Saturday's National Basketball Association roundup: Celtics up by 28, then collapse and lose

Saturday's National Basketball Association roundup: Celtics up by 28, then collapse and lose

Saturday's National Basketball Association roundup: Celtics up by 28, then collapse and lose

Irving has been listed as out with a knee sprain which leaves the Celtics a little vulnerable against a new-look 76ers team who looked great in their big win over LeBron's Lakers on Sunday.

The Boston Celtics have hit a rough patch, as the team has lost two straight games in devastating fashion, blowing huge leads against the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers at home. The Celtics blew a 28-point lead and fell 123-112 in that game.

Irving is averaging 23.6 points and 6.9 assists through 47 appearances this season.

The Boston Celtics pay a visit to the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday night.

Morris doesn't know the exact answer when it comes to correcting Boston's issues, but he realizes that things need to change if the team wants to advance deep in the postseason. Something tells me these two teams will meet in the playoffs, and Embiid will have to step up if they're going to hang with them.

The 26-year-old Australian-born American, the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, underwent left knee surgery last April. We're not competing at a high level.

"I'm an idiot - should have kicked it out", said Embiid.

Morris had so much fun in his hometown of Philadelphia, that he purchased each and every one of his teammates cheesesteaks sandwiches after the win. The force everybody played with and we just let it go.

The Celtics may yet make an addition on the buyout market - perhaps Marcus Morris' twin Markieff or Enes Kanter - but they can not afford to lose Irving for an extended period of time. Whatever that takes, I'm with it. "To pull it out was special", said Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who led Boston to the 2008 National Basketball Association championship. Danilo Gallinari had 19 points and 10 rebounds and trade deadline acquisition Landry Shamet scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter. That's a win, I guess. So, at the end of the day, man - it's unacceptable what we did tonight.

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