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Kyrie heats up on time to carry Celtics to comeback win over Pacers in Game 2

Kyrie heats up on time to carry Celtics to comeback win over Pacers in Game 2

BOSTON -- Kyrie Irving is a bad man; bad meaning good, damn good. 

The Celtics looked like a team treading water most of Game 2 against Indiana, only for Irving to do what the game’s great ones do - elevate his play when his team desperately needed him to as Boston rallied for a 99-91 win Wednesday night that put the C's up 2-0 in their first-round series. 

Those around Irving did their jobs better, harder with more effort defensively and left him the job of carrying the offense. 

Did. He. Ever. 

Irving’s fourth-quarter heroics were just what the Celtics needed.

The six-time All-Star finished with 37 points, nine of which came in the fourth quarter as Boston rallied from a double-digit, fourth-quarter deficit to take control of the series that now shifts to Indianapolis for Games 3 Friday and 4 on Sunday. 

Here are some of the standouts from the nail-biting Game 2 win:

MVP - Kyrie Irving
He delivered a slew of big plays when the game mattered most, the kind of performance that reminds us all why Irving is widely considered one of the best players in the NBA - not just a great ball-handler, but a great player.  He led all scorers with 37 points on 15-for-26 shooting along with six rebounds and seven assists. 

Most Improved - Jayson Tatum
He was having a solid night by and large, but he came up big when it absolutely mattered. After missing a wide open 3-pointer that would have put the Celtics ahead late in the game, he drained one for the go-ahead basket and sealed the victory with a dunk while being fouled with 8.8 seconds to play. He would finish the night with 26 points on 11-for-20 shooting. 

Sixth Man -Tyreke Evans
One of the main reasons why the Pacers played with a lead most of the game was Tyreke Evans off the bench. He would tally 13 points on 5-for-9 shooting with seven rebounds. 

Turning Point
With the Celtics trailing 91-89, Bojan Bogdanovic drove into the lane and had his shot blocked by Al Horford. Boston quickly got the ball up court and into the hands of Jayson Tatum, whose 3-pointer gave the Celtics a 92-91 lead they would never relinquish. 

Dud - Marcus Morris
From Game 1 Hero to.. this. After dropping 20 points in Game 1, Morris missed all eight of his shots in Game and finished without scoring a single point. 

Up Next
The series shifts to Indiana for Games 3 and 4 on Friday and Sunday.
 

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Breakfast Podcast, July 18, 2019: July 18, 2019: Chris Sale gets his first win at Fenway in 2019

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Breakfast Podcast, July 18, 2019: July 18, 2019: Chris Sale gets his first win at Fenway in 2019

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01:33: After revealing that he had a, “pretty good idea,” that Kyrie would be leaving in March or April, Danny Ainge clarified his comments to say it was always a possibility Kyrie would stay. A. Sherrod Blakely, Trenni Kusnierek, and Kyle Draper discuss his clarification and predict who the new leader in the C’s locker room will be.

07:11: After Enes Kanter showed off his personality during Celtics introduction, we wonder what will he be bringing to Boston not only on the court but off the court as well.

12:30: Finally, Lou Merloni joins Tom Giles and Michael Holley to discuss Chris Sale’s comeback at Fenway- getting his first win at home in 2019.

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Report: Celtics sign guard Max Strus to two-way contract

Report: Celtics sign guard Max Strus to two-way contract

After signing Javonte Green to a partially guaranteed deal on Thursday, the Celtics reportedly made another move.

Boston signed guard Max Strus to a two-way contract, per Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports.

Strus averaged 9.7 points in Celtics Summer League and shot 45 percent from beyond the arc. He averaged 20.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game last season with DePaul.

C's fans will have their fingers crossed that Tacko Fall will be the next to sign a new contract. According to Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, they're trying to get a deal done with the 7-foot-7 phenom.

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