Saturday, November 18, 2017

“YOU ARE ONLY AS GOOD AS YOUR TEAM.” ~Dominique Wilkins, Atlanta Hawks, 1982-1994

Cs in Atlanta, Fearless Brown’s, Trevin Steede’s home-
It seems inappropriate to make this part a poem:

***Prayers up for Jaylen Brown on the loss of his best friend, Trevin Steede. Our hearts go out to Trevin’s loved ones.***

Hawks near the top of the League shooting the three
(ask the Kings!). Cs will need some serious D.
Start: Fearless Brown, Horford, Morris, Tatum, Kyrie;
Tatum, block! Kyrie/mask. FEARLESS BROWN FOR THREE!

Fearless Brown, score! Still struggling with his free throw.
KYRIE FOR THREE! Bazemore, Babbitt, Cs have to slow.
Hawks 16-0 run. Morris, steal. On Horford, early fouls, two.
Kyrie, block! ROZIER FOR THREE! Cs within 15 start Q2.

Morris! MORRIS FOR THREE! (phew) SMART FOR THREE!
Baynes, block, rebounds! Good for him-SMART FOR THREE!
Wow, Morris! Energy, Larkin. Very deep, KYRIE FOR THREE!
Schröder is tough. FEARLESS BROWN FOR THREE!

So many whistles against the Cs; SO. MUCH. PAIN.
Refs must have heard the Warriors/fans complain.
From 16 down, (not great shooting) Cs within 6 start Q3.
HORFORD FOR THREE! KYRIE FOR THREE!

Tatum, steals! Cs, ball movement. Kyrie! Cs, playin’ D!
FEARLESS BROWN FOR THREE! FEARLESS BROWN FOR THREE
TATUM FOR THREE!  Tatum-JAM!-coast to coast!
Tatum-transition, monster JAM, emotion showing the most!

Very Wise, Talented Tatum! Cs up 3 end Q3!
Cs stopped rebounding? Where’s our D?
ROZIER FOR THREE! Fearless Brown, elevation!
His athleticism thrills all of Celtics Nation ;)

Kyrie was quintupled (?), still the foul he (Uncle) Drew 😂
KYRIE FOR THREE! Takes so many Guys for what these Cs do! 
Morris! Fearless Brown, CAREER HIGH! Aggressive Smart!
Kyrie Magic. KYRIE FOR THREE! ...be still my heart.

CELTICS WON BY 11, after a start not so great! 
All that matters? CELTICS HAVE WON 15 STRAIGHT!

CELTICS HOORAH!
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

“WHO WAS THAT MASKED MAN?” ~constant Lone Ranger refrain

Cs in Brooklyn. Fearless Brown, Tatum, Morris, Horford, Kyrie-
Nets, first score. TATUM FOR THREE! Then Tatum thru their D!
Kyrie is back (minor facial feacture), two weeks of mask for him;
Has used one three times before, hope no loss of rhythm.

Fearless Brown! Morris! Cs, 12-0 run on KYRIE FOR THREE!
and...TATUM FOR THREE! Ball movement, sharing, every C!
Nets, 8-0 run. Tatum, foul trouble. THEIS FOR THREE!
Fearless Brown, steal, jam! No more mask, wishes Kyrie!

Oh, Mosgov is here. FEARLESS BROWN FOR THREE!
Baynes IS the Rule of Verticality! One of the best is he.
KYRIE FOR THREE! 46% shooting (vs 41), Cs up 9 start Q2! 
Lots of comparisons to Pierce (early?) for what Tatum can do.

Nets, 22-5 run (14-0). Nets first lead.
Kyrie, score; pass to Ojeleye...rhythm we need!
Horford! Cs in control, then not so much-tie start Q3.
Even, rebounds. Cs, low assists. Wow, Morris from Kyrie!

Bodies everywhere! Cs (brief) lead on MORRIS FOR THREE!
Fearless Brown! Block! This is the pace Nets like to see.
Horford! Tatum, steal! HORFORD FOR THREE! Cs, 15-2 run!
Smart comes in, gets aggressive, offensive (!!) things done!

Kyrie removes the mask after every play!
For two weeks on his face will it stay? 
Theis, 
Again, nice!

Q3, last 6 minutes, Cs, 19-6 run.
Cs up 9 when Q3 was done.
Morris! Energized Nets. Nets, 7-0 run.
Cs’ Bench getting pounded...not fun.

Morris! Cs, D! Larkin, steal! Cs Fans loud,
Maybe because Donnie Wahlberg’s in the crowd?
MORRIS FOR THREE! Cs, 13-2 run!
Nets, threes, Crabbe, another one? 

Kyrie! Tatum, dribbling, then that crazy spin;
Kyrie fumbles the ball, gets it and the shot goes in!
All five starters double figs. Fearless Brown-Tatum, alley oop.
Cs, energetic, young talent-gotta love our Group!

Great drinking game if anyone should ask:
Throw one back whenever Kyrie removes his mask 🍺
Horford, double double! Tatum,  lock! Fearless Brown, steal!
CELTICS WON BY 7, (no jinx) this Team is for real!

What a night for the Green!
Our Streak is Thirteen!


CELTICS HOORAH!
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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

UNNECESSARY AGGRAVATION!

Horford-concussion, from the elbow of Bazemore ;(
Worried that it’s his second in about a year says more?
Last year, missed nine games, had a baby in between.
Now even more his absence will be seen.

Lakers in town-tradition!-in the building is PP.
Expect Morris to step up; we’ll need “old school” Kyrie;
More of Baynes, Ojeleye...maybe Yabusele, too,
An opportunity to see what the Youngsters (!) can do.

Shoplifting in China? Gotta mention Lonzo’s bro,
Normal to tune out his dad, so he’s ready to go.
Kyrie, Fearless Brown, Tatum, Morris and Baynes start;
To replace Al, need more than one guy...plus Heart!

Fearless Brown, first Cs score. MORRIS FOR THREE! 
Cs, 11-3 run. Jackson and Breen (already) bother me.
Crowd’s booing Ball (eh). MORRIS FOR THREE! 
Kyrie Magic! Baynes! Morris, steal! More Kyrie!

Theis.
(still) Nice.
Cs, 9-0 run. Rozier, rebounds! ROZIER FOR THREE!
Bogut, Brewer (288 straight games), BLopez we see.

ROZIER FOR THREE (long, buzzer)! Cs up 17 start Q2!
Ojeleye! Morris! Smart! Wow, what all these Cs do!
Kyrie-reverse, like it’s normal ;) Kyrie makes it all easy?
(Stop! Please! Breen and Jackson make me queasy).

Kyrie’s Dad was a B.U. Star, still ranked number three.
Fearless Brown! Tatum! Rozier! Smart, block! Kyrie!
Lead to single digits. Smart, smart! Not fun.
Lakers less wild. Cs up 9 (from 21) end Q1!

Ugh, Tatum out, ankle. SMART FOR THREE!
Kyrie Magic! Baynes! MORRIS FOR THREE!
Walton,T. Baynes! Lakers hangin’ around, down two.
Baynes, Morris the only Cs who know what to do??

Baynes, 3 fouls. Theis, jam! Rozier! Cs need more!
Trainer/Kyrie’s knee! Who’s left on the floor?
Cs up 6 start Q4. Rozier! Larkin! 5th foul, Theis.
Lakers relentless, fewer TOs...Morris, nice!

Oh, no...don’t, please...oh, nice: SMART FOR THREE!
Morris, Theis, Rozier hustle! Rozier, again! Smart, D!
Kyrie in, halfway Q4, I was worried about his knee.
Smart drawing crazy fouls, even more inspired D!

Baynes, Cs’ leading scorer! Fearless Brown, rebounds!
Lakers were wild, in it, wild. Cs’ grit astounds!
CELTICS WON BY 11! THE STREAK IS TEN-
Tonight’s game wasn’t pretty...well, okay then.

CELTICS HOORAH!
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Monday, November 6, 2017

“CONCENTRATION AND MENTAL TOUGHNESS ARE THE MARGINS OF VICTORY.” ~Bill Russell, Boston Celtics 1956-1969


Cs in Atlanta, for nine years Horford’s home.
Fearless Brown’s a native; he plays better at...home?
B2B both Teams, Hawks beat the Cavs by two.
Cs on an 8-0 run (no jinx) since start, 0-2.

36 years ago, Heinsohn, Gorman, their first “date,”
Nothing’s changed since then-they are still great!
No Morris tonight, Baynes in. HORFORD FOR THREE! Cs, 9-0 run! Ugh, Schröder. KYRIE FOR THREE!

Two early fouls, Kyrie.  Hawks, 6-0 run.
Horford’s 8-threes-in-a-row streak is done ;(
Horford’s the only positive +/- every game this season
In the League! Says his Teammates are the reason ;)

Fearless Brown, three fouls. Cs playing “Foul D.”
Hawks, 11-3 run. Smart! ROZIER FOR THREE!
On 38% shooting (vs 45), Cs up 1 start Q2!
KYRIE FOR THREE! More about what Hawks do....

Hawks, 8-0 run. Tatum! Kyrie! Larkin, nice D!
Fearless Brown, D! Kyrie-beauty-splitting the D!
Horford, smacked in the head, phew, okay is he.
More Kyrie! FEARLESS BROWN FOR THREE!

ROZIER FOR THREE! Cs tied, at the end of Q3!
Hawks, 7-0 run. Brad, mad. No Pace, No D!
Horford, coast-to-coast! SMART FOR THREE!
Hawks, hungry. Cs, little rhythm we see.

Cs, cr-r-razy ball movement! TATUM FOR THREE!
Horford, LOUD dunk, Cs 13-0 run, KYRIE FOR THREE!
Again, Kyrie splitting the D! TATUM FOR THREE!
Smart hit Schröder in the stomach?? Flopper is he!

Theis, D!  Schröder plays like Beverly to me.
Wild game (both 48% shooting), Cs up 7 end Q3!
OJELEYE FOR THREE! Theis! OJELEYE FOR THREE!
Marco YELLinelli (shouts on every play does he).

Hawks, 13-2 run...lead.
Kyrie with the jumper we need.
Hawks, lead. Tatum, Cs, lead. Hawks, lead. Cs, lead.
Poor Smart-no call?-hit in the....well, he got kneed.

KYRIE FOR THREE! Rozier! TATUM FOR THREE!
Crowd’s loud, Cs are calm...HOLY KYRIE! 
Game Ball, Rook Tatum! CELTICS WON BY 3!
CELTICS, NINE IN A ROW (this one kinda ugly 😉)!

CELTICS HOORAH!
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Sunday, November 5, 2017

“THE GAME HONORS TOUGHNESS.” ~Brad Stevens

Morris will start, Baynes off the Bench tonight.
Magic: no Payton, no Augustin-hammies not right.
Magic have been a surprise, it’s Gordon at the four;
They’re jackin’ up threes from all over the floor.

Brad Stevens vs Frank Vogel (we ALL go way back),
Respect for each other they do not lack.
Brad called Vogel when Hayward went down-
When Paul George was hurt, Vogel was aroun’.

Kyrie to Horford, Horford hard to the hoop!
Horford, briefly gimpy (eek). Slow start, Cs group.
HORFORD FOR THREE! First lead-from Kyrie!
Fancy passing by Kyrie ➡️ HORFORD FOR THREE!

FEARLESS BROWN FOR THREE! Ball movement, too.
Rozier, Smart, Baynes! Cs up 2 start Q2!
Clock’s nuts! Morris, nice pass: TATUM FOR THREE!
Both Teams struggling to score-it’s not the D.

No, don’t...please...oh, ok ;) SMART FOR THREE!
Morris has skills! Rozier, D! ROZIER FOR THREE!
Kyrie! Cs, 18-4 run! Terrible calls, Horford-2.
Fearless Brown, jam! Smart, strip! Cs up 11 end Q2!

Sneaky Kyrie ;) FEARLESS BROWN FOR THREE! 
Tatum! Seven Straight...HORFORD FOR THREE!
OJELEYE FOR THREE! Cs, energized D!
Horford, quick pass: FEARLESS BROWN FOR THREE!

Aaron Gordon is tough. Simple: SMART FOR THREE!
Rozier! Ojeleye, strip! Cs up 8 end Q3!
Smart, D (grimace-ok). Morris, a skilled four-
Few more games his minutes limited on the floor.

Baynes, money shot; Cs, three guards on the floor.
Cs, energetic! Happy to see Larkin score.
Magic, top of the League shooting the three-
Not tonight. Cs tops on threes, playing D.

TATUM FOR THREE! Tatum has a Big Boy Game ;) 
(Bismack Biyombo still has the best name).
Cs, 11-0 run. Theis, Yasubele, Nader in late.
CELTICS WON BY 16-(no jinx) feeling great!

Cs, FIRST TEAM EVER, 0-2, then 7-0!
NOW 8-0 (opponents under 100)-GO CELTICS GO!

CELTICS HOORAH!
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Friday, November 3, 2017

“RHYTHM IS SOMETHING YOU EITHER HAVE OR DON’T HAVE, BUT WHEN YOU HAVE IT, YOU HAVE IT ALL OVER.” ~Elvis Presley


(spoiler alert: first half, Cs didn’t-second half, we did)!

Cs at OKC. Marcus Morris, season debut-
In limited minutes, excited for what he can do!
Very Versatile Horford! Baynes, first score, one FT.
Both Teams, anxious TOs. Tons o’ hustle we’ll see!

Against OKC’s swarming D, TATUM FOR THREE!
League: Kyrie leads-steals. 3rd after Horford, Baynes-D!
On the jump ball, Fearless Brown was hit in the face-
Flagrant One, Westbrook. Cs struggling on O in this place.

Fired up Westbrook. (finally) HORFORD FOR THREE!
Cs within 13 end Q1. Gotta stop that OKC three ;(
SMART! SMART FOR THREE! Morris, nice shot!
Rozier-at both ends-Gumby moves he’s got ;)

Fouls called on Theis?
Not nice.
Westbrook’s game’s crazy. TATUM FOR THREE!
Cs have no rhythm; it’s all OKC.

OKC, 10-2 run. Ahh, Cs D! KYRIE FOR THREE!
No Shots. No Words. Cs within 18 start Q3.
Morris, Horford scoring, leading to better D!
Westbrook/Adams, tough. Hmm, where is Kyrie?

Westbrook, four fouls. Fearless Brown, dunk-loud!
Adams clocked Fearless Brown-angry crowd.
FEARLESS BROWN FOR THREE! KYRIE FOR THREE!
Cs, 30-16 run! Fearless Brown, rebounding. More Kyrie!

Baynes-best at rule of verticality-excellent D! 
Smart! Shots! Words! Wow! Cs within 4 end Q3!
Cs a little disorganized. ROZIER FOR THREE!
Baynes, rebounds! Better ball movement, each C!

Kyrie! Horford! OJELEYE FOR THREE! 
Ojeleye, steal! Cs lead on HORFORD FOR THREE!
Westbrook, foul five. KYRIE FOR THREE!
Kyrie, rebound, hoop, off his own missed FT!

Cs, 18-6 run! HORFORD FOR THREE!
Smart, dribbling...clock, pass. HORFORD FOR THREE!
HOLY HORFORD! HOLY KYRIE!  I. LOVE. EVERY. C!
CELTICS WON BY 7, BEST LEAGUE RECORD HAVE WE!



Monday, October 30, 2017

“BASKETBALL’S A GAME OF MISTAKES.” ~Gregg Popovich

Spurs at the Gahden; Brad loves Pop, we’ve seen.
Last Time Cs beat the Spurs, Tatum was thirteen ;)
No Kawhi, no Parker, for Cs, no Morris tonight—
Only team Brad hasn’t beaten, here’s to a great fight!

Early foul, Horford, guarding Aldridge is tough.
Baynes on Gasol. Fearless Brown’s start, better stuff.
Kyrie! Baynes, block! Solid Spurs, Green and Murray.
Cs, Pace and Space-both teams in a hurry.

Smart, Ojeleye in. Horford, rebound-coast to coast!
Cs, ball movement! Fearless Brown loves Home most.
Horford, spin, jam! Cs, hustle! KYRIE FOR THREE!
Chemistry between Horford, Kyrie, fun to see!

On 50% shooting (vs 48), Cs up 4 end Q1.
Gay can score. Spurs lead. Cs, early Q2, not fun.
Spurs 11-0 run. Tatum to Theis, sweet alley-oop.
Kyrie, steal! Bench woes. Theis great with our group.

Tatum! Block! Block! Horford, alley-oop from Kyrie!
Tatum, rebounding! Cs, by committee, great D!
WOW, KYRIE (repetitive)! Smart! Cs up 5 start Q3!
KYRIE FOR THREE! Tatum, more shots let’s see.

Silky Smooth, KYRIE FOR THREE! 
Horford, rebounding! Cs, great D!
Baynes (love his accent): hook! rebound! score!
Heads up play, Smart! Theis, running the floor.

Mills, Gay, score. FEARLESS BROWN FOR THREE! 
SMART FOR THREE, buzzer! Cs up 13 end Q3!
Rozier, score (phew)! TATUM FOR THREE!
(yay) ROZIER FOR THREE! ROZIER FOR THREE!

Theis,
Again, nice!
Rozier, steal! Smart to Horford, alley-oop.
Horford, double double! Cs, rebounds! Love this group!

WOW! THESE Cs! OJELEYE FOR THREE!
Smart, steal! TATUM FOR THREE!
Cs last outrebounded the Spurs in 2004!
YABUSELE FOR THREE! Bench time on the floor!

Brad has now beaten every NBA Team!
CELTICS WON BY 14, played like a Dream!
Cs 0-11 vs Spurs is broken-one game at a time!
Cs, only Team, FIVE STRAIGHT WINS-end of rhyme ;)


CELTICS HOORAH!
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