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The Utah Jazz come away with a 99-94 victory over the Boston Celtics

The Utah Jazz come away with a 99-94 victory over the Boston Celtics

Saturday, March 7, 2020

 

The Utah Jazz are looking to grab their fourth straight win tonight as they head to Massachusetts to battle the Boston Celtics.  They are coming fresh off of a 112-104 win against the New York Knicks on Wednesday.  This will be the third of a four-game road trip before heading back home.

As for the Celtics, they are coming off of 112-106 victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers, hoping to grab a second consecutive win.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  February 26 was the last time they saw each other as the Celtics handed the Jazz a 114-103 loss.  Jayson Tatum finished that contest with 33 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 assists while Donovan Mitchell had 37 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Jazz and the Celtics have played each other a grand total of 99 times in the past as the Jazz won 41 games while the Celtics went on to grab 58 victories.

INACTIVES:

Utah Jazz:

-Nigel Williams-Goss (quad; 0.4 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.6 APG, 14.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Jarrell Brantley (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.2 APG)
-Ed Davis (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 41.2 FG%)
-Emmanuel Mudiay (coach’s decision; 7.3 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 2.2 APG, 47.1 FG%, 35.5 3P%)
-Rayjon Tucker (coach’s decision; 1.4 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.1 APG, 42.1 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Justin Wright-Foreman (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Juwan Morgan (G-League; 1.2 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 52.9 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Miye Oni (0.0 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Boston Celtics:

-Jaylen Brown (hamstring; 20.4 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 2.2 APG, 49.0 FG%, 38.1 3P%)
-Gordon Hayward (knee; 16.9 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 4.1 APG, 50.3 FG%, 38.3 3P%)
-Carsen Edwards (G-League; 3.0 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.6 APG, 32.7 FG%, 30.9 3P%)
-Tremont Waters (G-League; 3.3 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 1.2 APG, 34.3 FG%, 17.6 3P%)
-Vincent Poirer (G-League; 1.9 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.3 APG, 48.5 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
-Tacko Fall (G-League; 3.2 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.0 APG, 75.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Jazz would have control of the game in the first half as they shot sixty percent from the field, keeping the Celtics to forty-five percent.  Former Grizzlies’ point guard Mike Conley chalked up 15 points which included four three-pointers.  Donovan Mitchell contributed with nine points, earning all of them from beyond the arc.  Bojan Bogdanovic and Royce O’Neale combined for seven points while Rudy Gobert had two points.  Jordan Clarkson played 13 minutes off the bench but only had seven points.

On the other end of the court, Marcus Smart scored 15 points while knocking down 3 three-pointers in the first period.  Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker combined for 15 points while Semi Ojeleye had seven points.  He was also able to grab four rebounds while Daniel Theis had just four points.  Brad Wanamaker played the most minutes off the bench but only had four points as the Jazz went into halftime with a 62-49 lead.

The home team would attempt to make a comeback as they went on a 45 to 37 run in the second half.  During that run, Smart recorded 14 more points but shot only twenty-eight percent.  He was able to knock down 3 three-pointers while grabbing 3 rebounds, committing one steal and blocking one shot.  Tatum, Theis, and Walker all combined for 24 points while Wanamaker had five points off the bench.

As for the Utah ball club, Mike Conley had ten points to go along with 2 rebounds, one assist, and 3 steals.  Gobert helped out with seven points while recording 4 rebounds, one assist, and 3 blocks.  Joe Ingles was held scoreless off the bench but the Jazz still managed to slip away from the Celtics with a 99-94 win.  Mike Conley finished the game with 25 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals while Marcus Smart had 29 points, 3 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Utah Jazz will head to Michigan to take on Derrick Rose (18.1 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 5.6 APG, 49.0 FG%, 30.6 3P%) and the Detroit Pistons (20-43) on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.  This will be the second and final time that these two teams will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on December 30 when the Pistons fell to the Jazz, 104-81.  During that game, Donovan Mitchell scored 23 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, dished out 3 assists, and committed one steal while Rose had 20 points, 4 assists, one steal, and one block.

The Boston Celtics will host Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (19.3 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 3.3 APG, 47.1 FG%, 35.2 3P%) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (38-24) on Sunday at 6:00 p.m.

The Detroit Pistons get by the Boston Celtics, 116-103

The Detroit Pistons get by the Boston Celtics, 116-103

Thursday, January 16, 2020

 

The Detroit Pistons are looking to avoid a fourth straight loss as they battle the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden tonight.  This will mark the first of a three-game road trip to the Pistons.  The Celtics, on the other hand, will look to grab a third straight victory.  They are coming fresh off of a 113-101 win against the Chicago Bulls.

Tonight’s matchup will mark the second of three times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on December 20 when the Celtics handed the Pistons a 114-93 loss.  During that game, Jaylen Brown scored 26 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, dished out 5 assists, committed 3 steals, and blocked one shot while Thon Maker had 15 points, 7 rebounds, and one steal.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Pistons and the Celtics have played each other a grand total of 423 times in the past as the Celtics grabbed 266 wins while the Pistons were limited to just 157 victories.

INACTIVES:

Detroit Pistons:

-Jordan Bone (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.8 APG, 28.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Reggie Jackson (spine; 5.0 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 4.0 APG, 36.4 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Luke Kennard (knee; 15.8 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 4.1 APG, 44.2 FG%, 39.9 3P%)
-Khyri Thomas (foot; 0.5 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Louis King (G-League; 1.8 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 42.9 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Blake Griffin (knee; 15.5 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 3.3 APG, 35.2 FG%, 24.3 3P%)

Boston Celtics:

-Jayson Tatum (knee; 21.3 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 2.8 APG, 42.9 FG%, 36.1 3P%)
-Carsen Edwards (G-League; 3.2 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.7 APG, 30.5 FG%, 30.5 3P%)
-Robert Williams (hip; 3.9 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 1.1 APG, 67.3 FG%)
-Tremont Waters (G-League; 4.4 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 1.0 APG, 40.0 FG%, 18.2 3P%)
-Tacko Fall (G-League; 4.3 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 72.7 FG%)

GAMETIME:

Both teams played with a competitive spirit in the first half as the Pistons shot sixty-two percent from the field while the Celtics shot fifty-two percent.  Markieff Morris got hot for 17 points off the bench as he knocked down 3 three-pointers.  He only missed one of his seven shots attempted while Sekou Doumbouya had 12 points which included a trey.

Former Cleveland Cavaliers’ point guard Derrick Rose contributed with 10 points while giving out 4 assists and blocking one shot.  Andre Drummond had four points on a perfect one-hundred percent shooting.  He also had 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and one block.  Svi Mykhaililuk played the most minutes off the bench but only had seven points.

As for the home team, Jaylen Brown chalked up 17 points while drilling 3 three-pointers.  He also had six rebounds and one assist while Gordon Hayward and Kemba Walker combined for 22 points.  Daniel Theis helped out with seven points along with three offensive rebounds and three assists.  Brad Wanamaker played 12 minutes off the bench as he had seven points while the Celtics went into halftime with a tight 59-57 lead.

The Michigan ball club would decide to take over and close things out in the second half as they went on a 59 to 44 run.  During that run, both Rose and Doumbouya scored 12 points each while Drummond earned nine more points.  Drummond had eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block to go along with it.  Mykhailiuk played 16 minutes off the bench as he had 14 points.

On the other end of the court, Hayward scored 13 points while Walker and Tatum combined for 16 points.  Wanamaker dropped two points off the bench but it was the Pistons who came away with a 116-103 win.  Sekou Doumbouya finished with a season-high 24 points, along with two rebounds, one assist, and one steal while Gordon Hayward had 25 points, 7 rebounds, one assist, and a season-high-tying 2 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Detroit Pistons will travel to Georgia to battle Trae Young (29.1 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 8.5 APG, 44.2 FG%, 36.9 3P%) and the Atlanta Hawks (9-32) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.  This will mark the third of four times that these two teams will see each other this season.  The last time they played each other was on November 22 when the Hawks fell to the Pistons, 128-103.  Blake Griffin finished that game with 24 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and one block while DeAndre Bembry had 22 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, and 4 steals.

The Boston Celtics will go to Wisconsin to take on Giannis Antetokounmpo (30.0 PPG, 12.7 RPG, 5.5 APG, 55.4 FG%, 33.2 3P%) and the Milwaukee Bucks (36-6) on Thursday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the second of four times that these two ball clubs will play each other this season.  October 30 was the last time they saw each other as the Celtics came away with a 116-105 win.  During that game, Kemba Walker scored 32 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and dished off 6 assists while Khris Middleton had 26 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists.

The Washington Wizards creep away from the Boston Celtics, 99-94

The Washington Wizards creep away from the Boston Celtics, 99-94

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

 

The Boston Celtics are one of three teams who have managed to stay under 10 loss thus far this season.  Right now, they are on a three-game winning streak, trying to grab a fourth straight victory tonight.  They will hope to do that against the Washington Wizards tonight at the Nation’s Capital.

As for the Wizards, they haven’t had a season to be proud of, mostly due to injuries.  They grabbed just their 11th win of the season on Saturday against the Denver Nuggets.  Tonight’s matchup between the Celtics and Wizards will mark the second of four times that these two teams play each other this season.  The last time they met up was on November 13 when the Celtics came away with a 140-133 win.  Kemba Walker finished that game with 25 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, one steal, and one block while Bradley Beal had 44 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and one steal.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Wizards and the Celtics have met up a grand total of 328 times in the past as the Wizards won 123 games while the Celtics went on to grab 205 victories.

INACTIVES:

Boston Celtics:

-Romeo Langford (illness; 2.3 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.2 APG, 38.9 FG%, 22.2 3P%)
-Vincent Poirier (finger; 1.7 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-Kemba Walker (illness; 22.5 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 5.2 APG, 43.2 FG%, 39.8 3P%)
-Robert Williams (hip; 3.9 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 1.1 APG, 67.3 FG%)
-Tacko Fall (G-League; 4.3 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 75.0 FG%)

Washington Wizards:

-Bradley Beal (leg; 27.8 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 6.6 APG, 43.5 FG%, 31.5 3P%)
-Davis Bertans (quad; 15.4 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 1.7 APG, 44.9 FG%, 43.4 3P%)
-Thomas Bryant (foot; 13.9 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 2.7 APG, 54.9 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
-Rui Hachimura (groin; 13.9 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.6 APG, 48.2 FG%, 20.8 3P%)
-C.J. Miles (wrist; 6.4 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 1.2 APG, 32.2 FG%, 31.4 3P%)
-Moritz Wagner (ankle; 11.6 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.3 APG, 58.1 FG%, 39.3 3P%)
-John Wall (Achilles)

GAMETIME:

The Wizards would have control of the game in the first half as they shot forty-six percent from the field, keeping the Celtics to just twenty-nine percent.  Both Jordan McRae and Isaiah Thomas scored 11 points each in the first half.  McRae was able to knock down a three-pointer while Thomas had two treys.

Former Lakers’ point guard Isaac Bonga contributed with six points while Ian Mahinmi had four points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 blocks.  Gary Payton was kept scoreless but was able to record three rebounds, two assists, and one block.  Troy Brown played the most minutes off the bench but only had five points.

On the other end of the court, Jaylen Brown dropped 12 points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  He also had 5 rebounds and one assist while Marcus Smart helped out with 3 three-pointers and one free-throw.  Both Gordon Hayward and Jayson Tatum had six points each.  Enes Kanter played 10 minutes off the bench but only had two points as the home team went into halftime with a 51-40 lead.

The Boston ball club would attempt to make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 54-48 run.  During that run, both Brown and Tatum chalked up 11 points each while Hayward and Daniel Theis combined for 10 points.  Grant Williams played 17 minutes off the bench as he had nine points.

The Wizards would end up hanging on to close it out behind Ish Smith’s 16 points.  Isaac Bonga and Isaiah Thomas combined for 10 points as the Washington Wizards came away with a 99-94 win.  Ish Smith finished the game with 27 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists while Jaylen Brown had 23 points, a season-high 12 rebounds, and one assist.

So…what’s next?

The Boston Celtics will host DeMar DeRozan (21.6 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 4.9 APG, 52.4 FG%, 27.3 3P%) and the San Antonio Spurs (14-20) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  This will mark the second and final time that they play each other this season.  The last time they saw each other was on November 9 when the Celtics defeated the Spurs, 135-115.  Jaylen Brown finished that game with 30 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal while DeMar DeRozan had 22 points, 2 rebounds, and 4 assists.

The Washington Wizards will head to Florida to take on Evan Fournier (18.8 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 3.2 APG, 47.1 FG%, 40.7 3P%) and the Orlando Magic (17-20) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  This will be the fourth and final time that they battle each other this season.  January 1 was the last time they played each other as the Wizards fell to the Magic, 122-101.  During that game, D.J. Augustin scored 25 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, dished out nine assists, and committed two steals while Bradley Beal had 27 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists.

The Celtics hand the Cavaliers a blowout loss, 110 to 88

The Celtics hand the Cavaliers a blowout loss, 110 to 88

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

 

The Cleveland Cavaliers are in danger of being on a seven-game losing streak, the longest for them this season.  They are coming fresh off of an incredibly huge 141-94 blowout loss they took in the hands of the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.  The Cavaliers will hope to avoid another loss as they battle the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden tonight.

As for the Celtics, they are coming off a 108-95 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Friday.  They will try to grab a fourth consecutive win tonight against the struggling Cavaliers.  This matchup will mark the second of four times that these two teams will meet up this season.

The last time these two ball clubs played each other was on November 5 when the Cavaliers fell to the Celtics, 119-113.  During that contest, Gordon Hayward scored 39 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and dished out eight assists while Collin Sexton had 21 points, one rebound, 3 assists, and a block.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Cavaliers and the Celtics have met up a grand total of 256 times in the past as the Cavaliers won104 games while the Celtics went on to grab 152 victories.

INACTIVES:

Cleveland Cavaliers:

-Dylan Windler (stress reaction)
-Brandon Knight (coach’s decision; 5.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.9 APG, 35.0 FG%, 32.3 3P%)
-Tyler Cook (G-League; 2.0 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.0 APG, 83.3 FG%)
-Dean Wade (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 100.0 3P%)

Boston Celtics:

-Romeo Langford (ankle; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Robert Williams (hip; 3.9 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 1.1 APG, 67.3 FG%)
-Marcus Smart (eye; 11.8 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 4.6 APG, 38.7 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Tremont Waters (G-League; 7.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 3.0 APG, 28.6 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Tacko Fall (G-League; 4.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Boston Celtics would have control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-six percent from the field, limiting the Cavaliers to thirty-eight percent.  Jaylen Brown chalked up 14 points while drilling a three-pointer in the second period.  He also had five rebounds and two assists while Kemba Walker had 11 points on fifty-percent shooting.

Walker was able to bury two three-pointers in the second quarter while grabbing two rebounds, dishing out four assists, and blocking one shot.  Missouri-native Jayson Tatum had eight points to go along with seven rebounds, one assist, and two blocks.  Gordon Hayward had four points while missing just one of his three shots attempted.  Semi Ojeleye played the most minutes off the bench but only had a trey.

On the other end of the court, Tristan Thompson recorded 11 points to go along with seven rebounds.  Kevin Love contributed with five points which included a three-pointer in the second period.  Darius Garland and Collin Sexton combined for six points while Cedi Osman had a three-pointer.  Former Los Angeles Lakers’ guard Jordon Clarkson played 10 minutes off the bench as he had seven points but it was the home team that went into halftime with a 53-40 advantage.

The Massachusetts ball club would close things out in the second half as they went on a 57-48 run, shooting fifty-nine percent from the field.  Both Walker and Tatum earned 11 points each while Hayward had ten points.  Walker was able to connect for 3 three-pointers while Tatum had two.  Brad Wanamaker played the most minutes off the bench but only had one point.

As for the Ohio team, Thomspon and Love combined for eight points while Sexton had six.  Clarkson played 14 minutes off the bench as he chalked up 12 points but it wouldn’t be enough as the Celtics defeated the Cavaliers, 110 to 88.  Kemba Walker finished the game with 22 points, 2 rebounds, 7 assists, and one block while Jordon Clarkson had 19 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Cleveland Cavaliers will host James Harden (38.5 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 7.4 APG, 43.1 FG%, 33.9 3P%) and the Houston Rockets (15-7) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  This will make the first of two meetings between these two teams this season.

The Boston Celtics will head to Indianapolis to battle Malcolm Brogdon (19.0 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 7.7 APG, 47.3 FG%, 34.6 3P%) and the Indiana Pacers (15-8) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  This meeting will mark the first of three matchups between these ball clubs this season.

The Philadelphia 76ers hand the Charlotte Hornets a 114-106 loss

The Philadelphia 76ers hand the Charlotte Hornets a 114-106 loss

The Philadelphia 76ers have hit a rough patch as they are trying to avoid a fourth consecutive loss tonight.  They will hope to grab a win as they host the Charlotte Hornets at the Wells Fargo Center.  The 76ers currently have a 2-0 home record so they have a lot of confidence in ending this losing streak.

The Hornets, on the other hand, are coming fresh off of a 115-110 loss they took in the hands of the New Orleans Pelicans.  That was their second straight loss and they are hoping to avoid a third straight one tonight.  This matchup tonight will mark the first of three meetings between these two teams this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Philadelphia 76ers and the Charlotte Hornets have battled each other a grand total of 112 times as the 76ers won 53 games while the Charlotte teams came away with 59 victories.

INACTIVES:

Charlotte Hornets:

-Nicolas Batum (finger; 0.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.0 APG)
-Willy Hernangomez (coach’s decision; 3.7 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.3 APG, 50.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
-Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (coach’s decision; 5.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 28.6 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
-Caleb Martin (coach’s decision; 1.7 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 1.0 APG, 22.2 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Jalen McDaniels (G-League; 2.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-Robert Franks (G-League)
-Kobi Simmons (G-League)

Philadelphia 76ers:

-Shake Milton (knee; 6.3 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 44.4 3P%)
-Ben Simmons (shoulder; 13.1 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 6.9 APG, 49.4 FG%)
-Norvel Pelle (coach’s decision)
-Zhaire Smith (G-League)
-Marial Shayok (G-League)

GAMETIME:

Both teams would play it close in the first half as the 76ers shot fifty-one percent from the field while the Hornets shot forty-six percent.  Joel Embiid chalked up 15 points while recording five rebounds, one steal, and two blocks.  Former Celtics’ center Al Horford helped out with eight points, five rebounds, and three assists.

Tobias Harris earned himself six points while Raul Neto had five points, hitting a three-pointer in the first period.  Oklahoma-native Josh Richardson had a three-pointer in the first quarter as he dished out three assists.  Furkan Korkmaz played the most minutes off the bench as he had seven points.

On the other end of the court, Cody Zeller warmed up with 17 points while shooting seventy-seven percent.  He had two three-pointers, along with five rebounds and one steal.  Both Miles Bridges and P.J. Washington scored seven points each while Terry Rozier was kept to just four points.  Devonte Graham played 17 minutes off the bench as he had 11 points while the visiting team went into halftime with a 58-53 advantage.

The 76ers would take control of the game in the second half as they went on a 61-48 run, shooting fifty-eight percent from the field, holding the Charlotte team to just forty-three percent shooting.  Mike Scott had nine points off the bench while Richardson collected eight points which included two three-pointers in the third quarter.  Harris helped out with eight points while Horford earned seven points.  Korkmaz played the most minutes off the bench as he had ten points.

As for the North Carolina ball club, both Rozier and Malik Monk had nine points each while Washington earned eight points.  Graham played 16 minutes off the bench as he chalked up eight points but it wouldn’t mean much as the home team escaped with a 114-106 victory over the Hornets.  Joel Embiid finished the game with 18 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks while Cody Zeller had 24 points, 7 rebounds, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Charlotte Hornets will host Ja Morant (18.9 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 5.5 APG, 49.2 FG%, 46.2 3P%) and the Memphis Grizzlies (2-7) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  The Philadelphia 76ers will host Kevin Love (18.5 PPG, 14.1 RPG, 3.9 APG, 49.5 FG%, 36.7 3P%) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (3-5) on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.

The Boston Celtics fall to 9-8 after getting defeated by the Charlotte Hornets, 117-112

The Boston Celtics fall to 9-8 after getting defeated by the Charlotte Hornets, 117-112

The Charlotte Hornets are coming fresh off of a 122-119 overtime loss that they suffered in the hands of the Philadelphia 76ers this past Saturday.  The only good side of that for the Hornets is the career-high and franchise-high 60 points that Kemba Walker put up, shooting sixty-two percent from the field.  The North Carolina team will look to avoid a third straight loss as they host the Boston Celtics, who are trying to steer away from a second straight loss.

This matchup between the Charlotte Hornets and the Boston Celtics will mark the first of four meetings between these two ball clubs.  They have battled each other a grand total of 106 times as the Hornets won 44 games while the Celtics took 62 games.  Each team will look to set the tone as they face off at the Spectrum Center.

INACTIVES:

Charlotte Hornets:

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle; 8.6 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 1.4 APG, 48.3 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
Bismack Biyombo (coach’s decision; 2.1 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.3 APG, 58.3 FG%)
Devonte’ Graham (coach’s decision; 2.3 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 1.3 APG, 37.5 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
Frank Kaminsky (coach’s decision; 1.8 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.6 APG, 33.3 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
Joe Chealey (G-League)
J.P. Macura (G-League)
Boston Celtics:

Jabari Bird (personal)
Semi Ojeleye (coach’s decision; 2.3 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.0 APG, 47.6 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
Brad Wanamaker (coach’s decision; 2.8 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.8 APG, 40.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Guerschon Yabusele (coach’s decision; 1.8 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.2 APG, 30.8 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
PJ Dozier (G-League)
Robert Williams (1.0 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.2 APG, 100.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The game will be held extremely close in the first half as both teams shot above forty percent from the field.  The Boston Celtics would complete fifty-four percent of their shots while the Charlotte Hornets shot forty-three percent from the field.  Kemba Walker ended up dropping eighteen points in the first half which included three three-pointers.  He also had four assists while former Oklahoma City Thunder guard Jeremy Lamb had eleven points on fifty-seven percent shooting.  He grabbed four rebounds while Cody Zeller had four boards.  Miles Bridges played nine minutes off of the bench as he had five points including a three-pointer late in the first quarter.

As for the visiting team, Kyrie Irving ended up putting up twelve points on a high sixty-percent shooting from the field.  He would also dish out eight assists while Jayson Tatum helped out with ten points, as well as a steal and a block.  Jaylen Brown had four points which would come from a free-throw and a three-pointer while Al Horford contributed with four points as well.  Gordon Hayward, who has accepted a bench role after struggling as a starter, played the most minutes out of all the reserves in the first half but was kept to just two points as the Celtics had a 56-54 lead heading into the locker room.

The home team would respond with a 63 to 56 run in the second half as Walker went off for 25 more points which held four three-pointers in the fourth quarter.  He shot sixty-two percent from the field in the second half while recording four rebounds, one assist, and one steal.  Former San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker played the most minutes off of the bench as he chalked up seven points.  On the other end of the floor, Irving collected fifteen more points but it wouldn’t matter as the Hornets survived with a 117 to 112 victory, handing the Celtics their second straight loss.  Kemba Walker finished the game with forty-three points, four rebounds, and five assists while Kyrie Irving had twenty-seven points, five rebounds and eleven assists.

So…what’s next?

The Charlotte Hornets will welcome Victor Oladipo (21.4 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 4.7 APG, 44.0 FG%, 34.5 3P%) and the Indiana Pacers (10-6) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  This meeting will mark the first of three times that these teams will clash with each other.  As for the Boston Celtics, they will head back to Massachusetts to host Tim Hardaway (23.9 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 2.8 APG, 42.0 FG%, 36.4 3P%) and the struggling New York Knicks (4-13) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.  This matchup will be the second out of four times that these ball clubs will play each other this season.  The last time they met up was on October 20 as the Celtics escaped with a 103-101 victory.  During that game, Jayson Tatum scored 24 points while pulling down 14 rebounds.  Hardaway finished with 24 points, as well, along with three rebounds and three assists.

The Bulls earn their third win of the season as they defeat the Hornets, 123-120

The Bulls earn their third win of the season as they defeat the Hornets, 123-120

Things have not gone well for the Chicago Bulls ever since Dwyane Wade left as they are sitting with a 2-10 record, hoping to avoid a sixth straight loss.  The Charlotte Hornets are also trying to prevent a sixth straight loss as they visited Chicago to take on the Bulls last night for the first time this season.  These two teams have met up a total of 114 times with the Bulls winning 74 games and the Hornets/Bobcats winning 40 of them.

INACTIVES:

Charlotte Hornets:

Michael Carter-Williams (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 2.3 APG, 12.5 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Treveon Graham (coach’s decision; 4.5 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.7 APG, 38.6 FG%, 29.4 3P%)
Johnny O’Bryant (coach’s decision; 5.7 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.5 APG, 40.0 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
Marcus Paige (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
Mangok Mathiang (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
Julyan Stone (hamstring; 3.0 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)

Chicago Bulls:

Zach LaVine (ACL)
David Nwaba (ankle; 6.9 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 1.0 APG, 52.6 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
Ryan Arcidiacono (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Cameron Payne (foot)
Nikola Mirotic (face)

GAMETIME:

The Charlotte Hornets and the Chicago Bulls played well at the beginning as the Hornets shot fifty-one percent from the field and the Bulls shot forty-nine. Kemba Walker would get hot for 22 points which would include two three-pointers. He also had five rebounds and three assists to go along with it. Marvin Williams scored five points while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had a three-pointer but they both had two defensive rebounds each. Jeremy Lamb played 13 minutes off of the bench as he recorded 7 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists.

As for the Bulls, both Lauri Markkanen and Justin Holiday scored 14 points each as Markkanen had five defensive rebounds and Holiday had three steals. Denzel Valentine would chalk up seven points, two rebounds, and three assists while Jerian Grant dropped two three-pointers. Kris Dunn played the most minutes off the bench to record six points as both teams went into halftime with a tied game, 60 apiece.

Walker would continue to impress as he dropped 25 more points in the second half on sixty-four percent shooting from the field.  Williams helped out as he scored eight points with two three-pointers in the third quarter. Dwight Howard had seven points to put with his six rebounds. Dwayne Bacon played the most minutes off of the bench but was held to just two points.

As for the Bulls, Justin Holiday would score 13 points in the second half which would hold two three-pointers. Valentine would end up with 11 points as he collected three rebounds and three assists. Kris Dunn played 17 minutes off of the bench as he had 16 points. He also managed to get seven assists as the Chicago Bulls pull away with a 123-120 win over the Charlotte Hornets.  Justin Holiday finished with a season-high 27 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, and 1 block.  Kemba Walker ended up finishing with a season-high 47 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists.

So…what’s next?

The Chicago Bulls will head to Arizona to take on Devin Booker (23.5 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 4.3 APG) and the Phoenix Suns (6-11) on Sunday at 8:00 p.m. for the first time this season.  These two teams have met up a total of 141 times with the Bulls winning 73 games and the Suns winning 68 of them.  The Charlotte Hornets will host Blake Griffin (23.1 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 4.7 APG) and the Los Angeles Clippers (5-9) tonight at 7:00 p.m. for the first time this season.  The Clippers and the Hornets have battled each other a total of 53 times with the Clippers winning 29 of the games while the Hornets won 24 of them.

Charlotte Hornets are eliminated from the Playoffs after a loss to the Boston Celtics

Charlotte Hornets are eliminated from the Playoffs after a loss to the Boston Celtics

The 36-42 Charlotte Hornets are hoping that things will turn around for the better as they struggle to make the Playoffs for a second consecutive season.  Tonight they will be going up against the 50-29 Boston Celtics are the fourth and final time this season.  The first time these two ball clubs have met up was on October 29 in North Carolina as Boston would take that game 104-98.  In that game, Avery Bradley would end with thirty-one points, eleven rebounds and four assists.  Kemba Walker finished with twenty-nine points, two rebounds and three assists.  In the second game, which took place on December 16 in Massachusetts, the home team would win that game, 96 to 88.  Isaiah Thomas would score twenty-six points, grab three rebounds and earn five assists.  Nicolas Batum would go to score twenty-two points, grab 10 rebounds and dish off five assists.  The last time the Celtics and Hornets met up was on January 16 in TD Garden, where the Celtics won 108 to 98.  Isaiah Thomas would earn thirty-five points, five rebounds and four assists.  Kemba Walker earned twenty-four points, four rebounds and two assists.  The 2-seed Boston Celtics would look to take the regular season, 4-0, against the 10-seed Charlotte Hornets.

In the first quarter, Isaiah Thomas would start off with eight points, including one 3-pointer.  Jae Crowder would also score seven points, as well as one 3-pointer.  Even though Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum would each earn seven points, it would be Boston who leads 32-28 at the end of the first.  The second quarter wouldn’t get easier for the home teams as both Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford would come out hot, each scoring eleven points.  Thomas would knock down three more 3-pointers as Horford goes 1 for 2 beyond the arc.  Kemba Walker would go to score seven points for his team but it would be the Celtics who end the second period with a huge 39-26 run.  With the Celtics holding on to a 71-54, the home team would go on a 32 to 21 run as Nicolas Batum goes off for eleven points which would contain one 3-pointer, as well.  Cody Zeller would help out as he goes to hit six points, along with Walker who scores six of his own.  On the other end, Kelly Olynyk would score six points to help Boston out but the Hornets would still come within seven points as the visiting team leads 92-86 at the end of the third.  The Boston Celtics would close it out in the fourth as Avery Bradley puts up eleven points, including three 3-pointers.  Nicolas Batum would collect eight for Charlotte but the Celtics would win, 121-114, eliminating the Charlotte Hornets from the Playoffs.  Isaiah Thomas would finish the game with thirty-two points, two rebounds and six assists.  Nicolas Batum would end up with thirty-one points, eight rebounds and three assists.