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L2M report says Tyson Chandler fouled Kyrie Irving before Rajon Rondo's game-winner

L2M report says Tyson Chandler fouled Kyrie Irving before Rajon Rondo's game-winner

Just to throw more salt on the wound from the Celtics' 129-128 loss to the Lakers Thursday night, the NBA's Last Two Minute Report stated that Kyrie Irving was fouled by Tyson Chandler moments before Rajon Rondo's game-winning jumper. 

Irving was guarding Brandon Ingram when Chandler set an illegal screen that went uncalled. Al Horford blocked Ingram's layup attempt, but Rondo came up with the loose ball in time to sink Boston on their home floor. 

Here's the play, the screen is set at the 0:14 mark in the video:

It seems like the Celtics were going to switch Horford on to Ingram anyway, and Boston also had three chances to secure the loose ball before Rondo got to it. The general rule of thumb for teams is to not leave it up to the referees at the end of the game. 

However, it's a missed call that would have likely changed the outcome of the game. The Celtics will need every win they can get to secure home-court advantage in at least the first two rounds of the playoffs, so things like this can be frustrating. 

Unfortunately, the L2M report doesn't change the result, so for the Celtics, it's on to the next one. 

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Two years after Celtics-Cavs blockbuster trade: Where are they now?

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Two years after Celtics-Cavs blockbuster trade: Where are they now?

BOSTON -- It’s hard to believe that Thursday marks the two-year anniversary of the Celtics trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers that netted them perennial All-Star Kyrie Irving. 

It was a deal that the Celtics thought would position them to contend for the Larry O’Brien Trophy for many years to come, while the Cavs were getting great value - and a coveted draft pick - for Irving, who had demanded a trade. 

Well, let’s just say things didn’t quite work out as either team had planned. 

 

2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup: How to watch Team USA vs. Australia exhibition

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2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup: How to watch Team USA vs. Australia exhibition

The U.S. men's basketball team will continue its slate of exhibition games down under with a matchup vs. Australia.

It'll be a chance to watch Boston Celtics stars Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart face-off against ex-C's teammate Aron Baynes. The Australian big man was traded earlier this summer from Boston to the Phoenix Suns.

Newly-acquired Celtics guard Kemba Walker also will be in on the action as he looks to build off his strong performance in Team USA's 90-81 win over Spain.

Thursday's game will be first of two matchups for Team USA against Australia before they take on Canada to wrap up their exhibition schedule.

Here's how to watch:

When: Thursday, Aug. 22, 5:30 a.m., ET 
TV Channel: NBA TV
Livestream: Twitch

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