Published: Thu, November 29, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Irving's 26 points lead Boston past Pelicans

Irving's 26 points lead Boston past Pelicans

If the Boston Celtics really want to acquire Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans, they probably could, but they would have to be willing to give up a massive haul.

In what many saw as the ideal low risk, high reward play by taking Harry Giles with the 20th pick in the 2017 draft, the Kings are starting to see some potential out of the former top recruit in his class. Giles sat out all of last season to strengthen his knees after tearing both ACL ligaments on separate incidents but has now become a valuable role piece off the bench with Bagley.

Boston will enjoy three days off before hosting the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.

Irving led Boston with 5/10 three-point shooting. "So, I got to play nearly ideal every night to give us a chance to win". The "Rose Rule" allows certain players coming off their rookie scale contracts to earn 30 percent of the salary cap as opposed to 25 percent.

After losing 113-104 to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday, Irving didn't hold back.

Washington guard John Wall said he recently advised his teammates to "just go out there and play basketball and have fun".

Real Plus-Minus is an estimate of a player's impact at each end of the floor, expressed as a point differential per 100 possessions, based on both box score statistics and on-off splits. With Smart's spirited enthusiasm on the defensive end (picture a small dog running after a truck), the Pelicans turned the ball over eight times in the first quarter, leading to 11 Celtics points.

"Get me off the ball", Jrue Holiday said half-jokingly at Tuesday's practice. At the same time New Orleans was struggling in a 124-107 home loss to the Boston Celtics. I don't even know what to say at this point.

"It's closing time at that point", Irving said. While the Celtics built a 20-point lead and showed signs of regaining their status as an Eastern Conference contender, the Pelicans made numerous mistakes that led to last week's 0-3 road trip.

"We don't impose our fear and will on teams", Smart said. 'Look, I'm always looking to improve our team, but every one of our players is capable of playing better than they've played'. Their current average margin of victory, plus-2.1 points, is what we would expect from a 45-win team. "We have to get that swagger back".

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