BOSTON – Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds in Boston’s 109-98 win over the Memphis Grizzlies which extends Boston’s winning streak to three in a row while extending Memphis' losing streak to 10 straight.
Kyrie Irving: Three-pointers, ankle-breaking drives to the basket, the mid-range jumper. Kyrie Irving had it going on all levels Monday night, finishing with 25 points on 8-for-13 shooting to go with six rebounds and five assists in just 25 minutes.
Marc Gasol: It has been a miserable season for Gasol and the Grizzlies. But to Gasol’s credit, he has remained committed to playing a selfless brand of basketball which has kept him among the top centers in the NBA. He tallied 17 points and eight rebounds along with eight assists.
Celtics bench: Boston’s bench continues to be a strength in this post all-star break portion of their schedule. The Celtics’ second unit had 33 points scored by halftime, before finishing with 52.
Marcus Morris: Several players stepped their game up off Boston’s bench, including Morris. He had 13 points and eight rebounds.
JaMychal Green: With Gasol drawing so much attention from the Celtics defense, someone had to be free on offense, right? For long stretches that was Green who tallied a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds.
Third quarter Celtics: Good thing Boston built a pretty fat cushion in the first half. Otherwise, Boston’s third quarter struggles may have been an issue. In the third, Boston shot 25 percent from the field (7-for-28) which included them missing nine of their 10 shots from 3-point range. Despite the poor shooting, Boston was only outscored 28-19 in the quarter but still maintained control of the game courtesy of a 26-point halftime lead.
BOSTON -- Kyrie Irving has had a second opinion on his sore left knee, and a decision on what the next step will be is expected to be made within the next day or two, according to a league source.
The medical officials involved in the initial evaluation will meet with those who examined him today will get together to compare notes and determine what’s in the best interest of Irving going forward.
While surgery is a possibility, the source indicated that the current course of treatment, which consists primarily of rest, remains a consideration.
The concerns regarding Irving’s knee are to be of the short-term variety, with the source indicating reports that there are long-term concerns with the knee are “just wrong.”
In his first season with the Celtics, Irving has appeared in 60 games in what has been one of his most efficient seasons as a scorer.
He’s averaging 24.4 points per game while shooting a career-high 49.1 percent from the field. The five-time all-star is shooting 40.8 percent from 3-point range this season in addition to dishing out 5.1 assists along with grabbing a career-high 3.8 rebounds.
BOSTON – The first member of the Brad Stevens’ coaching tree is about to take off. Celtics assistant coach Walter McCarty is expected to be named head coach at Evansville University.
McCarty, an Evansville, Ind. native, was selected over a field of candidates that included former Indiana University standout Calbert Cheaney and David Ragland who, like McCarty, is an Evansville native.
The 6-foot-10 McCarty, a 10-year NBA veteran with seven-plus spent with the Celtics, has been part of Stevens’ coaching staff since 2013. The former Celtic has been a college assistant coach at Louisville (2007-2010) in addition to the NBA’s Indiana Pacers (2010-2011).