"It's not anything that I'm going to have a say-so in or anything else, so we don't bother about it". The Celtics have an abundance of talent, but it is about chemistry and players working as a unit to be successful.
Kyrie Irving led the way for the Celtics on this night, too, with 26 points (with a 5-for-10 mark from three-point land) and 10 assists in 31 minutes of action.
New Orleans trailed almost the entire game, falling behind early because of eight first-quarter turnovers that led to 11 Celtics points. There was a sense of urgency right from tip-off and Boston jumped out to a 15-point lead in the opening frame.
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"We don't impose our fear and will on teams", Smart said. He has established himself as one of the best big men in the league that is a legitimate two-way player as he's coming off another All-Star Game selection and his first Defensive Player of the Year award. He finished with 13 points off 4-of-8 shooting and turned the ball over eight times, including four times in the first quarter. As one of the most highly anticipated teams heading into the 2018-19 season, throughout 21 games, the team has an 11-10 record which stands sixth in the Eastern Conference.
Washington stayed at home and defeated the Houston Rockets, 135-131, in overtime Monday night. "We've got to find a way to take it on the road now".
"Get me off the ball", Jrue Holiday said half-jokingly at Tuesday's practice. "We have to get that swagger back". We've just got a lot of work that we've got to do defensively. The Celtics acquired Irving via trade in August 2017, so they can not deal for Davis - or any other player that has signed such an extension - until Irving leaves or agrees to a new deal. He also had five steals and five rebounds. Smart was the only member of Boston's starting five not to hit double digits in points, but his impact was elsewhere.
The Celtics head back to Boston for a Friday night showdown with the Cleveland Cavaliers. 'The Celtics, at some point, if you want to get a Kawhi Leonard or in this auto Anthony Davis you can't just protect your five-man core.
"We won't be settled on a starting lineup until forever", he joked after Monday's win.