming stars...even Lonzo played great last night i thought philly was the better team but their defensive lapses were too much to overcome-Simmons & Embild are mindblowing!


I watched that game. The Lakers are going to be a force to be reckoned with in a year or two. 20 year old Brandon Ingram is REALLY starting to feel his oats............scary what he might turn into once he grows into his body. And the Lakers have a LOT more young talent to go with Ingram. Ball still hasn't found his shot but he is already effecting games in other ways. Some guys take awhile to find it............remember Kobe struggled his rookie year as well. And let's remember than an NBA three is significantly farther than a college three. Luke Walton proved during his Warriors gig that he knows what in the hell he's doing, so coaching is not an issue with this bunch.

Last night: Warriors 102 Detroit 98. This was in Detroit, the final night of a six game road trip, after the Pistons had already beaten the Warriors in Oakland earlier this year. It marked the very first time in Warriors franchise history that they have gone 6-0 on a road trip. In fact, it was the first time in nine years that ANY NBA team had gone 6-0 on a road trip and only the eleventh time in history that any NBA team had done it. And Curry missed the last two games of the trip (sprained ankle; MRI showed no structural damage). Teams the Warriors beat on this road trip: Lakers, Orlando, Miami, New Orleans, Charlotte, Detroit. The Orlando/Miami/N.O. segment was three games in four nights. Not exactly six powerhouse teams, but regardless: To go undefeated on a trip like that is a huge tribute to the Warriors' depth and coaching. By far the deepest team in the NBA, and Steve Kerr knows how to use his bench.

[Edited on 12/9/2017 by robslob]


jszfunk - 12/9/2017 at 01:17 PM

Nice to see the Pacers knock of the Cav's,
Victor Oladipo had a big game. He is what the Pacers needed. It just was not gonna happen with George here.

Spurs over the Celtics and Pistons hung with GS. Good games!!


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