|5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)02:0020:00 ET7:00 PM CTNaN:� , February 9, 2019
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New faces debut for Clippers versus Celtics
Los Angeles Clippers at Boston Celtics
- These teams split their two meetings last season, each winning on the road. The Celtics have a .500 record against Western Conference opponents this season (10-10), compared to a 25-10 mark against the East.
- Boston had a five-game win streak snapped with Thursday's 129-128 home loss to the Lakers, losing on former Celtic Rajon Rondo's buzzer beater. It's the most points the Celtics have scored in a regulation loss since February 20, 1985 at Denver (132-129).
- The Clippers lost big in Indiana on Thursday, 116-92, despite opening the game 11-for-11 from the field -- the longest streak to start a game by any NBA team in over two years. Los Angeles is 0-8 this season when scoring under 100 points.
- Danilo Gallinari's .451 three-point percentage would be the third best in Clippers single-season history, behind J.J. Redick in 2015-16 (.475) and Eric Piatkowski in 2001-02 (.466). Gallinari has made exactly half of this three-point shots in road games (53-of-106, .500).
- Boston scored 61 bench points in Thursday's loss, led by Daniel Theis (20), Terry Rozier (19) and Jaylen Brown (18). It was the Celtics' first game with three reserves scoring 18 or more points since February 25, 2015 against the Knicks (Crowder, Jerebko, I. Thomas).
- Kyrie Irving has scored 20 or more points in 10 straight games, averaging 27.9 points over that span. His longest career streak of 20-point games is 21 with Cleveland in the 2016-17 season.
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The Los Angeles Clippers are expected to debut several new players when they visit the Boston Celtics on Saturday night.
The Clippers are still in a playoff spot with 26 games remaining, but decided to revamp their roster leading up to Thursday's trade deadline. They sent leading scorer Tobias Harris to the Philadelphia 76ers early Wednesday morning, and then traded starting shooting guard Avery Bradley to the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday.
In return, the Clippers received several players and future draft picks.
Wilson Chandler, Garrett Temple, JaMychal Green and Landry Shamet were among the players acquired in the Harris and Bradley deals. The Clippers also received stretch forward Mike Muscala from the 76ers, then traded him the next day to the Los Angeles Lakers for center Ivica Zubac and forward Michael Beasley.
Chandler is out another one to two weeks with a quad injury, and Beasley is expected to be waived, but Temple, Green, Shamet and Zubac have already joined their new team in Boston and practiced Friday.
The Clippers appear most excited with the addition of Zubac, a 7-foot-1 third-year center from Croatia. His playing time began to increase just before Christmas, and he averaged 11.5 points and 5.9 rebounds for the Lakers during January. Zubac will turn 22 next month.
"For two-plus seasons, we have seen Ivica up close and watched him develop into a skilled center," said Lawrence Frank, president of basketball operations for the Clippers. "For his age, Ivica has proven to be an energetic rim protector who can score around the basket. We are eager for him to join our group of promising young players."
Chandler, a 6-9 small forward, was averaging 6.7 points and 4.7 rebounds with the 76ers. The 11-year veteran averaged 15.7 points as recently as two years ago with the Denver Nuggets.
Shamet, the first-round pick of Philadelphia last year, was averaging 8.3 points as the team's backup point guard.
Temple, a 6-6 shooting guard, was averaging 9.4 points for the Grizzlies, the highest mark of his nine-year NBA career.
Green is a 6-9 power forward who was averaging 9.8 points and 6.1 rebounds for Memphis. He was a starter the past two seasons, but returned to the bench this season.
The Clippers waived starting center Marcin Gortat after Zubac was acquired.
Montrezl Harrell, the fourth-leading scorer for the Clippers at 15.7 points, moved into the starting lineup for just the fourth time this season in a 116-92 loss at the Indiana Pacers on Thursday night, but he's expected to return to his reserve role with the arrival of Zubac.
The Celtics didn't make any major moves leading up to the trade deadline, which made for a more relaxed atmosphere this week, point guard Kyrie Irving said.
"The deadline was a lot for a lot of other people, I'm assuming," Irving said. "For us, we were pretty set. They made that very clear, our management, so I'm just happy that now we can just focus on the rest of the season and have some fun doing so."
The Celtics hosted the Lakers on Thursday night, another team distracted by trade rumors all week, and lost 129-128 on a last-second basket by Rajon Rondo, a former Boston player.
Boston entered the weekend in a three-team race with the Pacers and 76ers for the third-through-fifth spots in the Eastern Conference standings. The Celtics had won five in a row and 10 of 11 before their loss to the Lakers.
--Field Level Media
Updated February 8, 2019