Boston Celtics vs. Phoenix Suns: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The Boston Celtics (13-13) play against the Phoenix Suns (4-4) at Footprint Center

Game Time: 10:00 PM EST on Friday December 10, 2021

Boston Celtics 16, Phoenix Suns 15 (Q1 06:01)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Boston Celtics @celtics
The reverse ⏪ PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Jalen Smith at the scorer’s table – 10:23 PM

Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Not sure Udoka should be sticking with double bigs for long against this Suns lineup. – 10:23 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Suns head coach Monty Williams waiting on official word to speak on returning to Team USA as an assistant via @azcentral PM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
CP slick with it.
@Chris Paul ➡️ @JaVale McGee PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Crowder and Shamet scoring off the dribble early. Suns will need that. – 10:19 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
That Tatum is pretty good.
Has 8 on 3-of-3 shooting.
#Suns up 11-8. – 10:19 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Jae Crowder looking at the Celtics bench while putting on the floaties gave me life – 10:19 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Crowder off the bounce.
#Suns up 9-6. – 10:18 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Smart on Paul.
Interesting matchup.
#Suns up 5-3 as Bridges hits corner 3. – 10:17 PM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
Tonight’s first bucket, brought to you by @Jae Crowder PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Block one for McGee on Smart drive.
Keeping track with him starting.
#Suns up 2-0 on Crowder bucket against one of his former teams. – 10:16 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
We in here. #Suns #Celtics PM

Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Two things I’ll go my grave never understanding:
1. The Thunder trading Alperen Sengun
2. People comparing Sengun to Enes Kanter simply because they’re both Turkish big men – 10:03 PM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
9️⃣9️⃣ PM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
Friday night lights.

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
The Suns have not been without both Deandre Ayton and Devin Booker in a game due to injury/illness since Ayton’s rookie year in April of 2019 when both were ruled out for the last couple games of the season. Booker also missed two games during Ayton’s suspension the next year. – 9:40 PM

Boston Celtics @celtics
Tonight’s starters ⤵️ PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Suns are starting Chris Paul, Landry Shamet, Mikal Bridges, Jae Crowder and JaVale McGee with Book and DA out – 9:35 PM

Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Celtics at Suns – Footprint Center – December 10, 2021 – Starters
Boston – Smart, Schroder, Tatum, Horford, R. Williams
Phoenix – Chris Paul, Landry Shamet, Jae Crowder, Mikal Bridges, Javale McGee
OUT: Boston: Richardson, Brown Phoenix: Booker, Ayton, Saric, Nader, Kaminsky PM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
Starters vs Celtics!
#ValleyProud PM

Matt Babcock @MattBabcock11
Tonight will be my third time watching Patrick Baldwin Jr. play this season. Jabari Walker and the Colorado Buffs should be a challenging test for the projected lottery pick and a great scouting opportunity for me. I’m looking for Baldwin to show more consistent assertiveness. PM

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Steph Curry on where he might break the 3-point record (Phi, Ind, NYK, Bos): “You can create a narrative for any of these next four games. Seth tomorrow. Knowing what Reggie meant to Indiana. The Garden speaks for itself. Boston, where Ray passed Reggie.” – 9:16 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Usually crowded around this time with Ayton, Booker and Crowder all going through pregame stuff at the same time but Jae’s all alone tonight PM

Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Rockets lead Milwaukee 65-58 at the half. Giannis, a two-time MVP and reigning Finals MVP, has 18 points, as does Garrison Mathews, who the Celtics waved before opening night – 9:12 PM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
Pregame fits!
#YouDoYou | @PlayAtGila PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Celtics start big with Time Lord/Horford and also use … Freedom off the bench on varying minutes. Would be a fun clash of styles if the call is to go small and switch. – 9:01 PM

Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
text 👏 book 👏 passing 👏 PM

Boston Celtics @celtics
Bold prints to wrap up the trip #JetBlueRunway PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“He felt really bad this morning. We just got him off the floor and then it got worse throughout the day. So it was an easy call.”
Monty Williams as Deandre Ayton out tonight vs. #Celtics with non-COVID illness.
Devin Booker (hamstring) also OUT. #Suns PM

Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Garrison Mathews couldn’t make the 2021-2022 Boston Celtics? – 8:54 PM

Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Garrison Mathews, who couldn’t make the Celtics out of training camp, has now scored in double figures in 8 straight games – 8:48 PM

Boston Celtics @celtics
#NEBHInjuryReport update:
Dennis Schroder – AVAILABLE – 8:47 PM

John Karalis @John_Karalis
Celtics say Dennis Schröder is available – 8:47 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
Dennis Schroder will be available tonight, per the Celtics. – 8:45 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Dennis Schroder is going through his pregame workout to determine if he can play tonight. Schroder is battling a sprained ankle.
Deandre Ayton is OUT for the Suns due to a non-COVID illness. – 8:41 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“But Chris Paul is Chris Paul.”
#Celtics coach Ime Udoka when asked about Deandre Ayton out with non-COVID illness.
Udoka said #Suns will miss defensive presence, post-ups and lob threat of Ayton, but said JaVale McGee has played similar role.
He also mentioned Jalen Smith. – 8:41 PM

Boston Celtics @celtics
#NEBHInjuryReport update: Dennis Schröder is testing out his ankle and will be a game-time decision. “We’re hopeful he can go,” says Coach Udoka. – 8:36 PM

Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
GAME THEORY PODCAST: @matt_pennie joins to break down the Race for No. 1. We discuss 4 players in detail: Paolo Banchero, Chet Holmgren, Jabari Smith and Jaden Ivey. Also: Prospects of the Week, and Mailbag!
Spotify: PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
Ime Udoka said the Celtics are hopeful Dennis Schroder will be able to play tonight. He’s still a game time decision due to a tweaked ankle. – 8:34 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Monty Williams said they got Deandre Ayton off the floor this morning once it was clear he wasn’t feeling well and he got worse throughout the day.
When asked about Jalen Smith potentially playing tonight he said “we’ll see.” – 8:34 PM

Danny Leroux @DannyLeroux
ICYMI: I talked with @Rob Mahoney about the murky title picture, Warriors/Suns, uncertainty for the Pacers/Blazers and much more on this week’s @RealGM Radio podcast…8:34 PM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
Tonight’s @BannerHealth Health Update: PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
Ime Udoka said the Celtics “won’t know until further results” on Josh Richardson, who was placed into health and safety protocols today. – 8:33 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Suns center Deandre Ayton out with non-COVID illness for Friday’s game vs. #Celtics (w/video) via @azcentral PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Clippers rule Paul George out tomorrrow morning vs Magic with a right elbow sprain.
It was called a contusion Wednesday, so a bit of a concern, though he was in good spirits today.
Nicolas Batum is doubtful with a right ankle sprain suffered Wednesday vs Celtics. – 8:27 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“I don’t have a timeline.”
Monty Williams on Devin Booker’s return from hamstring injury, saying Booker has a bed in his house in which can recover quicker. #Suns8:26 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
“He’s closer than he was yesterday. I don’t have a timeline though.” – Monty Williams on Devin Booker’s progression with the hamstring injury – 8:25 PM

Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
the perfect book cover illustration of the Knicks’ 2021 season. PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Monty Williams said Deandre Ayton felt bad at shootaround and they got him off floor.
It got worse.
Williams said Ayton has been testing. He’s good regarding COVID-19.
Williams is comfortable going small. When asked if this is a game for Jalen Smith to play, “we’ll see.” #Suns8:23 PM

Boston Celtics @celtics
We’re looking to play with maximum energy and effort as a group as we close out our road trip tonight in Phoenix. PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Deandre Ayton (non-COVID illness) OUT tonight. #Suns #NBA758:18 PM

Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Deandre Ayton (non-covid illness) is out tonight vs Boston – 8:18 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Deandre Ayton is out, per Monty Williams – 8:16 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Monty said Deandre Ayton is out tonight – 8:16 PM

Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
As Wednesday’s outing made clear, Brandon Boston Jr. is mighty comfortable in L.A. with the Clippers — on and off the court.…8:15 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Jae’Sean Tate matched up with Giannis Antetokounmpo. Tate looks like he standing in a hole next to him. – 8:12 PM

Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Jae’Sean Tate gets the Giannis assignment. – 8:11 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Game night in Phoenix. #Suns #Celtics #ESPN #NBA75 #NBA PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Latest #Suns #Celtics injury report: PM

Jabari Young @JabariJYoung
Bill Russell’s 1969 jersey sold for $1.116 million according to @HuntAuctions
The model jersey was worn in GM 7 of the 1969 #NBA Finals
Also, his 1957 title ring sold for $705K.. 1969 ring for $558,125 & his 1956 Olympic gold medal for $587,500
#Sports #Business #Celtics PM

Greg Dickerson @gregdickerson13
Wolf Van Halen Says He Sometimes Catches Himself Performing Like His Dad Eddie: ‘It Just Happens’… via @Yahoo
@WolfVanHalen stuff is really really good. If he mimics his dad on stage, he should keep doing it. EVH did everything great on stage. Play boston – 7:22 PM

Boston Celtics @celtics
#NEBHInjuryReport update:
Josh Richardson (Health & Safety Protocols) – OUT – 6:46 PM

Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Josh Richardson has entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols, per Celtics. Richardson will not play against Phoenix tonight. – 6:46 PM

Chris Forsberg @ChrisForsberg_
Celtics say Josh Richardson is out vs Suns due to health and safety protocols. – 6:45 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
Josh Richardson has entered health and safety protocols and will miss tonight’s game, per the Celtics. – 6:45 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Josh Richardson is OUT for tonight’s game due to being placed in the health and safety protocols. – 6:45 PM

Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Boston Celtics G/F Josh Richardson has entered COVID-19 health and safety protocols and is out tonight vs. Phoenix, team says. – 6:44 PM

Trey Kerby @treykerby
Looking forward to this bing bong book, especially the June 2 1993 and March 19 1995 parts @Chris Herring PM

Charlotte Hornets @hornets
We love a good Coach JB drip moment.
#AllFly | @MichelobULTRA PM

Rod Boone @rodboone
“Coach is doing a hell of a job with those guys. He has them playing right. They’re one of the best cutting teams … one of the better passing teams … I don’t think they’re seeing the job that coach is doing by getting everybody else to pass.” Doc on JB…5:47 PM

Tony East @TEastNBA
Spotted: TJ Warren and Mavericks assistant coach Jared Dudley chatting during warmups. They played together for 2 seasons in Phoenix. PM

Boston Celtics @celtics
“We have to get back to who we are and what’s given us success earlier in the year.”
Our focus is on defense tonight, as we prepare to close out our West Coast trip against the 20-4 Suns.…5:36 PM

NBA Math @NBA_Math
🗣NEW @HardwoodKnocks!
Trade Targets for Every Eastern Conference Team
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Kerry Eggers @kerryeggers
Final “Jerome Kersey: Overcoming the Odds” book-signing event before Christmas: Wednesday Dec. 15 from 4-6 p.m. at Lake Oswego’s Mountain Park Racquet Club. Thanks to veteran tennis director Roger “Max” McKee for handling organizational duties. The public is invited. PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Report: Ex-Suns employees who signed nondisclosure agreements interviewed in team owner Robert Sarver investigation #NBA75 #Suns… via @azcentral5:28 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Vernon Maxwell to take tonight’s First Shot before Rockets-Bucks as part of the Rockets’ Friday Flashback series. Former Suns center Alvin Adams to sing The National Anthem.
Wait, being told that the Suns center was Alvan Adams. Alvin Adams sings. – 5:10 PM

The Ringer @ringernba
With his sacrifice and selflessness, Deandre Ayton embodies what makes the Suns such an elite team. #TheVoidNBA PM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
Gear up for hoodie SZN with tonight’s IOG and don’t forget to checkout with PayPal!
👕 PM

Boston Celtics @celtics
🔭 inside morning shootaround PM

Danny Leroux @DannyLeroux
ICYMI: I talked with @Rob Mahoney about the murky title picture, Warriors/Suns, uncertainty for the Pacers/Blazers and much more on this week’s @RealGM Radio podcast…4:21 PM

Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
New #Celtics mailbag featuring inquiring on Pacers trade possibilities, lineup tweaks and much more…4:16 PM