After breaking a bone is his face last week, Kyrie Irving returned to the court on Tuesday night wearing a new face mask. He finished the night with 25 points, five assists, and some clutch plays down the stretch to keep the Nets from making a real comeback.
It wasn’t all pretty for Kyrie, though. He threw off his mask in disgust during the first half, only to have to put it right back on.
As for how Kyrie felt after the game?
Kyrie is asked how his face feels. “It’s broken.”— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) November 15, 2017
The Celtics are on a 13-game winning streak
Yes, after that disastrous start to the season, the Celtics are actually right where everyone expected them to be. Tuesday night’s game was a group effort, with 21 points from Marcus Morris, 19 points from Jayson Tatum, and 17 points and 11 rebounds from Al Horford.
This steal from Kyrie that led to a Jaylen Brown-Jayson Tatum alley-oop made it feel like the present and future for the Celtics is quite bright.
That said, the Celtics play the Warriors on Thursday. We’ll see if the win streak holds up.
Jayson Tatum had a beautiful dunk and then a horribly missed layup
Here is the dunk. Good job, young fella!
And the oh-so-bad layup. Not so good.
The Hornets went to Smackdown Live on their off night
Dwight Howard is out here looking like his mom just said the pizza rolls were finished.
The Hornets at SmackDown Live tonight pic.twitter.com/rGJyxLmsYY— SB Nation NBA (@SBNationNBA) November 15, 2017
Dennis Smith Jr. is so, so good
It’s been a big week for Dennis Smith Jr., after LeBron spoke out saying the Knicks should have drafted him. On Tuesday he kept the hype doing, throwing down a huge dunk over Pau Gasol.
Mama there goes that man! pic.twitter.com/omFEtQDags— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) November 15, 2017
Our own Tim Cato wrote a great piece on the dangers of high-flying dunkers, especially Dennis Smith Jr.
Despite another great scoring night from James Harden, the Raptors were able to go into Houston and grab a solid road win. In what was probably the Raptors’ best win of the season so far, DeMar DeRozan finished with 27 points on 16 shots.
The Raptors also had a big night from rookie OG Anunoby, who finished with a career-high 16 points, two steals, and one block in his first ever NBA start.
James Harden also dressed as a highlighter
A different type of James Harden highlight pic.twitter.com/6hERJH8R45— SB Nation (@SBNation) November 15, 2017
Demar DeRozan keeps giving ghost high-fives
Every time DeMar DeRozan shoots a technical free throw, he gives high fives to the air. Or to ghosts. I am not sure.