Published: Sat, November 17, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Celtics’ Gordon Hayward no longer has a firm minutes restriction

Celtics’ Gordon Hayward no longer has a firm minutes restriction

Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics are 7-6 and have lost their last two games. "Until we decide we've had enough and own up, and hold our ground with one-on-one and team defense, we're going to continue getting hit in the mouth".

LaVine, now in his fifth year out of UCLA, has scored 20 or more in every game this season, and 15 straight overall.

The Celtics were in need of a reboot.

Waiting for the Celtics at the TD Garden after they stumbled through a 1-4 western swing were the sub-.500 Chicago Bulls, who were minus three of their top players.

But the Celtics more than responded in the second quarter, outscoring the Bulls 32-11, and scoring 37 of the game's next 49 points in total, and truly letting their talent take over in what finished as a 111-82 final. "I said it before the season, it's whatever to me". The expectations for this season are championship or bust, and Boston needs to start showing they can play with the best of them.

Jabari Parker scored 14 in the first quarter for the Bulls, but was shut out the rest of the way.

It's safe to say the Celtics, for the time being at least, are no longer the favorites to win the Eastern Conference, and Smart might be feeling that more than anyone else.

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Boston then went for the kill to start the second half as Al Horford's basket capped an 8-2 run for a 59-37 lead just 114 seconds in the third quarter as the lead as high as 25 on Tatum's fourth 3-pointer of the night less than one minute later.

"One of the toughest things to do in this league is to come off a road trip, good or bad, and play well in front of the home fans", Irving said.

Baynes opened the fourth quarter for Boston with a 3-pointer and added a three-point play with 9:46 remaining to extend the margin to 87-64.

"We came out too lackadaisical", LaVine said after the loss. Having (Gordon) Hayward and Kyrie back, they're one of those teams that can have a huge night on you.

Boston went 1-4 on its recent trip and has shown an inability to compete for a full game.

"We were prepared. I think that we've been prepared other games but we've got to match that with the attitude and effort to execute on both ends", Irving said. This is an interesting development considering talk of Gordon Hayward potentially accepting a bench role-starting tonight, maybe-and Morris being the most likely pick to take his place in the starting lineup.

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