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TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts  Attendance: 18,624

What's up Doc? Clippers visit Celtics

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Los Angeles Clippers at Boston Celtics

  1. After going 6-12 (.333) on the road to start the season, the Clippers are 7-2 away from home since Christmas. The Clippers are averaging 113.4 points during the stretch, which is the third-highest road scoring average in the NBA. (Warriors - 116.0, Raptors - 113.7).
  2. The Celtics started 13-2 (.867) at home but have gone just 8-8 (.500) at TD Garden since December 15. Boston's 100.1 points per game at home are the second fewest in the NBA during that span (Miami - 99.5).
  3. Boston's 32.6 three-point attempts per game since 2016-17 ranks fourth in the NBA. That number jumps up to 42.3 per game (127/3) when facing the Clippers, with 14 of 40 (.350) dropping in a 113-102 win at Staples Center on January 24 earlier this season.
  4. Kyrie Irving had 20 points and seven assists in last month's win over the Clippers, benchmarks that have served the Celtics well. Irving's recorded 20+ points and 7+ assists in nine games this season, and Boston has won the last eight.
  5. Danilo Gallinari has been back for the last six games after missing 38 of the previous 40. He's averaging 20.2 points and shooting 53.9 percent after averaging 13.4 points and shooting 34.5 percent in his first 11 games this season.
  6. The Celtics were plus-seven on the boards (47-40) in last month's win over the Clippers. This season, Los Angeles is 3-11 when it gets outrebounded by seven or more, while Boston is 12-0 when it has at least seven more rebounds than its opponent.

BOSTON -- Former Celtics coach Doc Rivers was in Boston on Sunday for the Paul Pierce retirement ceremony.

His visit was not purely ceremonial and also gave him an interesting perspective on the game.

"I was more of a coach because we play Boston Wednesday, so I was sitting there as a complete coach and scout," Rivers said Monday, when his Los Angeles Clippers won in Brooklyn. "But it still was really interesting to do that. I may have to do that more. It was really cool. I got a lot out of it, I really did."

The Clippers have won four of their last five games and are 4-2 since the mega deal that sent Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons, for a package that included former Celtic Avery Bradley, who makes his second return of the season to the TD Garden.

DeAndre Jordan, the big man and center of all kinds of rumors before the deadline, wasn't moved and had 16 points and 17 rebounds in Monday's victory that saw the visitors led by seven players in double figures.

"I think a lot of people slept on us when we got all these players but I think we're getting better and better," Los Angeles guard Austin Rivers said.

The Clippers are 12-5 in their last 17 games. They are 29-26 on the season, 2-1 on their current seven-game road trip.

They're going in the opposite direction of the Celtics, who were hammered by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Paul Pierce retirement night, their second loss in three days on their home floor.

Brad Stevens' team, once 16-2 after a 16-game winning streak, has gone 22-15 since reaching 18-3. At 40-18, they trail Toronto by one game for the division and conference leads.

Boston has missed the defensive intensity of Marcus Smart, who has been out after lacerating his right hand on a picture frame in an L.A. hotel room last month after missing a shot that would have beat the Lakers.

The next night, on the same Staples Center floor, Boston beat the Clippers.

Tuesday, a day after Steve Kerr let players diagram plays in the Golden State huddle, Stevens had the injured Gordon Hayward and Al Horford coaching at practice.

"We've done it in practice," Stevens said. "We did it a couple weeks ago where Al and Gordon both had the grease board. I can't remember if I've ever done it like in the middle of a game where players go and draw it up. We haven't been up that much very often. We've talked about that stuff. I totally get where Steve would be coming from with that."

Said Horford: "I was wracking my brain trying to come with (plays). We needed to come up with certain plays and I was like, 'I have no idea.' Once you start putting everything together and seeing what makes sense and what doesn't make sense. Coach is -- he is a genius, man. He's pretty smart."

Speaking of Smart, he did some shooting after practice and appears to be on target to return to practice after the All-Star break.

The Celtics have taken the last two games against the Clippers at TD Garden.

Updated February 14, 2018

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