Toronto's Danny Green (back) makes an early exit on Wednesday

Toronto's Danny Green (back) makes an early exit on Wednesday

To his credit, Kyrie Irving did play a "team game" on Friday night, finishing with 11 assists on route to a 123-116 overtime win. James pointed to Irving's clutch play, something LeBron grew accustomed to back in Cleveland.

Irving had 11 assists, and Jayson Tatum scored 21 with seven rebounds for the Celtics. The self-proclaimed King did, in fact, select Irving in the 2018 NBA All-Star Game draft and has done his best to prove he doesn't have any animosity toward his ex-teammate since the day Irving demanded a trade out of Cleveland.

But the shots fell for the Celtics (9-6) Friday, as the team hit 52.8 percent from the field.

"We have to build a tougher team mindset than we have", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.

"I think past year, the young guys that are in the locker room now, some of the guys that are playing, they were a little bit younger", Irving said. Right now they are 13-4, so they've improved on the franchise high 59-win pace from a season ago.

63 killed, over 600 still missing in wildfire in California
On Thursday, more than 5,000 fire personnel were battling the Camp Fire that started a week ago and has displaced 52,000 people. Some 380 people had been located and taken off the list since Friday, he said. "I know everybody's looking at that".

"Coming into the season we were all expecting that we would just kind of take over", Boston's Al Horford said after Wednesday's win, "and we're very risky".

The Celtics, easy winners over the Bulls Wednesday night at the start of a stretch of three home games in four nights, are just 8-6 on the season and hope to even the season series with the Raptors.

The big man had been a shadow of himself during his year-and-change stint with the team, but new Raptors head coach Nick Nurse has managed to utilize him in a way that gets the most of his skill set. Morris missed the Celtics' last game, a 111-82 victory over the Chicago Bulls, with an illness and his status for Boston's game against Toronto was questionable on Thursday. Irving could not be stopped, shooting 18 of 26 from the floor to finish with 43 points.

Specifically, the Raptors say they need to tighten up their defense after being outscored 29-16 during the fourth quarter Wednesday night. We gotta talk about Gordon: Last night it seemed as if GH had turned a corner, drawing fouls at pivotal moments for key free throws, stealing the ball effortlessly, the jump shot looking reasonable.

How bad did things get for the Boston Celtics during Saturday's 98-86 home loss to the Utah Jazz?

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