Published: Thu, November 29, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Irving, Celtics beat Pelicans

Irving, Celtics beat Pelicans

Boston and New Orleans entered Monday's matchup sporting identical records, with similar hopes that a sluggish first month-plus of the regular season will soon turn into positive momentum.

There should be more on this front as the season rolls along that may pick up at some point over next offseason as he will be heading into the fourth year of his contract that should certainly bring up questions concerning his long-term future in New Orleans. Up next, they'll battle the Cavaliers on Friday night. "We're not playing with the same personality we played with previous year". The Celtics have an abundance of talent, but it is about chemistry and players working as a unit to be successful.

ESPN released their first batch of Real Plus-Minus figures for the 2018-19 season and if we compare players marks from this year to last year, we can see which players appear to have regressed the most. If the Lakers don't land Davis via trade this year, it's safe to say Magic Johnson will make a run at the National Basketball Association star in 2020. "No one's anxious about who's getting the ball, we're just focused on the defensive end".

The Pelicans are 10-11 and coming off a loss to the very Celtics that Davis is rumored to be potentially joining.

"I feel like the season is kind of like a rollercoaster", guard Jrue Holiday said. But as Mannix points out, "To get something, you have to give somthing". "We get a chance to go back home and get some wins".

Chelsea coach to persist with Kante in unfamiliar role
It's our first defeat this season, it has been hard to accept it. "We just want to make it right in the next game". But their deficiencies were expertly covered up by Kante - the best defensive midfielder in the world bar none.

But it's clear that for now, the Celtics need Marcus Smart, his defense, and most importantly, his energy, on the floor to start games. 'You know me. I'm always open to doing something, ' Ainge told the Boston Herald.

"Any time you do anything like that [the noise is coming]", Davis said. Billed as preseason favorites to win the East with both Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward set to return to a lineup that reached the Eastern Conference Finals last season without them, this was supposed to be the season Brad Stevens and co. arrived at the promised land.

Davis is now heading into the third year of his five-year, $127.1 million deal that contains no player or team options that run through the 20-21 campaign.

"We don't impose our fear and will on other teams", [Marcus] Smart said. "That's the team we know and the way we played in the past. We started off the game and we never looked back".

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