Irving to seek 2nd opinion on knee

Ruben Hill
March 21, 2018

However, Marcus Smart, Kyrie Irving and Jaylen Brown will all miss this game with lingering injuries.

The victory wasn't just improbable, it was the first of its kind this season.

The Thunder rank fourth in rebounds allowed per game (41.7) while the Celtics rank 20th (43.9).

The Celtics rank fourth in assists allowed per game (21.0) while the Thunder rank 17th (23.3). Moreover the C's will undoubtedly play with added motivation as they are coming off a 19 point loss courtesy of the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Celtics average 31.3 three pointers per game, which ranks sixth in the National Basketball Association. The Celtics are 22 in field goal percentage as they shoot 45 percent from the floor as a team. The Boston Celtics have lost five of their last seven home games.

Oklahoma City ranks 14th in points in the paint per game (44.3) while Boston ranks 29th (39.2). The Boston Celtics are shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc and 76.6 percent from the free throw line. The win secured New Orleans a winning record for the first time since 2014-15.

"I am confident", Smart said on Monday. Oklahoma City is fourth in the West with their recent hot streak but the conference is so competitive that they're only four games ahead of the ninth-place Nuggets and only 4.5 in front of the 10 place Clippers.

Kyrie Irving's knee injury is causing the Boston Celtics star more problems than originally anticipated.

Of course, Smart knows the Celtics can handle their business. The question still remains if the Thunder can turn it on in the postseason: can they make a deep run or will this be another early exit for the boys from OKC?

Boston is 3-2 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs over their last five games.

Furthermore the Thunder cannot be satisfied with a split on this two game East road trip.

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