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Kyrie Irving Continues Boston Win Streak

TheBoston Celtics’ early season win streak has been extended to 13 games after Kyrie Irving’s 25 points led the No. 1 seed past the Brooklyn Nets.

Returning from a face injury, Irving donned a mask to lead the way, with every Boston starter notching double digits in points.

The win sets up a blockbuster clash with the Golden State Warriors this Friday; who are on their own streak of seven straight wins.

Speaking on the Celtics before Friday’s game, Warriors coach Stever Kerr told reporters, “It sure looks like Boston is the team of the future in the East, with the assets that they still have and their young talent and their coaching, and Kyrie [Irving] is amazing.”

Kerr added: “That looks like a team that is going to be at the top of the East for a long time to come. Whether their time is now or the future, that’s to be determined, but they sure look like they want it to be right now.”

With D’Angelo Russell out indefinitely with a knee injury and Jeremy Lin already sidelined for the season, also with a knee injury, the Nets were game, but woefully shorthanded. And all it took was one five-minute span of dysfunction against the scalding-hot Celtics to cost them in a tightly contested 109-102 affair.

Hearing Boston fans take over among the sellout crowd of 17,732 at Barclays Center was just salt in the Nets’ various wounds, and listening to them serenade New Jersey-bred Celtics star Kyrie Irving with chants of “MVP!” was an added insult. But to be fair, Irving looked the part, dominating while wearing a clear mask in his return from a facial fracture and then giving his shoes to some troops seated courtside.

“The guys competed. We just have to do it for longer stretches. The third quarter really got us,” said Nets coach Kenny Atkinson, whose team briefly got up in isolation ball before promptly giving up a game-turning 19-2 run. “Really it was our offense. We turned the ball over four times, [went] 8-for-23 from the field, so credit them. They turned up their defense, and we couldn’t handle it. We didn’t handle it.”

After opening the season with two losses, Boston won its 13th straight win and kept the streak alive.

Brooklyn Nets vs Boston Celtics Preview

Boston brings 12-game win streak to Brooklyn. Can Brooklyn stop them ? Here is the preview for tonight clash between the  improved and best defense.

After the lose from the Utah Jazz, The Brooklyn Nets tonight face the Celtics. If not for those dudes in Oakland, we’d be talking about the C’s as being the best team in the NBA. They were able to push their winning streak to 12 with an impressive victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday afternoon.

Injuries

D’Angelo Russell got hurt late in Saturday’s game and was officially diagnosed with a left knee contusion (He hurt his right knee earlier this year) It’s likely that he will be out of action for a while. The Nets list him day-to-day. Jarrett Allen has been hampered by a foot injury for the past week, but has been upgraded to “questionable” so he might be returning tonight. Spencer Dinwiddie missed Saturday’s game with a hamstring injury but will probably play and start tonight. Tyler Zeller missed Saturday’s game due to an illness and his status for tonight is unknown.

Gordon Hayward is recovering after suffering a knee injury on Opening Night and is expected to be out for the full season. Of course, if the Celtics keep going at this pace, the season could extend into the spring. Kyrie Irving caught an inadvertent elbow to the face on Friday night and was diagnosed with a minor (relatively speaking of course) facial fracture. He’s listed as questionable.

Predictions :

The Nets have point guard injury problems of their own and will be without D’Angelo Russell.
Russell will sit out Tuesday due to a left knee contusion and Monday coach Kenny Atkinson said Russell is “day to day.”
The Nets did not announce exactly how many games Russell will miss, but he was sidelined for 11 games last season with the Los Angeles Lakers due to soreness in the same knee.

Irving is traveling with the team so there’s a decent chance he will play. Whether it’s Irving or Marcus Smart starting at point guard, the Celtics will attempt to continue winning and produce their 11th streak of at least 13 games in team history.

Our pick for the WIN go for the Celtics . Their winning streak will continue.

Phoenix vs Lakers Post Game – Clarkson saves the day

Lonzo Ball could only watch from the bench as the Los Angeles Lakers pulled away late to beat the Phoenix Suns. Jordan Clarkson was just playing too well to come off the court.

Clarkson scored a season-high 25 points in 26 minutes, and the Lakers beat the Suns 100-93 on Monday night.

“I just came in there aggressive like I try to do every night,” Clarkson said, “score the ball for the same group and just win the game. It was a good win for us, to finish the road trip like this.”

Devin Booker had 36 points, his second consecutive game of at least 35, for the Suns.

Brook Lopez and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 15 apiece for the Lakers, who salvaged the finale of a four-game road trip and won in Phoenix for the second time this season.

Ball, the Lakers rookie coming off his first career triple-double on Saturday night, did not play in the fourth quarter. He had seven points on 3-of-10 shooting, five rebounds, five assists and four turnovers in 28 minutes.

Coach Luke Walton said he came close to putting Ball back in the game but couldn’t pull reserves Clarkson and Corey Brewer.

“There were a couple of times where I was one play from putting him back in,” Walton said, “and one of those guys would make a play.”

The Lakers had just two turnovers in the fourth quarter after committing 14 in the first three.

“I thought we did a great job taking care of the ball,” Lopez said. “And I thought we did a great number defensively as well.”

“I thought the 3-pointers were the difference in the game,” Phoenix interim coach Jay Triano said. “They made seven more 3s than us, and that’s a big part of the game, that’s a big number. I thought our defense was decent enough to keep us in the game, but when they make 14 3s and you make seven, it’s going to be a tough hill.”

Los Angeles shot 14 of 33 on 3s to the Suns’ 7-for-26 effort.

UP NEXT

Lakers: Open a four-game home stand against Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

Suns: Host Houston on Thursday night.

Phoenix Suns – L.A. Lakers

L.A. Looks To Bounce Back In Phoenix After Rough Opener.

The season opener did not go as the Los Angeles Lakers had planned. The team struggled mightily on offense, ultimately falling to the Clippers 108-92. There is no time to dwell however, as the Lakers head straight to Phoenix to take on the Suns.

Like the Lakers, Phoenix had a season opening home loss they would like to forget as they were dominated 124-76 by the Portland Trail Blazers.

Both the Suns and the Lakers are young teams looking to show growth and development this season. This game will be a great early test for both teams as well as a great chance for the young players to get going.

Three Keys to Lakers Victory

Don’t Hang Your Heads: The Lakers’ struggles on offense led to the team losing confidence in the rest of their game, which can’t happen. The team’s defensive performance against the Clippers was actually decent until their offensive issues continued and their effort faltered. Consistent effort must be a staple, and missed shots can’t allow that to change.

Guard the Three-Point Line: Phoenix isn’t a great team, but they have some players who can get hot, especially from deep. Booker, Bledsoe, and Daniels in particular are extremely dangerous while guys like Warren, Chriss, and Bender can knock shots down as well. Nothing gives a team confidence and a crowd life like getting hot from deep and the Lakers’ cant allow it.

Number One Scorer Emerges: Brook Lopez and Brandon Ingram shot a combined 10-34 last night with Ingram in particular struggling with an abysmal 3-15 showing. The Lakers are struggling to score and it is on their top options to get them out of that slump. Whether it is Ingram or Lopez, a number one option has to step up and get this team going on offense.

Projected Line Ups :

Phoenix : 

PG: Eric Bledsoe
SG: Devin Booker
SF: Josh Jackson
PF: T.J. Warren
C: Tyson Chandler

Key Reserves: Tyler Ulis, Dragan Bender, Marquese Chriss, Troy Daniels

Lakers : 

PG: Lonzo Ball
SG: Brandon Ingram
SF: Luol Deng
PF: Larry Nance Jr.
C: Brook Lopez

Key Reserves: Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, Kyle Kuzma, Alex Caruso, Andrew Bogut, Corey Brewer