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Celtics tally largest first-half points total vs. Clippers

11 February, 2019, 17:42 | Author: Candice Daniels
  • Kyrie Irving

One particular reason for the Celtics' ongoing meltdown is Kyrie Irving, who suffered a knee sprain in the second quarter and has been ruled out for the remainder of the game. Brad Stevens said that Irving's knee appeared to "buckle".

The Celtics back-to-back blown 20-point leads certainly calls for some self-reflection upon the team as they fall to the No. 5 seed in the East at 35-21, 6.5 games back from first place where most people expected them to be at this point in the season.

The Clippers pulled off the biggest comeback in team history on Saturday night in Boston, erasing a 28-point first-half deficit to defeat the Celtics 123-112.

With the trade deadline having passed, Morris said there are no more excuses for the Celtics, who dropped to 35-21 with the loss, fifth in the Eastern Conference standings, 6.5 games behind first-place Toronto, which has the best record in the National Basketball Association at 41-14. Even after Irving's exit, the Clippers outscored the Celtics 75-44 and stifled Boston on defense.

The Celtics are coming off a 129-128 loss against their archrivals, the Los Angeles Lakers a couple of days ago and obviously would like to bounce back.

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The Celtics will look to bounce back from their consecutive losses when they travel to take on their rival Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday. Kyrie Irving led the team with 24 points, seven rebounds and eight assists including a clutch go-ahead basket late in the game.

Morris added that the team will need to make sacrifices and changes if it's going to be a championship team.

Boston forward Marcus Morris had some brutally honest quotes after Saturday night's loss. "We have to genuinely want to win". That's the goal. Trade deadline's over.

"Trade deadline's over. This is the team we're rocking with". If you want to take me out of the lineup and get some juice in it, I'm with it. "It's unacceptable what we did tonight for a team of our caliber".

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