Boston recently gave up an 18-point lead to the Los Angeles Lakers, in a Thursday night loss at Staples Center.
The Celtics were in control of the game when Irving appeared to hurt his knee with about five minutes left in the second quarter while attempting to defend Garret Temple at the top of the key. After falling behind 68-40 with four minutes and 39 seconds in the second quarter, the Clippers stormed back in the second half for a 123-112 victory, earning the biggest comeback victory in franchise history in the process. Even after Irving's exit, the Clippers outscored the Celtics 75-44 and stifled Boston on defense. Their primary justification for trading Tobias Harris to the Philadelphia 76ers wasn't missing the playoffs, but doing so would indeed be helpful given the team's imminent pursuit of Anthony Davis this summer. He had been averaging 23.8 points and seven assists this season.
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The Celtics were unable to do their usual pregame walkthrough because of a 1 p.m. Boston Bruins game that went into overtime and delayed the changeover from ice to parquet.
After the loss, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he did not have much info on the star point guard.
Clippers: Monday's game against the Timberwolves completes a six-game trip, during which the team will have traveled approximately 6,659 miles - the fifth-most in the league this season, according to travelmath.com.