Larkin gets starting nod vs Bulls

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Larkin gets starting nod vs Bulls

With Kyrie Irving (knee) out, the Boston Celtics will turn to … Shane Larkin?

“Just go out there, be aggressive, do what I’ve done all season,” Larkin told reporters prior to tonight’s tip-off. “Pick up defensively, impact the ball and be aggressive; no different.”

It’s a pretty stark transition from being a seldom-used reserve to replacing a five-time All-star like Irving in the starting lineup. 

“You never know what coach is going to do,” Larkin said. “I’ve been ready all year for whatever situation’s thrown at me, so it’s just another situation. I have to go out and play aggressive and I’ll be fine.”

While Larkin has shown he can be a positive contributor for the Celtics, the move appears to be made in part because of the success of Boston’s second unit recently. 

In Boston’s 123-120 loss at Houston on Saturday, the Celtics’ bench scored a season-high 67 points. 

Since the All-Star break, Boston’s bench has been among the league’s highest scoring second units. 

Before the All-Star break, Boston’s bench ranked 23rd in the NBA in bench scoring (32.1). Since returning from the break, Boston’s second unit has averaged a league-best 56.2 points. 

And Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier, the two expected candidates to fill in for Irving, have been key performers with Boston’s second unit.

“Bringing them off the bench together has been effective,” Stevens said.

Larkin has appeared in 40 games this season, averaging 3.4 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. 

Tonight will be Larkin’s first start as a Celtic, and first start in an NBA game since April 13, 2016 when he played for the Brooklyn Nets and they played the Toronto Raptors.


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...