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The Celtics came into the season with what they thought would be a new Big Three, as Gordon Hayward was signed, Irving was acquired and Al Horford came back for his second year. But that changed less than halfway into the first quarter of the first game, with Hayward going down with a gruesome left leg injury. The Big Three became the Big Two and a bunch of young guys.
Irving went through a three-game stretch in which he was 12-for-55 from the floor and 4-for-15 from 3-point range.
But in the last three games, he has gone 30-for-57 (10-for-16 Monday) and 7-for-19 from behind the arc.
On defense they are tied for last nationally in turnovers forced (five) and are 105th out of 130 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in sacks (11.0).
Fisher used most of Monday’s news conference saying that drastic changes are not needed the rest of this season or in the future. He also tried to outline why he feels like his team is not that far off despite its record, citing last-minute losses to Miami and Louisville.
I’ll say this, you’re 2-5, but you’re one-possession. Are you really any different? Fisher said. I mean, you are as far as record-wise and perception and probably confidence and things that allow you to push forward.
This season, they’re 3-0 when he gets one and 0-3 when he doesn’t. The sample size is obviously thin so early into the season, but Westbrook’s rebounding appears to be a difference-maker. After downsizing the roster by adding Anthony and starting him at power forward, the Thunder, historically a dominant rebounding team, have struggled on the glass.