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Paul Pierce doesn’t want to share his jersey retirement night with Isaiah Thomas

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Isaiah Thomas deflects something else meant for Paul Pierce. When Isaiah Thomas asked the Boston Celtics not to play a video tribute to him on Wednesday, so he could be in uniform for the Cleveland Cavaliers with his family in attendance at TD Garden on Feb. 11 when his former team honors his two-plus years of All-Star service, he came under fire from fans for trying to steal Paul Pierce’s spotlight, since the C’s legend will have his number retired the same night. Thomas assured everyone that wasn’t his intention during a pregame interview at the Garden on Wednesday night, when he was resting his right hip after making his season debut the night before.

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Paul Pierce: I Don’t Think Isaiah Thomas Should Get a Video Tribute the Same Night as Me

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Isaiah Thomas will be piggybacking off the Celtics’ tribute to Paul Pierce next month and Pierce isn’t too happy. The Celtics had intended to honor their former point guard when the Cavs came to town on Wednesday but Thomas, still being eased back into action after a hip injury, didn’t play in Boston in the second game of a back-to-back. Speaking Thursday afternoon on ESPN’s The Jump, Pierce said he didn’t necessarily agree with the overlap.

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Kyle Kuzma suspects the Lakers quit, and things go from bad to worse in L.A.

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The Los Angeles Lakers have no incentive to tank, since their first-round pick will go to either the Philadelphia 76ers or Boston Celtics, and yet they can’t stop sinking to the bottom of the standings. A 133-96 loss to the Thunder marked their eighth straight loss and 11th in 12 games, a streak that’s dropped the Lakers from just outside the Western Conference playoff hunt to the second-worst record in the entire NBA, only one game better than the hapless Atlanta Hawks, who should want to lose. “We gave up,” Kuzma said of a game in which the Lakers were outscored by 37 over the final three quarters, via ESPN.com’s Ohm Youngmisuk.

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Rozier scores 20, leads Celtics to 102-88 win over Cavaliers

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One by one, the Boston Celtics lined up to embrace Isaiah Thomas. Terry Rozier scored 20 points in 20 minutes, stealing the spotlight from Thomas, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in a rematch of the Eastern Conference finals and leading the Celtics to a 102-88 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night. Thomas received a standing ovation from the Boston fans but did not play one night after making his season debut in a return from a hip injury.

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What did we learn from ESPN’s dive into the Kyrie Irving trade?

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ESPN’s deep dive into the trade that sent Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics in the summer of 2017 threw up several fascinating new nuggets of information. The piece, authored by Hall of Fame basketball writer Jackie MacMullan, paints a more sympathetic picture of Irving’s psyche in the weeks and months leading up to the trade than any previous report on the megatrade. It also sheds new, yet still mysterious, light on the future of LeBron James. Here are the main conclusions. Did the Cavaliers try to trade Irving before he asked to leave? Yes, according to MacMullan, who reports that Cleveland “explored” trading Irving in June—suggesting that the team, and front office, were aware of the issues

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LeBron James Won’t Resign with Cavaliers and Kyrie Irving Felt Disrespected in Cleveland—Conclusions From ESPN’s Dive Into Celtics Trade

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ESPN’s deep dive into the trade that sent Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics in the summer of 2017 threw up several fascinating new nuggets of information. The piece, authored by Hall of Fame basketball writer Jackie MacMullan, paints a more sympathetic picture of Irving’s psyche in the weeks and months leading up to the trade than any previous report on the megatrade. Did the Cavaliers try to trade Irving before he asked to leave?

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LeBron James Won’t Resign with Cavaliers and Kyrie Irving Felt Disrespected in Cleveland—Conclusions From ESPN’s Dive Into Celtics Trade

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ESPN’s deep dive into the trade that sent Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics in the summer of 2017 threw up several fascinating new nuggets of information. The piece, authored by Hall of Fame basketball writer Jackie MacMullan, paints a more sympathetic picture of Irving’s psyche in the weeks and months leading up to the trade than any previous report on the megatrade. Did the Cavaliers try to trade Irving before he asked to leave?

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Celtics rout Cavaliers as idle Thomas gets ovation in Boston return

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Terry Rozier scored 20 points off the Boston bench to lead six double-figure scorers on Wednesday and the Celtics routed visiting Cleveland 102-88 in an NBA Eastern Conference showdown. Jayson Tatum and reserve Marcus Smart each scored 15 points, Jaylen Brown added 14 points and Kyrie Irving and Al Horford each contributed 11 and nine rebounds as the East-leading Celtics improved to 31-10.

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