Celtics hang on to down Pacers, 101-98, despite key loss of Marcus Smart - CelticsBlog
Jeff Green and the Celtics picked up their second win of the season Friday night against Roy Hibbert and the Indiana Pacers, snapping a three game losing streak in the process. Both former Hoyas played crucial roles for their teams and had very solid games.
After the Celtics watched promising rookie Marcus Smart go down with a frightening injury, Jeff Green preserved their victory with the biggest rebound of the night. Boston's lead was down to one when Avery Bradley missed a jumper with about 6 seconds remaining, plenty of time for the short-handed Pacers to take it the other way for a potential game-winner. All that was in Indiana's way was Green, perfectly positioned in the lane to pluck the ball out of the air, draw a foul and sink two free throws that sealed a 101-98 win Friday night.
"That was a great play," Boston coach Brad Stevens said. "He kept his position off of a cut, which allowed him to get the offense rebound."
Green finished with 15 points and seven rebounds, and Jared Sullinger led Boston's fourth-quarter push by scoring 11 of his 17 points in the final period.
The Pacers dropped a back and forth affair to the Boston Celtics 101 to 98. Roy Hibbert led Indiana with 22 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.
He won't get nearly as much attention now that the Pacers are bad, but Roy Hibbert has been sensational this season -- great D, very good O— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) November 8, 2014
Bonus Documentation from Hoya alum Brian Donovan who was in the crowd at TD Garden last night to take in the action. He caught this awesome shot of Roy and Jeff taking a jump ball against one another (he also provided the photo at the top of the story).
Wizards vs. Raptors final score: 5 things we learned from a game we'd rather forget - Bullets Forever
Otto Porter led the Wizards with 13 points and added 5 rebounds in another solid effort from the 2nd year man, but the Wizards got rocked in Toronto. He was 6-9 from the field including 1-1 from 3 point range (the Wizards were 3-19 from 3 as a team) and was one of only 3 Wizards in double digits (none were starters).
Pistons vs. Bucks final score: Our Brandon is calmer than their Brandon - Detroit Bad Boys
Greg Monroe had his quietest night of the season Friday, but still put up 10 points and added 7 rebounds and the Pistons notched their second straight win against the Bucks.
Henry Sims played what was probably his best game in a Sixers uniform. Had he done nothing more than shoot 70 percent from the field, it would have been a marked improvement, but he was excellent as the lone big dealing with Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah up front. Sims struggled with some foul trouble in the first half, but generally did a good job of contesting shots and throwing his body around without being reckless. He ended the night with the team's best plus-minus (+17), a good summation of his work on both ends.
Two games feature Hoyas tonight including another DOUBLE HOYA ALERT as Otto and the Wizards travel to Indiana to take on Roy and the Pacers.
7:00 PM ET - Wizards at Pacers - November 8, 2014 - NBA.com
DOUBLE HOYA ALERT: Roy Hibbert and the Pacers look to avenge Wednesday's overtime loss to Otto Porter and the Wizards in Washington when the Wizards travel to Indiana on Saturday. Both Hoyas will look for better performances than their last matchup, where they combined to go 1-12 from the field.
8:00 PM ET - Celtics at Bulls - November 8, 2014 - NBA.com
Jeff Green and the Celtics travel to Chicago to take on the Bulls. The Bulls have sprinted out to a 4-1 start despite losing Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah for a few games already this season. Both players are questionable for Saturday night.