Evan Turner suffered left eye abrasion vs. Lakers


Evan Turner suffered left eye abrasion vs. Lakers

Only five games are left in the Boston Celtics’ regular season, a season that will include the playoffs for the second year in a row.

However, it is unclear whether Boston’s quest to close out the season on a good note will include Evan Turner.

Once back in town, Turner’s injury was confirmed as a left eye abrasion by Dr. Michael Goldstein and Dr. Caroline Baumal at New England Baptist Hospital on Monday.

The 6-foot-6 Turner suffered a left eye injury in the closing seconds of Boston’s 107-100 win over the Los Angeles Lakers which clinched the Celtics’ playoff berth.

He was attempting to grab a loose ball when Lakers forward Julius Randle inadvertently hit him in the face.

After holding the left side of his face for a few seconds, Turner rose to his feet and sprinted towards the locker room with Celtics head trainer Ed Lacerte not far behind.

The potential absence of Turner deprives Boston of a player who has proven himself to arguably be their most versatile performer as well as their most reliable reserve.

Turner’s play this season will surely get him some serious consideration for the league’s Sixth Man of the Year award.

But even when called upon to be a starter, Turner’s impact is still great for Boston.

In the win over the Lakers, Turner was in the starting lineup in place of Avery Bradley who left the team for personal reasons.

Turner had 17 points to go with four rebounds and four assists.

This season, Turner has played in all 77 games this season, averaging 10.5 points, 4.4 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game.

Within those 77 games were 12 starts in which Turner averaged 15.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists while shooting 51 percent from the field and 50 percent on 3s.


Kevin Garnett predicts Marcus Morris' game-winner right before it happens

Kevin Garnett predicts Marcus Morris' game-winner right before it happens

Kevin Garnett was paying close attention to Tuesday night's thriller between the Celtics and Thunder.

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On KG's Area 21, the former Celtics great watched as Boston rallied in the game's final minute to make a stunning comeback. Right before Marcus Morris drilled the game-winner, Garnett called it by saying, "The Morris twin will end up shooting this or something because he like 'yeah I'm about the moment'"

Not a bad call. Morris certainly was "about the moment" Tuesday night as he has been multiple times this season.


Jayson Tatum comes up big vs Paul George, Thunder

Jayson Tatum comes up big vs Paul George, Thunder

BOSTON – Jayson Tatum had another strong performance for the Boston Celtics, doing so against the Oklahoma City Thunder and Paul George, a player Tatum has acknowledged on more than one occasion he has looked up to. 

That admiration didn’t get in the way of Tatum delivering a big-time performance in helping Boston rally from six points down with 12.7 seconds to play, to knock off the Thunder 100-99.

Tatum tallied a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds. And doing so at 20 years and 17 days old, Tatum became the youngest player in franchise history to tally at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in the same game.

“It feels good,” Tatum said when asked about his first 20-plus point, 10-plus rebound game in the NBA. “But honestly, I’m just glad we won. That was a big win against a great team and it was fun playing out there today.”

Impacting the game on multiple levels offensively along with being a defensive and rebounding force are qualities often associated with George who became familiar with Tatum prior to last June’s NBA draft which is when the Celtics selected him with the third overall pick. 

“I reached out to him before he was coming into this draft and I got to talk to him,” said George, who had 24 points and a game-high 13 rebounds against the Celtics. “It’s an honor when you see young talent. I‘ve been inspired by many in this league so it’s great to inspire the younger generation in this league.”

And while Tatum may be young, he continues to prove himself up for whatever challenges await him. 

“We are going to keep throwing to the wolves and keep going to him in those moments,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.

Boston closed out the game with an 8-1 spurt in the final 24.7 seconds, with Tatum either scoring or assisting on five of those points which includes assistant on Marcus Morris’ game-winner.

Tatum’s composure down the stretch comes from being influenced by many, including George who considers it “an honor” that Tatum holds him in high regard. 

“At the end of the day, us veteran guys want the younger guys to take the game further and advance much farther than what I was,” George said. “There’s going to be kids looking up to Jayson (Tatum) that are probably already looking up to Jayson (Tatum).”