Anthony Davis shines as Pelicans fly past Celtics

Ruben Hill
March 19, 2018

His most memorable moments in a Boston uniform came during the 2017 post-season, when he played despite losing his sister, Chyna, in a auto accident just a day before the Celtics opened their first-round series against the Chicago Bulls. But with 12 games left in the regular season, the Celtics would like their crunchtime lineup (Irving, Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, Marcus Morris/Terry Rozier) to have some continuity and rhythm heading into the first round of the playoffs. In this picture, Irving reacts late in the fourth quarter against the New York Knicks during their game at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Dec. 21, 2017.

The Pelicans, playing the second half of a back-to-back, started slowly but outscored the Celtics 61-40 in the second half.

Celtics: Irving had been listed as questionable coming in, but coach Brad Stevens said the club doesn't want to push Irving to play through pain at this point and wants him closer to full health. "He just doesn't quite feel 100 percent". There was a chance that he would play today, yesterday.

Davis capped his night by hitting a baseline fallaway as he was fouled by Abdel Nader to make it 106-85 with 3:35 to go.

Irving is not the only starter that has been sidelined for recent games, with Jaylen Brown also missing the last four matches after suffering a concussion following a scary fall during their win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on March 8. He is averaging just 15.3 points and 4.9 assists on 37.2 per cent shooting from the field after making a return to action in January.

"He's doing good through his progressions (in the NBA's concussion protocol) so far", Stevens said. Don't see how he'll play Tuesday either.

The C's have suffered numerous injuries over the past 10 days, losing Daniel Theis for the season and Marcus Smart indefinitely.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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