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Kyrie Irving has special message for Marcus Smart after Celtics' Game 1 win vs. Pacers

Kyrie Irving has special message for Marcus Smart after Celtics' Game 1 win vs. Pacers

The Boston Celtics won't have veteran guard Marcus Smart for their first-round NBA playoff series against the Indiana Pacers because of an oblique injury, but his teammates were thinking of him during Sunday's Game 1 win at TD Garden.

Smart would have appreciated Boston's defensive effort in the series opener. The Celtics' defense was excellent, holding the Pacers to 33.3 percent shooting in an 84-74 victory.

Following the win, C's point guard Kyrie Irving had a special message for his teammate. Check it out in the video below:

Smart responded on Twitter a short while after Game 1.

Irving's own defense was fantastic against the Pacers, and that's a great sign for the Celtics. He also scored 20 points, along with seven assists and five rebounds in his first career playoff game with Boston.

The Celtics will aim for a similarly dominant defensive performance Wednesday night when they can take a 2-0 series lead before the action shifts to Indiana.

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NBA trade targets: Notable players now eligible to be dealt before deadline

NBA trade targets: Notable players now eligible to be dealt before deadline

One of the most exciting aspects of each NBA season is the steady stream of rumors and speculation leading up to the trade deadline.

After an unprecedented number of star players found new homes in free agency over the summer, nearly all of those players are now eligible to be traded as of Sunday, Dec. 15. Now that nearly every player in the league can be dealt, the number of trade proposals and rumors discussed and debated should increase quite a bit leading up to the Feb. 6 deadline.

So, which players newly eligible to be dealt are among the most intriguing for title contenders?

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Tremont Waters, Carsen Edwards carry Red Claws in win over Drive

Tremont Waters, Carsen Edwards carry Red Claws in win over Drive

Tacko Fall, Carsen Edwards, Tremont Waters, and Romeo Langford all were in action for the Maine Red Claws again on Sunday vs. the Grand Rapids Drive.

Here's how all four C's rookies fared in Maine's 108-103 victory:

TACKO FALL

It was another quiet night for Fall, who contributed 6 points (2-for-5 shooting), 4 rebounds and 2 blocked shots in 21 minutes.


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CARSEN EDWARDS

Edwards was one of the Red Claws' standout players in this one as the C's No. 33 overall pick had 28 points on 9-of-18 shooting (4-of-8 from 3). He also added 6 steals and 5 assists in his second game with Maine.


ROMEO LANGFORD

Langford played 19 minutes but didn't make much of an impact as he recorded 0 points (0-for-5 shooting) and turned the ball over four times. The Indiana product did, however, notch 2 blocks and 2 steals.


TREMONT WATERS

Waters starred alongside Edwards with 28 points (6-of-11), 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals. The G League Player of the Month for November continues to thrive as Maine's most consistent player.

Also with standout performances were Kaiser Gates (21 points, 10 rebounds) and Yante Maten (8 points, 13 rebounds).

Next, the Red Claws will visit the Canton Charge on Thursday at 3 p.m. ET.

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