The Sacramento Kings have had their bright spots this season, but they're now in a bit of a slump as they've lost seven of their last 10 games and they will be looking to bounce back after falling short against the Wizards in a 121-115 road loss on Monday.
Watching a young, talented team underperform against subpar competition and then kick back for a post-game compilation of conflicting shots of criticism and "he said, she said" nonsense.
Kyrie Irving scored six of his team-high 31 points during a fourth-quarter spurt that allowed the Boston Celtics to build a lead they were able to retain en route to a 126-120 victory over the visiting Sacramento Kings on Thursday night.
Sacramento has a 33-33 record and are ninth place in the Western Conference. While the Celtics have struggled at home, I trust them more than a Kings squad that has lost 12 of its last 16 games on the road. That cut Sacramento's lead to just six by the end of the games first twenty-four minutes.
As has Fox, who's averaging 17.5 points, 7.2 assists and 1.7 steals per game while shooting 46.3 percent from the field and 37.4 percent from three-point range. Nevertheless despite a rough second half from the field, Irving managed to find other sources of production offensively from his supporting cast.
With Jayson Tatum out, Jaylen Brown started and he delivered with 22 points and seven rebounds. As a team, the Celtics shot 48 percent from the field and 14 of 36 from the 3-point line, but their defensive intensity just wasn't there from the start as the Clippers shot a sizzling 61 percent from the field.
Kyrie Irving led the way with a triple-double.
In fact, Irving has totaled six games of scoring 30+ points and collecting 10+ assists through 57 games while the rest of the entire National Basketball Association has seen five in 441 games. His first was with Cleveland on February 28, 2014, against Utah.
Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) drives between Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield (24) and forward Nemanja Bjelica (88) during the second half at TD Garden.
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