Archives for April 11, 2018
Boston 110, Brooklyn 97
Where: TD Garden, Boston
BOSTON – Aron Baynes powered a shorthanded Celtics squad with a career-high 26 points and 14 rebounds to help Boston beat the visiting Brooklyn Nets 110-97 in the regular-season finale for both teams on Wednesday night.
Jonathan Gibson had a career-high 18 points, Guerschon Yabusele had a career-best 16 and Shane Larkin totaled 12 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Celtics, who played only nine players and rested regulars Al Horford, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier and Marcus Morris.
Boston finished second in the Eastern Conference after Toronto locked up the conference’s top seed last week. The Celtics finished at 55-27, eclipsing their win total from last season’s team that finished first in the East by two games.
Nik Stauskus had 18 points and Allen Crabbe added 16 and seven rebounds and to lead Brooklyn, which had its season-high, three-game winning streak snapped. The Nets lost six of their last 11 and finished outside the playoffs for the third straight year.
After winning six straight in late March, the Celtics limped to the finish line with four losses in their last six games. Boston lost Kyrie Irving during that stretch after the All-Star guard underwent left knee surgery, sidelining him for the playoffs.
The Celtics will open the playoffs at home on either Saturday or Sunday against the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Celtics led 53-43 at halftime and were up by as many as 23 late in the third quarter.
Brooklyn had a six-point lead early in the first quarter, but Boston charged back to go up 27-22 after one quarter.
D’Angelo Russell and Caris LeVert finished with 11 points apiece and Jarrett Allen added 10 for the Nets, who were limited to 40.7 percent shooting (37 of 91).
The Celtics shot 45.1 percent (46 of 102) and outrebounded the Nets 62-44.
–Field Level Media
NY Yankees at Boston
Where: Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
BOSTON – Left-hander David Price has been virtually unhittable through his first two starts but he has been beat up routinely over the past two seasons by the New York Yankees. Price looks to continue his sizzling start to the season when the streaking Boston Red Sox go for their 10th consecutive victory against the visiting Yankees in the second of their three-game series on Wednesday night.
Price has received one run of support in 14 innings but he had to feel heartened by the offensive show put up by his teammates in a 14-1 demolition in the series opener. The top three batters in the lineup, Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi and Hanley Ramirez, were a combined 8-for-9 with eight runs and nine RBIs as Boston ripped off its ninth straight win since dropping its season opener. The one bright spot in an otherwise dismal night for the Yankees was right fielder Aaron Judge, who collected three hits and homered after entering the game 3-for-36 with 14 strikeouts at Fenway Park. Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka will oppose Price for New York, which has lost four of its last five games and been tagged for 37 runs in that span.
TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, MLB Network, WPIX (New York), NESN (Boston)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Yankees RH Masahiro Tanaka (1-1, 2.92 ERA) vs. Red Sox LH David Price (1-0, 0.00)
Tanaka has split his first two decisions despite turning in a pair of quality starts, holding Toronto to one run on three hits over six innings before yielding three runs in 6 1/3 innings in his last start at Baltimore on Thursday. Tanaka is 7-4 with a 3.65 ERA lifetime against Boston but he has pitched superbly at Fenway Park, allowing six runs over 30 1/3 innings in his last four starts there. J.D. Martinez is 5-for-9 with two homers against him.
Limited to 11 starts in 2017, Price opened the season by blanking Tampa Bay on four hits over seven innings in his season debut before tossing seven scoreless frames of three-hit ball in a rematch with the Rays. Price was 1-4 with 32 runs allowed in his first six starts versus the Yankees since joining Boston before blanking them over eight innings last July. Didi Gregorius (12-for-27) and Gary Sanchez (5-for-11, 4 HRs) have tormented Price.
1. Betts joined Ken Griffey Jr. as the only players with at least four hits, five runs and four RBIs against the Yankees.
2. Sanchez was hitless in four at-bats Tuesday to fall to 2-for-36 on the season.
3. Ramirez has hit safely in eight straight games and has 11 RBIs in his last six.
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Brooklyn at Boston
Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
BOSTON – The Boston Celtics play their final tune-up before the postseason when they host the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday in the finale of the regular season for both teams. The Celtics are locked into the No. 2 seed for the upcoming Eastern Conference playoffs but have lost four of their last five after a 113-101 setback at Washington on Tuesday.
Jaylen Brown, who will be relied upon to carry a depleted Boston squad in the postseason, scored 21 of his 27 points in the first quarter of the loss. Brown’s fellow starters combined to shoot 10-of-40 from the floor as the Celtics – who will face either Milwaukee, Miami or Washington in the first round of the playoffs – shot 37.9 percent as a team. “There has to be concern,” forward Al Horford told reporters. “We know it’s the second-to-last game of the season. We have to be better.” The Nets are playing out the string but they’re playing it out well while enjoying their first three-game winning streak of the season.
TV: 8 p.m. ET, YES (Brooklyn), NBCS Boston
ABOUT THE NETS (28-53): Among those ending with a flourish is guard Allen Crabbe, who made 8-of-11 3-pointers en route to a career-high 41 points in Monday’s 114-105 victory over Chicago. “Things are maybe turning that corner that we wanted to get a little early in the season, but it’s better late than never,” Crabbe told reporters of Brooklyn’s current run. The Cal product needs four 3-pointers to become the first player in franchise history to make 200 in a season.
ABOUT THE CELTICS (54-27): With Kyrie Irving (knee) out for the postseason and Marcus Smart (thumb) sidelined for another two weeks or so, Brown has become the go-to guy down the stretch. He made 6-of-10 3-pointers in Tuesday’s loss, which came two games after a 7-of-10 effort in a win over the Chicago Bulls, and has scored at least 19 points in five of nine games since returning from a concussion. Fellow starting guard Terry Rozier had filled in admirably in place of Irving but is just 10-of-38 from the floor in four games since returning from an ankle injury.
1. Brooklyn is 1-14 against division opponents.
2. Celtics C Greg Monroe is 19-for-24 from the field over a three-game span.
3. Boston won each of the last eight meetings, including the first three this season by a total of 12 points.