Kyrie Irving, Celtics rally from 22 down to top Suns 116-109 in OT

Kyrie Irving, Celtics rally from 22 down to top Suns 116-109 in OT
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For nearly four quarters, the Celtics did all they could to hurt their chances of winning. They scored 35 points in the first half. The Celtics offensive struggles have been the story of their mediocre start to the season. Only the Hawks, Magic, and Suns rank below them in offensive efficiency. The Celtics werent exactly an offensive juggernaut last season, either, but they at least ranked a respectable 18th. Boston is currently averaging three fewer points per 100 possessions at a time when offenses are regularly putting up 120 and 130 a night. Theyve been able to lean on the leagues top-ranked defense to win seven of 11 games thus far, but the talent-laden team that was supposed to play like and maybe even push the Warriors looks more like the Grit n Grind Grizzlies through the seasons first few weeks.

The one bright spot was Kyrie Irving. After going through some struggles of his own to start the season, Irving finally looked like the offensive dynamo Boston traded for over a year ago. He finished with 39 points, 26 of which came in the final two quarters and overtime.

“Most importantly, its being connected to an incredible, incredible culture that has existed way before me and will exist after me and I wanted to be a part of that,” Irving said. “It was the same conversation that I had with my dad when I went to Duke, same conversation I had when I was a St. Patrick Celtic. Its the next challenge in my career and I need to handle it face on.”

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“It was pretty easy man, honestly,” Irving said. “… At the end of the day, I started kind of honing in on what meant the most to me, and that was having a future here in Boston, that was having great teammates, that was having a great training staff, that was having a great coaching staff, that was having great upper management.”

Aside from Jaylen Browns 14 points in the second half, the rest of Bostons core was brutal. Al Horford had seven points on seven shots. Gordon Hayward had eight points on eight shots. Jayson Tatum finished with four points and scored his first bucket of the night with 5:30 left in the fourth quarter. The sophomores other two points came via garbage-time free throws. It was as though the rookie wall Tatum evaded most of last season only to finally come down on him all at once. By the end of the game, Tatum was relegated to setting screens for Irving like he was Aron Baynes.

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With Hayward and Irving healthy and Brown and Tatum another year wiser, the Celtics were supposed to have so much talent that they could simply turn to the best player on a given night if the game got tight. Its a strategy thats worked for the Warriors (Thursday nights 23-point blowout at the hands of the Bucks notwithstanding). But so far, the Celtics look a lot like the team that reeled off 16 straight wins early last season: They will go as far as Kyrie takes them.

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When Boston needed a 3 to tie the game with 6.1 seconds left in the fourth quarter, the Celtics got the ball into Kyries hands. But it wasnt Irvings shot that forced overtime. The Celtics drew a crowd of defenders outside of the 3-point arc, and so he dished it off to Marcus Morris for a wide-open 3:

Irving told Celtics fans at a season-ticket holder event in September he plans to re-sign, but he has requested reporters not ask about contract details so the Celtics dont get in trouble with the league.

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“Its good to know that weve got some of that stuff we [had] last year in that locker room, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.

Of all the Celtics struggling to adjust to the teams new reality, Stevens may be the most jarring. Just a year ago, he was the wunderkind coach with the magic dry-erase board. But maximizing talent is different than managing a team of stars. Stevens has already proved he can make a contender out of spare parts, but what can he make of a team with some of the best the league has to offer?

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The Celtics have time to figure things out. Its only November, and theyre going to keep preaching patience. But while Irvings individual brilliance bailed them out on Thursday, they cant rely on that every night—not against the types of teams theyll need to beat to go farther than they did last postseason. Even talent has its limits.

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The Cowboys dont appear to have a plan to make a playoff push. Weve got an eye on the NFC East in Week 10, as well as the Los Angeles Rams on the rebound.

Appearing on Toucher and Rich (h/t Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston), Ainge said no teams have called him about Rozier since the start of the season.   

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On Wednesday, Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported that at least seven teams are monitoring Rozier in hopes of acquiring him.

One day after a report trickled through Twitter that Rozier was frustrated with his playing time and the Celtics would need to deal him, Rozier said he would have talked to Danny Ainge himself if he had issues with his minutes — an opinion Ainge expressed Thursday morning on the radio as well.

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“What Danny said makes sense because he knows me,” Rozier said. “If you dont know me, then you probably think Id say something like that. I woke up to the news just like you woke up to the news. I dont know where it came from, but like I said, Im happy to be in this position where Im at, to be playing on a team thats mentioned to have a chance to be in the championship, so Im not really worried whats being said. But Danny knows. And thats why he said what he said.”

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After Simmons tweet, Shams Charania of the Athletic included a note about seven teams watching Roziers status.

“Thats how it should be,” Rozier said. “There should be more. Im blessed to be putting on this uniform, representing this organization every day, so I have no complaints. At all.”

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Brad Stevens acknowledged the adjustment going from starter to the bench hasnt been easy for Rozier, which is to be expected.

“Obviously, Terry was a big discussion point yesterday and Terrys been nothing but a great teammate here,” Stevens said. “Hes been nothing but a great guy here. Hes never said a word to me. You know that hes struggling not from saying something but just from not seeing the ball go in as much. But he just keeps on being him. Thats what we love about him. You wouldnt expect anyone thats as ambitious or as accomplished as him to feel any differently than that. And so at the end of the day its on us to help him play better.”

Rozier suggested some of his recent struggles have been a result of pressing — looking to create looks instead of playing within the flow of the game.

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“I feel like I was doing that a little bit,” Rozier said. “I wasnt saying so much minutes, but just when you try to watch a lot of film, you try to find out where you can be aggressive, where you can be effective on this good team, and its tough, but like I said, all that doesnt match if my mind is tangled up with things, if Im pressing it would be tough to play. So I mean it makes sense, so like I said, free mind, everything is good.”

“Thats one of the great things about Terry,” Stevens said. “Hes competitive, hes tough, he wants to impact the game, and sometimes when youre playing less you figure the best way to do that is be ultra-aggressive right out of the gate instead of letting the game and the easy play come to you. Thats something thats hard to adjust to and I think anybody would be struggling to adjust to. So Im not surprised at all that thats part of it and also one of the reasons why Im not gonna stop playing him the way hes playing. Hell get through this and hell be great, because of who he is.”

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Rozier made it clear, though: While coming off the bench is harder than starting, and while the adjustment hasnt always been easy, he isnt complaining, and he certainly isnt going to do it through reporters.

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“I would never go to the media or bring out the unhappy thing, I would never do that,” Rozier said. “Like I said, people who know me know I wouldnt do that. Ive never been a selfish type of person, selfish player. You can tell the way I play Im all about team, we, everything. Everything will be alright. Its not as bad as people make it seem.”


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