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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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NBA Rumors: Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant won't play for Nets when season resumes

NBA Rumors: Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant won't play for Nets when season resumes

Since the NBA's suspended season has given Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant months to recover from their respective injuries, some believed they could return and make the Brooklyn Nets title contenders.

That theory was put to rest on Friday.

Durant confirmed to ESPN's Marc J. Spears he will not be returning to play when the NBA season resumes in Orlando, Fla. next month. As for Irving, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski says the former Boston Celtics guard suggested on Friday's NBPA conference call it's possible he could join the team... as an inactive player.


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Durant missed the entire 2019-20 campaign after rupturing his Achilles tendon in last year's NBA Finals. Irving underwent surgery in March to repair an impingement in his right shoulder that ended his first season with the Nets after only 20 games.

Brooklyn currently holds the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 30-34 record on the season.

Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck offers thoughts on NBA's 22-team return plan

Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck offers thoughts on NBA's 22-team return plan

On Thursday, the NBA announced a 22-team plan to resume the 2019-20 season in Orlando, Fla.

The plan passed by an overwhelming 29-1 vote among teams, with the Portland Trail Blazers as the only organization to vote against it. Boston Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck, obviously, was one of the many in favor of the plan and discussed why Friday on Felger & Mazz.

"The point that seemed the most fair is not to give a team that was lagging farther behind in the East, and that was for example [the Charlotte Hornets] who are seven games back," Grousbeck said. "In the history of the NBA, no one has ever come from seven games back at this point in the season. And so, it's more fair to say no, we can only take so many teams because of safety.

"We don't want to have 500 more people with all 30 teams. We'd just have more of a chance of getting shut down because of the virus. So there was a line to be drawn, and we all decided 29-1 that this was the most fair line."

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With safety as the No. 1 concern going forward, it's a no-brainer to limit the teams heading down to Walt Disney World to only the ones that can fight for a playoff spot.

Grousbeck also suggested that the Eastern Conference No. 1 seed Milwaukee Bucks could be the C's first opponent when the league returns to action. The Celtics were preparing for a matchup in Milwaukee when the season was suspended in mid-March.

"I think our first game is going to be Milwaukee, which that would be interesting," Grousbeck said. "Because that's what the schedule looks like just from the current schedule. We don't have the new schedule yet. But we'll probably start right off with Milwaukee."

The C's currently have the No. 3 seed in the East as they prepare to return to the court.

You can hear the rest of what Grousbeck had to say in the video above.