Tag: Aron Baynes

C’s Ring in the New Year Losing to San Antonio

The third and final game of Boston’s west coast road trip resulted in a 120-111, loss to the San Antonio Spurs. Boston dropped the ball in the third quarter allowing the Spurs to score 46 points in the quarter, matching their total points of the first half. The Spurs shot 19-of-25 from the field and connected on all five of their three-point attempts.

The collapse was due to the Celtics defense, with their offense also having their same old struggles of bad shot selection and ball movement. At the start of the second half you could see how the absence of Boston’s big, Aron Baynes, was exploited by San Antonio’s guards. Derrick White repeatedly broke down the defense by attacking the paint for open layups or finding teammates. LaMarcus Aldridge was the primary beneficiary of White’s aggressiveness, he made 5-of-6 shots in the quarter for 12 points.

Aron Baynes rim protection and his effort to challenge shots without fear is something Boston has missed in their games against Milwaukee, Houston and San Antonio.

Jaylen Brown Scores a Season High 30-points

Jaylen Brown had his best offensive performance of the season on Monday, he finished with 30-points and 4 rebounds off the bench. Brown seems to be getting his grove back after dealing with injuries and role changes. Monday’s game was the best version of Brown the Celtics have seen all season, his aggressive play on both ends of the floor was a welcoming sight for Boston fans.

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Marcus Morris on the other hand continues to play stellar basketball for Boston, he finished with 18-points, and made big shots after Kyrie Irving left the game with an eye injury. All season Morris has been Boston’s most consistent player, in what has been a career-year.

Gordon Hayward could forget about yesterday’s game and continue to move forward. Hayward missed all six of his shots and went 0-of-5 from behind the arc.

Kyrie Irving Goes Down with a Scratched Eye Injury

Kyrie Irving left the game in the fourth quarter after suffering what he called a scratched left cornea injury. Irving suffered the injury after he and Spurs guard Marco Belinelli attempted to secure a rebound of Irving’s missed 28-foot attempt. Belinelli swiped at the ball and hit Irving in the eye.

Celtics coach brad Stevens wasn’t sure whether the injury could force Irving to miss time. “Kyrie has a scratched eye,” Stevens said, “so he’ll have antibiotics for that. I don’t know what that means beyond tonight.”

Irving addressed the media after the game wearing a pair of sunglasses to cover the injury, “I’m wearing sunglasses, so not too good. I’ll be all right, though. He smacked the s— out of me. He just caught me pretty good,” Irving said.

If Irving would happen to miss some time it could be a big opportunity for Terry Rozier to find his game, after being moved back to the bench with Irving’s return. Last year in Irving absence Rozier had a career year, making big shots in the postseason while coming one game away from reaching the NBA Finals alongside Jayson Tatum and Brown. Rozier has struggled offensively coming off the bench, he’s played 22 minutes a game as opposed to the 33 minutes he played last year as a starter. Off the bench he’s averaging 8.6 points per game and 2.6 assists per game.

 

 

 

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Celtics Lose Second Straight & Lose Baynes in the Process

After picking up eight consecutive victories the Boston Celtics have now lost two in a row and last night’s loss came against the Phoenix Suns, who hold the worst record in the western conference. Boston’s 111-103 loss came with a huge blow as they lost their backup center Aron Baynes indefinitely due to a broken hand suffered in the first quarter.

Injuries piling up for Boston

For Brad Stevens and the Celtics it seems like they’ve came across this issue before as the injuries continue to pile up. The C’s are already without Al Horford who has missed six games with a sore left knee and Marcus Morris is also sidelined with a sore right knee. Gordon Hayward and Jaylen Brown are also finding their way back into the rotation after missing a couple of games due to injury.

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With their starting and back-up centers out the Celtics were ripped apart in the paint by the young Suns. They lost the rebound battle 56-37 and gave up 20 second-chance points in the process. Phoenix on the other hand finished with 21 offensive rebounds, rookie Deandre Ayton finished with 23 points and 18 rebounds, Devin Booker dropped 25 points and T.J Warren chipped in with 21 points. 

Theis and Williams Need to Step-up at the Five Position

After Baynes went down Daniel Theis started in his place and might fill in the five position in the starting line-up going forward, but rookie Robert Williams will be seeing an increase in minutes with these injuries. On the court Williams and Irving seem to be building chemistry as they connected on two alley-oop plays during the game. “It’s the next-man up mentality, always,” Williams said. “Gotta be ready.” Irving has praised the rookie on his energy once he’s on the court, “I’ve played with a quite a few bigs. I had Timofey Mozgov. I had Tristan (Thompson) in Cleveland, when I was in college I had Mason and Miles Plumlee,” Irving said.

“Having a consistent lob threat at the rim where you can throw it around the rim and he can go get it, you can see how easy it is for me and Rob. Going in, people are stepping up on me, and he’s always a threat at the rim for offensive rebounds and lobs, so I love playing with Rob.”