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Stars, studs and duds: Kyrie Irving leads Celtics in third quarter

Stars, studs and duds: Kyrie Irving leads Celtics in third quarter

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds in Boston’s 110-102 win over Philadelphia.

 

STARS

Kyrie Irving

He didn’t shoot the ball particularly well in the first half, but Irving got it going in the third quarter and finished with a game-high 21 points which included five made 3’s.

Gordon Hayward

He didn’t put up big numbers, but did a great job of seeing the floor in the limited minutes he was on the floor. He had nine points but also tallied a team-high five assists.

Jaryd Bayless

He has been a instant-offense kind of scorer throughout his NBA career, Bayless led the Sixers with 15 points.

 

STUDS

Terry Rozier

It didn’t take Rozier long to make his presence felt out on the floor. He did a nice job of running the team and playing off the ball, before finishing with 13 points and three assists.

Marcus Smart

The red-hot shooting we saw in his first preseason game last week remains alive and well for the fourth-year Smart. He had 11 points, four rebounds with three assists and three steals.

Jayson Tatum

Making his first start of the season, Tatum made his first three shots of the night before finishing with nine points.

 

DUDS

Ben Simmons

It’s obvious that Simmons is going to be a really good player in this league due to his size, court vision and overall instincts for the game. He had eight points but tallied more turnovers (5) than assists (4) and that’s never good!

 

Smart, Celtics unable to agree on contract extension prior to deadline

Smart, Celtics unable to agree on contract extension prior to deadline

CLEVELAND – For the third year in a row, a first-round pick of the Boston Celtics is unable to come to terms on a contract extension prior to the deadline.

That means Marcus Smart will become a restricted free agent this summer. Last year it was Kelly Olynyk (now with the Miami Heat) and in 2015 it was Jared Sullinger (now with Shenzhen Leopards of the Chinese Basketball Association).

Both the Celtics and Smart's camp intensified their discussions in recent days as the October 16th 6 p.m. EST deadline drew near.

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While there was progress made, there wasn’t enough to get a deal done.

Smart has repeatedly indicated that he wants to re-sign a long-term deal to stay in Boston.

And the market for the 6-foot-4 guard became clearer based on the contracts that some of his fellow rookie class of 2014, were receiving.

Denver’s Gary Harris agreed to a four-year, $84 million contract after establishing himself as one of the better young two-way talents in the NBA last season. And at the other end of the financial spectrum, you would have to look at Phoenix’s T.J. Warren who signed a four-year, $50 million contract.

More than likely, Smart’s deal next summer will fall somewhere between the deals those two players received.

As much as Smart would have preferred to get a deal done heading into the season, it’s not something that he’s going to cause him to lose any sleep.

“Get it done now, or get it done in six months, I’m OK either way,” he told NBC Sports Boston. “I’m not worried about it.”

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All signs point to LeBron James playing against Celtics Tuesday

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All signs point to LeBron James playing against Celtics Tuesday

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- A sprained left ankle injury kept LeBron James out of all but one of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ preseason games, and has created a certain element of uncertainty as to whether he’ll play against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night. 
 
While it has yet to be determined for sure if he’ll play, all indications are that the 15-year veteran will be in the starting lineup as the Cavs kick off their quest to remain the team to beat in the East.

“I never hide stuff from you guys. I really don’t know,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said when asked if James would play against the Celtics. “Depending on how he feels, but I really don’t know.”
 
However, James looked pretty comfortable shooting the ball after practice with a trio of former Celtics in Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and Jeff Green. 
 
And if you listen to the man who would likely start in James’ place -- J.R. Smith -- there’s nothing to worry about Cavs Nation. 
 
According to Smith, James will play. 
 
“We were talking about it, he’s never missed, since he was 8 years old and he started playing, he’s never missed a first game,” Smith said. “I’m preparing for him to play.”
 
Despite having played more than 41,000 minutes -- only 33 players in NBA history have done so -- James has been one of the game’s more durable players. Last season James he sat out only eight games, and that was the most he has missed in a single season.
 
 "He's gonna go [Tuesday]," Smith said. "He's gonna go, trust me [on] that. I don't care what he's gotta do, he's gonna play."