Without Kyrie Irving, Celtics Face Gut-Check Game Vs. New-Look 76ers

Carrie Guzman
February 13, 2019

Irving has been listed as out with a knee sprain which leaves the Celtics a little vulnerable against a new-look 76ers team who looked great in their big win over LeBron's Lakers on Sunday.

The Boston Celtics guard exited in the second quarter of Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers after appearing to tweak his knee on a defensive possession.

Just two days after the LA Lakers rallied from 18 points down to stun Boston, the new-look LA Clippers climbed out of a 28-point hole to shock the Celtics, 123-112, in the National Basketball Association on Saturday, February 9 (Sunday, February 10, Manila time).

Boston has slipped to fifth in the Eastern Conference after last week's debacle and they'll head to Philly without their star player and with a whole lot of questions to face a team that now could be the best in the Eastern Conference after its trade-deadline reshaping.

"I was talking to the Celtics the other day and they said the worst thing that happened to the Celtics was their success last season. Right now, we just need to be more consistent in that regard". Guys are hanging their head. It's not fun. We're not competing at a high level. He noted multiple times that the recent stretch - even when the team was winning - has not been "fun". "When I look at us I just see a bunch of individuals".

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Hayward, 28, hasn't come back as the player he was prior to the injury, averaging 10.8 points, while shooting 31.7 percent from the perimeter.

Morris started and scored 15 points and had six rebounds in the loss.

Eight players finished in double figures for the Clippers, who just traded leading scorer Tobias Harris to the Philadelphia Sixers and quickly paraded 4 new players they acquired - Landry Shamet, Garrett Temple, Ivica Zubac, and JaMychal Green. "I would be lying if I said we knew our identity because the identity of a good team don't do that". That has to be the first goal.

I'm trying to win and I'm willing to do whatever it takes to win... 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". We'll find out. Our story will be told at the end if we made it or not.

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