Boston Celtics vs. San Antonio Spurs: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

Boston Celtics vs. San Antonio Spurs: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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Boston Celtics vs. San Antonio Spurs: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The Boston Celtics (10-10) play against the San Antonio Spurs (13-13) at AT&T Center

Game Time: 8:30 PM EST on Friday November 26, 2021

Boston Celtics 88, San Antonio Spurs 96 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
The tweet version of the Celtics’ first 20 games…
The NBA is shooting 45%.
When the Celtics shoot above 44%, they’re 7-1.
But they’ve failed to hit that number in 12 of the 20 games, going 3-9.
C’s NBA Rank
FG% (23)
3FG% (26)
Offense (20)
Defense (9) – 1:54 AM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
goodnight, Spurs Fam ☺️ #PorVida pic.twitter.com/cbxOoJGPOs1:29 AM

Boston Celtics @celtics
We like the fact that we fought back from 24 down and took a late lead tonight. But we also acknowledge there’s another step that needs to be taken. nba.com/celtics/news/s…1:29 AM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
After tonight’s loss to Spurs, the Celtics are dead last in NBA in fourth quarter net rating (-13.5) and rank 29th in fourth quarter offensive efficiency (98.2 points per 100 possessions). – 1:10 AM
John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
BSJ Game Report: San Antonio 96, Boston 88 – Familiar Celtics pattern leads to another frustrating loss
bostonsportsjournal.com/2021/11/27/bsj…1:07 AM
Chad Ford @chadfordinsider
Top Draft Prospects on Fri
Kofi Cockburn, 38 pts, 10 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl, 1 blk
Jabari Smith, 22 pts, 6 reb, 4 ast, 1 blk, 4-8 3P
Wendell Moore, 20 pts, 6 reb, 6 ast, 4 stl
Paolo Banchero, 21 pts, 5 reb, 2 ast, 1 stl
Mark Williams, 17 pts, 9 reb, 2 stl, 5 blk – 12:48 AM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Jayson Tatum: “I’m fine with, I guess, being the reason or the blame guy. It doesn’t bother me at all. Understand it’s a long season, but we’re going to figure it out. I’m certain of it. I know we’ve got a lot of guys in there that’s gonna compete, that’s gonna fight.” – 12:41 AM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Keldon Johnson also had a strong outing, finishing with 17 points on 7 of 12 from the floor and 14 rebounds for his second double-double of the season and first since Oct. 30. – 12:38 AM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Tre Jones also noted how Derrick kept everyone up during the losing streak with a “good, positive mindset” on a daily basis.
“He is always trying to pick everybody up when we are not doing well. He is a great leader for us.” – 12:34 AM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Spurs already thinking about how they’ve lost after each of their 4 previous wins, including falling flat in Indy after beating Bucks.
“We haven’t responded well to wins all year,” Derrick said. “We have to wash this out with a shower and get ready for a good Wizards team.” – 12:29 AM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Spurs showed maturity in weathering Celtics’ rally to regain the lead and close it out, Derrick said.
“A couple of times this year, (foes) would go on a run and we’d put our heads down…so, it was good for us to put our foot down, compete and be in it for 48 minutes.” – 12:26 AM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
Y’all rocked the @attcenter tonight!! 🙏
Bring that same energy on Monday! 🔋
@Tre Jones | #GoSpursGo pic.twitter.com/tBCG1DLDzV12:16 AM

Boston Celtics @celtics
“We’re gonna figure it out,” Jayson Tatum confidently says. “I’m certain of it.” – 12:07 AM
Matthew Tynan @Matthew_Tynan
I must admit, I’m impressed by the fortitude of the “yeah but Bryn Forbes!” crowd. Like even after arguably your team’s best win of the season, in a game in which you were shorthanded on the perimeter and couldn’t hit 3s, you pressed on, undeterred by the sunshine and rainbows. – 12:07 AM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
This stat sheet though… 🤩 #GoSpursGo
Dejounte: 29p | 11r | 6a | 3s
Keldon: 17p | 14r | 2a
Derrick: 17p | 8r | 7a | 2b
Tre: 12p | 2r | 2a
Lonnie: 10p
Jakob: 7p | 12r | 3b
Keita: 2p | 3r
Bryn: 2p | 2s pic.twitter.com/sA7rwqeoTu12:05 AM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Jayson Tatum said when teams do go box and one, as the Spurs did late, it kind of makes you hesitant and can make you stagnant at times. – 11:58 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Wait…we for Fast PP as an @ for Payton Pritchard and now Paolo Banchero is coming with @Pp_doesit? – 11:49 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Hey, at least the Celtics play six of their next seven games on the road, including a five-game west coast swing! – 11:47 PM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Tre Jones had career-best 12 pts on 5 of 6 in 18 mins., including 5 valuable ones in crunch time.
“Tre is the ultimate competitor,” Pop said. “He is a hell of a defender. He has a great will about him. He is just a driven competitor and it shows up in a lot of different ways.” – 11:46 PM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Ime Udoka on Dejounte, courtesy of the outstanding @Abrjsdad of the Associated Press.
“Defensively, nobody could stop Dejounte Murray. He got some one-on-ones and made some tough shots over pretty much everybody. So, he kind of picked his spots.” – 11:41 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Grant Williams: “We’re a team. We have to figure it out as a team. We’ve shown we can do it, but we need to do it consistently. It has to be now. Not four years from now. Not next year. Now.” – 11:39 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Grant Williams: “We’re a great counterpunching team. Now, imagine if we could come out and get a knockout in the first round? Or if we could get up and keeping knocking teams back down?” – 11:37 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Grant Williams: “It’s not one person. It’s a collective…We’re a team. We’ve been a team. More so what I’m saying is we have to hold each other to that standard.” – 11:36 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Grant Williams: It’s not on one person. It’s going to be a collective. – 11:35 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Positives on defense for Spurs tonight vs Celtics:
-BOS 30 pts from 3PT
-BOS 29% acc from 3PT
-BOS 40 paint pts
-BOS 47% paint acc
-BOS 10 made FTs
-BOS 8 mid-range pts
-BOS 27% acc from mid-range
-BOS 6 fast break pts
-64% of BOS turnovers from Spurs steals
-Spurs 6 blks – 11:32 PM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
WHAT. A. NIGHT. 🤯
#PorVida pic.twitter.com/qTtAAEvFpB11:31 PM

Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Pop said leads are going to come and go in NBA. It’s how you respond that matters: “They took a big hit. Boston did a great job coming back, taking a lead. We got a little discombobulated, but we hung tough & they kept playing the whole 48. Really, really proud, happy for them.” – 11:30 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
We made a heck of a run to take a lead late in the fourth, but our offense went cold down the stretch. nba.com/celtics/gamere…11:28 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Udoka on Dejounte Murray’s scoring binge: ““You expect, Jayson, Jaylen, Marcus, some of those guys to be able to guard him one-on-one there. I think we were too tight on him at times, didn’t make him prove it with the jump shot, especially from three. #Celtics #Spurs11:27 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Holding Boston to 88 points is a new season best for the Spurs’ defense.
Their previous best was 89 from the Magic on 11/05 – 11:25 PM
Adi Joseph @AdiJoseph
Today’s offered tremendous confirmation bias for my take that the only reasonable options for the first pick in the 2022 NBA Draft are Paolo Banchero and Jabari Smith. – 11:23 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs improve to 4-1 when they hold an opponent below 100 points.
80% of their wins are from playing lock down defense in a game. – 11:22 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs held the Celtics below 20 points in 1 quarter tonight.
They hadn’t done that since 11/07 against the Thunder – 11:21 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Celtics scored 25 or fewer points in 3 of quarters tonight.
The Spurs hadn’t done that to an opponent since 10/30 against the Bucks. – 11:20 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs held the Celtics below 30 points in all 4 quarters tonight.
They hadn’t done that since 11/05 against the Magic. – 11:19 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
With their losing streak ended, so did the Spurs’ streak of falling behind by double digits for 6 games in a row.
This was something Derrick White mentioned. He said usually when a team goes up by 7, that turns into 14 points later in the game and the team puts their head down – 11:16 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Positives on offense for Spurs tonight vs Celtics:
-built 24 pt lead
-14 made FTs
-just 11 turnovers
-55% of attempts in paint – 11:15 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka said he thinks the Celtics slow starts are because “Guys are trying to find their rhythm instead of playing together.”
He called out that players are looking to get themselves going vs making plays for each other. – 11:14 PM
Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
Paulo Banchero is everything we thought Jabari Parker should have been. – 11:12 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
“He was special. He made all the big plays to ice the game.” – Derrick White on Dejounte Murray’s play down the stretch tonight – 11:12 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Ime Udoka said the Celtics starting lineup tonight needs to learn how to play together, not just get buckets for themselves. He thought the Celtics were trying to get going individually early instead of playing team basketball. – 11:09 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
“I’ve just got to give credit to my teammates and coaches the whole time, believing in me.” – Tre Jones
Jones finished with 12 points, with 10 of those points coming in the paint – 11:08 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Four takeaways as Celtics fall apart during crunch time after nearly pulling off a 24-point comeback against Spurs masslive.com/celtics/2021/1…11:08 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs pick up their 3rd win when losing the 3PT line.
This was something Pop mentioned, that despite the Spurs only making 6 threes, they found a way to get a win. – 11:07 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs improve to 3-1 when leading by 20 points.
This was tested for a bit there when Boston took up to a 7 point lead. – 11:05 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka said the Celtics didn’t get the looks late that they had gotten to get themselves back into the game. – 11:04 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Ime Udoka said “nobody could stop Dejounte Murray” while things “kind of snowballed offensively” for Boston. – 11:04 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs pick up their 2nd win of the season as the underdog.
The last time they won when they were the underdog was against Milwaukee – 11:02 PM
A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
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Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
“He’s starting to feel comfortable running the show, that sort of thing.” – Coach Pop on Dejounte Murray wanting the ball down the stretch in crunch time. – 11:01 PM
Matthew Tynan @Matthew_Tynan
Easily the best win of the season. It’s just such an uphill battle for the Spurs once it becomes a half-court game, especially against good defenses. And even when the execution is there, there’s a low level of confidence the shot-making will be, too. Dejounte shouldered it. – 11:01 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
“Certainly proud of their effort. It’s a group that’s learning all the time. The grunt that they showed, the aggressiveness, and the desire were off the charts.” – Coach Pop on the Spurs tonight building a big lead, losing it, then holding for the win – 11:00 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
A 15-0 close for the Spurs, they snap their 6-game losing streak, beating the Celtics 96-88.
Boston scored 16 points in the first 16 minutes of the game…and none in the final 3 minutes.
They outscored the Spurs 72-41 in between. – 10:57 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Spurs win 96-88
Tatum – 24 points
Brown – 16 points
Smart – 13/7/8
Celtics – scoreless for final 3:21
Murray – 29 points
White – 17 points
Johnson – 17 points
Spurs – 15-0 run to end the game – 10:57 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs are now 2-8 in crunch time. Big 4th quarter there for Murray, White, and the Spurs’ defense down the stretch – 10:56 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Dejounte Murray goes berserk in the final minutes, puts the Celtics away, then tells Boston’s bench Dennis Schröder is too small get him the hell out of the game. pic.twitter.com/u8W4tXqFBO10:56 PM

Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs end their 6 game losing streak with a 96-88 win over the Celtics.
The Spurs improve to…
…5-13 overall
…3-6 at home
…4-3 against the East pic.twitter.com/O1D52von2T10:56 PM

Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Spurs snap six-game losing streak with a hard-fought 96-88 win over the Celtics. Dejounte Murray scored 8 of his career-high-matching 29 points in final 3 minutes. – 10:55 PM
John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
Celtics did not score in the final 3:21 of this game. Yes the defense fell apart, but they also just stopped making shots – 10:55 PM
Matthew Tynan @Matthew_Tynan
Dejounte Murray has been a monster in all facets to close this game. Shot-making, defense, rebounding. All of it. – 10:55 PM
Chris Forsberg @ChrisForsberg_
Celtics rally from 24 down to lead by 7 with 5 minutes to play then score only 2 points the rest of the way.
Spurs win 96-88.
Student loses to teacher in Ime’s return to San Antonio. – 10:55 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
It says a lot about this Celtics season that they made a enormous comeback, then went scoreless for over three minutes AND the defense fell apart when Enes Kanter checked out of the game.
San Antonio continues to be a house of horrors for Boston. – 10:55 PM
Sopan Deb @SopanDeb
Can’t decide the worst part of this Celtics loss. Going down almost 30 to the Spurs or coming back and blowing a late lead against a team not trying that hard to win. – 10:53 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The Celtics haven’t scored in over three minutes down the stretch here. – 10:53 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Dejounte Murray with 18 of his 29 points in the paint. Huge shot there by Murray to put the Spurs up 5 with 12.7 seconds left.
Spurs’ defense has also been excellent down the stretch here – 10:52 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Monster shot by Dejounte Murray. Spurs up 5. San Antonio is on a 12-0 run to close this one. – 10:52 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Murray with the dagger with 12.7 left. 12-0 #Spurs run and the Celtics are about to lose to a 4-13 team. – 10:51 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Tatum left the one-legged jumper short. – 10:51 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Tatum misses a short jumper. – 10:51 PM
John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
10-0 run for the Spurs and suddenly they’re getting to the rim again. They’re attacking Horford off the switch and he’s not able to stay in front of the ball handlers – 10:50 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
al horford is elite at staying in front of guards on switches but letting them get just close enough to hit a tightly contested shot. – 10:50 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Crucial buckets here in the 4th quarter by White (15 points) and Murray (27 points).
They give the Spurs a late 3 point lead with 47 seconds left.
Boston ball – 10:50 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
10-0 Spurs run to take a 91-88 lead. – 10:50 PM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
THAT’S MY POINT GAAAWWWWD 🔥🔥🔥 – 10:49 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
12-2 Spurs run as Celtics offense has stalled once more. – 10:49 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
This place is LOUD right now. After going ahead 88-81, the Celtics have given up a 10-0 run. They haven’t scored in almost three minutes. – 10:49 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Wow. 10-0 #Spurs run and they lead by 3 with 47.4 left. #Celtics offense started chillin too early. Thought they had the win. – 10:49 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics offense is going too slow right now. Stuck in the mud. – 10:49 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
What a block by Jaylen Brown. – 10:48 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Spurs are pre-switching now. Poeltl is kind of floating around the paint on the backside of the defense. – 10:47 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
6-0 #Spurs run and now it’s a jump ball. BOS 88, SAS 87 – 10:47 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The Spurs plays can’t like this loud music while the offense is trying to work. It’s just unnecessary noise.
I guess if it’s too loud, I’m too old. – 10:46 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Spurs zoned it and Smart continues to be a killer in the middle of a zone. Big hoop. – 10:44 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
That was a nifty play there by the Celtics, screening both sides of the zone to give Jaylen Brown a path into the middle of the paint. – 10:44 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics survive that #Spurs possession getting a stop although Marc Davis could have easily called an continuation on that Tre Jones layup. BOS Ball up 86-81 with 3:36 left. – 10:42 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
I wonder if Ime Udoka closes this game with Enes Kanter. It might be the right call.
Yes, I’m as shocked as you are. – 10:42 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Spurs table just butchered a clock situation there. Buzzer went off early during Derrick White’s jumper. – 10:40 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Gutsy call by Marc Davis. #Celtics #Spurs10:39 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Presumably Jaylen Brown is in for the rest of the way. He’s at 22 minutes, so that will be a touch higher than the 24 minutes he had been limited to. – 10:38 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
56% of the Spurs games this season have gone down to crunch time.
SA enters 1-8 in crunch time – 10:37 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
11/7/8 and tremendous defense from Marcus Smart tonight. – 10:36 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Keldon Johnson plays so angry and I love it so much. – 10:36 PM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
El Cuatro on the attack! ✊
@Lonnie Walker | #PorVida pic.twitter.com/kupbSzmZWD10:34 PM

Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Celtics now winning the 3PT line by 9 points.
Their lead is 5 now
Tatum with 22 points. From where?
Paint 10 pts
3PT line 6 pts
Mid-range 4 pts
FT line 2 pts – 10:33 PM
John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
There are plenty of fair criticisms of Jayson Tatum, but not caring is not one of them. – 10:33 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Marcus Smart, Grant Williams and Enes Kanter take an inordinate amount of shit and the Celtics would be getting stomped without them tonight. – 10:33 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Tatum followed his shot.
Junior High/Middle School basketball coaches everywhere rejoice! – 10:31 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Marcus Smart and Grant Williams have made a lot of hustle plays during this comeback. And Jayson Tatum has really come alive. Even after a miss there, followed his shot to get the putback. Celtics, who were down huge early, now up 81-76. – 10:31 PM
Tom Westerholm @Tom_NBA
The progress Grant Williams has made this year is really impressive. – 10:31 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
The block ➡️ the finger roll 🔥 pic.twitter.com/W64Z8CA26l10:30 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Marcus Smart is making all the plays right now. – 10:30 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Celtics have erased the Spurs’ 24 point lead.
Boston takes the 3PT scoring edge by 6 points – 10:30 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Grant Williams making a lot of big boy plays this half. – 10:30 PM
John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
11-4 run and Boston has its first lead – 10:30 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
11-2 Celtics run to take the lead. – 10:29 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The Celtics have their first lead of the game on a Grant Williams three-pointer. – 10:29 PM
John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
Marcus Smart is having one hell of a second half – 10:29 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Missed free throws starting to loom large for the Celtics now. – 10:28 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Grant Williams is getting really close to a T. One of the refs just told him “Enough!” – 10:27 PM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Thad Young led the bench huddle until Pop returned from meeting with his assistants. – 10:24 PM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
Won the third 😎
#GoSpursGo pic.twitter.com/eDI2OQ3soz10:24 PM

Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Celtics kick off the 4Q with a 5-0 run.
That Spurs 24 point lead is down to 2 with plenty of 4th quarter left – 10:24 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Looked like the Spurs tried to give a foul on Tatum in transition, but he made the Iceman like finger-roll. Celtics down just two, after being down by as many as 24. – 10:24 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Kanter is a +21(!?!) in 11 minutes. – 10:23 PM
John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
That was an amazing kick-ahead by Smart, though I’m not sure that’s the position you want to put Kanter in. Worked out, though – 10:23 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Grant Williams either traveled, dribbled the ball out of bonds or possibly both. But the Celtics will take it. – 10:22 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
That’s a hell of a pass by Smart in stride to Kanter to help him draw the foul – 10:22 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Smart just bailed out the Celtics there. – 10:21 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
3Q: Spurs by 7
Spurs winning paint by 8
Celtics winning 3PT line by one made shot
Tre Jones has been really good off the bench tonight pic.twitter.com/jiPeWLCGMr10:21 PM

Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
OKC’s last 5 games were against playoff teams the Bucks, Celtics, Hawks, Jazz and Wizards.
Average margin of loss: 6.6 points.
Fun, competitive losses where the young core shows out. Thunder are nailing this rebuild season. – 10:20 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
Chipping away 🔘🔘🔘⚪️ pic.twitter.com/P2Vk34qTvF10:20 PM

Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Spurs still up by seven headed to 4Q. But with Tatum heating up and the Spurs’ well-known struggles closing close games, this doesn’t feel like it’s heading in a great direction for the home team. – 10:20 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Spurs lead 70-63 after three
Brown – 16 points
Tatum – 12 points
Smart – 9 points
Celtics – 34.7% shooting
Celtics – 7-27 three-pointers
Murray – 16 points
Johnson – 14 points
Jones – 12 points
Spurs – 43.3% shooting
Spurs – 6-21 three-pointers – 10:19 PM
John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
Tatum drive, kick, relocate for 3 is how it’s supposed to be done. – 10:17 PM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Tre Jones with a career-best 12 points on a career-high 5 makes on 6 attempts in 11 minutes. – 10:15 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
That’s a ball Kanter needs to dunk. Made it way too easy to block. – 10:15 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
The Celtics have come from 24 down to make it a 7-point game late in the 3rd…we all remember what happened the last time the Celtics and Spurs got together… pic.twitter.com/erQws7wDTq10:15 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics-Spurs into Duke-Gonzaga into the USWNT? That’s a pretty solid night of sports. – 10:13 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Tatum just 2-of-21 from 3 over his last three games now. Incredibly streaky season for him right now. – 10:12 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
is anyone in the nba funnier running down the court than enes kanter? runs like he hears the ice cream truck around the corner – 10:12 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics desperately trying to claw back but making key mistakes. Tatum with the the push off trying to post. SAS 65, BOS 58 late 3Q. #Celtics #Spurs10:11 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
That’s a really good cross-court pass by Tatum to Langford. – 10:09 PM
Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham
Jaylen Brown has 16 points on 6-of-13 FG in 19 minutes tonight. – 10:07 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Jaylen Brown looking a lot more like himself tonight. Burst is coming back. – 10:06 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
JT outta nowhere #SunLifeDunk4Diabetes pic.twitter.com/wYsnUA7k1Y10:06 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
That was an outstanding block by Horford a couple of plays ago. Even when his offense hasn’t been good, Horford has shown up on defense. – 10:05 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Great pass by Brown and Schroder missed a wide-open corner three.
It’s far from only Schroder missing tonight, but those are the shots Boston has to start making. – 10:03 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Jayson Tatum, Dennis Schroder and Marcus Smart have combined for 15 points on 6-for-31 shooting so far. – 10:02 PM
Atlanta Hawks PR @HawksPR
Trae Young has posted back-to-back 30+ point / 10+ assist outings (11/24 at SAS, 11/26 at MEM).
Per @EliasSports, Young is the first player to notch back-to-back 30+ point / 10+ assist games this season and the first since Giannis Antetokounmpo did so on 3/13/21 and 3/15/21. – 10:00 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
This has been a decidedly awful basketball game. The Spurs haven’t even played all that well. They’ve just been far less worse than the Celtics have. – 10:00 PM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
DJ has reached 1,500 career rebounds tonight! 👏
He joins Alvin Robertson as the only two Spurs with 2,500 points, 1,500 rebounds and 1,000 assists in their first 300 career games. 👀 pic.twitter.com/ZD5dbE6WeM9:59 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Stat I made up:
Celtics lead the league in saved balls thrown directly to the other team. – 9:57 PM
Jason Anderson @JandersonSacBee
NBA power rankings: Significant movement from a number of teams this week as Warriors, Suns and Nets vie for No. 1 while Jazz, Hornets, Celtics and Bucks rise and Wizards, Nuggets, Lakers fall.
sacbee.com/sports/nba/sac…9:50 PM
The Vertical @YahooSportsNBA
KELDON JOHNSON WITH THE POSTER FINISH 📸💪
pic.twitter.com/UGflsXfype9:46 PM

San Antonio Spurs @spurs
the fellas are ballin halfway through! 🤙
#PorVida pic.twitter.com/ca0i34VJVl9:46 PM

Matthew Tynan @Matthew_Tynan
We’ve seen those types of early Spurs leads evaporate completely in one large swing all too often this season. Really nice job staving off that Celtics run to end the half. – 9:45 PM
RJ Marquez @KSATRJ
Yo Keldon relax, this dude has a family. #PorVida #Spurs pic.twitter.com/CLni5GPmIE9:43 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Excellent defense in the paint from San Antonio in that first half, holding Boston to 33% accuracy.
BOS also cold from three with 22% acc.
Good shot selection from Spurs in first half pic.twitter.com/jpJuvJgbhF9:42 PM

San Antonio Spurs @spurs
LET EM KNOW BOUT THE BIG BODY!! 😤💥
#PorVida | #GoSpursGo pic.twitter.com/cgqr6Df5Dk9:42 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics got the Spurs 24-point lead down to as few as six points.
Spurs closed on a 10-2 run and that helped push the lead back to 15 at the break.
Good news is the Celtics can’t possibly shoot as badly in the second half as they did in the first half. 28% is almost unreal. – 9:40 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Jayson Tatum over last 1.5 games: 5-of-25 from the field, 1-of-10 from 3-point range. – 9:40 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Half: Spurs by 15
After BOS got within 7, the Spurs pushed the lead back to 15
Spurs winning the paint by 12
Spurs with 54% of their points from the paint, 29% from 3PT pic.twitter.com/OcoejWDfKj9:39 PM

Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Spurs close the half on a 10-2 run to push their lead back up 15. – 9:39 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Spurs end Q on a 10-2 run, lead #Celtics 52-37 at half. BOS recovered after putrid 1Q but then slipped in final minute. Brown 9, Tatum 3 on 1-for-9 FG; Murray 12, White 11. – 9:38 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Spurs lead 52-37 at the half
Brown – 9 points
Nesmith – 5 points
Parker – 9 points
Celtics – 28% shooting
Celtics – 4-18 three-pointers
Murray – 12 points
White – 11 points
Johnson – 9 points
Spurs – 49% shooting
Spurs – 5-14 three-pointers – 9:38 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
The was a big final two minutes of the second quarter for the Spurs on both ends. They’ll take a 52-37 lead into halftime after things seemed to be teetering a bit. – 9:38 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
That was arguably another flagrant on Poeltl for the hit to the face on Tatum that wasn’t called. He already had one tonight. – 9:37 PM
Ryan McDonough @McDNBA
The Celtics always struggle when they play the Tropics in Flint pic.twitter.com/XSVPWMnTwt9:37 PM
Michael C. Wright @mikecwright
Spurs close 2Q on 10-2 run to go into 1/2 up 52-37. – 9:37 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
If the Poeltl foul was a Flagrant 1, then the Horford foul is a Flagrant 1.
It was basically the same play. – 9:36 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Flagrant 1 on Horford on Murray’s 3 attempt. #Celtics #Spurs9:35 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Mess of a finish to Q2 for the Celtics.
Couple of pretty badly missed calls on Tatum drives too. – 9:35 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs are using a lineup right now with Keldon at the 5 – 9:35 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Dejounte Murray has certainly improved as a 3-point shooter, but man you still don’t want to foul him out there. – 9:35 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Another disastrous ending to a Q for the #Celtics. – 9:34 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
RIP Grant Williams after that Keldon Johnson dunk. It was a good run for Grant. – 9:33 PM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
BIG BODYYYYYYY 💪🤪 – 9:33 PM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
Derrick serves up some leftover STUFFING 😳🚫
@Derrick White | #PorVida pic.twitter.com/bTSvfBZr5x9:32 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Holy shit Keldon Johnson – 9:32 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Oh my lord. Keldon Johnson just sat on Grant Williams’s head after dunking on him. – 9:32 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics have to close the half well. Don’t want to let the Spurs go to the break back up double-digits. – 9:31 PM
John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
21-4 Celtics after an 8-0 Spurs run to start the 2nd quarter. 42-35 Spurs now. C’s defense has intensified and the shots are starting to fall – 9:28 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Hello Aaron Nesmith! There’s that baseline pullup he showed at Summer League! – 9:27 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics on a 19-2 run and have gotten within striking distance (42-35). Udoka has already played 10 players looking for a spark. #Spurs9:27 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Spurs 24-point lead has been cut to nine points. – 9:26 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
Extra pass ➡️ splash 💦 pic.twitter.com/xbCKztxnJJ9:25 PM

Jim Lefko @jimlefko
Quality of officiating in #spurs #celtics game is akin to middle school girls hoops. – 9:25 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Box score doesn’t show a ton, but that was a great run by Enes Kanter. – 9:25 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Celtics have tied the Spurs in 3PT scoring and that Spurs 24 point lead is down to 11 – 9:25 PM
John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
Celtics end up getting a six-point play out of that Poeltl flagrant. Shots are starting to fall and Boston cuts the lead to 12 – 9:22 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics defense is locked in right now. Spurs aren’t getting anything clean. – 9:22 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
14-2 run by Boston. 6-point possession helped. Lead cut to 12. – 9:21 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
12-0 Celtics run and Spurs lead is down to 12. – 9:21 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Spurs are still up 15, but man they’re having to fight through some tough whistles. – 9:21 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Flagrant 1 on Jakob Poeltl. #Celtics #Spurs9:19 PM
Michael C. Wright @mikecwright
Dennis Schroder rolled his ankle on the top of Jakob Poeltl’s foot coming down from his shot. – 9:18 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Schroder hits a jumper but is undercut by Poeltl and is getting up slowly. Play is being reviewed. #Celtics #Spurs9:18 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Dejounte Murray got called for the rare leg-kickout offensive foul. – 9:18 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
As if things couldn’t get worse for the Celtics, down 42-21, Dennis Schroder is now down and holding his right ankle. – 9:18 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Dejounte Murray is the 1st Spurs player in double figures with 10 points.
8 paint points
2 mid-range points for Murray
SA by 21 – 9:17 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
At least it’s not an effort thing for the Celtics tonight. They are playing hard. They just can’t shoot. At all. – 9:16 PM
John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
Looked like Jaylen Brown was holding onto his hamstring and flexing his leg after that last layup. Let’s see if that means anything – 9:15 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
In the latest edition of scoreboard follies: the AT&T Center scoreboard has the #Spurs with 2 extra points and leading 42-19. It’s actually 40-19. #Celtics 7-for-35 FG. – 9:15 PM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
Tre is hoopin!! 🔥
@Tre Jones: 8 PTS & 4/4 FG in 5 min! pic.twitter.com/baV4Z9tfy49:15 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Dejounte Murray made a layup when he couldn’t see with one eyes.
The Celtics have made approximately zero layups tonight with both eyes available. – 9:14 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics down big to the Spurs? This happened last time. Might need it again. pic.twitter.com/wUl82K7X9C9:11 PM

Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
We are 14 minutes in and Tre Jones has already had probably his best game in the NBA. – 9:09 PM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Josh Primo, 18, and Tre Jones, 21, manning (pun intended) the backcourt. – 9:08 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics down 24. 5-for-29 FG. – 9:08 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
This is the 4th 20 point lead for the Spurs this season.
San Antonio enters 2-1 when leading by 20 – 9:08 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The Celtics layups are all rimming out and falling off.
The Spurs layups are bouncing on the rim five times and falling in.
Been that kind of night so far. – 9:07 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
1Q: Spurs by 16
SA holds Boston to 14 points in the 1Q
Spurs winning 3PT line by 9 pts
Spurs winning paint by 6 pts
White 8 pts
Murray 6 pts
Keldon, Lonnie 5 pts each – 9:05 PM
Michael C. Wright @mikecwright
Spurs up 30-14 on Celtics after 1Q. – 9:05 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Spurs lead 30-14 after one
Parker – 5 points
Celtics – 5-26 shooting
Celtics – 4-17 on shots in the paint
White – 8 points
Murray – 6 points
Spurs – 4-8 three-pointers
Spurs – 5 offensive rebounds – 9:04 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Jabari Parker scores 5 late points to salvage a terrible opening Q for #Celtics. SAS 30, BOS 14.
BOS 5-for-26 FG. Tatum 1-for-7. – 9:04 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
This 19 point lead for the Spurs is their largest lead since the 11/10 game against the Kings. – 9:03 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Tatum just missed a dunk…and the ball went over the backboard.
That’s how this one is going so far. – 9:01 PM
Ryan McNeill @ryanmcneill
Wheels up to Boston. 🛩 🏈 pic.twitter.com/l7HP9V6RqE9:01 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Early Jabari Parker minutes tonight. He played with good energy and helped Boston briefly rally vs the Nets on Wednesday. – 9:00 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
TV says the score is 26-9.
NBA box score says 26-7.
This is at least the fifth time this season the scores haven’t matched during a Celtics game.
How does that keep happening? – 8:56 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Another rough start. The Celtics have missed 18 of 21 to start and trail 26-9.
As indifferent as they’ve have been to playing at home or away (virtually identical numbers), they’ve been an elite 2nd and 3rd quarter team no matter where they’ve played.
1st quarter? Not so much pic.twitter.com/wLBOQ0owk88:55 PM

Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs have led by 15 points in 6 of their 18 games this season.
SA enters 3-2 when leading by 15 – 8:54 PM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
D3RRICK WHIT3 👌
@Derrick White is catching fire! 8 PTS & 2 3PM in 8 MIN pic.twitter.com/4FpSsNVxGF8:54 PM

Michael C. Wright @mikecwright
Raining 3’s in San Antonio. Spurs up 26-9 on Celtics. – 8:54 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The Celtics are shooting 3-for-20.
3 FOR 20! – 8:54 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
The Celtics have not played great so far, some would say. They trail the Spurs 26-9. – 8:53 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
I think we’re having score issues again. I think Boston is actually down 19-5. I don’t think the Smart basket counted, but NBC Sports Boston is still showing it. – 8:52 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs have led by double digits in 9 of their 18 games this season.
SA enters 4-4 when leading by double digits – 8:52 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics now 1-for-16 shooting. – 8:51 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The in-arena music in San Antonio is annoying as can be. – 8:51 PM
Michael C. Wright @mikecwright
Spurs off to a nice 16-5 start on the Celtics. – 8:51 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Dejounte Murray runs over and gives Ime Udoka a hug before the timeout ends. #Celtics #Spurs8:49 PM
John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
10-3 Spurs to open the game. Boston open 1-12 from the field. Spurs are 5-13 and getting those shots mostly at the rim. This is not an ideal start. – 8:49 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Celtics off to a 1-12 start, everything rushed. – 8:47 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics are 1-for-12 to open this game and seven of this misses have come in the paint. – 8:47 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The Celtics and Spurs have missed a bunch of layups to start this game. – 8:46 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics off to a 1-for-11 FG start – 8:45 PM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
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San Antonio Spurs @spurs
Starting 🖐
@ValeroEnergy | #PorVida pic.twitter.com/IliLh4BCc18:37 PM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
noche de fiesta numero dos 🎉✌️
#ULTRADrip | #PorVida pic.twitter.com/XxIR89TG6n8:32 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics starters tonight:
Al Horford
Jayson Tatum
Jaylen Brown
Marcus Smart
Dennis Schroder
Spurs starters:
Jakob Poeltl
Keita Bates-Diop
Keldon Johnson
Derrick White
Dejounte Murray – 8:28 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Celtics at Spurs – AT&T Center – Nov. 26, 2021 – Starters
Boston – Smart, Schroder, Brown, Tatum, Horford
San Antonio – Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, Keldon Johnson, Keita Bates-Diop, Jacob Poeltl
OUT: Boston: Richardson, R. Williams SA: D. Vassell, D. McDermott, Z. Collins pic.twitter.com/kgLmOzNXcI8:17 PM

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Popovich on Jayson Tatum during Team USA: “Jayson was spectacular, he along with (Durant) became our go-to guys. He was a joy. I’m indebted to Jayson and had a really had a good time with him there because he was a great teammate and played wonderfully for us.” #Celtics #Spurs7:37 PM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Pop praised Enes Kanter for speaking up about human rights abuses around the world.
“I am glad that Enes speaks up when he feels like it. I think it’s great. No reason not to.” – 7:32 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
Ime Udoka says Josh Richardson (non-COVID illness) may meet us tomorrow in San Antonio to fly with us to Toronto. Rob Williams (non-COVID illness) is a couple of days behind Richardson in his recovery. – 7:09 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Per Ime Udoka, Josh Richardson stayed home in Boston today but will meet Celtics in SA to travel to Toronto with the hope of playing. Rob Williams remaining in isolation as of now because he got the flu a few days after Richardson. – 7:08 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Robert Williams and Josh Richardson are not on the trip, but the plan is for Richardson to meet up with the team tomorrow ahead of the next game in Toronto. Williams is further behind with his illness, according to Udoka. – 7:08 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
“He’s always had that leadership in him.” – Coach Ime Udoka says of Dejounte Murray stepping up as the Spurs’ leader with all the past veterans on the team now gone. – 7:06 PM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Pop says McDermott (knee) and Vassell (quad) “won’t be out long.” – 7:02 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Doug McDermott and Devin Vassell are OUT tonight for #Spurs. #Celtics6:52 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Greg Popovich on Ime Udoka: “As true as the day is long, you trust him.” #Spurs #Celtics6:49 PM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Bates-Diop starts again in place of McDermott, per Pop. – 6:48 PM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
lmao love Jabari Smith. Talk your shit, man. – 6:20 PM
Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops
I don’t think freshman forward Jabari Smith will wind up going No. 1 in the NBA Draft over Paolo and/or Chet, but he is a STUD and is clear-cut No. 3 for me right now. Just does it all for Auburn. – 6:17 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Celtics are favored by 4.5 today against the Spurs.
Boston ranks 19th on offense (106.5 pp/100). The Spurs rank 20th on defense (108.7 pp/100).
San Antonio ranks 21st on offense (105.6 pp/100). Celtics rank 10th on defense (105.4 pp/100) – 6:13 PM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
On Tuesday, some of the guys joined our @SpursGive team to distribute 200 Thanksgiving meals from @HEB to families at the @safoodbank!! 🍽🦃
The SA Food Bank serves 90,000 individuals a week with a food benefit, totaling to more than 750,000 unique individuals a year! 👏 pic.twitter.com/DHH2AW4SuJ5:08 PM

San Antonio Spurs @spurs
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Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Interesting to see how rotations will go today.
Amir Coffey is inactive today, and looks like Brandon Boston Jr. is with Keon Johnson in the G.
So backups today are: Justise Winslow, Luke Kennard, Terance Mann, Serge Ibaka, Isaiah Hartenstein – 3:41 PM
Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
Looking for tickets to watch the #LakeShow take on the Celtics on December 7? Browse the official Lakers resale marketplace. – 3:30 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
a quick detour after shootaround but we had some fun with it 👍🏾😂 pic.twitter.com/tFryiLWUds2:51 PM

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