Celtics tally largest first-half points total vs. Clippers

The Lakers and Clippers are two of the teams most closely tied to Irving, so it can't help that the Celtics lost to them while he's still playing on the Celtics.

Irving is averaging 23.6 points and 6.9 assists in 32.5 minutes per game this season. The 76ers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record, 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following a win of more than 10 points and 1-4 ATS in their last five against the Eastern Conference.

Whilst that doesn't seem like such a bad result against the Western Conference's eighth seed, it is made worse by the fact that the Celtics blew a 28-point lead.

Celtics' fans are breathing a collective sigh of relief over this injury news, as the last thing the demoralized squad needed was to be without their superstar point guard.

Gordon Hayward delivered 26 points from the bench to spark the Boston Celtics to a 112-109 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers in the National Basketball Association on Tuesday, February 12 (Wednesday, February 13, Manila time).

"I watch all these other teams in the league, guys up on the bench, up on the court; they're doing stuff that looks like they're enjoying their teammate's success, they're enjoying everything and they're playing together". I just thought the whole night we played the right way and we just tried to stay within ourselves and we didn't get too high or too low.

"I mean, for me, it's not really about the loss", Morris said, via ESPN. "But I'm excited with everyone we have and to see how far we can go". "It's about the attitude that we're playing with". Danilo Gallinari had 19 points and 10 rebounds and trade deadline acquisition Landry Shamet scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter. Whatever it takes, I'm with it. If they want to take me out of the starting lineup, get some juice in there, I'm with it. This is what we're going with.

Now, with Kyrie Irving hitting free agency post the ongoing season, the Celtics management will need to ensure that they clear up this mess. So, at the end of the day, man... it's unacceptable what we did tonight.

  • Steve Townsend