Their lack of vigor from the jump had Brad Stevens modifying his starting five, though nothing had really provided the spark that Boston needed.
Anthony Davis had just trimmed New Orleans' deficit to a seemingly surmountable seven points when Boston's Kyrie Irving and Jayson Tatum combined to quickly squash any notion of a comeback. With a lower back bruise sidelining Jaylen Brown, Stevens found that spark in Marcus Smart.
"It's not anything that I'm going to have a say-so in or anything else, so we don't bother about it". Nothing has changed for Davis this year, as he's averaging 25 points on 49% shooting, 45% from three, with 13 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and 3 blocks per game for the 4-4 Pelicans. He's a team guy, he made the adjustment and he's played well in that role. It's uncertain whether he'll play against the Celtics.
That's led to a little bit of discomfort in Boston.
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Kyrie Irving has expressed in the past that he wants to lead his own team, and many believed that he would be the face of the Celtics when he signed in 2017. The Pelicans hold a 10-10 record - the same as Boston - and sit in eighth place in the West.
The Boston Celtics have the money to buy the shiny new sports auto. 'It's going to be a Herschel Walker type of deal to go get Anthony Davis'.
New Orleans shot poorly, especially in the first three quarters, and turned the ball over a whopping 21 turnovers, leading to 30 Boston points. But the Celtics did not buckle from the pressure and hit a barrage of threes to stem the tide. National Basketball Association teams once always tried to get a layup in transition, but now they often look for a wide-open three-point shot created from a defense scrambling back to defend the paint.
"We don't impose our fear and will on other teams", [Marcus] Smart said.
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While his free agency is over a year away, there is already buzz about whether Davis will stay with the New Orleans Pelicans, in part because the team isn't close to contending for a championship. We're trying to win games.
"We needed to be on the floor and try and correct those things", Gentry said. "Marcus on the ball took some of that pressure off me, being off the ball as well offensively and defensively".
"I feel like the season is kind of like a rollercoaster", guard Jrue Holiday said.
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