Celtics-76ers Betting Preview: Is Boston Overvalued Without Kyrie?

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Take this into account: with Kyrie Irving at the helm in the first half, the Boston Celtics had built an advance of 28 points. He noted multiple times that the recent stretch - even when the team was winning - has not been "fun".

"For us to be a championship team, this (stuff) has to change", Morris said.

Because it's just been that type of week in what has been a wildly perplexing season thus far for a team that was expected by many to roll into the NBA Finals this June.

Then a few hours after the trade deadline, the Celtics coughed up an 18-point lead to the Lakers - a team that was coming off a 42-point loss to the Indiana Pacers - and lost on a Rajon Rondo buzzer-beater.

The Celtics later announced that Irving suffered a sprained right knee and would be out the rest of the game.

Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers have been on a nice run with nine wins in their last 13 games and they will be full of confidence after blowing past the Lakers by 143-120 on Sunday. "When I look at us I just see a bunch of individuals".

"To be in this position and have a chance to compete for something like that, it means a lot to me", Morris said. "And again, I need to look at myself first and figure out what I can do to help that not happen". "Win, lose, or draw - you're going to lose games - but if we have no attitude, we have no toughness, we're not having fun.it's going to be a long season".

Irving, who was named to his sixth career All-Star Game, is averaging 22.1 points, 5.6 assists and 3.6 rebounds in 47 games this season. The Celtics haven't played since Saturday and they are 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings, but I think the 76ers are a team on the rise and they will prove that with a statement win at home in this one. Whatever that takes, I'm with it. "It's unacceptable what we did tonight for a team of our caliber".

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