Per A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports Boston, Irving realized that they should've trapped Walker more, just like what any other team does to the Hornets All-Star. Apart from 36 markers, Walker also had 11 rebounds and nine assists.
“We should have probably trapped him more like every other team does in the league but we didn’t. He torches us every time we play them so it’s no surprise.”
The Hornets — who have a slim chance at qualifying for the playoffs — just handed the Celtics their third straight loss, 124-117.
Boston now drops to a 43-30 record for fifth place in the Eastern Conference. Although they'll likely enter the postseason, every game is still a must-win situation. They could end up in fourth place if they perform well in the last 10 games.
Apart from Kemba Walker, forward Miles Bridges chipped in 20 points, along with three 3-pointers. Marvin Williams and Malik Monk dropped 13 points apiece.
For the Celtics, Kyrie Irving dropped 31 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Second-year man Jaylen Brown was not far behind with 29 points which included 5-of-6 from 3-point territory. Boston will host the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday.