BOSTON — The Boston Celtics’ streak was over. That seemed evident — if not the moment Kyrie Irving hit the floor clutching his bloodied face, then by later in the first quarter when the Charlotte Hornets had pushed their lead to double digits and Irving had been ruled out for the remainder of Friday’s game.
The Celtics were already playing without Gordon Hayward and Al Horford. With Kyrie Irving joining the infirmary, that was $76.2 million worth of star power unavailable for coach Brad Stevens. In fact, Boston’s remaining 12-man roster was comprised of seven rookies, including one emergency G League call-up.
The Celtics’ titillating streak couldn’t survive this. Not when the only three players on Boston’s roster returning from last season (Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier) combined to shoot 21.4 percent from the floor on Friday night.
But there was Stevens in Boston’s fourth-quarter huddle, imploring his players to focus on getting the next stop. Even when Boston was down double
Article source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/21370186/nba-celtics-keep-streaking-irving-injury-huge-deficit
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