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A total team effort as Celtics blow out Bulls

A total team effort as Celtics blow out Bulls

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Jaylen Brown: The last time the Celtics played without Kyrie Irving in Chicago, they got blasted by the Bulls in what turned out to be their most lopsided loss of the season. Brown wasn’t trying to see a repeat as he took control and finished with a game-high 21 points. 

 

STUDS

Al Horford: It was indeed a nice bounce-back game for Al Horford who was brutally bad against Houston on Saturday. Against the Bulls, he had 13 points on 6-for-8 shooting to go with seven rebounds.

Jayson Tatum: Similar to Horford, Tatum had a solid game in the Celtics’ frontcourt as well. He had 14 points and five rebounds to go with a blocked shot.

Greg Monroe: Monroe is on a nice roll, tallying a near double-double with 10 points on 5-for-7 shooting along with nine rebounds. It was Monroe’s third straight game scoring in double figures. 

 

DUDS

Denzel Valentine: He finished the night with a nice stat line of 20 points, but much of his scoring came after the game was well out of hand in Boston’s favor. 

Bobby Portis: He’s usually the one Chicago player that gives the Celtics fits, regardless of the outcome. But not on Monday, with Portis scoring just seven points on 2-for-8 shooting from the field.

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Gordon Hayward close to new sneaker deal with Nike

Gordon Hayward close to new sneaker deal with Nike

Celtics star Gordon Hayward is close to coming to terms on a multi-year deal with Nike after being courted by a number of shoemakers.

Chinese company Anta and Boston-based New Balance, which has a sponsorship deal with the C's new Auerbach Center training facility, were also pursuing Hayward.

Anta reportedly made Hayward an offer about a month ago, according to ESPN's Nick DePaula:

Former Celtics Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo had deals with Anta. Hayward, coming back this season after missing nearly all of last season after an injury five minutes into Celtics debut, had been with Nike, including wearing the company's Kobe 11 shoe.

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NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Podcast: Kyrie Irving discusses why he has not committed to the Celtics long term

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NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Podcast: Kyrie Irving discusses why he has not committed to the Celtics long term

1:00 - Kyrie Irving talked with Jackie MacMullan and discussed everything from how his knee feels to why he hasn’t committed to Boston long term, Our Early Edition crew discusses what he had to say.

7:50 - Marc Bertrand and Phil Perry break down the Patriots-Lions match up on Sunday, and debate whether the Lions have any shot of doing what the Jaguars did to the Patriots.

14:30 - Steve Buckley joins BST to discuss Chris Sale’s performance against the Indians.

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