With help from a sensational performance from Kyrie Irving, the Celtics beat the Raptors on Wednesday night.
Irving drilled a deep three late in the fourth quarter that ultimately served as the dagger in the victory, and the Celtics guard finished with 27 points and a career-high 18 assists.
After the win, a rightfully fired up Irving made an optimistic guarantee that helps put the recent Celtics drama on the backburner.
“We’ve just got to become more consistent," Irving said in a postgame interview with ESPN's Lisa Salters. "Once that happens, we’ll run over everybody in this league. I can guarantee it.”
Irving and the Celtics will look to build off the win and get some of that consistency when they take on the Grizzlies at TD Garden on Friday night.
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Should the Boston Celtics make an upgrade ahead of the 2020 NBA trade deadline? Here are seven players who could be moved and may be worth a look from the C's.
If the Detroit Pistons really want to trade Andre Drummond, they'll need to step on the gas pedal.
Teams have "kicked the tires" on a potential Drummond trade but there has been "no traction" on any deal ahead of Feb. 6 NBA trade deadline, Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix reported Friday.
The Boston Celtics reportedly are among the teams interested in the 26-year-old big man, who leads the NBA in rebounds per game (15.7) and ranks eighth in blocks (1.8).
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Drummond would give Boston an answer to Eastern Conference giants like Philadelphia's Joel Embiid and Milwaukee's Brook and Robin Lopez while bolstering a thin frontcourt currently holding its own with Enes Kanter and an overachieving Daniel Theis.
As Mannix points out, though, Drummond's $27 million cap hit could be a deal-breaker for many teams, including the Celtics. The C's would have to move Gordon Hayward or Marcus Smart and at least one other player to make salaries match, but the team seems reluctant to part with any members of their core.
If Boston still wants an upgrade, it may find better luck with Davis Bertans; Mannix reports there's a "feeling around the league" that the Washington Wizards "almost have to shop" the 27-year-old big man, who is averaging 15.3 points per game and shooting 43.4 percent from 3-point range amid a breakout season.
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