Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
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Celtics blow 28-point lead; fall to Clippers

Celtics blow 28-point lead; fall to Clippers

Beasley, 30, was acquired in Thursday's trade with the Los Angeles Lakers for center Mike Muscala.

Kyrie Irving's minor injury troubles continued on Saturday night during the Boston Celtics' matchup with the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Celtics were in control of the game when Irving appeared to hurt his knee with about five minutes left in the second quarter while attempting to defend Garret Temple at the top of the key.

Irving left with 2 1/2 minutes left in the second quarter after spraining his right knee while weaving through traffic on defense.

The Clippers outscored the Celtics 75-44 from that point on, coming back from 28 points down to beat Boston 123-112.

The Celtics were listed as 11.5-point favorites in the game, and it's safe to say no one could've predicted the final two quarters would unfold as they did. The Celtics only scored 12 points in the third and 26 in the fourth while coughing up 42 fourth quarter points.

The Celtics need to get back on track - and soon. Rumors have been swirling about Irving potentially leaving this summer after previously promising to re-sign.

Furthermore, every win is key at this juncture of the season. As a team, the Clippers shot just 43 percent from the field and six of 17 from the 3-point line, but with the recent trade of their leading scorer in Tobias Harris, the team came out flat and were always trailing after falling behind by 71-53 going into halftime.

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.

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