In the Eastern Conference matchup between the Charlotte Hornets and Boston Celtics at the TD Garden Friday night, the Celtics were stripped of two more of their top players. Center Al Horford was out for the game from concussion symptoms and point guard Kyrie Irving left the game early to also be tested for a concussion, after being hit in the face. Rookie forward Jayson Tatum, was also battling an ankle injury but was able to play in Friday’s game.
The Celtics still managed to win despite trailing most of the game. Making a 12 point comeback in the fourth quarter to keep their win streak alive. Terry Rozier and Shane Larkin had 15 and 16 points off of the bench, providing much needed support to the remaining starters and lifting the Celtics past the Hornets. Tatum also had 16 points as he continues to start for the Celtics and has proved to be a huge part of this Celtics team. The rookie has been playing much better than expected this season, showing great promise as a key factor for the Celtics. The Celtics next contest will be Sunday afternoon as they host the Toronto Raptors.