Archives for November 2017
Colin Kaepernick (7)
Where: TD Garden, Boston
BOSTON – The Boston Celtics began a long homestand with a thud but will try to bounce back from the rare loss when they host the rival Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday. Three contests after their 16-game winning streak came to an end, the Celtics’ eight-game run at home was halted with Monday’s 118-108 loss to Detroit, which kicked off their five-game stretch at TD Garden.
Boston was 12-for-21 from the foul line and coughed up the ball 17 times, matching its highest total since it committed 19 turnovers at Philadelphia on Oct. 20. “We had a chance to win, but we had too many mistakes,” center Al Horford told reporters after he and the rest of the Celtics’ frontcourt allowed Detroit’s Andre Drummond to go off for 26 points and 22 rebounds. Philadelphia’s star center, Joel Embiid, produced 25 points and 14 rebounds in Wednesday’s 118-113 home win over Washington but reportedly will sit out the second half of the team’s back-to-back contests. Former Celtic Amir Johnson could see an uptick in minutes with Embiid absent, while point guard T.J. McConnell is doubtful after leaving with a shoulder injury against the Wizards.
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN Philadelphia, NBCSN Boston
ABOUT THE 76ers (12-8): Point guard Ben Simmons showed no ill effects of a sprained ankle in a 31-point, 18-rebound performance versus the Wizards, but his final line could’ve been much more impressive if not for his 15-for-29 effort from the foul line. The Wizards chose to send the 21-year-old to the line repeatedly down the stretch in an effort to extend the game, and other opponents may employ a similar strategy until Simmons makes them think twice. “I never want to come out of that situation,” Simmons, who is making 55.4 percent of his free throws, told reporters. “I’m not scared to shoot free throws.”
ABOUT THE CELTICS (18-4): Detroit’s 118 points represents a season high for an opponent against Boston, and the top scoring defense in the NBA (96.8 points) feels the problem existed above the shoulders. “We weren’t as connected as we usually are on defense as a group, and we had our times, but more often than not, we weren’t mentally,” Horford said. “Against that team, you have to be mentally engaged at all times, because if not, they’ll make you look bad, and they did.” The one bright spot in the loss was a 23-point effort from Marcus Smart, who is 15-for-21 in his last two games after shooting 26.5 percent over his first 18 contests.
1. Celtics PG Kyrie Irving is averaging 18.4 points on 40 percent shooting at home, compared to 26 on 52.2 percent on the road.
2. After hitting 16-of-34 3-pointers in a 130-point effort in a win over Orlando, Philadelphia is a woeful 6-for-46 over its last two games.
3. Boston has won six straight meetings at home.
NEW YORK – (Staff Report) – New England Patriots QB Tom Brady today named as the AFC Offensive Player of the Month. Brady threw for 833 yards with 10 touchdowns while leading the Patriots to wins in all three of its games. Brady has received the honor ten times in his career.
NEW YORK – (Staff report from Official News Release) – Fourth-ranked Villanova won a home game in an unusually intimate setting. Marquette set 3-point shooting records and Providence upped its winning streak to five games in Wednesday’s BIG EAST action.
Villanova, which is unable to play in the Pavilion this season because of renovations, played in its older campus home, the Jake Nevin Field House. In front of 2,200 fans – mostly students – the Wildcats (7-0) notched their 19th straight Philadelphia Big Five win, a 90-62 decision over Pennsylvania. Jalen Brunson scored a game-high 17 points and Phil Booth, Omari Spellman and Mikal Bridges each finished with 14 points.
Marquette (5-2) set a school record by making 18 3-pointers in a 95-69 win over Chicago State. Markus Howard nailed 11 of the long-range hoops to break his own individual school mark of nine. Howard shot 11-of-15 from beyond the arc to account for his game-high 33 points. Andrew Rowsey was “only” 6-of-12 from 3-point range and finished with 26 points. Marquette has had a different 30-point scorer in each of the past three games – Howard, Rowsey and Sam Hauser.
Providence’s game against Rider came down to the final minute before the Friars secured an 88-84 victory. Rodney Bullock led PC (6-1) with 23 points and six rebounds. Alpha Diallo recorded a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. He also blocked three shots. Kyron Cartwright had 14 points and seven assists.
Seton Hall (5-1) is the only BIG EAST team in action on Thursday. The Pirates meet No. 22 Texas Tech at Madison Square Garden in the Under Armour Reunion. Since 2014, Seton Hall has four wins against ranked opponents at MSG. FS1 has the game at 6:30 p.m. ET.
BIG EAST teams are a combined 52-13 (.800) this season going into Thursday.