Celtics turn attention to Knicks after missed opportunity vs. Thunder

Celtics turn attention to Knicks after missed opportunity vs. Thunder

BOSTON – When you see the final stats in Boston’s 117-112 loss to Oklahoma City, two words come to mind … wasted opportunity.

Points in the paint.

Second-chance points.

Fast break points.

Boston won all three categories, the kind of trifecta that usually equates to a victory.


And that’s what makes this loss sting a little more than most.

This was a good team they faced, in their building and on so many levels they played as well or better than the Thunder.

I asked Isaiah Thomas about whether Friday’s loss felt like a missed opportunity.

“Yeah, it sucks that we lost,” he said. “We have to focus on the Knicks now. We have to capitalize on these games at home, especially when we have a chance to win at the end. We can’t hold our head on this loss. We have to move on to the next one and get a win in New York.”

The loss dropped Boston to 6-6 at home this season which firmly establishes them as the worst team on their home floor among squads that would qualify for the playoffs if the season ended today.  

As much as they want to discard what happened against the Thunder soon, it would be a mistake for them to look past what happened tonight and not be somewhat bothered by it.

Yes they competed as well as you could expect from a team who played just 24 hours prior on the road in an emotionally charged game that the Celtics managed to escape with a win.

But on Friday it just wasn’t enough.

In addition to some timely shots by Westbrook who was being tightly defended at the time, the Thunder got big contributions from their role players.

Enes Kanter and Domantis Sabonis each had 20 points for the Thunder (18-13).

“If we shut one of those guys down we get this game,” said Amir Johnson. “We just made a few mistakes in transition. Westbrook causes so much attention we leave other guys open and they made shots.”

And even with Kanter giving the Celtics fits around the rim and Sabonis causing major problems with his long-range shooting, Boston still had its chances to come away with the victory.

“We’re in such a gamut of games right now that we need to learn from the parts that we can really improve on,” Stevens said. “And we need to move forward.”

Report: Celtics to sign Kilpatrick to 10-day contract

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Report: Celtics to sign Kilpatrick to 10-day contract

The depleted Celtics will sign guard Sean Kilpatrick to a 10-day contract, according to The Boston Herald's Mark Murphy.

Kilpatrick, 28, 6-4, 210 pounds, who played at the University of Cincinnati, most recently played for the Clippers this season and has spent time with the Bucks and Brooklyn Nets the past two seasons. 

With their spate of injuries lately, including Kyrie Irving undergoing a procedure on his knee Saturday, the Celtics have been granted a "hardship roster exemption" by the NBA. 


Report: Optimism that Kyrie will be back for playoffs

Report: Optimism that Kyrie will be back for playoffs

The Celtics say Kyrie Irving will be able to return to "basketball activities in 3-6 weeks" and multiple reports expressed optimism that he'll able to return to the team sometime during the playoffs.

The team released the following statement: 

Celtics guard Kyrie Irving today underwent a minimally-invasive procedure to remove a tension wire in his left knee. The wire was originally placed as part of the surgical repair of a fractured patella sustained during the 2015 NBA Finals. While removal of the wire should relieve irritation it was causing in Irving’s patellar tendon, the fractured patella has fully healed and Irving’s knee has been found to be completely structurally sound. Irving is expected to return to basketball activities in 3-6 weeks.

While "basketball activities" doesn't necessarily mean playing in games, the playoffs begin April 14 and the conference finals start as early as May 13, which could Irving playing again with the Celtics in the postseason should they advance. 


Irving underwent the procedure on his left knee to help alleviate the soreness that has kept him out the past five games. There was a fear that Irving could be lost for the rest of the season, including playoffs. 

More to come...