For most of the first quarter of Boston's matchup against Minnesota, based on how both teams came out misfiring, you would have thought the game was being played outdoors in the frigid temperatures and swirling wind. Smart had a team-high 18 points for the Celtics (32-10), doing so on 8-for-13 shooting from the field. It felt good to see a couple shots finally go down," Smart said.
Defense dominated as Boston went back-and-forth with Minnesota for three quarters. The fourth belonged to the Celtics, who pulled away early in the final period and held off the Timberwolves 91-84 on Friday night. ''We just stuck with it and the defense came and gave us a victory,'' said Marcus Smart, who led Boston with 18 points.
Marcus Smart scores 18 points off the bench and Kyrie Irving adds 16 as the Boston Celtics defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves, 91-84.
Karl-Anthony Towns finishes with 25 points and a career-high 23 rebounds against the Boston Celtics.
For most of this season, the Cleveland Cavaliers were forced to mix and match at point guard while waiting for Isaiah Thomas to fully recover from his hip injuries. Thomas made his debut for the Cavaliers on Tuesday and when they visit the Orlando Magic on Saturday night, he will be in the starting lineup. "I'm just used to two or three guys always on me," Thomas said.
Point guard Isaiah Thomas will make his first start for Cleveland on Saturday as the Cavaliers seek a bounce-back win against the Magic in Orlando. Thomas, traded to Cleveland from the Boston Celtics prior to the season, was idle until this week as he recovered from a nagging hip injury. Thomas scored 17 points in 19 minutes off the bench in a win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday and said that "for the most part" he feels fine.
BOSTON — We've reached that time of year, my friends. It's the time of year when the Cleveland Cavaliers' season starts to go off the rails a bit — as it did each of the past three campaigns. And through some combination of fans panicking, LeBron James tweeting cryptically and the front office wheeling and dealing, the Cavs made it to three straight NBA Finals. Wednesday's loss — a 102-88 stinker against the Boston Celtics — shouldn't be all that surprising. Cleveland, the oldest team in the league, was playing on the second night of a back-to-back. And the Cavaliers were playing on the road after flying in late Tuesday night. And they were playing a Celtics team that had 2? months to stew
Paul Pierce is getting his jersey retired by the Boston Celtics on February 11, but the team has another plan that same evening. As such, the team is planning a video tribute for Thomas, which Pierce has said he would rather see the team skip. The Cavaliers and the Celtics met for the first time in 2018 on Wednesday, but Thomas was not active.
The Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo is the leading vote-getter in the first fan returns of NBA All-Star voting released on Thursday. Greece's Antetokounmpo, who earned his first All-Star nod last season, received 863,416 votes to edge the Cleveland Cavaliers' four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James (856,080) by 7,336 votes for the top spot in the Eastern Conference and overall after the first 12 days of fan voting. Antetokounmpo, 23, has enjoyed a stellar start to the 2017-18 campaign.
On Wednesday night, Celtics coach Brad Stevens was seemingly pushing all the right buttons when his team pulled away for a surprisingly comfortable 102-88 win over Cleveland. For example, Stevens felt he needed more skilled talent with his first group so he put Marcus Morris in the lineup which slid Al Horford over to center to better match up against Kevin Love. Theis only played five minutes, but managed to knock down a pair of 3-pointers to finish with six points.