Many people had immediately written off their chances of competing for a championship after the gruesome injury to Hayward, but they're proving that they've still got enough talent to make it happen. He came out with great energy in the second half and set the tone for the game in the third quarter.
Said Gordon: "We're not dwelling on a loss and we're going to bounce back". Since then, the Celtics have won seven straight games - an NBA record for a team that lost its first two games of the season - and own the best record in all of basketball.
"We had our starting point guard out the whole season and we played really well and with a good rhythm offensively", Vogel said.
Shelvin Mack started at point guard and while he recorded eight assists, he was 1 of 8 from the field. In his 11th season, the only thing that Horford wants this season is a championship, and he has shown that he and Kyrie can deliver when their team is put in a bad position. It was an ugly first half.
The Thunder were coming off a 110-91 blowout at the Milwaukee Bucks, a competitive team but one that doesn't stand to finish as high in the East as the Celtics do. "We have two days before the next game against NY, so there's a line of thinking that, 'Even if he's ready, let's get him two more practices so we can fully put it behind him.' But we'll see how he feels (on Sunday)".
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Behind Irving, the Celtics began to crack the Thunder's defense.
It was Irving's sixth straight game with 20 points or more.
The Celtics are a seven-game winning streak for the second time in 2017. After Horford drilled a 3-pointer to give Boston the lead, Irving came down two possessions later and splashed a trey plus the foul to extend the lead to four. "So Coach puts the trust in me and Al to go down the stretch".
Jerami Grant went 5 of 7 from the floor for 11 points off the bench and Carmelo Anthony had 10 points and 14 rebounds for the Thunder (4-4), but shot just 3 of 17. Three of those treys came in the final frame, and he never hesitated with clean looks as the Thunder did everything to corral Irving. But Boston got a nice look at the way Morris can help out during the second half, and this was by far the team's best win after feasting on a rather agreeable schedule over the past two weeks. He kinda stayed ahead of the curve with where the game was going.
The OKC Thunder dominated the first half and looked live out there.
"Elfrid looked good. He competed and you saw that his conditioning is a little behind - as to be expected - but he had a good practice, " Vogel noted.