Kyrie Irving (knee) not playing Tuesday vs Sixers

Elena Summers
February 13, 2019

Boston had almost ended Cleveland's four-year reign atop the East without an injured Kyrie Irving, despite getting five minutes from the first year of the max contract of Gordon Hayward, who suffered a horrific leg injury in the team's season-opener. "Those things happen and we all have to pick up for that". Even when we're winning it's still not fun. As a team, the Celtics shot 42 percent as they set the tone with 43 points in the first quarter to lead by as many as 28 points before the Clippers outscored them in the second half by 70-38. We'll see if it helps that the trade deadline drama has blown over.

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.

Harris has made a strong impression in his first two games, recording 22 points, six boards, and six assists in the team's 143-120 win over the Lakers Sunday. Stevens has struggled to find the ideal balance in the team's lineups and bring together a locker room that isn't yet divided, but admittedly isn't unified.

Toward the bigger picture, Celtics forward Marcus Morris pulled no punched in his postgame comments, describing Boston's effort at "unacceptable".

"I have no idea what that means for Wednesday". Irving is a great isolation player who can use his impressive handles to score, but maybe they have relied on him too much. "It's just not fun", Morris said.

The Celtics are set to take on the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night. "I look at all these other teams and guys are moving the ball, guys are helping each other out on defence... when I look at this team I don't see that". "We have to genuinely want to win". Whatever that takes, I'm with it. "We all know what type of game it's going to be like".

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