Stars, studs and duds: 'The other guys' do damage for Pelicans

Stars, studs and duds: 'The other guys' do damage for Pelicans

No matter what Brad Stevens drew up defensively to handle Anthony Davis, it was a given that he would finish the night with big numbers for the New Orleans Pelicans. 

“My biggest concern coming into the game were the other guys,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. 

Stevens’ fears were realized as Davis’ sidekicks delivered arguably their best collective performance of the season which proved to be just enough to knock off the Celtics, 106-105.

Tim Frazier, a former Celtics training camp invitee who starred for Boston’s Development League affiliate the Maine Red Claws, made one of two free throws with 2.5 seconds left that later proved to be the game-winning point.  

Frazier, who starts at the point guard position for New Orleans (2-9), had 10 points with six assists which was a decent game. 

But it was the play of New Orleans’ bench which scored a total of 57 points compared to Boston’s second unit which tallied just 20 points. 

Leading the way for the Pelicans’ backup unit was Langston Galloway who had 21 points, 12 of which came in the second quarter which is when New Orleans began to play with a lead. 

“You’re very concerned and start with Davis,” Stevens said. “But those other guys really hurt us; they really hurt us tonight.”

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Monday night’s game.



Isaiah Thomas

Banged up as always, Thomas didn’t let his latest set of bruises limit his ability to make a massive impact. Despite a swollen middle index finger on his left (shooting) hand, Thomas led all scorers with 37 points in addition to a game-high 7 assists. 

Anthony Davis

Boston did about as good a job defensively on Davis (he committed 7 turnovers), and he still put big numbers across the board. He led the Pelicans with a double-double of 25 points and 16 rebounds along with four steals two blocks



Langston Galloway

The biggest reason why the Pelicans won, Galloway came off the New Orleans bench to score 21 points, 12 of which came in a pivotal second quarter when the Pelicans started to take control of the game.

Marcus Smart

Smart did a lot of good things to keep the Celtics within striking distance after they fell behind, knocking down a bunch of 3-pointers that contributed to a solid 15-point night to go with 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals. 

Avery Bradley

Bradley continues to play at an all-star level, tallying his fifth double-double of the season with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Tim Frazier

The former training camp invitee/Maine Red Claw star came up with huge plays at both ends of the floor in the game’s closing minutes. He had 10 points along with 6 assists and one steal in the closing seconds.



Kelly Olynyk

It was a rough night in every way imaginable for Olynyk who had 5 points while missing 7 of his 8 shot attempts. To make matters worse, he bit on a pump-fake by Frazier with 2.5 seconds to play that proved to be the game-winning point for New Orleans. 

Rozier gets a big test tonight against Thunder

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Rozier gets a big test tonight against Thunder

BOSTON -- Terry Rozier has stepped up his game this season. There’s no disputing that point. 
And the Celtics have rewarded him with increased playing time, which he has proven he deserves. 
While he has made the most of his opportunity with an increased role due to injuries, at some point Rozier’s minutes should go back to being 20 or so per game. 
It’s amazing how far Rozier has come in such a short period of time, from a first-round pick many questioned as being a reach on Boston’s part, to an integral part of the team’s quest towards Banner 18.
And it is games like tonight’s against the Oklahoma City Thunder that will put the experience gained by Rozier as a major contributor, to the ultimate test when he faces off against reigning league MVP Russell Westbrook.
No one expects Rozier to put up Westbrook-like numbers . . . but would anyone be shocked if he did?
Remember, Rozier’s first NBA start came this season and he racked up his first career triple-double. The next game out, he dropped a career-high 31 points. 
But as we get deeper into the season, he’s no longer viewed as a backup or a role player, They see him as a player that has to be accounted for, regardless of whether he’s starting or coming off the bench. 
“There’s a lot of teams in this league you could easily see him starting for,” a league executive told NBC Sports Boston via text. “He’s not Kyrie [Irving] obviously, and he’s a different kind of player than Marcus [Smart], but he can play. If teams didn’t know it before, they know it now.”
Rozier may not be a secret anymore, but here are five under-the-radar story lines to keep an eye on tonight as the Celtics go for the season sweep against the Oklahoma City Thunder. 


If the Celts expect to win tonight, they better get it done in four quarters of play. Because overtime has been a good time for the Thunder. They come into tonight’s game with a 3-0 record in overtime this season. They are one of eight teams with an unblemished overtime record, and no other team in the league this season has as more wins (3) in overtime without a single defeat. 


The NBA hit Marcus Morris up for $15,000 following “verbal abuse of a game official” at the end of Boston’s 108-89 loss at New Orleans.  Morris will be lighter in the wallet, obviously. But it also might get him even more fired up tonight which could lead to him lighting up the Thunder. 


Scoring around the basket has not been a strength of the Celtics, but with key players on the perimeter hurt, Boston has to generate points in other ways. Doing so against the Thunder, a team that has allowed 43.1 points in the paint per game --10th-fewest allowed in the league this season -- will be a challenge.


At some point tonight, Boston will be challenged to get back on defense and not allow Russell Westbrook to score on the break. The Celtics have been one of the league’s better transition defense teams in allowing 10.2 fast-break points, which is the fourth-fewest allowed per game this season. Meanwhile, the Thunder average 14.1 fast-break points, which ranks third in the league. 


The Celtic players talk all the time about how great the TD Garden crowd can be. But at the end of games lately, they haven’t let them much to cheer about. The C's come into tonight’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder with losses in five of their last seven home games with the lone wins coming over Memphis and Charlotte – two teams currently out of playoff seeding. Boston’s last home win over a team that’s currently in the top 8 was a 97-96 win over Portland on Feb. 4, a game in which Al Horford hit a game-winning, fadeaway jumper as time expired.


Report: Kyrie Irving may need screws removed from knee

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Report: Kyrie Irving may need screws removed from knee

BOSTON — Kyrie Irving is reportedly going to get a second opinion on his sore left knee which may result in him having season-ending surgery.

98.5 The Sports Hub’s Tony Massarotti reported on Tuesday that Irving will get a second opinion as early as Wednesday.

Irving suffered a fractured left knee cap during the 2015 NBA Finals.

He underwent surgery that sidelined him for the rest of the playoffs.

The surgical procedure performed on his knee involved the insertion of screws to aid the stabilization of the  kneecap.

The Celtics have already been ravaged by injuries this season. They lost Gordon Hayward just five minutes into the season due to a left ankle injury. Daniel Theis is out for the season with a torn meniscus injury to his left knee. Marcus Smart recently had right thumb surgery that will keep him out for the rest of the regular season, with there being a chance he will return at some point for the playoffs. And Jaylen Brown suffered a concussion that has him sidelined, as well.