There's something special going on at the Garden right now.
Lonzo Ball grabbed a piece of NBA history Saturday night when he grabbed the rebound on a Thon Maker airballed three - it was his 10th rebound of the game, making him the youngest player in NBA history with a triple-double. This problematic sample, implies that there would be more trouble to come if Jahlil Okafor was given the opportunity to find it, here in Boston.
"He shook him, he was wide open, vaulted up, and I'll take that shot 999 times out of 1,000", Raptors coach Dwane Casey said about DeRozan's effort.
DeRozan is a dynamic mid-range scorer and Lowry is a bulldog who plays much bigger than his listed height.
The Celtics have won 11 straight games, beating the Hornets on Friday night despite playing most of the game without Horford, Irving and Gordon Hayward. They are 29 in the league in points with just 23.1 per game and also last in assists with only 3.1.
Somebody needs to tell Danny Ainge - the Celtics are not broke. "They're all really prideful", coach Brad Stevens said.
"He knows matchups and plugs guys in".
The Celtics took possession with 56 seconds left and a 95-94 lead, but Smart missed a post-up. Tatum said he was fine afterward.
Horford did just that, and DeRozen's jumper didn't fall. Having scored 37, 26 and 24 points in his last three appearances with the Raptors, the 28-year-old will certainly be one to watch out for this Sunday.
Charlotte shot 20% from the floor in the fourth and connected on a total of zero shots from deep. It's necessary. Once that cartilage and those tendons start to deteriorate, recovery is a bumpy road to go down.
The Raptors received the ball with 13.4 seconds left on the clock and ran a play to get DeRozan isolated on the right wing. "Young Al Horford couldn't shoot 3's". "All-Star Al Horford, to be honest", Brown said.
Irving is expected back soon from a facial fracture, but the way the C's are playing, there's no need to rush. He has difficulties getting out to stretch bigs on the pop and isn't athletic or long enough to protect the rim.
There's a culture of winning that's beginning to form on Causeway Street. And it suggests that the Celtics should reconsider their valuation of this potential pick-up. That's exactly what happened.
Rookie Jayson Tatum earned a starting forward position in training camp and has further solidified his role through the Celtics first 14 games.