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Boston Celtics vs. San Antonio Spurs Preview and Predictions 11-09-2019


The Boston Celtics are winners of six in a row since dropping the season opener and will be trying to sweep a three-game road trip when they visit the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday. The Celtics started out with a win in Cleveland and turned up the defense in Kemba Walker's return to Charlotte with a 108-87 triumph on Thursday.

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Walker started 0-of-6 from the floor and finished with 14 points on 4-of-12 shooting in his return to Charlotte, where he spent the first eight seasons of his career, but Boston is developing into a well-rounded team and did not miss a beat with its star struggling. The Celtics held Charlotte to 38.4 percent shooting, including 6-of-31 from 3-point range, in their best defensive performance of the young season and remain the lone one-loss team in the Eastern Conference. The Spurs pulled out of a two-game funk with a 121-112 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday after averaging 98 points in the two previous contests. San Antonio improved to 4-1 at home with the victory and will finish up a three-game homestand against Memphis on Monday before hitting the road for six of seven.

TV: 5 p.m. ET, NBCS Boston, FS Southwest (San Antonio)

ABOUT THE CELTICS (6-1): Walker has been an easy fit within Brad Stevens' offense but the return to form of small forward Gordon Hayward is providing the team's biggest lift of late. The former All-Star battled through an inconsistent 2018-19 season while recovering from a leg injury that robbed him of the previous campaign and has looked more like the star from his Utah years while averaging 20.3 points on 56.4 percent shooting. Hayward went 16-of-16 from inside the arc en route to 39 points in the road trip opener at Cleveland on Tuesday and filled the box score with 20 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in Thursday's triumph.

ABOUT THE SPURS (5-3): San Antonio was waiting for a breakout game from All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge and finally got one on Thursday, when he went off for a season-high 39 points on 19-of-23 shooting. Aldridge averaged 12.3 points on 39.1 percent shooting in the four previous games, during which the team went 1-3. Point guard Dejounte Murray added 17 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds on Thursday for his first points-assists double-double of the season after scoring a season-low three points on 1-of-7 shooting in Tuesday's 108-100 setback at Atlanta.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Celtics C Enes Kanter (knee) missed the last six games and is not expected to play Saturday.

2. Spurs SG Marco Belinelli is 4-of-24 from the floor over the last three games.

3. San Antonio took the last three and 14 of the last 15 in the series.

Prediction

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Last Injuries

San Antonio Spurs

  • Derrick White

    Buttocks
    Prob Thurs | probable

    White has a right glute contusion, but he is expected to play Thursday against the Thunder.

  • Derrick White

    Buttocks
    Prob Tues | probable

    White is tending to a right glute contusion, but is likely to be available for Tuesday's contest versus the Hawks.

  • Dejounte Murray

    Rest
    day-to-day | out

    MUrray will not play Friday against the Warriors due to a day of rest.

Boston Celtics

  • Gordon Hayward

    Hand
    Late Dec | out

    Hayward is likely to miss at least six weeks after having surgery to repair a fourth metacarpal fracture in his left hand.

  • Daniel Theis

    Finger
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Theis missed the last game due to a sprained pinky finger on his right hand, and it is undetermined if he will play Friday against the Warriors.

  • Robert Williams III

    Ankle
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Williams III was absent from the lineup during the previous game due to a sore right ankle, and it is uncertain if he will participate in Friday's contest versus the Warriors.

  • Kemba Walker

    Neck
    Prob Wed | probable

    Walker left the previous game due to whiplash, but it is likely that he will suit up against the Wizards on Wednesday.

  • Javonte Green

    Hip
    Prob Wed | probable

    Green is likely to be available against the Wizards on Wednesday despite a sore right hip.

  • Romeo Langford

    Illness
    Prob Wed | probable

    Langford sat out the last game due to an illness, but the symptoms will likely go away in time for Wednesday's matchup against the Wizards.

  • Enes Kanter

    Knee
    Prob Mon | probable

    Kanter is sidelined due to a left knee contusion, but he is expected to return against the Mavericks on Monday.

  • Jaylen Brown

    Illness
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Brown has been absent from the lineup during the previous three games with an illness, but the symptoms are likely to subside in time for Thursday's matchup versus the Hornets.