The season will be remembered for how poorly Boston did fulfilling its potential following false starts, some regression by its young players and an early exit from the postseason.
Irving exited with 8:30 left, rubbing his back, the club down 22, sitting near the end of the bench. "See my family, decompress, do what human beings do", said Irving.
Golden State has its hands full with the Houston Rockets, a team that is decidedly low on real star power and must rely on an absolute barrage of three-pointers successfully falling in order to beat the opposition.
Head coach Mike Budenholzer said Brogdon would be on a minutes restriction on Wednesday night.
Officially ruled out for Game 6 in Houston
When Durant pulled up lame in the third quarter in Game 5 , the immediate assumption was that Durant had torn his Achilles. On Thursday, Kerr, while disappointed in Durant's injury, expressed confidence in the team's chances in Game 6.
It didn't take long for the Celtics' season to feel off. Bledsoe is one of the players who will make up the difference. Irving, who at a ticket holder event early in the season said he would be back, now is going to at least look at his options this summer, according to the buzz around the National Basketball Association (the buzz about him leaving Boston has grown louder as these playoffs have worn on). "Gave me an opportunity to win, to get to the playoffs, to really take my name and my game to a higher level". But he was benched after 15 games in which he averaged 10.1 points on 39.9% shooting from the field. But he also dutifully stepped into whatever role Stevens asked him to fill.
So cryptic. Here's betting he won't be so cryptic on July 1, when free agency begins. Multiple questions loom around the team after their second-round loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, one of which is whether Irving will even remain with the team beyond this year.
I'm expecting this offseason to involve some change in Boston. "I had to adapt in so many different ways".
The Bucks know they'll get a visit from a desperate group of Celtics in Game 5, but that doesn't bother Khris Middleton. "For me, it's just moving on to the next thing, and just seeing where that ends up". "I'm looking forward to attacking that".
Because they couldn't, the Celtics are now headed home for the summer - one filled with uncertainty about the franchise's future. Although Baynes struggled through some nagging injuries, his value as a defender was obvious, and he provides some necessary relief for Horford.