Celtics suffer embarrassing second-half collapse: The Celtics put together their best offensive first half of the season against the new-look Clippers, leading by as many as 28 points on their way to 74 points before the break. That lead evaporated in a hurry however as Boston’s offense fell apart in the third quarter without Kyrie Irving (sprained knee) to the tune of 12 points on 18 percent shooting. That putrid output opened the door for the Clippers to come back into the game, largely thanks to the hot shooting of new addition Landry Shamet (17 points off the bench). The Clippers outscored Celtics 70-38 in the second half to pull away with a double-digit victory in what served as another embarrassing home loss for the Green, perhaps the worst of the season.
Kyrie Irving suffers knee sprain in the first half: The All-Star was in the midst of a highly efficient first half (14 points in 14 minutes) before colliding with Montrezl Harrell while trying to navigate a screen. The 6-foot-3 guard came up limping and was removed from the game a minute later after trying to play through the injury initially. He headed back to the locker room with Celtics trainers and was ruled out for the night shortly thereafter with a sprained knee. Boston’s offense self-combusted for much of second half without him, thanks in large part to a 12-point third quarter. Irving will receive imaging on the knee on Sunday.