Irving Out, Hayward & Horford Doubtful For Celtics Vs. Pelicans

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"The first thing was be a leader", Morris said.

"I don't like that narrative", Boylen said of Bulls players forming a consensus over not wanting to practice.

Anthony Davis remains convinced that the New Orleans Pelicans can become playoff contenders.

Williams gave the Celtics a huge boost at the defensive end with his energy and shot-blocking ability. He also said he has taken into consideration the fact that eventually the franchise will be looking to attract free agents who might ask questions about the level of toughness with which he coaches. "And I think both styles can be effective".

"Embarrassment is not giving the effort in that Bulls uniform, so I put five guys in that I thought could put the effort in". "When you're shooting around the rim and he's in the vicinity, you feel him".

This marks the first time since March 1988 that the Celtics have scored at least 115 points in five straight games.

50-38: New Orleans lead in points in the paint. Julius Randle added 20 points, but no other Pelicans player reached double digits in scoring.

The Chicago Bulls' players didn't want to practice following Saturday's 56-point loss to the Boston Celtics, but new coach Jim Boylen and his staff insisted on it.

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When the C's came out of the tunnel for the second half, Morris took over as the hot hand.

"I think it had a little bit to do with the back-to-back, but it was mental", Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein said, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Brad Wanamaker, who spent six seasons in Europe and one in the developmental league, matched his career high with four points. Sidelined since October 24 and playing in just his fifth game, Portis added nine points and eight rebounds in 19 minutes.

In addition to Irving, Gordon Hayward (illness), Aron Baynes (left ankle sprain) and Guerschon Yabusele (right ankle sprain) are also out for tonight's game. Horford is now averaging just over 12 points, six rebounds, and three assists on the season and remains the veteran leader in the Boston clubhouse.

Perhaps that will be enough to get the Pelicans back to the form they had in those opening four games and away from the indifferent, inconsistent version of themselves they've been since - including alternating wins and losses for the past nine games.

"It's nice to start getting guys back", Robin Lopez said.

"Why have them play in a game that's going to be very hard to win when the benefit to me is going to be practice tomorrow and get better", Boylen said Saturday.

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