NBA Ratings 2017: Kyrie Irving may be the masked man again

Soon after breaking a bone is his face last week, Kyrie Irving returned to the court on Tuesday night wearing a fresh face mask. He completed the night time with 25 things, five assists, and some clutch takes on down the stretch to keep the Nets from making a real comeback.

The @celtics want to close out @BrooklynNets for his or her 13th straight win.

Watch on #NBA Group Move. #PhantomCam pic.twitter.com/fZVcoPO8mv – NBA (@NBA) November 15, 2017

It wasn’t all pretty for Kyrie, though. He threw off his mask in disgust through the first half, only to have to put it right back on.

As for how Kyrie felt following the game?

Kyrie is asked how his encounter feels. “It’s destroyed.” – Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) November 15, 2017

The Celtics are on a 13-game winning streak

Yes, from then on disastrous begin to the season, the Celtics are actually best suited where everyone anticipated them to be. Tuesday night’s game was an organization effort, with 21 things from Marcus Morris, 19 things from Jayson Tatum, and 17 points and 11 rebounds from Al Horford.

This steal from Kyrie that led to a Jaylen Brown-Jayson Tatum alley-oop made it feel like today’s and future for the Celtics is quite bright.

Brown ➡️ Tatum about the break for the #SunLifeDunk4Diabetes dagger! pic.twitter.com/hlhesptEX8 – Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 15, 2017

That said, the Celtics take up the Warriors about Thursday. We’ll check out if the get streak holds up.

Jayson Tatum had a beautiful dunk and then a horribly missed layup

Here is the dunk. Good job, small fella!

Jaylen Brown is defined for take off! #Celtics pic.twitter.com/axgSCQBa8B – NBA (@NBA) November 15, 2017

And the oh-so-bad layup. Not so good.

The Hornets visited Smackdown Live on their off night

Dwight Howard is out here looking just like his mom simply said the pizza rolls were finished.

The Hornets at SmackDown Live tonight pic.twitter.com/rGJyxLmsYY – SB Country NBA (@SBNationNBA) November 15, 2017

Dennis Smith Jr. is so, so good

It’s been a huge week for Dennis Smith Jr., after LeBron spoke out saying the Knicks must have drafted him. On Tuesday he kept the hype undertaking, throwing down an enormous dunk over Pau Gasol.

Mama there goes that man! pic.twitter.com/omFEtQDags – Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) November 15, 2017

Our own Tim Cato wrote a great piece about the dangers of high-flying dunkers, especially Dennis Smith Jr.

James Harden scored 38, however the Rockets lost to the Raptors

Despite another great scoring night time from James Harden, the Raptors were able to get into Houston and pick up a good road win. In what was probably the Raptors’ best win of the season so far, DeMar DeRozan completed with 27 points on 16 shots.

The Raptors also had a huge night from rookie OG Anunoby, who finished with a career-high 16 points, two steals, and one block in his first ever NBA start.

OG Anunoby is up to career-high 14 things.@Raptors increase their business lead found in the 4th on @NBATV. #PlayersOnly pic.twitter.com/rtaxUogoGo – NBA (@NBA) November 15, 2017

James Harden also dressed as a highlighter

A different type of James Harden highlight pic.twitter.com/6hERJH8R45 – SB Country (@SBNation) November 15, 2017

Demar DeRozan keeps supplying ghost high-fives

Each time DeMar DeRozan shoots a technical free throw, he gives substantial fives to the air. Or even to ghosts. I am uncertain.

The ghost shakes continue. pic.twitter.com/ilFugow5WV – Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) November 15, 2017

Tuesday night’s scores

Celtics 109, Nets 102 (Celtics Blog page Recap, Nets Daily Recap)

Raptors 129, Rockets 113 (Raptors HQ Recap, The Dreamshake Recap)

Spurs 97, Mavericks 91 (Pounding the Rock Recap, Mavs Moneyball Recap)

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