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Celtics Talk Podcast Terry Rozier on his special connection with Danny Ainge; It's Larry Bird's birthday!

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Celtics Talk Podcast Terry Rozier on his special connection with Danny Ainge; It's Larry Bird's birthday!

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In this week's episode, Chris Forsberg sits down with Terry Rozier to discuss his special connection with Danny Ainge, how he expects to be here all season, and the recent win streak for the C's. 

Also, as we celebrate Larry Bird's birthday on Friday, December 7th, we bring you an interview Mike Gorman conducted with Larry Legend in February of 1993.

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Al Horford turns in historic performance for Celtics Thursday night

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Al Horford turns in historic performance for Celtics Thursday night

MILWAUKEE -- Al Horford has been on quite the tear lately for the Boston Celtics, tallying his third straight double-double in Boston’s 98-97 loss at Milwaukee on Thursday night.

But he did more - so much more - than that against the Bucks.

In addition to scoring 21 points and grabbing a season-high 17 rebounds, Horford also had five assists, three steals and three blocks.

There are only four other Celtics (Larry Bird did it twice) to have tallied a stat line of 20-plus points, 17 or more rebounds, 5 or more assists, three or more steals and three or more blocked shots.

Here’s a list of the elite company Horford’s strong night put him in among all-time Celtics.

Al Horford (Thursday at Bucks): 21 points, 17 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, 3 blocks
Kevin Garnett (2007 vs. Wizards): 22 points, 20 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, 3 blocks
Larry Bird (1982 vs. Hawks): 28 points, 19 rebounds, 15 assists, 3 steals, 3 blocks
Larry Bird (1981 at Lakers): 36 points, 21 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 steals, 3 blocks
Dave Cowens (1975 vs. Jazz): 34 points, 20 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, 3 blocks

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Celtics late rally falls short, Bucks escape with 98-97 win

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Celtics late rally falls short, Bucks escape with 98-97 win

MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee and Boston are viewed as two of the top teams in the East, and neither disappointed in a down-to-the-wire finish in their first game following the All-Star break. 

In the end, the Bucks held on for a 98-97 win. 

The Celtics got the ball with 3.5 seconds left following a shot clock violation, with a chance to escape with the win. 

Boston got the ball in the hands of Kyrie Irving whose desperation, over-the-shoulder shot attempt hit the back of the rim and rolled out as time expired.

The Celtics’ two-game winning streak is snapped while the Bucks (43-14) put even more separation between themselves and the rest of the Eastern Conference. 

Here are some of the game’s highlights:

WHAT WORKED: Getting the ball to Al Horford in the post was a priority for the Boston Celtics from the outset. The Milwaukee Bucks had no answer for him defensively as Horford seemingly went wherever he wanted to, when he wanted to get there. He had a near double-double in the first half (10 points, 8 rebounds) and finished with his ninth double-double this season (and third straight) with 21 points and 17 rebounds along with five assists and three blocks.

WHAT DIDN’T WORK: So much for playing in the All-Star Game helping Kyrie Irving on Thursday night. Irving’s shooting in the first half was about as abysmal as we’ve seen him since becoming a Celtic. Milwaukee is a good defensive team — one of the best in the NBA. But the majority of Irving’s misses simply involved him not finishing off plays when the opportunity to score was there as he missed nine of his 10 shot attempts in the first half. He would finish with just 22 points on 9-for-27 shooting. 

☘️ BUCKS 98, CELTICS 97

KEY PLAY: Trailing 98-97 with 3.5 seconds to play, Boston's Marcus Smart had some trouble getting the ball inbounded before it ultimately wound up in the hands of Irving, whose over-the-shoulder shot in the lane hit the back of the rim as time expired. 

SUPER STUD: Giannis Antetokounmpo was all that and then some on Thursday. He got off to a slow start, but soon picked up the pace and most importantly for the Bucks, his impact on the game. He would tally 30 points on 11-for-19 shooting to go with 13 rebounds and six assists. 

SUPER SUB: Jaylen Brown continues to be an impact scorer for Boston off the bench. He had 15 points on Thursday, marking the 11th time in Boston’s last 12 games that he has reached double figures scoring.

SUPER DUD: Easily it was the Celtics bench minus Jaylen Brown. The rest of Boston’s subs didn’t come close to making the kind of impact needed. Terry Rozier, Semi Ojeleye, Daniel Theis and Guerschon Yabusele were a combined 3-for-12 shooting with a number of those misses being wide open or lightly contested shots that they should have made. 

WHAT’S NEXT: The Celtics literally hit the road following the game, making the one hour or so drive to Chicago for their Saturday night road game against the Bulls. 

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