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Celtics’ Brad Stevens wants to develop double big option, Kyrie Irving optimistic

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Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens stuck to his lineup tweak for the second straight game against the Indiana Pacers, deploying Aussie center Aron Baynes to once again start alongside All-Star big man Al Horford. Per Jay King of The Athletic, Stevens is looking to develop this double-big lineup in the hopes that the Celtics can finally turn their fortunes around this season.

With this recent lineup change by Stevens, Celtics All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving expressed his optimism towards his coach’s move and added that they needed to add more size and rim protection up front.

The Celtics have steered away from pairing Baynes with Horford for the most part of the season. They have moved into playing small, fielding in either Marcus Morris or Jayson Tatum as their men at the four spot. However, it seems like Stevens is looking to deploy Horford-Baynes lineups again, with Morris being bumped from the starting five.

The move has proved to be effective thus far, as Boston has rattled off two straight wins. The Celtics, though, barely squeaked by the Pacers last night.

Kyrie Irving proved to be the hero for Boston once again, sinking a layup with half a second left to give the Celtics the 114-112 victory at home.

Irving led the charge with 30 points, while Horford added 19. Baynes, on the one hand, played 33 minutes and contributed 13 points and 13 rebounds.

It was an all-important win as the Celtics have tied the Pacers in the win-loss column, sporting a 45-31 record. They are now both at 4th in the Eastern Conference standings with six games remaining on their respective schedules.

The Celtics now have the season series edge over the Pacers, 2-1. Indiana is looking to even things up on April 5, which should be another classic showdown as both squads try to vie for homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs.