Boston Celtics daily links 11/12/19

Dallas Mavericks v Boston Celtics

Jaylen Brown vs Mavericks 11/11/19 | Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place.

Herald Mavericks’ Mark Cuban says science supports load management

Celtics win eighth straight, beat Dallas, 116-106

Globe Cedric Maxwell shared a story on the Celtics building team chemistry

Danny Ainge is aware of the Celtics’ unique number problem

Celtics say Gordon Hayward out six weeks after hand surgery

Isaiah Thomas discussed his feelings towards the Celtics


Walker gets hot late, scores 29 as Celtics beat Mavs 116-106

9 notes and observations from the Celtics’ win over the Mavericks

Celtics say Gordon Hayward will miss six weeks after hand surgery

Observations from Kemba Walker leading Celtics to eight in a row

The deck was stacked against the Celtics, but somehow they kept their win streak going

After going 1 for 18, Jayson Tatum tried to accentuate the positive — another Celtics win

Celtics Green Comments from the Other Side – Mavericks 11/11/19

CelticsBlog Celtics ‘lean on’ Kemba Walker in crunch time

Boston hangs tough, beat Dallas 116-106

Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown lead the way: 10 takeaways from Celtics/Mavericks

Can the Boston Celtics make a championship trade?

Jaylen Brown forgets Javonte Green is older than him

ESPN Mavericks vs. Celtics – Game Recap – November 11, 2019

Celtics’ Gordon Hayward out 6 weeks after undergoing hand surgery

Lex Nihhil Novi Blount Goes for 28 & 21 in Win

CLNS Media Gordon Hayward Has Hand Surgery; Celtics Top Dallas Mavericks, Extend Win Streak to 8

593: Best Team In The World Right Now

Celtics’ Marcus Smart Post Game: “I keep getting kicked in the groin.”

NBA .com Optum Postgame Walk-Off: ‘We’ve Got Some Big Time Players’

Keys to the Game: Celtics 116, Mavericks 106

11/11 Putnam Postgame Report: Walker Shines In 4Q

11/11 Arbella Quote Worthy: Mavericks vs. Celtics

Heart Over Height: Smart Seizes Another Big Assignment vs. Mavs

NBC Sports Boston Isaiah Thomas the latest ex-Celtic to accuse Marcus Smart of flopping

Danny Ainge has a great ‘solution’ to Marcus Smart’s groin-kicking problem

Who will benefit the most for the Celtics in Gordon Hayward’s absence?

Celtics content to win ugly as Gordon Hayward-less stretch begins

Marcus Smart has evolved into a legitimate 3-point threat, and we have proof

Jayson Tatum detours to Celtics’ practice facility after brutal game vs. Mavs

Marcus Smart has a message for teams wanting him to defend bigger players

NESN Kemba Walker Injury: Here’s Latest Update On Celtics Point Guard

Jayson Tatum Has Mature Reaction To Historically Bad Game Vs. Mavericks

Red-Hot Celtics Finally Get Their Due In ESPN’s Latest NBA Power Rankings

Kemba Walker’s Review From Former NBA Coach Chock-Full Of Superlatives

Danny Ainge Seeks Help From Red Sox Amid Marcus Smart’s Ongoing Groin Woes

Can Celtics Cope Without Gordon Hayward? NBA Expert Offers Boston Advice

Celtics’ Jaylen Brown Suffers Brain Fart With ‘I’m Getting Old’ Comment

WEEI The problem opponents now face when playing Celtics

Javonte Green didn’t expect to play much vs. Mavericks

CBS Boston Walker Gets Hot Late, Scores 29 As Celtics Beat Mavs 116-106

Balanced Celtics Pass First Test Without Hayward

Jayson Tatum Shakes Off Historically Bad Shooting Night With Late-Night Trip To Gym

Marcus Smart Would Like Everyone To Stop Kicking Him In The Groin

Celtics Wire Report: Gordon Hayward out for six weeks after hand surgery

Kemba Walker downplays neck injury after win over Mavs

Jayson Tatum has historically bad shooting night in win over Mavs

Luka Doncic: Jaylen Brown ‘deserves the contract he got’

Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown lead C’s to victory over pesky Mavs

The Athletic The future is now: Celtics’ young stars win clash with the league’s new titan, Luka Doncic

Isaiah Thomas wants more than a big paycheck. He wants a home

Meet TJ the D.J., the man who provides the soundtrack to the Boston sports world

Mass Live Tacko Fall’s appearance with the team won’t count towards his 2-way games, plus more

How the Celtics will try to make up for losing Gordon Hayward for six weeks

Jayson Tatum gives shoes to Air Force TSgt.’s son as Boston athletes salute military on Veterans Day


Kemba Walker’s fourth quarter outburst powers Boston Celtics past Dallas Mavericks 116-106

Kemba Walker got ‘a little whiplash’ but says he’s fine, won’t require extra treatment

Marcus Smart to opposing bigs: ‘Keep it coming’, but stop kicking him in the groin

Luka Doncic believes Jaylen Brown is worth the money, plus 7 things we learned from Celtics vs. Mavericks

These Boston Celtics are fun. It’s time to appreciate them on their own

Hardwood Houdini Recapping the Boston Celtics’ hard fought victory over Dallas Mavericks

Boston Celtics: Smart will prove to be invaluable during Hayward’s leave

Chowder and Champions Boston Celtics: 3 takeaways from mashing of Mavericks

Boston Celtics: Why Gordon Hayward will continue comeback greatness

Boston Sports Journal Gordon Hayward opts for surgery on fractured left hand, will miss six weeks

BSJ Game Report: Celtics 116, Mavericks 106 – Kemba erupts late for C’s eighth straight win

Kemba Walker is reaching a new level as 3-point shooter in Boston

NBC Sports Wizards’ Isaiah Thomas on former Celtics teammate Marcus Smart: ‘He flops’

Clutch Points Celtics news: Jayson Tatum speaks out on Gordon Hayward’s injury

Celtics news: Brad Stevens addresses how Boston will fill Gordon Hayward’s void

Dallas News ‘Flush it and move on’: Following a tough night for Kristaps Porzingis,

Forbes With Gordon Hayward Out, Kemba Walker And Celtics Avoid Injuries, Stay Atop NBA

Delaware Online NBA G League: Delaware Blue Coats vs. Maine Red Claws

Preview: Dallas Mavericks at Boston Celtics Game #9

Dallas Mavericks Vs Boston Celtics At TD Garden

Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Celtics return home to take on the Dallas Mavericks as they seek their 8th straight win.

The Celtics return home after a very successful 3 game road trip. They went 3-0 on the trip and won in San Antonio for the first time in the Brad Stevens era. They will now be home for two games, including this one, and then head back out for a 5 game West coast road trip.

The Mavericks are 3-1 vs Eastern Conference teams while the Celtics are 1-0 against Western Conference teams. The Celtics are 3-0 at home while the Mavericks are 4-0 on the road. The Mavs’ wins include the Wizards, Pelicans, Cavs, Magic, Grizzlies and Nuggets. Their losses are to the Lakers, Blazers and Knicks.

These two teams split the series 1-1 last year with each team winning on their home court. The Celtics lead the series all time 40-36. The Celtics have won 5 of the last 6 games but before that the Mavericks won 11 of the previous 12. This is the first of two games between them. They will meet again in Dallas on December 18.

The Celtics will be without Gordon Hayward who broke a bone in his hand on Saturday against the Spurs. He will see the doctors on Monday to determine just how long he will be out. Enes Kanter, who has missed the last 7 games, has been cleared to play in this game. Romeo Langford was recalled from Maine and is probable after being listed with an illness.

With Gordon Hayward definitely out for this game, it isn’t clear who will start in his place. My guess is that Marcus Smart will start at shooting guard and Jaylen Brown will move over to the small forward spot. However, he could choose to start Semi or Javonte, or even Grant Williams at small forward and bring Marcus off the bench. I would imagine that we won’t know for sure until half an hour before game time when Brad announces the lineups.

The Mavericks are pretty much at full strength. Kristaps Porzingis missed Saturday’s game against the Grizzlies with what the team said was “injury recovery, left knee” but was in actuality just for rest on the second night of back to back games. He is probable for this game.

Probable Celtics Starters

Celtics Reserves
Carsen Edwards
Javonte Green
Semi Ojeleye
Vincent Poirier
Brad Wanamaker
Grant Williams
Robert Williams III

Injuries
Romeo Langford (llness) probable
Enes Kanter (knee) cleared to play
Gordon Hayward (hand) out

Two Way Players
Tremont Waters
Tacko Fall

Head Coach
Brad Stevens

Probable Mavericks Starters

Mavs Reserves
JJ Barea
Ryan Broekhoff
Tim Hardaway, Jr
Justin Jackson
Maxi Kleber
Courtney Lee
Boban Marjanovic
Isaiah Roby
Delon Wright

Injuries
Kristaps Porzingis (knee) probable

Two Way Players
Antonius Cleveland
Josh Reaves

Head Coach
Rick Carlisle

Key Matchups

Kemba Walker vs Luka Doncic
Doncic, last year’s Rookie of the Year, is averaging 27.7 points, 10.8 rebounds, 9.1 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He is the Maverick’s best player and so the Celtics must find a way to slow him down if they want to win. I would expect Marcus Smart to cover him much of the time.

Jayson Tatum vs Kristaps Porzingis
Tatum will have his hands full with Porzingis, who is averaging 20.1 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 2.6 blocks. Marcus Smart smothered Porzingis to the point of tears in one game when he was in New York, but I expect Marcus will be busy guarding Doncic. But, since no one else in the Mavs starting lineup is averaging more than 9 points per game, the Celtics may be able to double Porzingis to try to help Jayson contain him.

Honorable Mention
Brad Stevens vs Rick Carlisle
Carlisle has consistently been listed among the top coaches in the league for many years. This could be a chess match between two very good coaches. The Mavs lean heavily on their two stars for their scoring but after that the talent drops off. Brad has a much deeper team, even with Hayward out. But, Carlisle knows how to get the most out of his team so it will be fun to see how Brad counters.

Keys to the Game
Defense – Defense wins games. Defense is always the number one key to winning games. The Mavs are averaging 116.3 points per game while the Celtics average just 113.1 points per game. The Mavs are first in the league in offensive rating while the Celtics are 6th in the league in defensive rating. The Mavs shoot 46% from the field to just 45% for the Celtics. They also shoot 36% from beyond the arc to 35% for the Celtics. The Celtics need to play tough defense as it will be their defense that will win the game.

Rebound – Much of rebounding is effort and the Celtics have to put out extra effort to win the battle of the boards. When they work hard on the boards, it usually follows through to the rest of the game as well. The Celtics are averaging 46.5 rebounds per game while the Mavs are averaging 48 rebounds per game. The Celtics need to put out extra effort on the boards to keep the Mavs from getting extra possessions and second chance points.

Be Aggressive – The Celtics need to be the more aggressive team in going to the basket, diving for loose balls, going after 50/50 balls, grabbing rebounds, and just playing harder in general. They have to be the team that wants the win more. The more aggressive team will usually get the benefit of questionable calls and so the Celtics need to be sure that they are more aggressive on both ends of the court.

Next Man Up – With Gordon Hayward being out, the Celtics will miss his 20 points but they will also miss his leadership on the court and his play making and rebounding. The Celtics need someone or a few someones to step up and fill the void left by Gordon’s injury.

X-Factors
Home Again – The Celtics are back home for two games and they need to defend home court and make the Garden a place that opponents fear. They will have the fans behind them and they need to feed off the energy of the crowd and use that to give them a boost.

Officiating – The officiating is always an x-factor. Every crew calls the game a little differently and teams need to adjust to how the game is being called. Hopefully the refs let both teams play and call it fairly.

Boston Celtics daily links 11/11/19

Boston Celtics v San Antonio Spurss

Jayson Tatum vs Spurs 11/9/19 | Photos by Logan Riely/NBAE via Getty Images

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place.

Herald Celtics lose Gordon Hayward in win over Spurs

Celtics teammates feel for Gordon Hayward after injury

Celtics have large gap to close with Gordon Hayward injury

Globe Gordon Hayward breaks left hand in Celtics’ 135-115 rout of Spurs

Celtics recall rookie Romeo Langford from G League Maine

Observations from the Celtics’ victory over the Spurs

Gordon Hayward out indefinitely after breaking hand in Celtics’ romp over Spurs

Why the Celtics will be able to ride out storm in Gordon Hayward’s absence

Celtics Green Comments from the Other Side – Spurs 11/9/19

Preview: Mavericks (6-3) at Celtics (7-1) Game #9 11/11/19

Alex Goldblatt’s Game Review – Spurs 11/9/19

CelticsBlog Good, bad and ugly: 10 Takeaways from Boston’s big win in San Antonio

Smart’s offensive evolution good for all involved

Celtics rookies Romeo Langford, Tremont Waters, and Tacko Fall shine in G-League debut

Hayward’s absence will test wing depth

Enes Kanter (left knee) cleared to return tonight against Dallas

ESPN Gordon Hayward’s hot start and the impact of his hand injury

Celtics’ Gordon Hayward breaks left hand against Spurs

High Bench Marks

NBA Power Rankings Week 4 – Sixers fall, Suns rise and L.A. at the top

Lex Nihil Novi Wilt v. Shaq

Nets Go Down Fighting

CLNS Media POST GAME: Celtics @ Hornets (Nov. 9)

NBA Load Management And Players’ Bodies | Episode 40

Manning: Celtics Must Test Romeo Langford with Gordon Hayward Out

Gordon Hayward Suffers Broken Left Hand in Celtics Rout of Spurs

Celtics .com 11/9 Putnam Postgame Report: Jaylen Leads the Way

Celtics Continue Rolling, but Lose Hayward to Broken Hand

NBC Sports Boston Blakely: Here’s what Gordon Hayward’s injury means to the Celtics

How Tacko Fall, other Boston Celtics rookies fared in Maine Red Claws debuts

Sunday leftovers from Celtics’ impressive start to the season

Blakely: Here’s why Javonte Green will soften the loss of Gordon Hayward

Gordon Hayward’s absence will tell us how these Celtics handle adversity

Celtics report card: Jaylen Brown showcasing summer improvements

NESN This Photo Of Robert Williams Dunking On Spurs Is Flat-Out Ridiculous

NBA Stars Show Love For Gordon Hayward After Celtics Star Fractures Hand

Watch Gordon Hayward’s Adorable Daughters Take Care Of Their Injured Dad

Gordon Hayward’s Wife, Robyn, Has Simple Reaction To Celtics Star’s Injury

Watch Enes Kanter Give 7-Foot-5 Tacko Fall Haircut In Adorable Video

Celtics Injury Update: Romeo Langford Recalled, Enes Kanter Still Questionable

Celtics Early-Season Progress Report: Good, Bad, Ugly Through Eight Games

WEEI How things look for Celtics without Gordon Hayward

Tacko Fall, Romeo Langford stand out in Red Claws opener

Romeo Langford could help Celtics with Gordon Hayward out

CBS Boston Gordon Hayward Injury Timetable: Broken Hand Shouldn’t Be Long-Term Problem

Celtics Wire WATCH: Gordon Hayward fractures left hand against Spurs (updated)

The Athletic ‘You just don’t know what to say’: Fractured hand is another unlucky break for Gordon Hayward

Small but fierce, Celtics defense proving energetic, resilient and ferocious

How Tony Parker nearly began his NBA career in Boston instead of San Antonio

The Athletic’s NBA Power Rankings Week 3: The #WashedKing looks clean

Mass Live Gordon Hayward injury: Celtics feel for star teammate, but ’we’ll keep this train going, everything is for him’

Robert Williams shows flashes of potential on career night vs. Spurs: ’The sky’s the limit for him’

Tacko Fall, Romeo Langford, Tremont Waters star in G-League debuts with Maine Red Claws

Blowing out Spurs might mean something for Celtics, plus Jaylen Brown’s role & 7 things we learned

Celtics vs. Mavericks: Luka Doncic’s second-year rise presents Celtics with tough test

Hardwood Houdini Boston Celtics: 3 side effects of Gordon Hayward’s hand fracture

Are the Boston Celtics Kemba Walker’s or Gordon Hayward’s team?

Boston Celtics: should Gordon Hayward’s injury lead to Romeo Langford being recalled?

Chowder and Champions Gordon Hayward: 3 Celtics players who must rise in star’s absence

Boston Celtics: Robert Williams attacking the rim like a grown man

Boston Sports Journal What are Gordon Hayward’s recovery scenarios after fracturing left hand? Checking in with Dr. Flynn

NBA Notebook: Without Gordon Hayward, what’s next for Celtics?

BSJ Game Report: Celtics 135, Spurs 115 – C’s win in San Antonio for first time since 2011

Seven thoughts on the Celtics’ seven-game winning streak

Duke Basketball Report Enes Kanter And Tacko Fall Could Have Their Own Show

Clutch Points Celtics news: Kemba Walker ‘in shock’ over Gordon Hayward injury

Hoops Habit Boston Celtics: Gordon Hayward’s All-Star start derailed by broken hand

Mavs .com After road struggles in recent years, Mavs now are true road warriors this season

Rookie Wire Celtics recall Romeo Langford from G League after injury to Hayward

Inquirer NBA power rankings: Sixers drop almost out of Top 10; Boston Celtics move to No. 1

Forbes How Gordon Hayward’s Latest Injury Could Affect The Celtics’ Future

Talkbasket Brad Stevens in awe of Spurs’ winning ways

UMass Media Celtics early season review

MetroWest Daily News Celtics dominating win over Spurs subdued by Gordon Hayward injury

Boston Celtics daily links 11/9/19

Boston Celtics v Charlotte Hornets

Gordon Hayward vs Hornets 11/7/19 | Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place.

Herald Celtics’ Marcus Smart fined $15,000 for criticism of referees

Celtics-Wizards matchup a reminder of what could have been — but rarely is

Globe Tacko Fall and Tremont Waters recreated a famous photo

Marcus Smart fined $15,000 for ripping officials, and then there was his testy exchange with Brad Stevens

NBA hopes DraftKings deal will lead to increased interest

CelticsGreen Alex Goldblat’s Game Review – Hornets 11/7/19

Preview: Celtics (6-1) at Spurs (5-3) Game #8 11/9/19

CelticsBlog Celtics find offensive rhythm by attacking paint

Boston Celtics have better offensive balance with more defined roles established

The things we do for love: load management, Marcus Smart, and Brad Stevens

Preview: Boston Celtics at San Antonio Spurs Game #8

ESPN Celtics’ Marcus Smart fined $15K for criticizing refs

Lex Nihil Novi Bob Ryan Discusses the Day Chamberlain Dropped !00

Celtics .com 11/8 TD Bank Film Study: Jaylen Brown’s ‘To The Basket’ Mentality

11/9 Game Preview: Celtics at Spurs


NBC Sports Boston Celtics’ Enes Kanter ruled out for Saturday vs. Spurs

NBA picks: Celtics vs. Spurs betting predictions, plays against the spread

Celtics’ Jaylen Brown: ‘Can’t wait for people to see how much better I’ve gotten’

Five reasons why Celtics’ Gordon Hayward is better than ever now

NESN Why NBA Expert ‘Definitely Could See’ Celtics Reaching NBA Finals In 2020

Kemba Walker’s Mother Happy After Her Son’s ‘Nasty Divorce’ With Hornets

Tacko Fall, Red Claws Set To Face 7-Foot-4 Center In Season Opener

Celtics’ Enes Kanter To Miss Seventh Straight Game Saturday Vs. Spurs

NESN Hoops Now: Celtics Continue To Dominate Second Half Of Games

Celtics’ Tacko Fall, Tremont Waters Reenact Manute Bol-Muggsy Bogues Photos

WEEI Marcus Smart fined for comments about refs

Celtics Wire Marcus Smart fined $15,000 for criticizing officials in Charlotte

Jaylen Brown, first-round pick offered for Kristaps Porzingis in 2016

Mass Live Boston Celtics’ Marcus Smart fined $15,000 by NBA for criticizing officiating

Enes Kanter injury: Here’s what we know about Celtics big man’s knee bruise right now

Celtics vs.Spurs: Is Javonte Green in the rotation now? Plus four things to watch

Hardwood Houdini Boston Celtics: pinpointing positive and negative trends so far in 2019-20

Is Boston Celtics star Kemba Walker the Nicest Dude in the NBA?

Chowder and Champions Boston Celtics: Fiery passion of Marcus Smart key to team’s success

Philly Voice Kendrick Perkins thinks the Sixers should try to trade Ben Simmons

Clutch Points Celtics news: Boston offered Jaylen Brown and more for Kristaps Porzingis at 2017 NBA Draft

The Rookie Wire Tacko Fall set to make G League debut with the Maine Red Claws

Air Alamo San Antonio Spurs: Three keys to victory against the Boston Celtics

Clutch Points Gordon Hayward looks totally back and the Celtics look like contenders

Preview: Boston Celtics at San Antonio Spurs Game #8

San Antonio Spurs v Boston Celtics

Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images

The Celtics try to get their first win in San Antonio in the Brad Stevens era as they finish their 3 game road trip against the Spurs.

The Celtics complete their 3 game road trip in San Antonio as they take on the San Antonio Spurs. This is undoubtedly the toughest game of the trip. The Celtics have only beaten the Spurs one time in the past 8 years. Their last win in San Antonio was in 2011 and they have dropped 14 of their last 15 games to the Spurs since then. Brad Stevens has never won in San Antonio since taking over at the helm of the Celtics.

The Spurs have pretty much always had the Celtics number, leading the series 44-13 ince 1990. Brad Stevens has only won once against Pop in his tenure with the Celtics and that was in October of 2017 in Boston. The last game between these two teams was a 115-96 win by the Spurs on March 24, 2019. Both teams are coming off a win on Thursday and had Friday off.

The Celtics are 3-1 on the road, with their only loss coming on opening night in Philadelphia. The Spurs are 4-1 at home, losing on November 3 to the Los Angeles Lakers. The Celtics are looking for their 7th straight win while the Spurs are looking for their 2nd win in a row.

The Celtics are mostly back to full health with Enes Kanter as the only player still on the injured list with the knee contusion. He was upgraded to questionable for Thursday’s game but has already been ruled out for this game. Romeo Langford remains with the Maine Red Claws. The Spurs have no injuries reported.

Probable Celtics Starters

PG: Kemba Walker
SG: Jaylen Brown
SF: Gordon Hayward
PF: Jayson Tatum
C: Daniel Theis

Celtics Reserves
Carsen Edwards
Javonte Green
Semi Ojeleye
Vincent Poirier
Marcus Smart
Brad Wanamaker
Grant Williams
Robert Williams III

Injuries/NWT
Romeo Langford (G League) out
Enes Kanter (knee) out

Two Way Players
Tremont Waters
Tacko Fall
(First Red Claws game is tonight at 7pm vs Delaware)

Head Coach
Brad Stevens

Probable Spurs Starters

PG: DeJounte Murray
SG: Bryn Forbes
SF: DeMar DeRozan
PF: LaMarcus Aldridge
C: Trey Lyles

Spurs Reserves
Marco Bellinelli
DeMarre Carroll
Rudy Gay
Keldon Johnson
Chimezie Metu
Patty Mills
Jakob Poeltl
Luka Samanic
Lonnie Walker IV
Derrick White

Injuries
None

Two Way Players
Drew Eubanks
Quinndary Weatherspoon

Head Coach
Gregg Popovich

Key Matchups

Gordon Hayward vs DeMar DeRozan
DeMar DeRozan has had some big games against the Celtics in the past and so the Celtics need to stay with him. He isn’t a threat from deep but is shooting 51.4% from the field. He is leading the Spurs with 20.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and 1.1 steals. He isn’t known for tough defense so hopefully we will see another big game from Gordon.

Jayson Tatum vs LaMarcus Aldridge
Aldridge is coming off a 39 point game against OKC and has the length to give the Celtics a problem. In the last game between these two teams, Aldridge had 48 points and 13 rebounds. He is averaging 16.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.3 blocks. If Jayson struggles to contain him, we may see Marcus Smart guarding him at some point.

Honorable Mention
Kemba Walker vs Dejounte Murray
Murray is averaging 12.2 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.8 steals per game. Kemba is coming off a very emotional game against his former team and will hopefully bounce back with a big game in this one.

Keys to the Game
Defense – Defense wins games and so the Celtics need to continue to make defense a priority. The Celtics are 3rd with a defensive rating of 100.0 while the Spurs are 16th with a defensive rating of 106.4 Since they are very close on offense with the Celtics scoring 110.3 points per game and the Spurs averaging 111.0 points per game, defense will likely decide the winner of this game.

Rebound – The Celtics can’t score if they don’t have the ball, and they will struggle if they give up second chance points to the Spurs. The Celtics are averaging 47 rebounds per game while the Spurs are averaging 48.8 rebounds per game. Rebounding takes effort and when they put forth the extra effort on the boards, that tends to spread to other areas of the game as well.

Move the Ball – When the Celtics move the ball they play very well. When the ball stops moving, the Celtics struggle to score and the rest of their game slows down as well. They need to keep moving the ball and make the extra pass to find the best shot. They have to play team ball.

Be Aggressive – The Celtics need to play hard and be the more aggressive team. They have to go after rebounds, loose balls, and 50/50 balls. They have to be aggressive on defense and in getting to the basket. They have to be the team that works harder and wants it more.

Play 48 Minutes – The Celtics have yet to put together a game where they play well for 48 minutes. They are getting better starts but still seem to bog down at times. They need to come out strong and play hard until the final buzzer. They will need consistent effort from start to finish if they want to beat the Spurs.

X-Factors
Road Game – The Celtics are playing in the final game of a 3 game road trip. The AT&T Center is a very tough place to play. The Celtics have to block out all distractions and focus on playing their game. The Celtics, especially the young players, have to dig deep down and keep their focus.

Coaching – Gregg Popovich is considered by many to be the best coach in the league. Brad Stevens is considered to be the best young coach in the league and the heir apparent to Popovich’s crown. Matchups and coaching strategy should come into play in this game. Will master or pupil come out on top?

Officiating – Officiating is always an X-Factor. Every crew officiates differently and teams need to adjust to the way the game is called. Marcus Smart was fined for complaining about the officiating against the Hornets and that could either cause a backlash from the refs or maybe better officiating. It’s a toss up. Hopefully we get fair officiating and they let them play.

Boston Celtics daily links 11/8/19

Boston Celtics v Charlotte Hornets

Kemba Walker at Hornets 11/7/19 | Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place.

Herald Former Celtics guard Terry Rozier gets role with Hornets to match ambition

Kemba Walker returns to his old home in Charlotte

Celtics sting Hornets for sixth straight win

Would Celtics re-issue retired numbers? Don’t count on it

Globe Danny Ainge assesses the Celtics’ 5-1 start

Celtics beat Hornets 108-87 in Kemba Walker’s return to Charlotte

Kemba Walker had an emotional return to Charlotte


Celtics guard Marcus Smart voiced his displeasure with the officials

Former Celtics disagree with Kawhi Leonard’s approach to ‘load management’

What experts are saying about the Celtics’ hot start to the season

Kemba Walker rightfully cheered upon return to Charlotte

Observations from the Celtics’ blowout win in Kemba Walker’s return to Charlotte

Video tribute got Kemba Walker choked up, but his Celtics teammates picked him up

Marcus Smart and Brad Stevens had a bit of a disagreement, but they’re all good now

Celtics Green Comments from the Other Side – Hornets 11/7/19

CelticsBlog Celtics beat Hornets 108-87 in Kemba Walker’s return to Charlotte

‘Special night’ for Kemba Walker in his return to Charlotte

Kemba Walker’s homecoming and 9 other takeaways from Celtics/Hornets Gordon Hayward Jayson Tatum

Grant Williams and the little things

ESPN Celtics vs. Hornets – Game Recap – November 7, 2019

Celtics’ Marcus Smart on refs — ‘Wish they would call game the right way’

Ten NBA things I like and don’t like, including Luka Doncic trickery

Lex Nihil Novi Anyone Still Prefer Al Jefferson?

The Sports Daily 5 rational thoughts about the Celtics’ comfortable win in Charlotte

CLNS Media POST GAME: Celtics @ Hornets (Nov. 7)

Gordon Hayward Stays Hot, Helps Kemba Walker’s Boston Celtics to Win over Charlotte Hornets

Celtics Blowout Hornets in Kemba Walker’s Return to Charlotte

Marcus Smart, Brad Stevens Reveal Heated Exchange in Charlotte

Celtics .com Photos: Celtics vs. Hornets – Nov. 7, 2019

Keys to the Game: Celtics 108, Hornets 87

11/7 Putnam Postgame Report: ‘It Made Me Emotional’

11/7 Arbella Quote Worthy: Celtics vs. Hornets

Celtics Tied for NBA’s Best Record, but They’re Hungry for More

NBC Sports Boston How Jaylen Brown ruthlessly trash-talked ex-Celtics teammate Terry Rozier on Thursday night

Kemba Walker reacts to Cody Zeller’s special shoes, Charlotte ovation

A. Sherrod Blakely’s Takeaways: Walker’s successful return bolstered by his Celtics teammates

Celtics’ Marcus Smart vents about refs, Stevens downplays flareup

NBA Notebook: Here’s the driving force behind Celtics’ early success

Here’s the one stat that should thrill Celtics fans through seven games

Kemba Walker’s Charlotte return reminds Celtics how lucky they are

NESN Watch Kemba Walker Receive Standing Ovation In Return To Charlotte

Celtics Wrap: Boston Takes Care Of Hornets In Kemba Walker’s Return 108-87

Celtics Notes: Javonte Green Making Solid Case For Minutes Off Bench

Here’s What Kemba Walker Had To Say About Emotional Tribute From Hornets

What Marcus Smart Said To Brad Stevens In Heated Moment During Celtics-Hornets

NBA Rumors: Here’s Celtics’ Offer To Knicks For Kristaps Porzingis At 2017 Draft

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The Celtics continue their 3 game road trip with a stop in Charlotte to visit former Celtic Terry Rozier.

Kemba Walker returns to the arena where he played for his first 8 seasons in the league as the Celtics continue their 3 game road trip with a game against the Charlotte Hornets. Kemba was a first-round pick of the Hornets, who were then the Bobcats, in 2011. He led that franchise in scoring over each of the past five seasons and is the career points leader there with 12,009 career points.

These two teams met in Boston in the Celtics first preseason game. The Celtics came away with a 107-106 victory in that game, which was Terry Rozier’s first game back at the TD Garden, where he spent his first 4 seasons. This is the first of 3 regular season games between these two teams. They will meet again in Charlotte on 12/31 and in Boston on 12/22.

While preseason games aren’t always an accurate measure of how good a team can be, that narrow victory over the Hornets should serve as a reminder to the Celtics that the Hornets will not be an easy team to beat. Their record is a game above .500 and they are playing in their home arena where the fans will be energized to beat the team that took their All Star point guard from them.

Last season, the Celtics and Hornets split the season series 2-2. In the last game between them last season, on March 23, the Hornets beat the Celtics 124-117 in Charlotte. In that game, Kemba Walker finished with 36 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists. The Celtics are 2-1 on the road while the Hornets are 2-1 at home. The Celtics have won 5 straight while the Hornets have won their last 3.

Jaylen Brown, who has missed the last 3 games is listed as probable for this game. He said he expects to play with no restrictions. He may rejoin the starting lineup but Brad Stevens mentioned a need to boost the scoring off the bench and so we may see Brown come off the bench. We won’t know for sure until the lineups are announced just before game time.

Enes Kanter has been out since the first game of the season with a knee contusion and is listed as questionable for this game. Daniel Theis has been dealing with a sore ankle but is expected to play in this game. His status is a game time decision.

For the Hornets, Nicolas Batum suffered a fractured finger on opening night. He has been able to participate in some basketball activities but is at least two weeks away from being cleared to return to full contact. PJ Washington suffered a lower left leg contusion in Tuesday’s win over the Pacers and is listed as probable for this game. His status will be a game time decision.

Probable Celtics Starters

PG: Kemba Walker
SG: Marcus Smart
SF: Gordon Hayward
PF: Jayson Tatum
C: Daniel Theis

Celtics Reserves
Carsen Edwards
Javonte Green
Semi Ojeleye
Vincent Poirier
Brad Wanamaker
Grant Williams
Robert Williams III

Injuries/Out
Romeo Langford (G League) out
Jaylen Brown (illness) probable
Daniel Theis (ankle) probable
Enes Kanter (knee) questionable

Two Way Players
Tremont Waters
Tacko Fall

Head Coach
Brad Stevens

Probable Hornets Starters

PG: Terry Rozier
SG: Dwayne Bacon
SF: Miles Bridges
PF: PJ Washington
C: Cody Zeller

Hornets Reserves
Nicolas Batum
Bismack Biyombo
Devonte Graham
Willy Hernangomez
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
Caleb Martin
Cody Martin
Jalen McDaniels
Malik Monk
Marvin Williams

Injuries
Nicolas Batum (finger) out
PJ Washington (leg) probable

Two Way Players
Robert Franks
Kobi Simmons

Head Coach
James Borrego

Key Matchups

Kemba Walker vs Terry Rozier
These two point guards were basically traded for each other in the off season. Kemba doesn’t have anything to prove, and he said that he’s most looking forward to getting to see his mother and his family. Rozier, though will undoubtedly be looking to prove to the Celtics that they made a mistake in not keeping him on as their starter when Kyrie left. Rozier is averaging 16.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 5.6 assists. Hopefully Kemba will get the nice welcome he deserves from the fans.

Jayson Tatum vs PJ Washington
Washington was the 12th pick in the 2019 draft and has been playing very well for the Hornets. He is averaging 15.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists. He led the Hornets in the preseason game against the Celtics with 16 points and 7 rebounds. He injured his leg on Tuesday but is expected to play in this game.

Honorable Mention
Gordon Hayward vs Miles Bridges
Hayward is coming off a career game against the Cavaliers and hopefully will continue where he left off in this game. Bridges is averaging 13.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.0 assists for the Hornets. He was the 12th pick in the 2018 draft and he scored a career high 20 points last season against the Celtics in their March 23rd win.

Keys to the Game
Defense Defense Defense!! – Defense is the key to winning every game. The Hornets average 107.9 points per game while the Celtics average 110.3 points per game. The Celtics are 11th with a defensive rating of 102.8 while the Hornets are 27th with a defensive rating of 111.7. In the preseason win over the Hornets, it was the Celtics defense late in the game that allowed them to pull out that win. The Celtics must continue to make defense a priority and play tough individual and team defense if they want to keep winning.

Rebound – Rebounding takes effort and desire and when the Celtics have both of those on the boards, that carries through to the other parts of their game. The Celtics must commit to give effort to get rebounds. They can’t score without the ball and they can’t continually give up extra possessions to the opponent by failing to rebound and expect to win.

Play Team Ball – The Celtics play best when they move the ball and find the open man. They have to play TEAM ball and share the ball and no player should try to do too much or play hero ball. They also need to commit to play team defense. The Celtics play the best when the scoring is spread out and no one player has to do too much. So far, the Celtics have done well with this and they need to continue to work as a team.

Play 48 Minutes – The Celtics have started off slow in several games this season. They need to come out strong and play hard at the beginning, especially on the defensive end and not allow the Hornets to get off to a good start and build a lead. They need to start strong and play hard right up to the final buzzer.

X-Factors
On the Road – The Celtics are on the road for their second straight game. They need to block out all of the distractions that come with playing on the road and in front of a hostile crowd and focus on playing their game.

Kemba and Terry – This may be an emotional game for both players. Kemba will be back in the arena where he spent is first 8 seasons while Terry is facing the team that drafted him and that he played for in his first 4 seasons. Can they block out their emotions and just play team ball?

Officiating – Officiating is always an x-factor. Referees all have their own quirks in how they call the game and teams have to adjust to how it is being called. Hopefully they call it fairly and let both teams play without calling every little ticky tack contact.