Irving thrives on 'peace' of being in the zone

Recap Jazz thoroughly disrupt Celtics tempo in a grim Cs loss

Boston was expected to be one of the best teams in the National Basketball Association entering the season, but it has registered just a 9-7 record so far in 2018-19.

Then the season started.

The Celtics have also been a reliable wager while pegged as home chalk of two or fewer points, going 9-2 straight-up and 8-3 against the spread in their past 11 such outings, but are just 1-2 straight-up and against the spread in three home dates with the Raptors while favoured by two or fewer points.

Kyrie Irving, though, had other ideas.

Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris will be available to play on Friday in the team's game against the Toronto Raptors.

"We needed energy. We weren't going anywhere with what we were doing, so it was better just to mix it up", Stevens said. "It's not OK. We need to fix it.' And I agree with him, 100 percent". "So you want to take full advantage of them".

"We got down early-they were really shooting the ball-but we didn't get discouraged", Jazz head coach Quin Snyder said. A great player in the other locker room.

"So when he made it, I said, 'Thank you.' I don't know where he came from, but wherever he came from, I appreciate it".

"The level of play raises, and you've just got to appreciate that".

But then, it appeared a light finally went off for the Celtics, especially Irving. It opened things up on the perimeter as the quarter progressed. "Kyrie's ability to get in there is so unique. A lot of mistakes added up, and we had some plays where we have to think more so we don't have breakdowns-especially against a team as good as Philadelphia". Irving told reporters it was "pretty peaceful" after the win. "It's a mindset that we just have to ingrain in all of us".

Donovan Mitchell broke out of his recent shooting struggles with 28 points and 5 three-pointers to lead Utah.

Kyrie Irving came through with 17 points, six rebounds and seven assists in Wednesday's win over the Bulls.

That's in sharp contrast to what happened in Dallas, when the Jazz scored only three points off of 20 turnovers.

More importantly, Tatum stopped settling for jumpers and attacked the rim. The Jazz throttled the Celtics in this third quarter on both ends, and while their lead ballooned higher in the fourth, the third is what decided this contest.

"I would say, thus far, that's us", the Celtics coach said. "I had to do my part".

KYRIE IRVING: He didn't torch the Utah Jazz like he did the Toronto Raptors on Friday night, scoring 20 points against the Jazz compared to 43 against the Raptors.

Hayward, who finished a team-best plus-18, buried two clutch free throws in the final minute of regulation to send the game into overtime.

For someone still clearly working his way back into form, all of it was important. Stevens said he likes the way Jayson Tatum has been defending.

Stevens had seen enough and pulled most of his starters with about eight minutes left to play. It's been such a long time.

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