Here’s a look at the Stars, Studs and Duds after the first half of tonight’s game between the Boston Celtics and the Utah Jazz with the Celtics ahead, 58-44.
He tallied a career-high 15 assists the last time these two played, but was back to his usual high-scoring ways with 15 first-half points and just two assists.
The first-time All-Star led the way for the Jazz, finishing the half with 12 points.
The Celtics got off to an impressive start offensively and Olynyk was among to set the run in motion. He had nine points in less than four minutes of action.
There were lots of shot-makers for the Celtics, but Green was among those who stood out. He had 14 points on 6-for-7 shooting in just under 15 minutes of court time
The Jazz big man had six points and three rebounds.
The league’s top defensive team was bad on several fronts in the first half. They couldn’t stop Boston’s bevy of shooters, they couldn’t keep the Celtics from holding their own on the glass and they struggled to make shots.
BOSTON – Kyrie Irving will undergo a “minimally invasive procedure” on Saturday to help alleviate the left knee soreness that has kept the five-time all-star out for the last four games.
On Thursday, Irving had a second opinion on his left knee and spent yesterday and today consulting with other medical officials to determine what the best course of action would be for Irving going forward.
While no timetable has been set for his return – that will likely be announced following the procedure tomorrow – it doesn’t sound as though it’ll keep him sidelined for a significant amount of time.
Irving, acquired by Boston from Cleveland during the offseason via trade, has appeared in 60 games and has had arguably his most efficient season as a scorer in the NBA.
The 26-year-old has averaged 24.4 points per game this season while shooting a career-high 49.1 percent from the field. Irving has continued to showcase a strong game from 3-point range as well, connecting on 40.8 percent of his 3’s this season. He has also managed to get his teammates involved with a team-high 5.1 assists per game along with snatching 3.8 rebounds which is a career high.
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