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See why the Celtics' win over Denver was extra special for the Green Team's starters

See why the Celtics' win over Denver was extra special for the Green Team's starters

BOSTON -- We’ve seen a starter or two from the Boston Celtics’ first unit get hot on any given night. 

But all five starters?

That was indeed the case on Friday night in Boston’s 108-95 win over the Denver Nuggets. 

For the first time this season, all five starters for Boston (16-5) shot at least 50 percent from the field. 

  • Marcus Smart 4-for-5 (80 percent)
  • Daniel Theis 3-for-4 (75 percent)
  • Jaylen Brown 8-for-15 (53.3 percent)
  • Jayson Tatum 10-for-19 (52.6 percent)
  • Kemba Walker 8-for-16 (50 percent)

The previous high this season for Celtics starters shooting at least 50 percent from the floor, is four which Boston did on two separate occasions (at San Antonio on Nov. 9 and vs Dallas Nov. 11).

But what made Friday’s performance so special was that Boston did it against a Denver team that came into the game limiting teams to just 42.9 percent shooting from the field which ranked fourth in the NBA. 

Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Cavaliers, which tips off Monday at 7 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Tommy & Mike have the call at 7:30 p.m. You can also stream the game on the MyTeams App.

Lakers-Clippers first non-weather NBA postponement since the Boston Marathon bombings

Lakers-Clippers first non-weather NBA postponement since the Boston Marathon bombings

In the aftermath of the death of Kobe Bryant, the NBA has made the decision to postpone the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers game that had been scheduled for Tuesday night.

The league stated in an official press release that the decision was made "out of respect" for the Lakers as they "deeply grieve" the loss of Bryant and his daughter, Gianna.

Postponing the game is absolutely a sensible decision, but it is rare for the league to do so. As ESPN's Ramona Shelburne pointed out on Twitter, this is the first time that an NBA game had been cancelled or postponed under such circumstances since the Boston Marathon Bombings of 2013.

The NBA has also postponed or cancelled games in the past due to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the Columbine High School massacre, and the 1992 Los Angeles riots. But it's not a common occurrance fpr games to be cancelled for non-weather-related reasons, so this is notable.

Because it was so late in the season, the Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers game was cancelled altogether, as it had no bearing on the final standings in the Eastern Conference.

But the Lakers-Clippers game will be made up at a later date. And surely, the battle for L.A. will contain some tribute to Bryant as they celebrate the life of one of the NBA's greatest.

Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Heat, which begins Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live. You can also stream it on the MyTeams App.

NBA Power Rankings: Countdown to the trade deadline

NBA Power Rankings: Countdown to the trade deadline

BOSTON — With the trade deadline right around the corner, a potential power shift is indeed on the horizon. 

What will the Detroit Pistons do with Andre Drummond? 

We’ve spent most of the season talking about Kevin Love being on the move. Will the Cavs find a partner willing to give them the king’s ransom they’ll seek in such a deal?

And then there’s lesser-known talent like Minnesota’s Robert Covington, widely viewed as a potential piece who could provide some added depth for a team whose sights are set on a deep playoff run. 

Let’s not forget about Andre Iguodala, who is on the books in Memphis but hasn’t played a game all season. While he’s a proven impact player as a starter or as a reserve, is rendering a first-round pick too much for the soon-to-be-36-year-old who's also a  former NBA Finals MVP?

Lots of players, lots of questions and we know what that usually means: lots of fireworks and drama on the rumor mill between now and the February 6 trade deadline. 

Click here for this week's NBA Power Rankings.