Kyrie Irving returned to the court on Tuesday night against the Brooklyn Nets after missing one game due to a minor facial fracture he suffered on Friday. "So that's that. Just wearing a mask for precautionary reasons".
"I'm glad I get to wear a clear one".
"When I take off the mask, I can see everything".
"I was telling some of my teammates, some of the fans, too, they were asking me whether I was going to wear the black mask". When he missed a layup while being fouled on a late first-half drive, Irving angrily pried it off his face.
Aldridge, a product of Dallas' Seagoville High School, scored eight points during a decisive stretch of the fourth quarter.
Horford has shot 16-for-19 during his past two games.
On the other hand, he loves what comes next: Boston putting its 13-game winning streak on the line against the National Basketball Association champions.
These Nets are a volume-shooting, pace-accelerated team under coach Kenny Atkinson.
The coolest thing about the special edition shoes is Irving took them off his feet after the game and gave them to a military member of the United States Armed Forces that was sitting courtside. They set the tone.
In 13 starts this season, the four-time NBA All-Star is now averaging 20.3 points, 5.2 assists, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.9 steals per game in roughly 31 minutes of action per contest. They're great at that. "You've got to have the complete game, and that's where we were lacking".
The C's lead grew to 95-83 heading into the final five minutes, but Brooklyn found its range again, and Alan Crabbe cut the deficit to 95-91 with back-to-back 3-pointers. The Celtics will now sit at 13-2, with the NBA's best record, when they take on the West-leading defending National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors on Thursday night in a marquee nationally televised matchup between the league's best offense (Golden State, averaging a blistering 116.1 points per 100 possessions) and its No. 1 defense (Boston, allowing a minuscule 95.8 points-per-100).
Boston then finally put it away with Jaylen Brown's alley-oop feed to Tatum before Irving hit two free throws to make it 106-96.
"We're just gelling together, and we're defending our (butts) off", Morris said.