Kyrie Irving starts to heat up despite Boston's struggles


Boston and New Orleans entered Monday's matchup sporting identical records, with similar hopes that a sluggish first month-plus of the regular season will soon turn into positive momentum. For the Celtics, a trade package would also have to include Kyrie Irving for this season at least, because of a particular complication.

The Celtics head back to Boston for a Friday night showdown with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Celtics are now handcuffed by the "Rose Rule" that means that they have to include Kyrie Irving in any deal for Davis, however, this will no longer be a factor if Irving signs a new deal in the summer.

"That's how we're used to playing".

They committed eight first-quarter turnovers, fell behind by 20 points in the second quarter and could never catch up. The "Rose Rule" allows certain players coming off their rookie scale contracts to earn 30 percent of the salary cap as opposed to 25 percent. "Not saying that we're there, but for me there is no more time to waste".

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Without Brown, who suffered a tailbone injury in Boston's 113-104 loss to Dallas on Saturday, Nov. 24, Boston is without one of their best forwards.

Real Plus-Minus is an estimate of a player's impact at each end of the floor, expressed as a point differential per 100 possessions, based on both box score statistics and on-off splits.

"Even if we're missing (Davis), we have to play the right way and the right way is to be able to control the ball some", Gentry said.

Of course, Davis is an elite talent, and the package the Pelicans would receive -from the Celtics or anyone else - would have to represent that.

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"I feel like the season is kind of like a rollercoaster", guard Jrue Holiday said. While the Celtics built a 20-point lead and showed signs of regaining their status as an Eastern Conference contender, the Pelicans made numerous mistakes that led to last week's 0-3 road trip. "We get a chance to go back home and get some wins". If we win, they give my team the credit and I'm fine with that ...

"We don't impose our fear and will on other teams", [Marcus] Smart said. "Last year, when they came in, when they played the Celtics, they knew they were in for a fight".

The 25-year-old forward has two years and $52 million left on his Pelicans deal along with a $29 million player option for the 2020/21 National Basketball Association season so only a trade is possible for now.

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