Final: Trail Blazers 129, Celtics 119- Brutal ending mars good basketball

TIP OFF: 7:30 p.m. @ TD Garden
RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
TV: NBC Sports Boston

Predicted Starting Lineups

G: Marcus Smart
G: Evan Fournier
SF: Jaylen Brown
PF: Jayson Tatum
C: Robert Williams III

G: Damian Lillard
G: CJ McCollum
SF: Norman Powell
PF: Robert Covington
C: Jusuf Nurkic

LIVE COVERAGE, by John Karalis

Fourth quarter

  • Nesmith is unconscious. He's up to 16 points on 6-7 shooting
  • The officials were very wrong about an offensive goaltending on Tristan Thompson. Instead of Boston being up 1, McCollum came down and hit a 3 to give Portland a 4 point lead
  • That could be the swing of the game. Carmelo Anthony drilled a 3 and Portland is up 7 with 6:49 left
  • McCollum is catching fire. He hit a 3 to put them up 7 again
  • Marcus Smart was ejected for what the officials deemed an intentional shot to Nurkic's groin
  • Tatum and Brown collided with about :40 left and both limped into the locker room. Brown looked to take the worst of it on his already sore right ankle
  • This game deserved a better ending. The missed goaltend, the questionable ejection, the injuries... this was a great game and went south

Third quarter