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Hospital Celtics return; Al Horford to miss multiple games

What remains of the Boston Celtics are in Washington to take on the Wizards tonight. Once again, the Celtics will be undermanned.

#NEBHInjuryReport Gordon Hayward (illness) and Guerschon Yabusele (ankle) have both been ruled out for tonight’s game.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) December 12, 2018

The bigger news is that Al Horford will once again miss action due to pain in his left knee. According to Brad Stevens, Horford was diagnosed with Patellofemoral pain syndrome in his left knee. That is a long, ominous sounding thing, but it’s really very common. Chances are you a few of you reading this (and definitely one of us writing this) has it.
Patellofemoral pain syndrome is pain at the front of your knee, around your kneecap. Sometimes called “runner’s knee,” it’s more common in people who participate in sports that involve running and jumping.
The knee pain often increases when you run, walk up or down stairs, sit for long periods, or squat. Simple treatments — such as rest and ice — often help, but sometimes physical therapy is needed to ease patellofemoral pain.
As a long-time sufferer of patellar tendonitis and Patellofemoral pain syndrome, I can tell you that taking the time now to treat this and focus on his recovery is well worth it. It’s not necessarily an injury like taking a wrong step and straining something. It’s an overuse injury that causes inflammation and discomfort. Steps to reduce inflammation (ice, NSAIDs) and strengthening of the quadriceps will help take pressure off that tendon. They may also give him some kind of wrap to wear on his knee to also reduce pressure.
If it’s not treated, it can linger and sap some explosiveness. At the same time, the pain can be managed so if this returns come playoff time, I’d think Horford could play through it with an added treatment regimen. It really is prudent to take time off in December, especially against weaker opponents and with the Celtics depth, to attack this and get the knee right.
Of course, the plus side to this is…
© Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
Kyrie Irving is not on the injury report. He says his shoulder is sore but he’ll play.


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Your Morning Dump… Where Weird Celtics Twitter and Timelord are a perfect match

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big story line. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.
“Always, always,” Williams said, smiling on Thursday. “Instead of calling me ‘Robert,’ they call me ‘Time Lord.’ But I don’t know where that (expletive) came from.”
Williams probably isn’t the only one, so here’s the origin story.
For many NBA fans, part of the fun is following along on Twitter, where the conversation twists and turns in amusing directions as the games unfold. Over the last year, a section of Celtics fans on Twitter formed a popular subgenre: Weird Celtics Twitter, which posts absurdist memes and jokes. Marcus Smart is “Smarf,” a warrior king. Semi Ojeleye’s muscular frame is “thick and jacked,” and lifting weights is going to the “Ojeleye Factory.”
At the center of Weird Celtics Twitter is Ryan Hebert, whose Twitter account @HebertofRiffs has gained a considerable amount of notoriety over the last few years. He was one of the people who came up with “Time Lord.”
[…]
“Basically, Timelord boiled down to the prediction of drafting him in 2017 and also defending him against uptight people who were earnestly acting like they’ve never been late to work in their lives,” Hebert said. “Weird Celtics Twitter is a bizarre place, but we genuinely love the characters and personalities and people on the team, and we are online so much that we have to do absurd things to show people how stupid it is to say a mega-athlete with a savant-like feel for timing, blocks and passing is a bust because they missed a flight. We all love Robert and are pulling for him as a pro and as a person and this is our bizarre way of going about it.”
MassLive: Boston Celtics’ Robert Williams has seen ‘Time Lord’ nickname, but ‘I don’t know where that (expletive) came from’
This is great. Weird Celtics Twitter is so entertaining that every day it becomes more a part of the Boston basketball culture. We know that @Max_Lederman of NBC Sports Boston already features WCT memes in a regular segment on postgame shows. This year there has also been news coverage of combat muscles, the Ojeleye Factory and the mysterious and mystical Janos.
Now this tale – the Timelord being virtually willed onto the Celtics by the Riffsman – really tops everything. The next time the Celts are on TNT or ESPN, the national talking heads should skip hyping how Kobe tutored Jayson, and instead run a feature on Weird Celtics Twitter.
The MassLive story above tells the whole Timelord saga, but if you want the Riffsman’s complete explanation in his own words, follow the link in this tweet.

The Riffsman made a guest appearance on my site today to discuss how Robert Williams became the T I M E L O R D https://t.co/DQx8i9lchi
— Nathan Eovaldi Fan Account (@DanielfromSport) October 26, 2018

(If you’re not on Twitter, use this link: THE TIMELORD PROPHECY)
Before we leave the Timelord, note that circumstances might get interesting for him tonight in Detroit:

Aron Baynes (R hamstring strain) and Daniel Theis (L foot sprain) are questionable for tomorrow’s game in Detroit. The C’s need at least one of those guys against DET’s frontcourt. If both are out, Robert Williams is in the mix for the first significant playing time of his career
— Marc D'Amico (@Marc_DAmico) October 26, 2018

On Page 2: Irving and Hayward are works in progress
It’s only been five games for Kyrie Irving and four for Gordon Hayward, but we’re starting to get a sense of how they feel coming back from their major injuries. The eye test tells us that Kyrie is a bit further along than Gordon, and these two articles published yesterday support that.
Both Kyrie Irving and Paul George broke for the ball at almost the same instant. Jayson Tatum’s pull-up jumper with little more than a minute to play Thursday night had shot hard off the back iron and sailed over the four Oklahoma City Thunder players in the painted area. Now, as the ball bounced free at the elbow, Irving and George found themselves in a footrace for the rebound.
Accelerating from in front of the Boston bench, Irving was able to lunge in front of George with his left hand and somehow gain control of the ball, all while George’s swipe attempt left him punching at air and then clapping his hands in exasperation.
It was the sort of hustle play these Celtics so often made last season. The gritty plays that set this team apart in their playoff run. And it was exactly the sort of effort that this team has been lacking early this season.
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Irving finished with 15 points, five rebounds and five assists in 33 minutes. More telling, four of those five rebounds came over the final four minutes. And each was spectacular in their own way. On one, Irving outleaped Thunder 7-footer Stevens Adams to tip out a rebound to Horford. Later, he went over the top of Adams again then wrestled the ball away from Jerami Grant.
The common thread: Effort. Irving outworked his opponents to get those rebounds. And in a joy-filled-and-relieved Celtics locker room, Irving seemed to recognize how everyone on the roster needs to step outside their comfort zone a bit for this team to thrive.
NBC Sports Boston: Kyrie Irving’s hustle play a sign of what Celtics had been lacking
Yes, Kyrie has been showing signs that he’ll be back to normal sooner than later. After a horrible opening night, where he shot just 2-14, he’s been at 15 points or more in four straight games. In the last two (vs. Orlando and OKC), he made a combined 16-32. Kyrie is also averaging 5.6 assists, a hair above his career average.
In some advanced numbers, though, Kyrie’s picture isn’t pretty.
Irving still has a long ways to go to change his reputation as an often-disinterested defender. Through five games, the Celtics own a team-worst defensive rating of 105.3 when Irving is on the court, a jarring number when you consider Boston’s team rating is 96.6 — a mark that leads the scoring-boom NBA by 4.4 points per 100 possessions. Boston’s defensive rating plummets to an impossibly low 69.9 during the 75 minutes that Irving has been off the court.
Meanwhile, the news on Hayward isn’t especially good.
On Thursday night, with 5 minutes and 11 seconds left in Boston’s matchup against the Thunder, the Celtics trailed, 89-85, and the stage was set for a dramatic finish. But Hayward would only be able to watch it.
He was summoned back to the bench, replaced by Marcus Morris, and he would stay there for the rest of Boston’s comeback victory.
Hayward, who missed all but five minutes of last season after suffering a catastrophic left ankle injury in the opening game, knew he would have his playing time restricted for a few weeks as he regained his rhythm. And when he returns to the locker room after games and the soreness in that surgically repaired ankle returns, he understands why the reins have not been removed yet.
But it is still not easy on him. He wants to play. He understands why there is pain in the ankle, but he is also sick of it. He would like to feel perfect again and remind everyone why he was an All-Star two seasons ago.
Globe: With ankle soreness lingering, Gordon Hayward is still trying to find his way
Hayward is struggling, that’s plain to see. About the only stat where he’s been effective is three-point shooting, where he’s 6-14 (40%). Everything else is a problem: he’s not moving fluidly, he’s suffering from recurring soreness that caused him to unexpectedly sit out a second-night of a back-to-back, and he remains under a minutes restriction. Gordon is also a liability at both ends of the court.
He is averaging 10 points and 5.8 rebounds while making 39.5 percent of his shots. During his 98 minutes, the Celtics have been outscored by an average of 9.7 points per 100 possessions, the worst net rating on the team. During his 142 minutes on the bench, the Celtics have outscored opponents by 12.0 points per 100 possessions.
Hayward knows all this, and it has been difficult to deal with.
But it is still not easy on him. He wants to play. He understands why there is pain in the ankle, but he is also sick of it. He would like to feel perfect again and remind everyone why he was an All-Star two seasons ago.
We all feel for the guy, but we’re realizing that getting the normal Hayward may take a while.
“I’m definitely trying to do that, finding joy in being able to play basketball again and being able to be out on the court again,” Hayward said. “That’s something I’m trying to do every day.”
And, finally… In case you missed it
Cool moment after the OKC game for one kid who already has his Halloween costume.

Uncle Drew kid got Kyrie’s shoes. pic.twitter.com/qnxz9je3YX
— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) October 26, 2018

The Rest of the Links:
Yahoo: Unbeaten Pistons to measure themselves against Celtics
Herald: Celtics take cue from Red Sox


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Recap: Celtics Lose Early Grudge Match with Toronto

Well, you can’t say that wasn’t entertaining.
Boston commanded the lead for much of the game but ultimately surrendered it for good in the third quarter. The newly-acquired Kawhi played as though last year never even happened – he exploded for 22 second half points and ultimately propelled his team to a crucial 12-2 run at the end of regulation to secure their victory.
Gordon Hayward showed improvement and the Kyrie/Jayson duo looked deadly at times, but the Celtics just couldn’t get it together defensively, allowing 95 points to Toronto over the final three quarters. Boston now falls to 1-11 in the last 12 games played in the Great White North. Their last win there? April 4, 2015. Yikes.
Final Score: 113-101
The Game Flow

(Yea, I’m doing a Gordon Watch – what of it? He’s our new toy. Except we actually have had this toy for over a year, we just had to watch him do nothing in the box (not play basketball) this whole time so it makes the first few times playing with him that much more fun. Let us have our fun, man.)
Stop me if you’ve heard this before but Gordon is clearly still getting into form, and that’s to be expected. He received the ball off of the tip, quickly picked up his dribble near the arc, then threw a lazy pass that was easily picked off by the lengthy Leonard. G missed a straight away three shortly thereafter, but –on the bright side– he held his own and forced a miss from Ibaka after a switch forced him to defend the low block; then he hit a pull up two in transition in back-to-back plays. Sure enough, that jumper seemed to give him the confidence he needed- about a minute later Gordon took the ball hard to the rim against Lowry for a layup.
He played solid through out the game but was still limited in his minutes. It was a better showing then the first game, but his first memorable or noteworthy play didn’t come until the fourth quarter, when he showed flashes of the Hayward of old. He dribbled through his legs, gained leverage on his defender, and attacked the basket with a short blast we’ve yet to see from him with any consistency. G was fouled as he finished at the rim, and he hit the FT to inch the Celtics within a possession.


He finished with 14 points (6/13) while grabbing 7 rebounds and dishing 2 assists in just 24 minutes. Check the bottom of this article to hear how great he felt during the second half tonight.
The Game Flow, But Really This Time
Hayward’s errant pass put the Celtics in a brief hole early, but Horford eventually gave the Celtics the lead back after his first shot rattled around the rim a few times before sliding in for 3. Gotta love a good rim job. Later in the quarter he cut into the lane and slammed home a double-handed dunk, PLUS the foul, with a seldom-seen ferociousness.

BIG AL pic.twitter.com/U8PwKGPZLm
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) October 20, 2018

When he decides to go hard against his defender like that- hooooo-boy, look out below. He picks and chooses his spot because you can’t go full-DadHulk like that every night- it’d be too dangerous. Everyone knows that.
The Celtics defense remained pedestrian. I don’t believe a lot of these ugly mistakes will be occurring much longer, though; things like Jaylen Brown going under a screen to allow a 3 from Kyle Lowry won’t happen later in the season or in the playoffs, so I don’t see our “average D” as reason to worry- yet. The Raptors’ length contested seemingly every shot, but the Celtics went on a 9-1 run to end the first quarter with the lead, 25-18.
I’ll put money on both Boston radio hosts and National Hot-Take Artists (the only difference being salary and the amount of exposure one gets vs. the other) saying Tatum and Kyrie both “suffered” from there only being one ball on the court during the first quarter. They’ll be saying it all season because sharing the ball isn’t as interesting as playing ball-hog or stat-padding. They had combined for “just” 7 points on six FG attempts, but each added hustle on defense and even earned stats in other columns; such as 3 assists for Kyrie and 3 rebounds for Tatum. The pair wouldn’t be held down offensively for long, though.

.@jaytatum0 buries the triple to end Q1! pic.twitter.com/V0nWTr6Spm
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) October 20, 2018

They got back to shooting and silenced the narrative by ending the half tied for the team-lead with each registering 9 points on 4 of 9 shooting from the field. Tatum also continued his impressive defensive effort, even after he got beat off the dribble by VanVleet once, his effort never waned. He hustled to the rim and used his elastic-man-ass arms to save him with a well-timed block from behind.
Q2 was fun overall. The Celtics went on a 11-2 run in the final few minutes mostly thanks to staunch defense by Rozier, Morris, Brown, Irving, and Horford. Then, the last :14 seconds happened and everyone went crazy for a little. Kyrie hit a beautiful layup, then Horford swatted the shit out of Lowry, who thought he had an easy 2 at the rim. The loose ball goes to Terry Rozier, who fumbles it to a wide open VanVleet, who then drilled the three right at the buzzer. All within :14 seconds, no timeouts. I’d say it was unbelievable if it didn’t make so much sense within this game. The score going into half was now 53-49, Celtics.
Ibaka led the way for the bad guys with 13 points at half. Leonard had only 9 points up at this point, with the bulk of them coming on dribble-drives to the hoop. Obviously Kawhi is the big pick-up for the Raptors, but can we talk about Danny Green for a moment, please?
The Raptors def only wanted Leonard but were like, “oh you’ll throw in Danny Green, Finals Champion, as well??” – He’s your quintessential 2-for-1 special on pizza when you were going to order out anyway. He’s those extra chicken nuggets that end up in your 4-piece at the end of a late night. He’s that unexpected free alignment that comes when you get a good deal on tires. The point is- you’re still hoping your initial purchase is sound and not a waste of money, but you gotta be happy with the deal when you look what was included in the package.
Danny Green played his normal part defending his ass off through out the night, but he really popped on offense in the third when he tied the game and woke up the crowd about halfway through. Just about a minute later he’d follow it up with another trey, and the Raptors now had their first lead in what felt like forever, 74-72. You can’t teach clutch, kids.
One of my favorite plays of the night occurred a few minutes later when Tatum stole the ball and passed to Gordon who then hit the deep ball in transition.

Tatum Hayward 3⃣ pic.twitter.com/4nOARsExtt
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) October 20, 2018

Unfortunately, the Celtics weren’t able to regain the lead before the end of the frame, and they went into Q4 down, 82-79.
After scoring just 9 points in the first two quarters, Kawhi Leonard exploded during the third and fourth to ensure his Raptors rarely trailed in the second half. Kawhi looked as athletic as ever and Toronto’s length on the defensive end is hard to beat when your stars aren’t on fire.
The Celtics made it a one possession game, at 101-99, after another Al Horford deep ball fell in with just under three minutes remaining; but Danny Green answered with another clutch three to make it a two possession game once more. The following possession Jayson Tatum was called for a charge and the Raptors were officially on a roll.

rough stretch in hindsight pic.twitter.com/3FyaJBkwzy
— Dan Greenberg (@StoolGreenie) October 20, 2018

Leonard was too hot to be stopped at that point- he finished with 31 points and was tied with Big Al for a game high 10 rebounds. Jayson Tatum nearly grabbed a double-double, he finished with 16 points and 9 rebounds; but he was left with a bad taste in his mouth after he followed up that charging call by going coast-to-coast only to get rejected by two Raptors with about a minute to go. Kyrie had a quiet team-high 20 points, but he’s yet to show that killer instinct we saw so consistently last year, so I think it’s fair to assume he’s not 100% yet and he’ll need a few more games to get there.
The Raptors answered Horford’s timely 3 by going on a 12-2 run to put the Celtics away without a whimper. Final Score: 113-101
Random Notes & Tweets of the Night
-Raptors fans- it’s way too early to chant MVP. Mostly because I think you guys were doing it unironically. Stop it.
-Baynes set a couple great screens for Tatum tonight, and there was a high-low play that worked like a charm when Smart found Baynes sealing off his defender and majestically hooking one in.
-Smart is so good defensively we don’t even think twice when he D’s up giants.


-Tatum had another great game all around save for that ugly streak down the stretch. At one point he robbed a man blind by using his go-go extender arms to reach high and swipe a pass out of the sky. Later he showed his maturity by slowing the ball and signaling to calm down when the game started moving too fast for his team at the end of the 2nd quarter.
-Hayward looked good, particularly in the 2nd half, and he said he felt like he got in a zone.

Gordon Hayward said he “found something” in the second half against the Raptors.https://t.co/Cfg97bWpUH
— Tom Westerholm (@Tom_NBA) October 20, 2018

Celtics lost and jazz beating the warriors??? Good choice Gordon!!
— Jack (headband terry fan account) (@Jack_Michael17) October 20, 2018

-#KingsPick

Zion floats #Countdown2Craziness pic.twitter.com/OL9TVa8VPr
— Duke Basketball (@DukeMBB) October 20, 2018

Highlights

.@jaytatum0 buries the triple to end Q1! pic.twitter.com/V0nWTr6Spm
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) October 20, 2018

JT goes baseline for the flush pic.twitter.com/KdP43Z7zVq
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) October 20, 2018

pic.twitter.com/Vg4jpukXrb
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) October 20, 2018

GORDON'S BACK FOLKS (@AAANe_MAnews) #AAANortheast pic.twitter.com/jxiSVmCbXh
— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) October 20, 2018

Box Score


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#CeltKicks: Boston Celtics debut wild styles in season opener

The NBA really loosened the reigns on what players can wear on the floor. This is as good a time as any to bring back our old CeltKicks feature, which looks at the shoes the guys are wearing on the court.
Kyrie Irving in Kyrie 4 PE
Thin unnamed Kyrie 4 PE has a lot going on, including the all-seeing eye, a peace sign, and an eagle… which appears to be a nod to his Native American heritage. The gold swoosh pops. I’m a huge fan of gold along with the green and white. I’m a total sucker for that combination.

Jaylen Brown in Adidas TMac 3 All Stars

Jaylen spent part of the summer working out with Tracy McGrady. Wearing his All Star kicks to start the season feels like a nice shout out and thank you.
Jaylen Brown in NikeiD PG2 “Coloring Book”

As I posted yesterday, these shoes imagine what they’d look like if his 10 month old son colored them. Notice the heart and the “Deuce,” his nickname for his son, in the first picture. His son’s initials are also on the inside of the tongue.
Marcus Smart in Adidas Dame 4’s

Smart honored his late mother by adding the date down the back of his shoes.
Terry Rozier in Puma Clyde Court Disrupts

Terry Rozier is one of the massive influx of new Puma athletes taking to the court in the Clyde Court Disrupt. I’m a fan of Puma casual lifestyle shoes. I have some Clydes and Suedes. I’m not 100% sold on their basketball shoes but I’ve also seen worse.
Gordon Hayward in Anta GH Signatures

Hayward just left Nike for Anta (Nike had the right to match, but didn’t), and he debuted an as-yet unnamed signature shoe. We see an interlocked GH logo. This feels very similar to what Anta’s other big star, Klay Thompson, is wearing.
© Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
We’ll see where they go with these. White-on-white is the sneaker version of a craft brewer’s IPA. It’s kind of hard to screw it up. While I’m a fan of white-on-white in general, I’d like to see where they go creatively
All photos (unless otherwise noted): © Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports


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