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Celtics' Kyrie Irving with a first in the Big Apple

Celtics' Kyrie Irving with a first in the Big Apple

Kyrie Irving is one of the best in the NBA when it comes to his floor game.

But as we saw in the second quarter of tonight’s game against New York, the six-time All-Star can play above the rim, too.

With Boston ahead 49-21, Jayson Tatum threw a bullet-pass to Irving who was cutting along the baseline who then did the unthinkable -- he threw down a two-handed dunk.

How unusual was it?

According to the Celtics’ season stats, it was Irving’s first dunk of the season. That leaves only two Celtics on their regular playing roster without a dunk this season - Brad Wanamaker and Guerschon Yabusele.

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Who's in, out, on the fence for Celtics game vs Spurs tonight?

Who's in, out, on the fence for Celtics game vs Spurs tonight?

BOSTON -- The narrative surrounding the Boston Celtics all season has been one that revolves around guys being hurt and with that, an element of unpredictability as to its impact on their play. 

So with just nine regular season games left,  why would these final games of the regular season go off script?

The latest medical update from the Boston Celtics has Al Horford (left knee soreness) and Robert Williams III (low back contusion) both out for tonight’s game against the San Antonio Spurs. 

Williams suffered his back injury in Boston’s 124-117 loss at Charlotte when he came down on his back after trying a put-back dunk that hit the back of the rim and bounced out. 

In the Hornets game, Jayson Tatum suffered a similar spill although his fall didn’t appear to be as hard as the one suffered by Williams.

Tatum is listed as doubtful tonight. 

The glimmers of positivity on the injury front for Boston come in the form of Aron Baynes (left ankle sprain) and Gordon Hayward (concussion protocol) who are both listed as questionable for tonight’s game against the Spurs. 

This season has been an injury-riddled one for Baynes who hasn’t played so few games since his rookie season with the Spurs.

And while he logs just 14.8 minutes per game, there’s no mistaking his impact on this team when it comes to winning. 

Because without him, the Celtics are just 16-14. 

As for Hayward, his concussion suffered in the Celtics’ win over the Atlanta Hawks last week, this is just the latest mini-setback as he continues to show growth and improvement in his overall game after a lackluster start to the season. 

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Former Celtics star Al Jefferson confirms NBA retirement, will join Big 3 league

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Former Celtics star Al Jefferson confirms NBA retirement, will join Big 3 league

Al Jefferson is officially done as an NBA player.

The former Boston Celtics power forward confirmed his retirement from the NBA to the Boston Globe's Gary Washburn on Saturday. 

Jefferson last played 36 games for the Indiana Pacers during the 2017-18 season. He did not make an appearance this season.

The 34-year-old veteran played for five different teams over 14 seasons. He was selected by the Boston Celtics with the 15th pick in the first round of the 2004 NBA Draft. Jefferson immediately became the building block of the Celtics' rebuild alongside veteran Paul Pierce. 

Jefferson's ascent to one of the premier young big men in the league helped the Celtics acquire future Hall of Fame forward Kevin Garnett in a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2007. Jefferson was the prized piece of the Wolves' return for Garnett, and without the young star, the C's might not have been able to pull off the deal. That trade arguably was the primary reason why C's won the 2008 NBA Finals as Garnett changed the culture in Boston, won 2008 Defensive Player of the Year and was a nightmare for opponents on offense. 

So, as Jefferson transitions from NBA retirement to a new career in the "Big 3", Celtics fans should always appreciate him for helping the franchise reach its ultimate goal after a 22-year drought.

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