Boston's Marcus Smart out two weeks with laceration on hand

Boston's Marcus Smart out two weeks with laceration on hand

He's shooting 51.4 percent from the field and 43 percent from behind the 3-point arc.

Yet the Celtics have been able to overcome the Warriors more often than not during their last five meetings. His shot had been uncharacteristically shaky as of late, and, worse, the assertiveness that had him looking like anything but a rookie early on had waned.

I mean, it's been borderline heartbreaking to watch Thomas try to bring his game back to what it was.

Larkin, meanwhile, is a player who Brad Stevens discussed at length.

"It's a hard league".

"And it doesn't stop". As a group, we're going to support him, and I hope that he gets well.

Stevens was pleased with the way the Celtics battled the Clippers inside. "And that's what makes the great players great".

But even if Wednesday's rebound effort against the Clippers was a "last gasp" of sorts, a wall-leveled Tatum is better than the alternative. Al Horford missed Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers to monitor for concussion symptoms after a collision at the end of Tuesday's loss to the LA Lakers. We'll see when he gets back, when he's due back and everything else, and we'll talk about it in the meantime about what we're going to do. "It was good we battled the way we did". Playing 49 games this season, the Celtics have played the third-most games this season, just under the Timberwolves and Spurs' who have played 50 games. Just take advantage of the opportunities that he's afforded out there offensively and defensively. "I didn't think he was explosive". The Celtics organization, our team and all of us value that. There was very good ball movement Wednesday, but too often the C's have been slow to spots on the break and have been stagnant in the halfcourt.

Horford is part of the seasoned group of All-Stars from the East, led by LeBron James, Boston's Kyrie Irving, Toronto's DeMar DeRozan, Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo and Philadelphia's Joel Embiid rounding out the group, plus New York's Kristaps Porzingis, Indiana's Victor Oladipo and Washington's Bradley Beal as reserves.

The Celtics big man was selected to the reserves in a vote by coaches and will join teammate Kyrie Irving, who was chosen as a starter, in the annual showcase at Staples Center on February 18.

Horford is making his fifth All-Star appearance and first with the Celtics.