Stars, studs and duds: Brown the difference-maker in huge win vs Warriors

Stars, studs and duds: Brown the difference-maker in huge win vs Warriors

BOSTON – This was not one of Kyrie Irving’s better games. But to his credit, he did what the game’s best players do and that’s deliver when the game matters most. 

Irving scored seven of Boston’s last nine points which lifted them to a 92-88 victory over Golden State. 


He finished with 16 points, 11 of which came in the fourth quarter with the bulk of those fourth quarter points – seven actually – coming from the free throw line.

“He got to the free throw line a lot. That’s it. He didn’t make no shots,” said Draymond Green. “He got to the free throw line. Whether they were fouls or not, that’s a whole other discussion. He got to the free throw line.”

And in doing so, gave the Celtics their best win of the season. 

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Boston’s 92-88 win over Golden State to extend the Celtics’ winning streak to 14 in a row. 


Kyrie Irving:  The final numbers for Kyrie Irving – 16 points on 4-for-16 shooting – don’t look good. But Irving gave the Celtics just enough down the stretch for them to get the victory. 

Kevin Durant: The Warriors rarely lose, let alone lose on a night when Durant has an efficient game shooting the ball. He led all scorers with 24 points on 9-for-18 shooting along with three, rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots. 

Jaylen Brown: Kyrie Irving’s late-game heroics aside, Brown was the difference-maker for Boston. He led the Celtics with 22 points along with being a spark defensively to some of the team’s biggest runs against the Warriors.


Al Horford: One of the few Celtics who shot the ball well, Horford had a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds which came on 7-for-11 shooting. 


Marcus Smart: Smart missed all seven of his shots from the field and finished with just one point. Boston has continued to find ways to win, but it’s getting harder and harder to do so with Smart struggling so mightily from the field night-in and night-out. 

Golden State backcourt: Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are arguably the best backcourt in the NBA, but you would not have known it by the way they shot the ball on Thursday night. The two all-stars tallied 22 points but did so on a horrific 8-for-32 shooting from the field.



Optimism that Kyrie will be back for playoffs

Optimism that Kyrie will be back for playoffs

Kyrie Irving underwent a left knee procedure on Saturday that will keep the five-time All-Star guard out for at least the start of the playoffs.

The Celtics indicated that Irving will be out for 3-6 weeks.

According to the Celtics, the procedure was to remove a tension wire in his left knee. The wire was originally placed there as part of the surgical repair of the fractured patella injury Irving suffered in the 2015 NBA Finals when he played for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Removing the wire is expected to lessen the irritation it was causing in Irving’s left patellar tendon.

The fractured patella injury from in 2015 has fully healed and, according to the Celtics, Irving’s knee has been found to be “completely structurally sound.”

The timetable for Irving's return is roughly the same as that of Celtics guard Marcus Smart, who last week had surgery to repair a torn tendon in his right thumb. 

Irving, who turned 26 on Friday, finishes his first regular season with Boston appearing in 60 games while averaging 24.4 points per game on a career-best 49.1 percent shooting from the field.


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.