On the other hand, he loves what comes next: Boston putting its 13-game winning streak on the line against the
“It’s definitely an incredible streak we’re on, and now comes the whole media frenzy of will the streak end, and what’s going to happen on Thursday and the
Irving returned to the lineup and scored 25 points while wearing the mask, and the visiting
"The way that they converted on us in transition after our mistakes tonight, you can't have that against Golden State. You just get blown out of the gym," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. "We just have to play really solid on both ends and do what we do as well as we can and see where we stand."
Irving missed one game with a minor facial fracture after he was hit by teammate Aron Baynes on Friday. He fiddled with the mask frequently, but it didn't seem to affect his play much. He made a jumper with 3:40 left after the Nets had closed within four points and drove for another basket about 35 seconds later.
“Today, just finding his way and doing what he does, making big plays for us, coming through and sealing the game,” said Celtics center
Toronto 129, at Houston 113: