Once Irving's future in Boston is established under a new contract - or once he signs with another team, an outcome that is still possible in spite of his vocalized plan - then the Celtics will be unhampered to trade for Davis, who isn't scheduled to become a free agent until 2021. The Pelicans did make some runs as the Celtics struggled to close quarters, and New Orleans had their deficit down to six early in the fourth quarter. Instead, New Orleans committed 22 turnovers in a 124-107 loss to the Boston Celtics.
Boston's lead ballooned to as many as 20 points in the second quarter.
"That's how we're used to playing", Smart said following the win.
But after 20 games they're just 10-10 and looking anything like a championship team.
Davis scored five straight points on a short fade as he was fouled and a pair of free throws to cut it to 93-87 with almost nine minutes to play.
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"Get me off the ball", Jrue Holiday said half-jokingly at Tuesday's practice. He has established himself as one of the best big men in the league that is a legitimate two-way player as he's coming off another All-Star Game selection and his first Defensive Player of the Year award. We did pretty well with our unit tonight.
The 25-year-old New Orleans Pelicans big man has ascended among the elite National Basketball Association players, putting up eye-popping nightly figures over the past five years while becoming a perennial All-Star. "We have to get that swagger back".
Davis is now heading into the third year of his five-year, $127.1 million deal that contains no player or team options that run through the 20-21 campaign.
The Celtics opened up their largest lead with an 11-0 run that began with three straight three-point possessions: Irving's floater in the lane as he was fouled, Irving's 3-pointer and Tatum's driving layup while being fouled. "That's the only thing that matters right now". It's uncertain whether he'll play against the Celtics. "Overall, we've got to play better than we're playing". Smart was the only member of Boston's starting five not to hit double digits in points, but his impact was elsewhere. The Celtics host Cleveland on Friday night. Still, there's plenty of time for the Celtics to get back on track.
"We won't be settled on a starting lineup until forever", he joked after Monday's win.