Celtics Notebook: All-Star Game Relieves Reeling Celtics
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The Celtics went down to Washington, D.C. on Thursday and came away with a 110-104 overtime win against the Wizards. Kyrie Irving poured in 28 points for the Celtics while Otto Porter Jr. led Washington with 27 points.
The return to Boston didn’t prove positive for the Celtics, as they lost to the Pacers 97-91. Irving had 21 points for Boston but was outgunned by Victor Oladipo, who had 35 points for Indiana.
Lebron James and the Cavaliers came into town on Sunday and proved to be too much for the Celtics, winning 121-99. James had 24 points and 10 assists while Terry Rozier led Boston with 21 points off the bench.
The Celtics wrapped things up before the All-Star break at home against the Clippers, falling 129-119. DeAndre Jordan had 30 points and 13 rebounds for Los Angeles, while Irving poured in 33 points. Boston heads into the break on a three-game losing streak.
Pierce thinks Garnett’s number should be in the rafters
Paul Pierce’s No. 34 was lifted into the rafters on Sunday, and he already has ideas as to whose number belongs up there next.
“Without a doubt, KG’s number will be [the next one] retired in Boston,” Pierce told ESPN. “It’s going to happen.”
Kevin Garnett spent six years in Boston, winning a championship with Pierce and Ray Allen in 2008. No Celtic has worn Garnett’s No. 5 since he was traded to Brooklyn in 2013.
Celtics participating in All-Star Weekend
The Celtics’ presence will be felt in Los Angeles this weekend, and not just in the All-Star game.
All weekend long, current and former Celtics will take part in the festivities. On Friday, Paul Pierce will play in the Celebrity All-Star Game as a part of Team Clippers. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown will both be participating in the Rising Stars game, both as members of the U.S. team.
Al Horford will be the lone Celtic participating on Saturday night as he will participate in the Skills Competition. Then, in the main event on Sunday night, Kyrie Irving (Team Lebron) and Horford (Team Steph) will face off in the NBA All-Star game.
Next seven days at a glance
No games are scheduled for the next week due to the All-Star break.