Celtics/Pistons match up

Tonight’s game is the 412th meeting between the two teams

The Boston Celtics (10-7, 2nd Atlantic Division) and the Detroit Pistons (9-10, 5th Central Division) Franchise are no strangers and the competition between theses two storied franchises dates back to 1957 and the Celtics lead the series 257-154.

But this Celtics squad is not the team it is on the road and, after dropping their last two home games, will look to get their home game squared away pistons-2tonight.  Book makers are putting the onus on the Pistons and have the Celtics as eight point favorites.  The last time the two teams met on November 19th the Celtics walked away with a two point 94-92 win.

The Celtics will have Center Al Horford back in the lineup tonight after missing nine games due to concussion and family time due to his wife being pregnant.  Horford received some flak about missing time because of family.

“Everybody has their opinion. I respect anything that anybody has to say. I care a lot about the group and our guys. Like I was explaining earlier, for my family’s sake it was important for me to be there for them. Just with our transition and everything. So that’s that. Now I can put that behind me and get focused again on (Wednesday’s game).”

Tickets for tonight’s game are still available so be sure to grab a friend and get to the game and help cheer on your Boston Celtics.

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Celtics not panicking just yet

Team looking to stave off 4th consecutive loss

Seven games into the new 2016-17 season and the Boston Celtics (3-4, 9th Eastern Conference) never imagined that they would be under .500 but under .500 is where they sit.

“It’s frustrating. We’re in a bad funk right now,” Isaiah Thomas Jr.  said following the humiliating loss to the one win Washington Wizards. “We’re not the hardest playing team anymore. That’s what made us special, that’s what made us good: us playing harder than the other team. Being scrappier. Getting loose balls. Rebounds don’t come to us because we’re not playing hard.”

celtics-5Head of Basketball Operations,  Danny Ainge is not throwing in the towel just yet as he notes that his team is missing a number of players to injury.

 

 

“I think it’s part of a growing process that I guess it’s better this time of year, we try to find our identity,” Ainge said. “We had such a good defensive year last year, got off to a great start. You get some momentum [by doing that]. We need to put some defensive games together to get that defensive confidence in one another and trust in each other.”

“We’re not as good as we thought we were”              – Isaiah Thomas Jr.

But that was before the 118-93 whipping by the Wizards last night.  A night when a name like Otto Porter was chanted as though the second coming of Kobe.

”Right now I’m trying to play at a high level every night,” Porter said. ”I’m trying to do what it is I can do to help this team win.”

What the journeyman forward did was score a career high 34 points on 14-19 shooting from the field and 3-5 from three point land.  It was his second night scoring 20 plus points as he carried the team on his shoulders for the win.

“It’s about playing hard. It’s leaving it all out there on the floor. That’s who we were,” Thomas told ESPN’s Chris Forsberg. “That’s what made us one of the best defensive teams in the league. That’s what made us win 48 games last year. We have to find that swag, we gotta get that back. Because, if we don’t, it seems like we’re going off talent, which we really don’t have that much talent, including myself.”

The Celtics have another opportunity to get back on the right track tomorrow night as they take on East Coast rival New York Knicks.  Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours and help cheer on your Boston Celtics.

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Celtics host Bulls tonight

The Boston Celtics are anxiously awaiting the early rematch against the Chicago Bulls tonight after taking a six point loss last Thursday evening. The Celtics will have an opportunity for revenge upon the Bulls as they host Chicago tonight in the confines of TD Garden.

Last week, the Celtic’s had to endure the debut of Dwayne Wade as a Chicago Bull.  Wade would finish the game with 22 points combined with Jimmy Butler’s 24 points led the Bulls over the Celtics.

celtics-4”We lost the game in a fashion we didn’t want to lose,” Jae Crowder, who had 14 points, said. ”I feel like we got punked all night.”

Al Horford is not expected to play tonight as he is going through NBA concussion protocol after taking a hit to the head on Monday during practice.

The Celtics will have the opportunity for their revenge tonight.  Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and help cheer on your Boston Celtics

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