Kyrie Irving Says The Celtics Are ‘Almost At’ Rock Bottom

Boston Celtics vs New Orleans Pelicans

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. "Last year, when they came in, when they played the Celtics, they knew they were in for a fight".

New Orleans Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis has heard his name tossed about in several trade scenarios over the past few weeks.

"It's closing time at that point", Irving said. We're trying to win games. "Every time we got within a workable distance, it was either a (Pelicans) turnover or they'd make a three". "So, I got to play nearly flawless every night to give us a chance to win".

"We don't impose our fear and will on other teams", [Marcus] Smart said.

Irving had five steals, while Tatum and Horford each had three. He has established himself as one of the best big men in the league that is a legitimate two-way player as he's coming off another All-Star Game selection and his first Defensive Player of the Year award.

"You can't listen to what somebody else is saying, all the white noise, 'AD's going here, AD's going here, ' - AD's playing for the Pelicans this year. the rest will take care of itself", he said. "It felt good tonight to win like that because that's who we are".

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Boston have not been able to get a run going this season so far, falling to a 10-10 record after 20 games. The Pelicans did make some runs as the Celtics struggled to close quarters, and New Orleans had their deficit down to six early in the fourth quarter.

They are in desperate need of a point guard.

And as for Irving, he's leading the team. Boston owned a 10-2 lead before the Pelicans made a shot from the floor.

Davis scored five straight points on a short fade as he was fouled and a pair of free throws to cut it to 93-87 with almost nine minutes to play. But Ainge insists he is willing to stick with Boston's current roster to see if they can get out of their current sticky patch. On opening night on October 16, Boston defeated Philadelphia 105-87 behind 23 points and nine rebounds from Tatum. He also was assessed a technical foul in the second quarter after he tossed the ball away during a stoppage.

The Celtics forced 20 New Orleans miscues on Monday night. The team, however, has been a huge disappointment since a bright start, and the Celtics are now the 6th seed, with just a.524 record.

Boston will enjoy three days off before hosting the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night. He finished with 13 points off 4-of-8 shooting and turned the ball over eight times, including four times in the first quarter. Forward Solomon Hill saw action for the first time since November 1.

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