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Stars, studs, and duds: Motivated C's take down Bulls in blowout fashion

Stars, studs, and duds: Motivated C's take down Bulls in blowout fashion

BOSTON – Losing is never a good feeling, but there was an extra bad taste in the mouth of the Boston Celtics after their 108-85 drubbing at the hands of the Chicago Bulls earlier this month. 

“We marked this one down, even after we lost that we wanted to make emphasis on this game,” said Boston’s Jaylen Brown. 

And that emphasis centered on making the Bulls feel them defensively, get timely shot making and don’t let up until the game was secured. 

Mission accomplished. 

The Celtics took over in the third quarter and never let up in defeating Chicago 117-92. 

“We definitely thought about it,” said Boston’s Marcus Smart. “As a competitor, you definitely think about those games. They took care of home court; they embarrassed us. We knew we had to bring it tonight.”

And they did, even when the score didn’t necessarily reflect that. 

At the half, Boston was ahead 60-58 and Celtics head coach Brad Stevens felt good about this because, in his eyes, they were playing good basketball and so was Chicago. 

But the third quarter was when Boston began to pull away and eventually outscored the Bulls in the third, 38-18. 

And that only added to the motivation of the Celtics coming into tonight’s game. 

“We feel like they played really well, but we beat them,” Brown said. “And when they beat us a few weeks ago I feel like we beat ourselves. Tonight, we just had to come out and play and just be the best version of us.”

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Boston’s 117-92 win over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday.

STARS

Kyrie Irving: His string of consecutive games with 30 or more points comes to an end tonight, but that had more to do with the lopsided nature of the game than anything else. Irving still managed to lead all scorers with 25 points on 9-for-15 shooting which included him draining five of his seven 3-pointers. 

 

STUDS

Jaylen Brown: Jaylen Brown came up with some big shots in the third quarter that helped the Celtics pull away in the third quarter. He finished with 20 points on 7-for-10 shooting which included 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range. 

Bobby Portis: For a good chunk of the game, Portis was as dominant as anyone on the floor tonight. But he was a non-factor in the second half, finishing with a team-best 17 points with 15 coming in the first two quarters of play. 

 

DUDS

Kris Dunn: This was not the kind of homecoming Dunn was hoping for. The New London, Conn. native had just two points while missing 11 of the 12 shots he took from the field. And his plus/minus for the game? That was -29 which was easily the worst plus/minus for the game.

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Celtics sign Greg Monroe to 10-day contract

Celtics sign Greg Monroe to 10-day contract

BOSTON -- With injuries, inexperience and the need for rest making the Boston Celtics even more vulnerable when it comes to their frontcourt depth, the team has apparently found a temporary solution. 

Shams Charania of the Athletic says ex-Celtic Greg Monroe has agreed to a 10-day contract with Boston. 

Monroe played 26 games with the Celtics last season, averaging 10.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 19.1 minutes per game. 

He appeared in 38 games with Toronto this season before being traded to the Brooklyn Nets who wound up waiving the 28-year-old center. 

Signing Monroe to a 10-day contract makes sense for both the Celtics and Monroe. 

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For Boston, it affords them the opportunity to rest Al Horford and not be overly concerned about the center position with Aron Baynes’ ankle sprain, originally diagnosed as a Grade-2 sprain, apparently not being as severe following an MRI in Boston

He could return as early as Sunday’s game against San Antonio, but the addition of Monroe gives Boston the option of allowing Baynes added time to rest even if he’s healthy enough to resume action. 

And for Monroe, he will get an opportunity to play and in doing so, potentially up his stock in the eyes of potential suitors this summer when he’s seeking to be signed during the free agency period. 

Boston also has rookie Robert Williams III and Daniel Theis at center, but both have had their shares of inconsistent play which made the need for adding a proven, veteran center a necessity in the eyes of the Celtics as they try and close out the season playing well, with momentum heading into the playoffs. 

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Marcus Smart on ejection: 'I’ll do it over again'

Marcus Smart on ejection: 'I’ll do it over again'

Marcus Smart was ejected in the Boston Celtics' Wednesday night loss to the Philadelphia 76ers after he angrily shoved the Sixers' star center, Joel Embiid, in the back.

On Friday, Smart addressed the incident during the team's media availability in Charlotte — and he wasn't exactly apologetic.

"I thought it was just really obvious that it was an illegal screen that should’ve been called and I thought it should’ve been cleaned up," Smart told reporters. "You know, if you called that screen or you make the right call, you just don’t let an offensive player do what he wanted. Allow the defender to protect himself and protect his space as well. None of that ever happened.

"So, with the illegal elbow, I don’t know if you guys watched this but you can even see Joel lean in with the elbow. You can see Joel walk off like he didn’t even do anything. I don’t know what the call was. So, after that, I waited for the call, it didn’t happen, and I just got up and pushed him."

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The Celtics were up 11 when Smart exited the game, but they ultimately ended up losing by three points. Brad Stevens expressed his disappointment in Smart's decision after the game, specifically citing Aron Baynes' injury as part of the reason that the team really needed Smart on the floor.

Smart ended up being issued a $50,000 fine from the NBA.

Despite the end result of everything, Smart said that he wouldn't change anything about what he did.

"I’ll do it over again. I’m going to protect myself at all times, especially if I don’t feel like I’m being protected out there like everybody else is. If you don’t want to clean it up, I’ll clean it up myself."

Smart will return to the Celtics' lineup on Saturday against the Hornets. He'll help out the team, as they have already declared three rotation players out for the game in Charlotte.

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