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Anybody for some Jazz on the TV tonight, thoughts from Salt Lake

     A game after enjoying a healthy full roster, we are missing Jaylen Brown. It being Star Wars night in Utah, Do or do not - there is no try. Do it tonight fellas, the force is with you! 

     1st Quarter 

     Where's the Defense? 

     In a very slow start, as per usual for this team, the defensive intensity was not there. The Jazz were making sweet music to start hitting threes all over. When you play upper tier teams you can't come out lazy on D. Let's see if they can remember how they win, and that's with intense hard working D. 

     Al Horford Is the ultimate pro 

     Al is the ultimate pro, and he's keeping the Celtics in the game. Whether he's making a key rebound or nailing his shots, he's always ahead of the curve. Even his screen game is spot on. His play tonight shows how truly special he is to the Celtics success. He may be 35 but he's playing like a young rook, His career is rejuvenated. 

Celtics trail 38-25, after an uninspired first quarter on the defensive end. 

     2nd Quarter  

     JT Should Continue To Drive 

    Has anyone noticed how effortlessly it looks when JT drives to the hoop?! He's so elegant and forceful when he gets down and drives. He should always look to do this. He did this as a rookie, If he can channel this and continue to get to the hoop his numbers and percentages will rise up.

     Hard Work Pays Off On Both Ends 

     With a more intense effort on both ends of the floor, the Celtics have cut the lead the Jazz had. On offense they chose to move the ball and get better shots instead of settling for threes. Defensively they were more intense and active making plays. That was championship defense in the second. Need to see more of this the rest of the game.

Celtics trail 59-56, off of some amazing D, Marcus Smart's emphatic follow dunk and Al looking like an All Star. 

     3rd Quarter 

     DS The Starter Tends To Ball Out 

     Dennis Schroder when inserted into the starting lineup tends to come up smelling like roses. His ability to attack the hoop, and hit his shots is something he revels in. Celtics fans have to love how he not only plays D but how he annoys the opponent. He tends to go hard on almost every possession.

     Intensity on D continues

     The continued hard work and effort on D is all we ask as fans of this team. Contesting shots, getting steals, and being active with their hands is truly great to witness. Their switches have been crisp, and they have found a way to get Gobert out of his game. Despite the hardcore D the Jazz kept making shots from every where. 

Celtics trail 100-97, JT was huge but by allowing the offense to come to him. We will need him to be the ultimate player in the fourth to lead us to an upset.

     4th Quarter 

    Will the fourth be a team effort

     As of now, the Celtics find themselves trailing, The way they can win this game is by playing as a team. We need to see the ball move, and we need to go to the hoop! Defensively let's keep up that intensity and pressure we have shown most of the game. Put it all together and maybe we can silence the Jazz at home and give them the blues. 

    Celtics Have The Lead 

    With about 6 minutes left the Celtics have wrestled away the lead from the Jazz, now they need to finish them off! The ball movement has been as smooth as the other side of the pillow. RWill hustling on D shows have valuable he is to the Celtics success.  

Celtics lose a very winnable game. They had this writers hopes up but couldn't deliver. 

  

 

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