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Celtics come together as a team for 140-129 nail-biter over Charlotte Hornets


      First Half Thoughts   

     Dennis schroder came to show he can score, hitting a few threes, knocking down the midrange and doing his thing on D, drawing a charge. Smart threw up 2 threes that were not close. 

     Jabari Parker was straight ballin! Hitting three 3s and bringing the hammer off a nice Payton Pritchard pass. PP also touched the twine with a three of his own off a Jayson Tatum pass. GWill with another three! 

     JT going to the hoop is what we need to see more of. He was involving his teammates which is wonderful. Jaylen Brown's quickness getting to the hoop is like watching the flash. His dribble moves have definitely improved. There were a bit too many threes on offense overall. Score tied 33-33. 

     2nd Quarter Thoughts

     JT was wide open for a nice jumper off a good play. Off the dribble he was able to nail the jumper in the defenders face! Then his fall away jumper was silly smooth and the sound of the swish is music to Celtics fans ears. Nailing threes. His step back is pretty good. He also had a nice floater this quarter

     Parker brought his Thor-like hammer again! Rocking that rim! Smart finally got on the board, and followed it up with a one=hander. Schroder able to get to the hoop again. Knocking down a three. We saw Hernangomez who ran the floor and was rewarded with a deuce

     JB with yet another hard drive and nice smooth finish. Rob Williams cleaning up the boards and cutting nicely. The Celtics apparently can't defend the three at all. Where has defense gone in the NBA as the second quarter closes Celtics 68-66. 

     Second Half Thoughts 

          RWill is Mr Hustle, blocking shots, getting rebounds, keeping the ball alive, and making intelligent passes. Williams hustle has gotten the Celtics plenty of second chance opportunities. GWill is doing the little things again, just not hitting his threes.

     JT hit a few nice smooth-as=butter jumpers. His fall away is poetry in motion.  Smart can be a bit too cute passing which becomes careless. Celtics D started to be more active in the 3rd. When did Ray Romano take over as Hornets coach? Ish Smith always kills the Celtics no matter who he plays for

     Towards the end of the 3rd offensively and defensively, The Green got careless. Officiating seemed to be one sided in this writers opinion. Scal comparing Ball to Pistol Pete made this writer see red. Overall the Celtics are grinding and fighting, yet still trail 97-94

     4th Quarter

     Way too many threes that just didn't drop in the 4th. Smart, DS, and GWill throwing bricks up.  If you take away those horrible shots and go to the hoop, it's pretty evident you probably could have come away with points. 

     Tatum's step back three is becoming pretty damn special. He also has no issue hitting threes in the defenders face straight up. GWill did angle for a flagrant foul and he got it. Sometimes you need to lobby for your calls especially when you wear green. 

     Jaylen driving should be an example for his teammates to follow. He did it twice so maybe they will get the message. Smart finally hits a three. JT on the defensive end stuffing Oubre! DS to the line and it's a ballgame. Smart with a huge steal to no avail on the offensive end. Another Smart steal and JB with the hammer! JT to the hoop - goaltending. JT to RWill for a monster alley oop slamma jamma! RW keeping the ball alive for the Celtics to tie it up at 122. Smart with a huge steal on Ball and called a heads-up time out. Celtics with the rock and a chance to win. 122-122 end of the 4th. 

     Overtime 

     Overtime for the second time this season. Ime bringing the Jays and Marcus together before the start. DS breaking the D down. RW with another huge put back dunk. DS huge three to tie it up! JB for three and the lead! JT to JB with an immense Jordan like tomahawk one handed dunk! Celtics by 5! What a win for the Celtics tonight! Going and beating an undefeated Hornets team 140- 129! Bleed Green! 


     

     

     

    

     





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