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Celtics rally in the second half to clip the Hawks for third straight win

Celtics rally in the second half to clip the Hawks for third straight win

It wasn’t pretty but the Boston Celtics came to Atlanta and will leave with the only thing that matters - a victory - following a 113-105 win over the Hawks which snapped an 0-for-January record on the road.

The Celtics (28-18) have now won three in a row after dropping their previous three games - all on the road.

Boston spent a good chunk of the game playing from behind which has been a common occurrence for them on the road.

Adding to their adversity was the loss of Marcus Smart in the third quarter after being whistled for a second technical foul which is an automatic ejection.

But the loss of Smart seemed to light a spark in his teammates who rallied from a double-digit deficit for the win.

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds in Boston’s victory over the Hawks.

STARS

Kyrie Irving: For large chunks of the first half, Kyrie Irving carried the Celtics offensively which is when he scored 23 of his game-high 32 points.

Kevin Huerter: We know about his shot-making, but Huerter has play-making skills as well. In addition to scoring a team-high 19 points, he also dished out seven assists with three steals.

STUDS

Jayson Tatum: Good bounce-back for Jayson Tatum after a career-worst game last night against Memphis, tallying 19 points to go with five rebounds.

John Collins: One of the best young bigs in the NBA, Collins tallied a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds along with three assists.

Jaylen Brown: Without Gordon Hayward (personal reasons), Brown came up big all game long before finishing with 14 points off the bench.

Trae Young: It was another solid night for the rookie, scoring 16 points to go with seven assists.  

Terry Rozier: He didn’t shoot the ball well but there was no denying his impact on the game especially after Marcus Smart was ejected in the third quarter. Rozier finished with a near double-double of nine points and 11 rebounds to go with four assists and three steals.

Al Horford: He missed a bunny (easy basket) that he makes ninety-nine out of 100 times, but that doesn’t take away from what was another solid game by Horford. He tallied a near double-double of 13 points to go with nine rebounds.

DUDS

Marcus Smart: He has been one of the main keys to Boston’s turnaround from a 10-10 start to the season, and the Celtics are fortunate to have come away with a win on a night when Smart got tossed in the third quarter. More details will come about in the coming days will emerge, but Smart has to be - no pun intended - smarter when it comes to this type of stuff. Now to his credit, he has done a great job at keeping his emotions in check most of this season. He’ll have to get back to that mindset right away, although he might miss a game depending on how the league views the incident with Atlanta’s DeAndre’ Bembry that led to his ejection.

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One lesson each Celtics player can take away from World Cup

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One lesson each Celtics player can take away from World Cup

Team Shamrock’s FIBA adventures ended with a whimper Saturday as — under the cloak of East Coast darkness — three of the four Celtics on Team USA logged DNPs (eight points for Jaylen Brown) while the Americans claimed seventh place with an 87-74 win over Poland. Combine that with the fact that Daniel Theis got limited reps with Germany’s early exit and Daniel Poirier hasn’t played big minutes while backing up Rudy Gobert for France and the World Cup experience wasn’t quite as robust as it could have been for the six Celtics players involved.

Still, there were positives to pluck and experiences gained by everyone involved, not the least of which is that a third of Boston’s roster will show up to camp on Oct. 1 in game-ready shape. Still, regardless of Team USA’s medal-less finish and the limited reps for Theis and Poirier, there’s at least one item or lesson that every player can bring with them into the new season.

Celtics' Tacko Fall suffers mild knee sprain during workouts

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Celtics' Tacko Fall suffers mild knee sprain during workouts

Bad news: Tacko Fall reportedly suffered a knee injury during workouts.

Good news: It's a mild knee sprain and the 7-foot-7 Celtics phenom is only expected to miss about a week.

Fall suffered the injury after a collision going up for a block, according to Jared Weiss of The Athletic.

Breathe easy, C's fans. Tacko is going to be just fine.

The UCF product will be in a battle during camp for a spot on the Celtics' 15-man roster. Boston signed former Xavier forward Kaiser Gates last week to compete with Tacko for that spot.

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