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The Celtics continued their west-coast road trip facing off against the Clippers at the Staples Center. Both teams were missing key players, but it was the Celtics who were able to come away with the 119-115 win after mounting a massive 16-point comeback. Both Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker stepped up when it mattered most, propelling the C’s to a much-needed victory.
Boston was without Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, and Romeo Langford in this one. Brown was a game-time decision and sat out due to knee soreness. Paul George was also a game-time decision and was ruled out by the Clippers due to a foot injury. He joined Patrick Beverley and Jay Scrubb on the injury report for Los Angeles.
Unexpectedly, Brad Stevens chose to start Walker, Tatum, Grant Williams, Daniel Theis, and Tristan Thompson. Meanwhile, Tyronn Lue started Reggie Jackson, Luke Kennard, Kawhi Leonard, Nicolas Batum, and Serge Ibaka for the Clippers.
With Brown out, the offense was going to rely mainly on Tatum, and that’s exactly what happened. Tatum showed up in a big way…
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