NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Boston 24 31 26 26 107
Brooklyn 31 27 29 25 112
9:00 AM PT10:00 AM MT11:00 AM CT12:00 PM ET17:00 GMT1:00 10:00 AM MST12:00 PM EST21:00 UAE18:0012:00 ET11:00 AM CT15:00 , November 29, 2019
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York  Attendance: 17,732

Celtics' Walker looks to torch Nets again

According to STATS
According to STATS

Boston Celtics at Brooklyn Nets

  1. Boston and Brooklyn will meet for the second time in three days after the Celtics won at home against the Nets on Wednesday, 121-110. The Celtics have lost two straight in Brooklyn but have won 12 of the last 14 games in this matchup.
  2. The Celtics have won two in a row at home following a 2-3 road trip. Boston is 5-0 this season on the road when scoring 105+ points but has gone 1-4 in road games when scoring fewer than 105.
  3. Kemba Walker scored 39 points against Brooklyn on Wednesday, shooting 13-for-24 (.542) from the field and 6-for-10 from three-point range. It was Walker's fifth game this season with at least six triples, tying him with Buddy Hield for second most in the NBA behind only James Harden (eight).
  4. The loss to the Celtics snapped a season-long four-game winning streak for the Nets. Brooklyn lost despite making a season-high 21 three-pointers against Boston. The Nets have now lost five games all-time in which they have made 20+ threes, most in NBA history.
  5. Spencer Dinwiddie has started the last seven games for the Nets in Kyrie Irving's stead. Dinwiddie is averaging 23.4 points in games without Irving, compared to 17.1 points per game when Irving plays.
  6. Boston's starters average 84.2 points per game, second most in the NBA this season (Houston -- 94.5), while Brooklyn's starters rank fifth (79.4). The Celtics' starting five outscored Brooklyn's first unit, 101-88, when these teams played on Wednesday.

Kyrie Irving was persona non grata by Boston Celtics fans Wednesday even if he was nowhere near the arena. The point guard received boos and derisive chants for leaving Boston to sign a max contract with the Brooklyn Nets in the summer.

The Nets had hoped to have Irving back to face the team he left after two seasons on Friday afternoon when they host the Celtics, who hope to get another big game from Kemba Walker.

The Nets announced early Friday that Irving will instead miss an eighth consecutive game.

Irving has not played since Nov. 14 in Denver due to right shoulder impingement that he initially sustained two days earlier in Utah. The Nets are 5-2 since Irving last played and saw a four-game winning streak snapped with Wednesday's 121-110 loss at Boston on a night in which they hit 21 3-pointers on 56 attempts.

Even though Irving was not in the building, fans constantly booed any reference to him and some even put up posters in the vicinity labeling the All-Star point guard "a coward". Afterward, Irving took to social media by writing a lengthy Instagram post that read: "It happens all the time and Tonight just shows how Sports/Entertainment will always be ignorant and obtrusive. It's one big SHOW that means very little in the real world."

Spencer Dinwiddie has helped the Nets get by without Irving, averaging 23.4 points in the last seven games but he was held to 16 on 5-of-19 shooting Wednesday after getting at least 20 in a career-high six straight games. The Nets struggled without him on the floor, allowing a 24-11 run spanning the third and fourth quarters.

"We've got confidence in everybody's talent in this locker room so we're not really worried about that," Dinwiddie said. "Who plays and who doesn't, we can't control that. At the end of the day, we believe in the guys, one through 15."

The Nets will hope to stop Walker, who torched them for 39 points in his return from a one-game absence following a scary neck injury last Friday following a collision with teammate Semi Ojeleye in Denver. Walker shot 13 of 24 and made six 3-pointers while often getting off mid-range jumpers against Nets center Jarrett Allen.

Like the Celtics, Walker was hardly paying attention to the reaction toward Irving. Instead, he was more focused on returning after a short absence.

"I've been over it. I could have played last game, honestly," Walker said. "If I'm on the court, I'm on the court. That's really it. I wasn't thinking about anything. I wanted to win. I wanted to be aggressive, build the intensity."

Walker is averaging 22.3 points in his first season with the Celtics and has four 30-point games. Jayson Tatum is not far behind at 20.2 points after getting 16 Wednesday while Jaylen Brown is averaging 19.4 after finishing with 22 Wednesday, his third straight game with at least 22 points.

The Celtics are 3-3 since ripping off 10 straight wins Oct. 25-Nov. 15. The three losses are by a combined eight points and Boston is still waiting to get Gordon Hayward back from the broken left hand he sustained in San Antonio on Nov. 9.

The Celtics lost both visits to Brooklyn last season but are 11-2 in the past 13 meetings with the Nets.

--Field Level Media

Updated November 29, 2019

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