NBA wrap: Celtics edge Trail Blazers for fourth straight win

With the All-Star break approaching, Al Hoford and the Celtics continued to roll Sunday with a 97-96 win over the Trail Blazers.
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Horford, who hit a buzzer-beater to win the game, scored 22 points with 10 rebounds and five assists, dominating on the offensive end with Kyrie Irving out of the lineup with an injured quad. Jayson Tatum added 17 points and five assists, and Jaylen Brown notched 16 points, six rebounds and four assists.

Irving, who has missed the last three games with the injury, will travel with the team to Toronto, but his status for Tuesday’s game against the Raptors is uncertain.

Trail Blazers (29-24) at Pistons (25-26) 8 p.m. ET ‘ With Blake Griffin on board, the Pistons have their very own version of the Bash Bothers in the paint. Andre Drummond is having a career year, and Griffin has excelled with his new team. The Trail Blazers are led by two talented guards in McCollum and Lillard, so this will be a battle of brawn versus style.

After watching Team LeBron beat his Team Stephen 148-145 in an untypically competitive All-Star Game on Sunday, Butler explained that he asked coach Mike D’Antoni to keep him on the Womens Otto Porter Jersey bench for all 48 minutes because he wanted to save himself for the Timberwolves’ push toward the playoffs.

Just rest, man, Butler said, via the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. I got to rest. I got to rest my body up. I know this Timberwolves season is very, very important to me. I’ve got to be ready to roll when I get back there.

Via Pro Basketball Talk, while some speculated Butler did not want to play after imbibing too heavily in the L.A. nightlife over the weekend, D’Antoni confirmed Butler’s explanation.
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He was tired and he just felt like his legs weren’t there, D’Antoni said after Sunday’s game. He didn’t practice yesterday or play today. You have to respect that. He plays hard. Sometimes your body just needs a rest.
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