Kyrie Irving day-to-day after MRI reveals no damage
Kyrie Irving‘s right knee sprain isn’t serious and his return to the lineup is expected to be on a day-to-day timetable, a league source told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Irving suffered the injury with about five minutes left in the second quarter of Saturday night’s game against the Clippers. The Clippers outscored the Celtics 75-44 after Irving left, coming back from 28 points down to win 123-112.
Irving missed the end of last season and the playoffs after having surgery on his left knee to remove two screws from his patella that were inserted in 2015 to repair a fracture he suffered during that year’s NBA Finals.
A bacterial infection was discovered at the site of the screws when Irving had surgery in March 2018 to remove tension wire in the knee. He had the screws removed in April.
Marcus Morris on Celtics: ‘When I look at us I see a bunch of individuals’
Kurt Helin • NBC Sports
The Boston Celtics have been a disappointment much of the season — not terrible by any means, but not “team to beat in the East” good, which many pundits projected them to be (*raises hand*). It led to a lot of speculation about what has gone wrong — too many good players all looking for touches and shots, not sacrificing for the team, was the conventional wisdom — and why weren’t the players all pulling the rope in the same direction?
Then the Celtics seemed to hit their stride, won 9-of-10 in January into early February, they were moving up in the East standings… but a defeat to the Lakers at home Friday, where Boston led by 18 in the first half but couldn’t knock L.A. out and lost on a buzzer beater, seemed to burst that bubble.
Saturday night it got uglier yet — a blown 28 point lead to the Clippers that ended in another loss. Kyrie Irving did leave the game with a sprained knee, but this was more than that, and Celtics fans knew it as they booed the team off the court.
“I watch all these other teams in the league, they’re jumping on the court, all the stuff that looks like they’re enjoying their teammates’ success. And they’re playing together, and they’re playing to win. When I look at us I see a bunch of individuals.”
That’s a punch to the gut.
And he’s right.
There is no joy in Boston’s game, something Morris said multiple times. Maybe it goes back to Irving calling out the young core earlier in the season. Maybe it’s those young guys — Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier — believing they deserve a bigger role after the playoffs last season only to be forced into a smaller box because Irving is back. Maybe the idea they could be traded for Anthony Davis or another star weighs on them.
Whatever it is, the Celtics are running out of season to figure it out.
So what has to change?
“The goal has to be to win; the bottom line,” he said. “We have to play to win. That’s sacrificing, playing hard; that’s sacrificing, being a better teammate. That’s sacrificing, whatever it is we have to put it to the side. No one’s getting traded. The trade deadline is over. We’re competing for a championship and that’s how we have to approach the game. Win, lose or draw, you’re gonna lose games. But we don’t have no attitude, we don’t have no toughness. We ain’t having fun. It’s gonna be a long season.”
New-look 76ers beat LeBron James and Lakers 143-120
PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid had 37 points and 14 rebounds, Tobias Harris scored 22 points in his second game with Philadelphia and the new-look 76ers beat LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers143-120 on Sunday.
JJ Redick added 21 points and Jimmy Butler finished with 15 points in front of a packed crowd that brought a playoff-like feel to the nationally televised game. The 76ers have won two straight after acquiring Harris and four others at Thursday’s trade deadline.
Kyle Kuzma led the Lakers with 39 points, and James had 18 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.
WARRIORS 120, HEAT 118
OAKLAND, Calif. — Kevin Durant scored 39 points and DeMarcus Cousins made two free throws with 5.4 seconds to play that helped Golden State cap a comeback from a 19-point deficit in the first quarter to beat Miami.
Cousins rebounded a missed 3-pointer by Durant and drew a foul, setting the stage for his winning free throws that gave the Warriors their 11th double-digit comeback of the season, and second straight after rallying from 17 points down in the first quarter Friday in Phoenix.
Klay Thompson scored 29 points and Stephen Curry added 25 for Golden State. Josh Richardson helped shoot Miami to the big early lead and finished with a career-high 37 points with help from eight 3-pointers.
MAVERICKS 102, TRAIL BLAZERS 101
Doncic also had nine rebounds and six assists. Damian Lillardscored 21 of his 30 points in the last half of the third quarter to help the Blazers build a lead that grew to 96-81 early in the fourth.
KINGS 117, SUNS 104
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Marvin Bagley III had a career-high 32 points and six rebounds and Sacramento handed Phoenix its 14th straight loss.
Devin Booker had 27 points, eight rebounds and six assists in his return from injury for Phoenix. The Suns’ losing streak is one shy of the franchise record set last season.
MAGIC 124, HAWKS 108
ATLANTA — All-Star Nikola Vucevic had 19 points and 2 rebounds, leading Orlando past Atlanta,
Alex Len led the Hawks with 16 points, despite picking up four fouls in the first half.
LONZO BALL APPEARS TO SEND LEBRON JAMES A MESSAGE WITH INSTAGRAM STORY AFTER TRADE DEADLINE PASSES
David Hookstead • The Daily Caller
The Los Angeles Lakers’ locker room might be a very tense place for the rest of the season.
There were multiple talks about trading Lonzo Ball and damn near the whole team in order to get Anthony Davis for LeBron. That failed, and the talented young point guard appeared to have a message for his superstar teammate.
Lonzo posted a video on his Instagram story late Thursday with P Diddy’s song “Bad Boy for Life” playing in the background. The lyrics, “We ain’t goin’ nowhere, we ain’t goin’ nowhere. We can’t be stopped now” could be heard as the oldest Ball brother zoomed in on the speaker.
If that’s not a direct shot at Lebron, I have honestly no idea what is. This also comes after LaVar went on TV Thursday and claimed his son was better than the three-time NBA champion.
Again, it’s absolute chaos for the Lakers right now.
You know things are bad when people are taking not very subtle shots at their teammates with Instagram videos.
That’s not something you want to see if you’re running the Lakers or a fan of the team. I guess this is what you get when you allow one player, LeBron, to seemingly try to dictate massive trades, and then it fails. That won’t go over well with teammates.
I hope LeBron wasn’t planning on spending a lot of his free time with his teammates. They don’t really seem too interested in being friends right now.