If Tuesday evening’s matchup is any indication of how the Jap Convention will shake out down the stretch, the Boston Celtics are in bother.
The Raptors fully dominated the struggling Celtics 118-95 to ship a message to a crew that entered the season as one of many favorites to return out of the East. Now, the Celtics are a crew searching for solutions.
“Now we have to be much more related as a crew,” stated coach Brad Stevens. “That’s been a theme for some time.”
Marcus Good, who completed with 5 factors and was a team-worst minus-25 on the sport, echoed that sentiment.
”No one is collectively. We have got to have everyone on the identical web page, doing the identical issues on the similar time.”
The Celtics had been most out of sync in a brutal second quarter, when Toronto constructed a 31-point lead by outscoring Boston 36-13. One alternate within the quarter didn’t sit properly with Good, who was ready on the wing for what might need been a wide-open nook Three. As an alternative, Jaylen Brown drove down the lane, resulting in a cost and a livid Good.
Here is the cost on Brown, adopted by Good barking at him: pic.twitter.com/1buz8XVSeJ
— Chris Grenham (@chrisgrenham) February 27, 2019
Kyrie Irving, who was held to seven factors on Three-for-10 taking pictures, wouldn’t touch upon Good’s evaluation.
”That is Marcus’ opinion,” stated Irving, who has drawn his personal warmth currently for a few of his feedback in relation to teammates.
At 37-24, the Celtics presently sit fifth within the Jap Convention, 9.5 video games behind first-place Milwaukee and reeling after losses to the Bulls and now the Raptors, who prolonged their house dominance over the Celtics to eight straight, a streak that dates again to April four, 2015.
Boston will get an opportunity to bounce again Wednesday at house in opposition to the Path Blazers, who had their very own troubles Tuesday, with a number of members spending 30 minutes caught in an elevator in Beantown.
Caught within the elevator with the squad 🤦🏻♂️ 😂 @trailblazerspic.twitter.com/2Yu5zrdFfH
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) February 26, 2019
We lastly acquired it. 🙏🏼🔨 pic.twitter.com/elH231WzTa
— Meyers Leonard (@MeyersLeonard11) February 26, 2019
Break up the Knicks
The Knicks are on a roll, and the Backyard was rockin’ once more Tuesday evening. Thanks to an enormous effort from its reserves, New York rallied to beat the Magic 108-103 for its first two-game profitable streak since November.
No Knicks starter scored in double digits, however the bench stepped up in an enormous manner. The reserves scored 75 factors as coach David Fizdale discovered a spark that ignited Madison Sq. Backyard.
Henry Ellenson, recent off signing a 10-day contract final week, had an enormous evening in his second recreation as a Knick with 13 factors, 9 rebounds and 5 assists in a career-high 36 minutes.
“We simply fought,” Ellenson stated in a walkoff interview after the whistle. “I simply need to take advantage of it.”
The Knicks, who ended an 18-game house dropping streak Sunday by beating the Spurs, outscored the Magic 30-13 within the fourth quarter to tug off the win.
If the Knicks are taking part in for this summer season’s No. 1 draft choose, you couldn’t inform it by the hassle and vibe in Madison Sq. Backyard on Tuesday.
— Alan Hahn (@alanhahn) February 27, 2019
No Jokin’ round in Denver
The Thunder didn’t have many solutions for slowing Nikola Jokic, however somebody most likely ought to have picked him up on this not-so-fast break.
Jokic was large in Tuesday’s nightcap, simply lacking a triple-double with 36 factors, 9 rebounds and 10 assists to steer the Nuggets to a 121-112 win over the Thunder. Jokic drew M-V-P chants from the house crowd and even stepped up within the last minute, displaying no hesitation when the ball turned lodged on high of the backboard.
Stat of the Night time
Knicks rookie Mitchell Robinson is placing up some huge numbers on each ends of the ground currently, placing him in some elite firm:
Mitchell Robinson is the seventh rookie within the final 30 years to report a double-double and 5+ blocks in back-to-back video games. These are the opposite six:
Yao Ming pic.twitter.com/p9eCveXxeZ
— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) February 27, 2019
Dunk of the Night time
Paul George will get the nod tonight, because of this ferocious jam alone on the break.
Stat of the Night time, II
The Celtics had twice as many turnovers within the second quarter (eight) as made baskets (four).
Dish of the Night time
Kyrie Irving did not have the perfect evening in Boston’s blowout loss, however his handles had been nonetheless on full show.
Ask, and also you shall obtain
Kyle Lowry is clearly a person of the individuals.
fan helpfully encourages Lowry to shoot (by way of @outsidethenba) pic.twitter.com/f1Raaq1vWE
— The Render (@TheRenderNBA) February 27, 2019
If the Playoffs began right this moment …
Here is the Playoff Image after Tuesday’s motion: