Celtics 125, Suns 98: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

Celtics 125, Suns 98: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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Celtics 125, Suns 98: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The Boston Celtics (21-5) play against the Phoenix Suns (9-9) at Footprint Center

Game Time: 10:00 PM EST on Wednesday December 7, 2022

Boston Celtics 125, Phoenix Suns 98 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
New: After the Cs crushed the Suns, Joe Mazzulla cautioned that things will get tougher.
Jayson Tatum said the wins will mean nothing if they don’t lead to a title.
The Celtics are trying to think big-picture, but opponents are still leaving with scars.
bostonglobe.com/2022/12/08/spo…3:27 AM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
The Celtics have now won 8 of 9, and during that span the best NBA offense in the history of ever, also has the league’s 4th best defense.
In 15 days, the Boston defense has jumped from 16th to 9th in the NBA.
The offense? pic.twitter.com/xDefMVqj0r2:53 AM

John Karalis @John_Karalis
New on BSJ: Joe Mazzulla’s message coming through loud and clear as Celtics fine tune their dominant basketball machine bostonsportsjournal.com/2022/12/08/kar…2:35 AM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
BOSTON CELTICS
(Last 61 games)
49-12
+12.4 scoring margin
25-7 on the road – 2:23 AM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Heading into the Finals rematch on Saturday…
NBA – +/- LEADERS
1. TATUM, BOS +245
2. WHITE, BOS +188
3. Holiday, Mil +180
4. Jokic, Den +169
5. Osman, Cle +165
6. CURRY, GSW +154
7. GREEN, GSW +151
10. SMART, BOS +138
11. BROWN, BOS +137
15. HAUSER, BOS +127 – 2:18 AM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Celtics currently have four of the NBA’s top 10 3-point shooters, plus a Kelly O sighting…
NBA – 3-POINT SHOOTING
1. BROGDON, BOS
2. Lee, Phx
3. G. WILLIAMS, BOS
4. Ingram, NO
5. HORFORD, BOS
6. Grant, Por
7. Caldwell-Pope, Den
7. Kispert, Was
9. Olynyk, Utah
10. HAUSER, BOS – 2:11 AM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
After the win over Phoenix, Boston still has the league’s #1 offense, but now they also have the ninth-best defense – 2:11 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“He looked good. Talked to him after the game, he felt good most importantly.” Devin Booker on Chris Paul, who returned after missing 14 games with a sore right heel.” #Suns #Celtics pic.twitter.com/O4KVx8nQ9C2:01 AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“Feels like that game should count for two losses.” Devin Booker after #Suns fall 125-98 to #Celtics pic.twitter.com/j1WAhvnSWo1:59 AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“I can’t say that I had that vibe because I’m not thinking about that, but I can see how you would pull that from your memory bank.”
Monty Williams when asked if #Suns last two losses to #Mavs (130-111) and #Celtics (125-98) felt like their last two losses to Dallas in playoffs pic.twitter.com/cGaCJuIurS1:57 AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“We got beat in every area of the game tonight.” Monty Williams after #Suns 125-98 loss to #Celtics as they trailed by as many as 45. pic.twitter.com/sj6yyqkLT51:54 AM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
The Suns’ last two games felt like Games 8 and 9.
On a terrible loss to the Celtics tonight, what I’m choosing to take away from it and the reminder we all got: arizonasports.com/story/3420371/…1:54 AM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Happy Thursday. My heart is full of gratitude. Thank you to those who introduced themselves to me at last night’s book signing. @Chicago Bulls @UnitedCenter “A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.” Cicero. 😌 Blessings to all. – 1:36 AM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Don’t look now but the New Orleans Pelicans are in first place in the Western Conference. Remember , they swap first round picks with the Lakers. Meantime, Boston wins again . The Celtics own the best record in the NBA at 21-5. – 1:32 AM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Happy Thursday. My heart is full of gratitude. Thank you to those who those who introduced themselves to me at last night’s book signing @UnitedCenter @Chicago Bulls . “A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.” Cicero. 😌 – 1:27 AM
Boston Celtics @celtics
Tonight’s @Gatorade Player of the Game is a dangerous man with the ball in his hands 💫 pic.twitter.com/IC0o7V0I2M1:24 AM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
“Take out ass-whooping and keep it moving.”
Chris Paul said the Celtics remind him of last year’s Suns with the way they’re on a mission coming off a Finals loss – 1:23 AM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
BSJ Game Report: Celtics 125, Suns 98 – Message sent in dominant road win bostonsportsjournal.com/2022/12/08/bsj…1:23 AM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Deandre Ayton: “It was frustrating because we don’t lose two in a row and when it comes to good teams competing, we show up for those games. And tonight we didn’t.” – 1:17 AM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Tatum on Grant taking his kiss of death celebration:
“He was too excited, too hyped. He was jumping. I was like, ‘Grant, it’s still the 2nd qtr.’ So I pulled him aside & said, ‘You can do it, but I’m cool when I do it. I look cool. You didn’t look cool. You looked like a kid.'” – 1:16 AM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Tatum: “We realize we’ve got the best record, 21-5, and with that comes a decision every night to play the right way.” – 1:11 AM
Boston Celtics @celtics
That’s how you get it done. pic.twitter.com/HDKMWmblhR1:06 AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Boston #Celtics rock Phoenix #Suns in Chris Paul’s return from injury azcentral.com/story/sports/n… via @azcentral1:02 AM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Jayson Tatum after another big win: “None of this means anything if we don’t hang a banner.” #Celtics #Suns12:59 AM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Tatum: “None of this means anything if we don’t hang a banner.” – 12:58 AM
Boston Celtics @celtics
What a fun time to be alive 😁 pic.twitter.com/sDDww4MC0U12:58 AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“Take our ass whopping and keep it moving.” Chris Paul. #Suns #Celtics12:54 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
“He looked good, and talking to him after the game, he felt good, most importantly…he said he was pain-free and good to go.” – Devin Booker on Chris Paul in his return from injury – 12:52 AM
Boston Celtics @celtics
Laser focus on the road 🔕 pic.twitter.com/JQlVKgSMK712:50 AM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
I asked Devin Booker whether the approach of flushing games like this changes given that this blowout is coming off another one in Dallas. He grinned.
“Two flushes.” – 12:48 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
“It feels like that game should count for 2 losses, but good thing it’s only one.” – Devin Booker on the Celtics loss – 12:46 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“I’ve got to find minutes for him.” Monty Williams on Josh Okogie after his career-high 28-point effort. #Suns pic.twitter.com/zs2dS2xRKZ12:36 AM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Monty Williams said he’s gotta find minutes for Josh Okogie. Said the shot-making was cool, but it’s everything else that he does that should earn him playing time with the Suns – 12:34 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
“That’s a tough intro back into the league.”
Monty Williams said he thought Chris Paul was moving fine, but obviously a brutal first game back for the team – 12:32 AM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
Career-high 28 points for @Josh Okogie
Tonight’s @FanDuel Stat Line of the Game pic.twitter.com/PB5YAVBTp612:31 AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“It just wasn’t going anywhere.” Monty Williams on when he pulled the starters in the 3rd quarter. #Suns #Celtics pic.twitter.com/LpS4Ztqc4N12:31 AM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Monty Williams didn’t sense anything off about the Suns’ energy coming into the game today. Didn’t want to make any excuses for why they didn’t respond to a loss well tonight. – 12:31 AM
Boston Celtics @celtics
The hot hand made a play in tonight’s @JetBlue Play of the Game 🔥 pic.twitter.com/og2HX2FfEQ12:30 AM

John Karalis @John_Karalis
14 of the 18 Suns turnover were Celtics steals. – 12:29 AM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Monty Williams said the Suns got beat in every area of the game tonight. Thought some missed shots deflated them and that Boston took it to them.
Felt like the Celtics had way more purpose in their physicality. Said it’s rare for him to feel that way about a game. – 12:28 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Monty Williams on the Suns’ loss tonight: “You can’t take much from a game like that. You can say some things that fall under the category of coach speak. We just got beat in every area of the game tonight.”
Said the missed shots and the Celtics’ purpose rattled them – 12:28 AM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
Brogdon: the NBA leader in 3PT shooting (49.4%). – 12:28 AM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Staying up past midnight should be reserved solely for enjoyable things. That Celtics win was an enjoyable thing.
Takeaways coming in the AM for @celticsblog. – 12:26 AM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Tim Legler is making a great point on SportsCenter right now about Jayson Tatum’s screening and how it opens up Boston’s offense by causing panic in the defense.
He said, “I’m not sure any top scorer sets as many on and off-ball screens as Tatum does each game.” – 12:25 AM
Jake Madison @NOLAJake
So, uh, I don’t want to spoil anything but I just crashed the Locked On Celtics podcast… – 12:21 AM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Jayson Tatum: “We have 50 something games left, but we’re trending in the right direction.” – 12:20 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Celtics 125 #Suns 98
Trailed by as many as 45. – 12:19 AM
Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
On the day that Naji Marshall proclaims he’s tougher than everybody else, the New Orleans Pelicans grab sole possession of first place in the Western Conference.
Friday’s matchup against the Suns is going to be epic! pic.twitter.com/2FJhjUVYlU12:18 AM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics win 125-98
Brown – 25/7/3
Tatum – 25 points
Brogdon – 16/3/5
Grant – 14 points
Kornet – 12/4/3
Griffin – 9 points, 9 rebounds
Smart – 4 steals
Celtics – 48.5% FGs
Celtics – 16-45 3Ps
Okogie – 28 points (career-high)
Suns – 39.8% FGs
Suns – 8-32 3Ps
Suns – 18 TOs – 12:17 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
I think the biggest takeaway of the night is obviously Josh Okogie outscoring MVP candidate Jayson Tatum. But will the national media pundits talk about it?
I DOUBT IT. – 12:17 AM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Four takeaways as the #Celtics led by as many as 45(!) points on their way to a dominant win over the Suns masslive.com/celtics/2022/1…12:15 AM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
Western Conference:
1. New Orleans 16-8
2. Phoenix 16-9
3. Memphis 16-9
More NBA from me: marcstein.substack.com12:15 AM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics beat #Suns 125-98 and it wasn’t close. PHX scored last 14 pts in garbage time Tatum 25, Brown 25, Brogdon 16, GWilliams 14, Kornet 12. Okogie 28 (17 in 4Q). – 12:14 AM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
The Celtics dominate the West leading Suns, leading by as many as 45 en route to a 125-98 win.
They’ll roll back in to the Chase Center Saturday with…
The NBA’s best record: 21-5
The best offense in NBA history
17 wins in their last 19 games
And an awful lot of swagger. – 12:13 AM
StatMuse @statmuse
Suns last 2 games:
— Lost by 19 to Luka
— Lost by 27 to Luke pic.twitter.com/VvuRCh0kPf12:13 AM

Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
The New Orleans Pelicans are 16-8 and in first place in the West.
Phoenix and Memphis (16-9) are right behind them.
It’s the Pels first time in possession of first in the West since Oct. 26, 2018 (4-0).
Last time they were first this late in the season?
April 11, 2008. – 12:13 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Final: BOS 125, PHX 98
Okogie: 28 Pts, 7 Reb, 8-14 FG
Booker: 17 Pts, 5 Reb, 6-17 FG
Payne: 12 Pts, 5-13 FG
Tatum: 25 Pts, 5 Reb, 9-19 FG – 12:13 AM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
LIVE Garden Report: Celtics vs Suns Postgame Show | Powered by @AthleticGreens @betonline_ag, @calm and @RocketMoneyApp twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…12:12 AM
A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
LIVE Garden Report: Celtics vs Suns Postgame Show | Powered by @AthleticGreens @betonline_ag, @calm and @RocketMoneyApp twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…12:12 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Josh Okogie, who has hit 3 3-pointers all season, has made 4 tonight. He made half of the Suns’ 3-pointers. That’s just the kind of night it was – 12:09 AM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Jaylen Brown just played three games and turned it over once in over 107 minutes of game action. – 12:08 AM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Get those numbers Josh Okogie! – 12:07 AM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Rob Williams is going to cram home a high lob in his first game back and I look forward to how much we are all going to collectively love it and lose our minds when it happens. – 12:07 AM
StatMuse @statmuse
Devin Booker was -40 in 25 minutes tonight.
The worst +/- by any player in a game this season. pic.twitter.com/AWOqlnhdAw12:07 AM

Rick Noland @RickNoland
Celtics 0-2 vs Cavs. 21-3 vs rest of league – 12:07 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
New career-high 26 points for Josh Okogie off the bench – 12:07 AM
StatMuse @statmuse
Jaylen Brown this season:
26.7 PPG
7.1 RPG
50/35/84%
How far away is he from being the best shooting guard in the NBA? pic.twitter.com/r2sl4MTts312:06 AM

Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
#Celtics entered tonight shooting 40.2% from 3 for the season and they’re back at 40% in this game. – 12:05 AM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
With the Suns losing to the Celtics tonight, you will wake up tomorrow with the Grizzlies in first place.
Still haven’t played a game with their top four players available. – 12:04 AM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
I’m very intrigued to hear how practice goes for Robert Williams on Friday. – 12:00 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
The Suns’ standard approach to games like these is to just flush them, but after two in a row…a little soul-searching might be needed. Not time to overreact, but definitely need to self-reflect after back-to-back beatdowns like this. Flushing it would be too easy – 11:59 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
The Celtics are not only going to knock out the Suns, they’re going to knock them out of the Western Conference lead.
Since losing to Boston three weeks ago, the Pelicans have now won 7 of 8 to take over the top spot in the West at 16-8. – 11:58 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Oh what a treat… the blowout gives us an opportunity to keep Noah Vonleh’s offensive foul streak going (I don’t know if it’s actually a streak, I just assume it’s happened every game) – 11:57 PM
Abby Chin @tvabby
Was there ANOTHER new celebration from Luke Kornet?!? I think it was some kind of unicorn horn. Need video ASAP! – 11:57 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
Green in his veins 👌🏾 pic.twitter.com/OLERC8pgyS11:56 PM

Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
Luke Kornet’s biggest struggle in the #NBA prior to this year had to be efficiency. A 5/5 FG night pushes him to 71% this year. He shot 37.8% last time he played regularly in 2018-19. – 11:56 PM
Abby Chin @tvabby
Let’s go #Celtics chants have taken over here in Phoenix! #bleedgreen11:55 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
When Phoenix finishes getting blown out by Boston, the New Orleans Pelicans will lead the West with a 16-8 record and a 5-game winning streak. – 11:55 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Highest +/- this season:
245 — Jayson Tatum
[huge gap]
180 — Jrue Holiday
Best player on the best team. pic.twitter.com/JISiOKKJuc11:55 PM

Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
Grant Williams led the #Celtics at +31 and that felt accurate. His best game in a long time. – 11:54 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Cameron Payne is gonna make sure the #Suns cover the -40. #Celtics11:54 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
A “let’s go Celtics” chant breaks out in Phoenix. Suns fans had been able to drown out the “MVP” chants for Jayson Tatum, but that one lasted for a bit – 11:51 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Wh… why is Jaylen Brown out there? – 11:50 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Celtics vs teams with a winning record:
10-0 vs teams not named Cavs
0-2 vs Cavs  pic.twitter.com/rDDod60VGK11:49 PM

Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
As the Suns put Dario Saric in to start the fourth, Jaylen Brown is re-entering the game. This is wild honestly. – 11:49 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics lead 104-65 after three
Brown – 25/6/3
Tatum – 25 points
Brogdon – 14 points
Grant – 14 points
Smart – 4 steals
Griffin – 9 points, 9 rebounds
Celtics – 52.6% FGs
Celtics – 13-33 3Ps
Celtics – 10 TOs
Suns – down by 39 – 11:49 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Celtics up 39 as we go to the 4th in Phoenix… pic.twitter.com/3SlD66kCLW11:48 PM

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Jaylen Brown is checking into the game to start the 4Q. I don’t understand this. #Celtics #Suns11:48 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
The assists just keep coming 😎 pic.twitter.com/r0Y7kN2r4a11:48 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Fans leaving
#Suns down 104-65 at end of 3rd. #Celtics11:46 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The goal for any long road trip is to go .500.
Boston has already locked at least 3-3 in on this six-game trip. Games left at the Warriors and a back-to-back set in LA against the Clippers and Lakers. – 11:43 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Still no Payton Pritchard tonight. – 11:42 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Sam Hauser hitting the floor for a loose ball with Boston up by 39 points kind of epitomizes this Celtics team. – 11:41 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Score at time of tweet:
100 — Celtics
61 — Suns
There’s still 13 minutes left to play. pic.twitter.com/HNwPIAA9Ny11:41 PM

Abby Chin @tvabby
#Celtics up 39 and Sam Hauser still diving on the floor for 50/50 balls. – 11:41 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Nuggets fans, go check the Suns score and complain to me how bad life is. – 11:41 PM
Michael Lee @MrMichaelLee
The Suns are one of the best teams that’s also capable of being annihilated like the most unworthy, tanking, lottery squad. – 11:39 PM
Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops
One year ago, the Boston Celtics were 13-13 and were tough to watch.
They are beating the Suns by 40 right now in Phoenix and will extend the best record in the NBA to 21-5.
And they have done it with interim coach Joe Mazzulla and without Robert Williams.
Incredible. – 11:39 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Meanwhile, gotta love an arena that plays Rodney O and Joe Cooley’s “Everlasting Bass” one of the most underrated beats of all time. #Celtics #Suns11:38 PM
Kendrick Perkins @KendrickPerkins
The Celtics really opened a can of whoop ass tonight on National TV. Showing the rest of the league that it’s levels to this shit! Carry the hell on… – 11:37 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics should be nice and rested for the Finals rematch. Can’t imagine the main guys will play much more the rest of the way in this one and then they’ve got two days off before playing at the Warriors on Saturday. – 11:37 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Up to Mazzulla now when to pull Tatum and Brown but it’s gotta be soon. #Suns got their B and C guys out there. #Celtics11:36 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
Tatum & Brown should probably come out now. – 11:36 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Smart X 3 #Suns defenders = Bucket.
Williams taking out all the starters. Down 96-52 in 3rd. – 11:35 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Suns rolling with an all-bench lineup to close the 3Q down by 42 points. There are still somehow 17 minutes and 57 seconds left of game time in this one – 11:34 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
He probably went to bed, but the Celtics are close to a second half double-up @dangercart! – 11:34 PM
Abby Chin @tvabby
Five #Suns players off the bench ready for a wholesale line change. Makes sense. #Celtics up 42. – 11:34 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
25-7 start to the second half for the Celtics. They are now up 45.
Monty Williams is bringing out all five starters. He’s seen enough. – 11:34 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Suns appear to be calling it with a full line change here. – 11:34 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Monty Williams is clearing his bench with 4:57 left in the 3Q. #Celtics #Suns11:34 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
He’s got that pep in his step 😈 pic.twitter.com/4Nruaj9DC311:33 PM

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Booker has five fouls but Monty Williams is leaving him in midway in 3Q. What the hell I guess? #Celtics #Suns11:32 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The Celtics are up 40 and they aren’t letting up even a little bit. Still getting after it on defense. – 11:32 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Jaylen Brown isn’t just finding guys lately, the types of passes he’s been throwing are at another level – 11:31 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Devin Booker’s gonna catch a ton of flak for this, and rightfully so, but Mikal Bridges is also 2-for-12 and DA’s been a non-factor all night. They had been moving toward consistency, but games like this prove they’re not there yet – 11:31 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Five fouls on Devin Booker. – 11:31 PM
Cameron Tabatabaie @CTabatabaie
That golf trip unlocked something dangerous in these Celtics – 11:30 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
20-point games this season:
22 — Tatum
22 — Brown
Perfectly balanced. pic.twitter.com/HsyNiGPCUh11:29 PM

Malika Andrews @malika_andrews
Between the wild finish of Warriors-Jazz and the Celtics dominance, NBA Today is going to be a blast tomorrow.
Breakdowns from @Chiney Ogwumike, takes from @Kendrick Perkins, Upper Room with @Vince Carter, @Becky Hammon’s analyst debut and @wojespn in studio. – 11:29 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
If (when) #Celtics wrap this up, they’ll be on 66 win pace. – 11:29 PM
Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
My goodness, Boston is putting Phoenix over its knee. Old fashioned whipping – 11:27 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Tatum is Tatuming and the Celtics are up by 39 points in Phoenix.
If you have to work in the morning on the East Coast, you can go to bed. – 11:27 PM
Tom Westerholm @Tom_NBA
Grant Williams might need concussion protocols after Jaylen smacked him lol pic.twitter.com/isOtLTYTXB11:27 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Tatum 3.
#Suns down 88-49. Timeout Phoenix with 7:41 left in 3rd
Wow. Freaking wow. #Celtics11:26 PM
J. Kyle Mann @jkylemann
mercy mercy mercy that tatum fade in the lane was nasty – 11:26 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Blake Griffin (3) has made more 3-pointers tonight than the Phoenix Suns (2) – 11:26 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
The Celtics have certainly welcomed the opportunity to make a statement – 11:26 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics up 39 with 19:41 left in the game. Damn. Not sure when garbage time begins, but it’s gotta be soon. #Suns11:26 PM
Abby Chin @tvabby
Pretty sure Jayson Tatum just did the shrug after hitting his 7th FG of the game! – 11:26 PM
David Morrow @_DavidMorrow
The Celtics are by far the best team in the NBA right now and one of their four most important players hasn’t played yet. – 11:23 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
I’ve kept a healthy skepticism about whether the #Celtics are an all-time team that’s going to tear through everyone, but that’s what they are right now. I don’t know who counters this. They’re in a league of 1. – 11:22 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The Celtics are up by 32 in Phoenix. – 11:21 PM
Peter Vecsey @PeterVecsey1
Chris Paul should know better (Monty Williams, too, you would hope) than to return to active duty against the NBA’s best team… – 11:21 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Booker just finished talking to referee Tony Brothers.
Has four fouls. #Suns down 27 at half, 69-42. – 11:19 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
He really tried to warn y’all 👀 pic.twitter.com/sC5Y8aQ9ss11:16 PM

Jake Madison @NOLAJake
Seriously though, if the Celtics win (they are up by 27) y’all need to follow @John Karalis. Who also happens to co-host Locked On NBA with me on Wednesdays – 11:14 PM
Tom Westerholm @Tom_NBA
If the Celtics hold on to this one, they will have beaten every team in the top 6 of the Western Conference so far (the Suns, Pelicans, Grizzlies, Nuggets, Kings and Mavericks). – 11:11 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
#Suns #Celtics is basically the opposite of that #Heat C’s game in Miami. Boston living with PHX mid-range, grinding defensively and have enough answers for Ayton. – 11:11 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Celtics 69 #Suns 42 half
PHX: Booker 10 (4 fouls), Ayton, Craig 8 each. Team: 1-of-16 from 3.
BOS: Brown 17, Tatum 14, Williams, Brogdon 12 each. Team: 7-of-21 from 3. – 11:09 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Boston dropped 69 points in the first half (nice!), but this isn’t even one of those crazy shooting nights for the Celtics. They’re only 7-for-21 from behind the arc so far. – 11:07 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
The Celtics right now, like ⁦@The_MJF⁩, are simply better than you… pic.twitter.com/QFpG0SGmxV11:07 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics lead 69-42 at the half
Brown – 17 points
Tatum – 14 points
Brogdon – 12 points
Grant – 12 points
Celtics – 50.9% FGs
Celtics – 7-21 3Ps
Celtics – 4 TOs
Booker – 10 points
Ayton – 8 points
Craig – 8 points
Suns – 35.4% FGs
Suns – 1-16 3Ps
Suns – 9 TOs – 11:06 PM
Jake Madison @NOLAJake
Oh, hey, that’s a cool score in Phoenix. I always knew I liked you, @John Karalis11:06 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Celtics 69 #Suns 42 Half.
Phoenix trailed #Mavs 67-41 at the half Monday. Lost 130-111. pic.twitter.com/rdmeGUdMRY11:06 PM

Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Celtics with a 69-42 half in their third game in four nights coming off essentially a cross country flight. – 11:05 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
That’s crazy. The Celtics have a 27-point halftime lead and they shot just 33.3 percent from three and took seven free throws.
They dominated with bully ball. – 11:05 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics lead #Suns 69-42 at halftime, putting a Mike Tyson circa 1988 beating on PHX. Brown 17, Tatum 14, GWilliams 12, Brogdon 12; Booker 10 (4 fouls). – 11:05 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Booker at half:
3 baskets
4 fouls
Suns down by 27. pic.twitter.com/ajMDcRwQfb11:05 PM

Scott Cacciola @ScottCacciola
the celtics are good at the basketball #analysis11:05 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Suns down 27 at the half after a 26-point halftime deficit on Monday. – 11:04 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Halftime: BOS 69, PHX 42
Booker: 10 Pts, 4 Reb, 3-10 FG
Ayton: 8 Pts, 7 Reb, 4-7 FG
Craig: 8 Pts
Tatum: 14 Pts, 4 Reb, 5-11 FG – 11:04 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
This is smart baskteball going to Jaylen on Booker with three fouls. Put pressure on him and it paid off – 11:03 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Devin Booker now has four fouls. With the Celtics up 67-42 before halftime. – 11:03 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Booker now with 4 foul as Brown rises and scores with 1:08 left in half.
Booker out, Okogie in. #Suns down 25 with 47.2 seconds left in half.. – 11:03 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Four fouls on Devin Booker.
Jaylen Brown has drawn several and-1s tonight already. – 11:03 PM
Abby Chin @tvabby
That’s 4 fouls on Devin Booker in the first half! – 11:02 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Blake Griffin’s effort and energy level have lifted the Celtics each time he’s played. – 11:02 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Aaaaaaand Devin Booker just picked up his 4th foul right before halftime – 11:02 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Celtics fans started chanting “MVP! MVP!” as Tatum was at the line.
#Suns fans overruled that, started booing louder, but one thing #Celtics are doing is trying to strip Ayton every time he get the ball in the paint.
Brown attacks Craig, scores, draws foul. FT. #Celtics up 22 – 11:01 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Three fouls on Devin Booker. – 10:58 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Phoenix is challenging the calls saying it’s an elbow on Jaylen Brown, but on first glance it just looks like a natural shooting motion – 10:57 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Suns challenging this foul on Booker, he threw his head back after the contract. Jaylen may know something because he’s walking to the free throw line. #Celtics10:57 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
You. Can’t. Play. Defense. With. Your. Face.
The NBA has to get rid of this crap. And I say that as someone who watches multiple Celtics pull this off on a fairly regular basis. – 10:57 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Suns challenging foul on Booker I believe as Brown came high with elbow on release. #Celtics10:57 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Joe Mazzulla does a really nice job setting up the Celtics for ATOs even when they weren’t the team to call the timeout.
Boston gets a good look regularly after the opponent runs their set and the Celtics come back with one of their own. – 10:55 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Celtics trying to turn this game into Game 7 against the Mavs redux for Suns – 10:55 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Derrick White is EVERYWHERE – 10:55 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
If Chris Paul is trying to set a screen after looking to make something happen off the dribble?
#Celtics pouring it on. Now up 24 after White 3, Brown 2. – 10:54 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Suns look traumatized. – 10:54 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Celtics are 2nd in the NBA in 3PAs and 1st in 3P%. They’re 7-for-18 from 3 so far, while the Suns are 1-for-13. Tough to fight that kind of math, especially with this kind of effort – 10:54 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Suns just turned it over on 5 straight possessions. Never seen that since Monty got here. – 10:54 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Grant Williams is going to be a very rich man in July. – 10:53 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
CP3 speeding down the court for the assist 💨
Our @efirstbank Money Drive of the Game pic.twitter.com/e7hRckGI8z10:53 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Suns coming back with starting lineup of Paul, Booker, Bridges, Craig and Ayton. #Celtics10:53 PM
Orlando Magic PR @Magic_PR
Tonight vs LAC, the @Orlando Magic trailed 32-14 after 1st quarter.
It ties the 2nd-largest, end-of-1st quarter deficit overcome to win in team history:
🏀11/21/96 vs MIN: -19 (36-17, 90-86 W)
🏀TONIGHT vs LAC: -18 (32-14, 116-111 W)
🏀12/8/03 vs PHX: -18 (41-23, 105-98 W) – 10:52 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Every game the Celtics wipe the floor with someone different makes me appreciate Steph more than the day before. – 10:52 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Celtics dominating on both ends, Suns have missed 16 of their last 21 shots.
Boston up 49-30, 5:32 left 1st half.
Grant Williams: 12 points on 5-5 shooting
Malcolm Brogdon: 10 on 4-5 shooting – 10:52 PM
Michael Pina @MichaelVPina
boston’s defense has been nearly as good as its offense the past couple weeks. scary stuff. – 10:51 PM
Michael C. Wright @mikecwright
Guess I’mma have to get out to Boston soon to see what the hell they doing out there. Jeez… – 10:51 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics putting a hurtin’ on the #Suns right now, outhustling them and just executing. Grant with an open 3 where he took a rhythm dribble. BOS 49, PHX 30 with 5:32 left in 2Q. – 10:50 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Celtics highlight reeling #Suns right now. White follow dunk, then just took the ball from Ayton.
He found Williams who had all day in the corner to shoot a 3.
Took a dribble. Set his feet. No #Suns in shouting distance
Made it. #Sund down 19. Timeout with 5:32 left in half. – 10:50 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Shout out to Grant Williams for the rhythm dribble – 10:50 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Derrick White is just 1-of-5 but is still having a great half. – 10:50 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Back-to-back embarrassing games where the Suns get down and get in a funk. They couldn’t snap out of it in Dallas and it’s not looking promising so far tonight – 10:50 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Kornet swatting away alley-oop passes to Ayton. Derrick White follow-slams. Blake Griffin 3-pointers.
Celtics by 19. Sheesh. – 10:50 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Ugly, ugly last 90 seconds. Suns call timeout down 19. – 10:49 PM
Ben Rohrbach @brohrbach
I think a lot about how Ainge rolled Pierce into Tatum and the Celtics get like a quarter century and counting of Hall of Fame play on the wing – 10:49 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Luke Kornet has gotta be the best hooper wearing hiking boots I’ve ever seen – 10:48 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Paul to Ayton on pick-and-roll, but Paul was moving well on that sequence.
That may be as important as Ayton hitting the shot. #Suns down 12. – 10:47 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
I think Brogdon wanted to throw the lob to Kornet, but Kornet stumbled, so Brogdon hit the floater instead. He’s having a great game so far. – 10:46 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
They haven’t found the equation to slowing down Brogdon.
Has 10 on 4-of-5 FGs. #Suns down 16. #Celtics10:45 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Tatum 1st Q: 2-5, 5 pts
Tatum 2nd so far: 3-3, 7 points. – 10:43 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
It’s a bit jarring to see how huge the Celtics bench advantage is against a West contender on nights both teams have a couple bodies out. – 10:42 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Can’t defend like this against an offense this good. Not terrible rotation wise but feels like a rare lack of physicality. The amount of misses on the other end isn’t helping, as the Celtics are doing a good job of running off ’em. – 10:42 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Landale too aggressive, called for basket interference, but he has to play like that or Williams will look to to back Biyombo, who he knows is going to play active.
Tatum again. Has 12. #Suns down 16. Timeout Phoenix with 9:15 left in half. – 10:41 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Jayson Tatum’s up to 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting and the Suns cannot buy a bucket. Feels like the missed shots are getting to them and they’re just chucking right now. Celtics up 40-24 – 10:41 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Tatum with the Dirk fadeaway.
The Celtics are coming at the Suns in waves tonight. – 10:40 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
That was a slow possession until Brogdon got it… next thing you know, he’s in the paint, Kornet is cutting, easy 2. – 10:39 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Jayson Tatum is a problem.
Has 10. #Suns down 14. – 10:39 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Lol I wrote 2,000 words about how Josh Okogie has been getting downhill lately and he calmly sinks a 3 his first possession idk idk – 10:39 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Tatum 3.
Okogie 3 answer.
#Suns down 10. – 10:38 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Suns down 10 after one, 31-21.
They’re 0-of-8 from 3 (36% FG overall).
Ouch.
This is after a 15-point first quarter in 130-111 loss Monday at Dallas.
#Suns went 2-of-7 from 3 in that quarter (27.3% FG overall) – 10:37 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Real time update…
CELTICS DEFENSIVE RATING
Entering the road trip: 113.6
First 9 quarters of the trip: 101.5 – 10:37 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Okogie in for Booker. No Shamet. – 10:37 PM
Chris Forsberg @ChrisForsberg_
Tatum + Bench (Brogdon, Hauser, Kornet) entering tonight’s game:
60 MIN
124.8 OFF RTG
94.6 DEF RTG
+30.2 NET RTG
That’ll only go up after that late first-quarter burst. Those 4 + Derrick White = +8 over 2:28. – 10:37 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics lead 31-21 after one
Brogdon – 8 points
Grant – 7 points
Tatum – 5 points
Celtics – 50% FGs
Celtics – 4-11 3Ps
Celtics – 2 TOs
Booker – 6 points
Craig – 6 points
Ayton – 4 points
Suns – 36% FGs
Suns – 0-8 3Ps
Suns – 2 TOs – 10:36 PM
Abby Chin @tvabby
Well, that escalated quickly! #Celtics on an 18-3 run since Chris Paul went to the bench. Lead is up to 10 after the 1st quarter, 31-21. – 10:35 PM
Cameron Tabatabaie @CTabatabaie
Celtics hung 31 on the Suns in the first – 10:35 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown with nine points combined on 4-for-12 shooting through one quarter. Celtics still up 31-21 heading into the second. Brogdon has eight points over six minutes off the bench. – 10:35 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
What a finish by Booker that was. He’s one hell of a player. – 10:35 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
We got a slam cam alert 🚨😤 pic.twitter.com/SI0ir9n8Yk10:34 PM

Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Tatum and Jaylen combine to go 4 for 13, Horford is out, and the Celtics lead the top team in the West on the road by 10 points after a quarter, naturally. – 10:34 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
End of 1Q: BOS 31, PHX 21
Craig: 6 Pts, 3-5 FG
Booker: 6 Pts, 4 Reb, 2-8 FG
Ayton: 4 Pts, 2 Reb
Brogdon: 8 Pts, 3-3 FG
PHX: 0-8 3P; BOS: 4-11 3P – 10:34 PM
Abby Chin @tvabby
Malcolm Brogdon looks fresh despite missing the last game due to illness. He’s got 8 points in 5 minutes, a perfect 3/3 from the floor, 2/2 from 3. – 10:33 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Lotta Celtics fans in Phoenix tonight? Sounds like a game in Boston each time the Celtics score. – 10:32 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Awesome start from Malcolm Brogdon. – 10:32 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Celtics handily winning the bench-heavy minutes here. Rough close to the quarter for the Suns – 10:32 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Brogdon, meanwhile, looking refreshed after getting a game off because of a cold. 8 points in 4 minutes. – 10:31 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Brogdon drive around Craig. Eight quick points, #Suns down 12. – 10:31 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Brogdon has hit two 3s in the last minute and then gets a layup. Celtics now up 12. – 10:31 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Brogdon 3 again. #Suns down 10. – 10:31 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
A lot of #Celtics fans here at Footprint Center. #Suns10:30 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
whew that was pretty from Tatum – 10:30 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Brogdon 3, but all due to hustle of Kornet. Fought off two #Suns to give #Celtics extra possession.
#Suns down 25-18 as Tatum scores. – 10:30 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Kornet, who already has a big dunk, out-hustles three Suns for an offensive rebound, and it ends with a Brogdon 3.
Continues to be valuable. – 10:30 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Hauser in for Brown. We’re about to see how #Celtics fare against #Suns without Tatum or Brown on the floor. – 10:29 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Remember him?
Cedric Ceballos. #Suns pic.twitter.com/6FRlighJpB10:29 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Suns shooting 1-for-10 outside the paint. Need some jumpers to go down. – 10:28 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
After starting 0-for-7 Monday in Dallas, Devin Booker is 0-for-4 to start tonight. Probably just needs to see one fall to get going at this point. Suns down 20-16 early – 10:27 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Jaylen Brown is a problem.
#Suns shooting from 3 is also. They’re 0-for-7 from deep.
Down 20-16 with 2:54 left in 1st. – 10:27 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Jaylen Brown has been UBER aggressive so far tonight. – 10:26 PM
Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
Pelicans hold off feisty Pistons to win, 104-98. New Orleans wins 5th straight, improving to 16-8 and tying the Suns momentarily for 1st in the West (PHX playing BOS right now).
Zion Williamson was special (29 points, 10 rebounds), but Naji, Trey and JV all deserve shout-outs. – 10:25 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Torrey Craig 3-of-5.
Devin Booker 0-for-3.
Landale in for Ayton.
So it’s Payne, Booker, Lee, Craig and Landale.
Thoughts? #Suns #Celtics10:25 PM
Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
#Pelicans win fifth straight overall, as well as fifth straight at home. New Orleans is 16-8, tied for first in West with Phoenix, which just tipped off vs. Boston – 10:24 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Cam Payne subs in for Chris Paul at the 4:15 mark. Monty had said they’d need to find a shorter stint for him at some point to keep him fresh to possibly finish the game without playing his usual minutes – 10:24 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Payne in for Paul with 4:15 left in 1st. #Suns #Celtics10:24 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Jaylen Brown seems a little sped up tonight. Rushing his shot when he doesn’t need to. – 10:24 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Jaylen Brown with seven shots in less than eight minutes. He’s made one. #Celtics #Suns10:24 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Chris Paul looks fine, moving pretty good. #Celtics running him through pick-and-rolls.
Brown scores off one after getting offensive reound.
Paul finds Ayton on other end and then scores his first two of game.
#Suns #Celtics tied. – 10:23 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Shame Tatum missed that three, because that was a really good ATO set to get him matched up with Ayton, knowing Ayton doesn’t want to close out to the arc. – 10:22 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
36 goes coast-to-coast 💪🏽 pic.twitter.com/YkQHA9tdDY10:21 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Monty Williams pursued Boston #Celtics interim coach Joe Mazzulla for his first Phoenix #Suns staff azcentral.com/story/sports/n… via @azcentral10:20 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
T🚫rrey Craig with the stuff 👋 pic.twitter.com/MD8miuEobF10:19 PM

Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
The Chris Paul steal, ends Jaylen Brown’s streak at 97 minutes without a turnover. – 10:18 PM
Matt George @MattGeorgeSAC
Lot to take from how the Celtics and Bucks game have ended from the Kings. – 10:18 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Suns have all 10 of their points in the paint to start the game – 10:18 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Torrey Craig six of #Suns 10 points.
#Suns down one. Paul misses his first shot. – 10:17 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
That was some Jedi-Padawan flopping stuff from Smart and CP a couple of plays ago. – 10:15 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Paul with the midcourt play dribble, finds Craig for transition layup.
#Suns up one. #Celtics . – 10:15 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Love a good Point God yo yo dribble – 10:15 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Chris Paul off the ball, zoning up on defense.
Takes charge as Marcus Smart ran through him. #Suns #Celtics10:14 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Grant Williams created contact with Deandre Ayton on the drive to create space, made the shot and then hit him with the “too small” gesture… – 10:14 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
Bridges shows the bounce pic.twitter.com/53BXBQLWVf10:14 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Celtics fans are here.
Rise after Grant Williams 3.
Jayson Tatum guarding Booker.
Nice. #Suns10:13 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Chris Paul has first assist.
Torrey Craig first block.
#Suns up 2-0. #Celtics10:12 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Blake Griffin starting for Al Horford, who is in health and safety protocols. #Suns #Celtics10:12 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
It took Chris Paul less than 15 seconds to get his first assist. Welcome back, Point God – 10:11 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
It’s time to turn the lights down low, close the curtains and get ready for Celtics After Dark.
Let’s get weird. – 10:10 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Big cheers for Chris Paul in the starting intros after missing the last 14 games – 10:08 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Lots of Celtics fans here – 10:05 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Every time to break into the layup line, Mikal Bridges and Deandre Ayton each hoist a 35-footer from the logo going to their right in a quick release with loads of arc on it and they spin after they let it go.
First time I’ve seen them both make it. They reacted appropriately. – 9:59 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
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📲 Download here: https://t.co/9rwCFxZrGi pic.twitter.com/BmgUI6r6NT9:41 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Suns associate head coach Kevin Young will miss his third straight game Wednesday night in #NBA health and safety protocols. – 9:37 PM
Cameron Tabatabaie @CTabatabaie
Just flew in from San Francisco and boy are my arms tired!
(Go Celtics) – 9:35 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics starters tonight:
Blake Griffin
Grant Williams
Jayson Tatum
Jaylen Brown
Marcus Smart
Suns starters:
Deandre Ayton
Torrey Craig
Mikal Bridges
Devin Booker
Chris Paul – 9:32 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Starters
Suns: Paul, Booker, Bridges, Craig, Ayton
Celtics: Smart, Brown, Tatum, Williams, Griffin – 9:32 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Suns starting lineup:
Chris Paul
Devin Booker
Mikal Bridges
Torrey Craig
Deandre Ayton – 9:32 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
Starters vs Celtics
#WeAreTheValley pic.twitter.com/lALN1HGtne9:31 PM

Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Celtics at Suns – Footprint Center – December 7, 2022 – Starters
Boston – Smart, Brown, Tatum, G Williams, Griffin
Phoenix – Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, Torrey Craig, DeAndre Ayton
OUT: Boston: Horford, R. Williams, Gallinari Phoenix: C. Johnson, Washington pic.twitter.com/4r6IWZar0A9:31 PM

Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
A bunch of the Suns were just sitting in their locker room having their own oral history about the night Marcus Smart hit 11 threes against them lol. – 9:28 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
A light Robert Williams pre-game workout here in Phoenix. Definitely working on his midrange jumper. Release is quicker. #Celtics #Suns. pic.twitter.com/S9DYnNak7D9:19 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Paolo Banchero (7/8 FTs with 6 min left in 4th quarter) is first rookie to average 8+ FT attempts per game since Blake Griffin 12 seasons ago.
Only other rookies to average 8+ FT attempts per game since 1970: Michael Jordan, David Robinson, Shaquille O’Neal, Alonzo Mourning. pic.twitter.com/96UK33GufX9:15 PM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
Rollin’ on in
@PlayAtGila | #WeAreTheValley pic.twitter.com/6Pb8IESwEZ9:12 PM

Boston Celtics @celtics
Someone’s been hitting the gym 💪😂
#JetBlueRunway pic.twitter.com/3VzZFyOlH69:00 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Mikal Bridges and Cameron Payne working on handles with #Suns player development coach Corey Vinson. pic.twitter.com/x0WJO1PD5Y8:47 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
When Monty Williams was building his Suns coaching staff back in 2019, Joe Mazzulla was someone he had heard a ton of great things about so he had his representation try and set up a conversation. The Celtics shut that down, which spoke to how highly they thought of Mazzulla. – 8:43 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Blake Griffin will start tonight with Horford out. #Celtics #Suns8:33 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Spot starter Blake Griffin will start a second straight game for the Celtics tonight with Al Horford back in Health and Safety protocol. – 8:33 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Monty Williams said he tried to get Joe Mazzulla to come to #Suns as an assistant, but said #Celtics wouldn’t even allow a conversation. – 8:29 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Monty Williams said he tried to get Joe Muzzulla to come to #Suns as an assistant, but said #Celtics wouldn’t even allow a conversation. – 8:27 PM
Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops
Michigan State snaps the two-game losing skid with a road win against Penn State.
Sparty has next 5 at home.
AJ Hoggard (23 points) and Joey Hauser (12 points, 15 boards) stepped up tonight. – 8:26 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Monty Williams said he tried to reach out to Joe Mazzulla to add to his staff during the Brad Stevens era and the #Celtics would not grant permission. Williams said they valued Mazzulla that much. – 8:25 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
‘Got to get this body ready’: Chris Paul set to return for Phoenix #Suns vs. Boston #Celtics showdown (w/videos) https://t.co/wTrZKWp75I via @azcentral pic.twitter.com/pjG8HI80G38:21 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Monty Williams said Chris Paul will start. He won’t play his normal allotment of minutes, so the Suns will try to find a shorter stint for him somewhere in case they need him to finish the game – 8:20 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Nets have gotten 30 points from their bench with 6:18 left in the 1st half.
They got 8 non-garbage time points all game against Boston. – 8:20 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Nets have gotten 30 points from there bench with 6:18 left in the 1st half.
They got 8 non-garbage time points all game against Boston. – 8:19 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Chris Paul is officially available, per Suns – 8:10 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Chris Paul (heel) in. #Suns8:10 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
Tonight’s @BannerHealth Health Update: pic.twitter.com/6j6uNucDG58:10 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Chris Paul will play tonight – 8:10 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
Marcus Smart says we need to bring the physicality in tonight’s matchup with Phoenix. pic.twitter.com/7Re04xdYvi8:00 PM

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Andrew Wiggins will miss the primetime ABC Saturday night game against the Celtics because of his adductor strain, per Steve Kerr, leaving the Warriors without their best wing defender against Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Wiggins will be re-evaluated before upcoming road trip. – 7:53 PM
Cameron Tabatabaie @CTabatabaie
If Tatum goes nuts against Booker tonight, that’s big for his MVP campaign.
But I also believe in voter fatigue and want his narrative to crest in the spring, not around Christmas – 7:39 PM
Kerith Burke @KerithBurke
Andrew Wiggins’ aductor strain will be reevaluated on Monday, per Kerr. Wiggs will miss Saturday’s championship rematch versus the Celtics.
Kerr said Steph and Draymond stayed home from the Jazz game with Dr. Rick Celebrini. “Hopefully” they’ll be ready for Saturday. – 7:34 PM
Madeline Kenney @madkenney
Andrew Wiggins (right adductor strain) will be reevaluated Monday.
Steve Kerr said that he’s “hopeful” Steph Curry (left ankle soreness) and Draymond Green (left hip tightness) will be available for Saturday’s game against the Celtics. – 7:34 PM
Monte Poole @MontePooleNBCS
Andrew Wiggins (R adductor) will miss at least 2 more games – tonight at Utah, Saturday vs. BOS – and be reevaluated Monday, same day as Warriors go on a 10-day road trip, per coach Steve Kerr – 7:33 PM
Kendra Andrews @kendra__andrews
Steve Kerr says Andrew Wiggins will miss Saturday’s game against the Celtics because of his adductor strain. He will be re-evaluated on Monday. – 7:33 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Reggie Miller leaves Phoenix #Suns All-Star Devin Booker off early list of MVP candidates (w/video) azcentral.com/story/sports/n… via @azcentral7:03 PM
NBA Math @NBA_Math
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Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Josh Okogie is making the most of his opportunity with physicality, downhill mentality during Suns’ injury-riddled stretch – https://t.co/1Zpv5A0DRs via @PHNX_Suns pic.twitter.com/foVKqaRR2P7:02 PM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
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Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Load Mismanagement is LIVE @Underdog__NBA w/@jphanned
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Bill Herenda @billherenda
Nice article here on my wife Mary Ellen and her book “The Soda Pop Skaters” bit.ly/3FwyEN06:14 PM
Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
Exclusive interview with #Celtics interim head coach Joe Mazzulla in @andscape https://t.co/UuAyoxbKON #nba pic.twitter.com/MZwZonNFYc6:10 PM
Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
Exclusive interview with #Celtics interim coach Joe Mazzulla in @andscape https://t.co/UuAyoxbKON #nba pic.twitter.com/XujxLXgww66:09 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
UPDATED: ‘Got to get this body ready’: Chris Paul expected to return for Phoenix #Suns vs. Boston #Celtics showdown tonight after missing 14 straight games with injury; Torrey Craig (groin) upgraded to available (w/shootaround videos). azcentral.com/story/sports/n… via @azcentral5:56 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
NBA Power Rankings: Nobody is knocking the Celtics off the top spot this week nba.nbcsports.com/2022/12/07/nba…5:48 PM
Cameron Tabatabaie @CTabatabaie
Tony Kornheiser on @PTI:
Jayson Tatum is the MVP…right now. – 5:39 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
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Jae Crowder @CJC9BOSS
I MUST ACCEPT THE THINGS I CANNOT CHANGE, HAVE THE COURAGE TO CHANGE THE THINGS I CAN & PRAY FOR THE WISDOM TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE.! – 4:40 PM
Bill Simmons @BillSimmons
So @FDSportsbook asked me to come up with a #samegameparlay for Celts-Suns tonight and this one seems conceivable… +410 longshot pic.twitter.com/jylXIUyeKZ4:31 PM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
The 1993 Western Conference Champions Reunion Night is on Jan. 21! ☄️
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