The depth of the Boston Celtics was on full display Monday night at TD Garden.
According to an ESPN report, rookie Wendell Carter, Jr., said players came to Boylen and his staff "as men and (talked) to them about how we felt". Meanwhile, Anthony Davis is questionable due to a hip contusion he suffered on Sunday in the Pelicans' win over the Pistons.
Williams gave the Celtics a huge boost at the defensive end with his energy and shot-blocking ability.
"He had 41", Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. "Hopefully a couple more days, and we can put it behind me". "When you're shooting around the rim and he's in the vicinity, you feel him".
Shaquille Harrison scored a career-best 20 points, Zach LaVine added 11 and Cameron Payne had 10 for the Bulls, who have lost eight of their last nine. They led 59-53 at the half before Morris hit three 3s - one from the left corner, one from the right wing and one from the top of the key - to make it 68-55.
The lead grew to as many as 15 points on two occasions before New Orleans got within 83-72 at the end of the third quarter.
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Horford has had multiple seasons cut short by injuries in the past.
After the fall to.500 with a 10-10 record, the Boston Celtics certainly seem to be on the up and up again since they have now ripped off four consecutive victories against National Basketball Association opponents with a very decent chance tomorrow night against the Chicago Bulls for a fifth victory in a row.
Brad Wanamaker, who spent six seasons in Europe and one in the developmental league, matched his career high with four points.
The Celtics were averaging 106 points in the opening 18 games of the season when they stood 9-9.
There was no Irving (sore right shoulder), no Al Horford (sore left knee), no Hayward (illness), no Aron Baynes and Guershon Yabusele (both with sprained ankle), leaving a 10-player roster than included Maine Red Claws call-up P.J. Dozier.
The low point of the season was probably the night before Thanksgiving when the Celtics were booed at home during a loss to the Knicks, falling behind by as many as 26 points to a team that was 4-14. The early part of the year was marked by long winning streaks and long losing streaks, but most recently they've alternated wins and losses for the last two weeks.
Doug McDermott thwarted two Sacramento challenges in the fourth quarter with 3-pointers, and host in finished with the most energy between two teams playing the second night of back-to-backs to earn a victory.