What can only be described as a tornado of injuries has decimated the Celtics ahead of tonight's meeting with the Pelicans. It's hard to strike a balance with such an overflow of talent, but with every passing game, Stevens seems to inch closer to a solution that will return Boston to the top of the Eastern Conference. On two occasions, Boylen pulled all his starters out of the game.
Meanwhile, Aron Baynes is questionable for Wednesday's game with a left ankle sprain while Al Horford is experiencing left knee soreness and also remains questionable. He scored 21 points off the bench and helped Boston to a decisive victory over the visiting New York Knicks. "It's been a while since I've played that long, but I feel great". That's why we have 12 guys on the roster.
Jusuf Nurkic contributed 22 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks, four assists and three steals as the Trail Blazers, who scored the final 10 points after trailing 105-103, won their second straight game.
"We were very, very honest with one another; very direct", Carter said. "Then we have three or four days off where we can rest and regroup, try to recollect ourselves, then try to string wins together. That's all I'm anxious about is getting wins for this team and hopefully we can get further than we did a year ago". And we're going to work at getting there.
Morris was aggressive from the start, knowing he had to step up and do more without Irving, Horford and Hayward on the floor.
"The first thing was be a leader", Morris said. He also provided several key defensive plays, including a block on Allonzo Trier's layup attempt with 35 seconds left to preserve a six-point lead.
"Our meeting is what I thought we needed", Boylen said.
Given the rookie's history of tardiness, and other absent-minded behavior, it was fair to wonder if Williams had gotten himself into any type of adventure during the two-hour trip to Portland.
"For sure", said Davis. "I went to shootaround". I just tried to shoot over. Young players already questioning their new coach isn't a good look, but what has been in the GarPax era?
So it was another instance of the Celtics plugging holes, a formula they had down pat throughout last season.
"You just need five guys to play". "I don't want to have to keep dealing with this, and the question marks, game after game. We're supposed to make shots".