Kyrie Irving day-to-day with strained right knee

The Clippers were the team that sent the NBA trade deadline dominoes falling

On Sunday, they led by as much as 28 points to the LA Clippers when Kyrie Irving left the game with a sprained right knee and it was all downhill after that - they lost by 11.

Irving missed the end of last season and the playoffs after having surgery on his left knee to remove two screws from his patella that were inserted in 2015 to fix a fracture he suffered during that year's NBA Finals.

Still, a 21-point halftime lead at home against a team that recently shipped off arguably its best scorer appeared to be a large enough cushion, even without Irving.

Irving, who was named to his sixth career All-Star Game, is averaging 22.1 points, 5.6 assists and 3.6 rebounds in 47 games this season. He missed the last 15 games and all of the playoffs last season with injuries to his left knee.

"For me, it's not really about the loss, it's about the attitude that we're playing with", Morris told reporters after the loss. In Irving's absence, the team will look to second-year forward Jayson Tatum (16.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg) and Marcus Morris (14.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg).

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And speaking after the game, Tuchel said: "If he [Cavani] comes off, obviously I am anxious ". So I want my players to go into this game confident and embrace it.

"It's just not fun", Morris said.

"Guys are hanging their heads". It's just not fun. It's not fun. We're not competing at a high level. To see their former point guard in Rajon Rondo hit a game-winner at the TD Garden while wearing a Lakers uniform is something that had to make the city of Boston sick to their stomach.

This isn't the first time all season that the Celtics have dropped back-to-back games, but it certainly comes at a tough time.

"I watch all these other teams around the league and guys are up on the bench, jumping on the court, doing all this stuff that looks like they're enjoying their teammates' success", Morris continued. "This team, I feel a lot different about and I want to push us to that position".

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