Kyrie Irving says the struggling Celtics are nearing 'that rock bottom point'

29 November, 2018, 06:34 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Boston Celtics vs New Orleans Pelicans

"It's not anything that I'm going to have a say-so in or anything else, so we don't bother about it", Gentry said.

Around the rim: Boston's Terry Rozier scored 14 points. Anthony Davis was held to a pedestrian 27 points and 16 rebounds (pedestrian by Brow standards, that is), and other than a hot streak from Nikola Mirotic in the second quarter, none of Davis' supporting cast was able to get much going.

The 25-year-old forward has two years and $52 million left on his Pelicans deal along with a $29 million player option for the 2020/21 National Basketball Association season so only a trade is possible for now.

"I think we all just started focusing on what we did two or three years ago, not anxious about who's getting the shots, just trying to lock in on the defensive end and move the ball".

Irving closed out a 26-point, 10-assist performance with a 3-pointer and a tough baseline fade over Davis, and the Celtics pulled away late for a 124-107 victory over the Pelicans on Monday night.

"We gave up too many uncontested threes, and this (Boston) team is a great three-point shooting team anyway", Alvin Gentry said. As one of the most highly anticipated teams heading into the 2018-19 season, throughout 21 games, the team has an 11-10 record which stands sixth in the Eastern Conference.

New Orleans trailed almost the entire game, falling behind early because of eight first-quarter turnovers that led to 11 Celtics points. Davis is now under contract for two more seasons, with a player option for the 2020-21 season.

The Pelicans will look to put an end to their disappointing recent run of results as they face the struggling Washington Wizards on Wednesday.

Irving raised a some eyebrows a few weeks ago when he did not mention Smart in a laundry list of players who needed to step up as leaders. So we expect him to be in the right spots and doing the right things. The Celtics have an abundance of talent, but it is about chemistry and players working as a unit to be successful. "We're not playing with the same personality we played with previous year".

Boston's road trip started off on a good note as the Celtics won at Atlanta 114-96 on Friday. "We get a chance to go back home and get some wins".

"We won't be settled on a starting lineup until forever", he joked after Monday's win.



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