C's complete comeback vs. Suns; Ainge responds to Rozier rumors

Ross Houston
November 11, 2018

Boston was in Phoenix for a matchup with the Suns, and after 24 minutes, everything was looking bad for the road team. "I worked on my 3-pointers extensively". The Celtics trailed by double digits for much of the second half until a furious late rally. Brad Stevens' team converted a meager 21.7 percent of their first-half shots and, with strong shooting (51 percent) from the Suns, Phoenix took a 20-point margin to the second half.

To that end, Celtics president Danny Ainge shot down the possibility of a deal during an appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston on Thursday morning, and added that Rozier hasn't expressed any frustrations over his role or playing time. Then this season Kyrie Irving is healthy and back - and he's the guy with his name above the title in Boston. The Celtics could get a large haul in exchange for Rozier, which would mean committing to Irving as their point guard of the future.

Boston is coming off a 115-107 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Monday as a 1.5-point betting underdog after falling to the Indiana Pacers 102-101 as a 3.5-point favorite to start the trip on Saturday. At the very least, the first half was a complete dumpster fire. Phoenix led 32-13 after 12 minutes.

The Celtics shot a mere 32 percent through three-quarters of Thursday night's game. Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, Gordon Hayward and Brown were a combined 0 for 15. ". I've been trying to watch a lot of film and find out where you can be aggressive, where you can be effective on this good team, and it's tough". His defensive stops disrupted the Suns, while his shooting made all the difference for him and the rest of the Celtics.

Brown's first basket was a high-flying, one-handed dunk in transition at the 10:10 mark of the third quarter. The Suns visit the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday.

The Celtics are now 7-4 and will play the Jazz in Utah on Friday.

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