Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope also raised his hand to defender Irving, but the Celtics guard put the ball up in the air with both hands and attacked the rim, putting the shot in off of the backboard.
The Lakers, of course, have Brandon Ingram: the one-and-done from Kinston after the 2016 season at Duke.
Irving scored his final two points of the game on Boston's following possession to push Boston ahead 100-90 with 5:28 left in the contest. During that time, Horford is hitting 44.1% of his threes taking 3.1 with Irving on the court with him.
"We're hoping this is a soft tissue injury, which can sometimes take a while, but we'll have a better idea when he has imaging done today", Ainge told 98.5 The Sports Hub's Toucher & Rich on Thursday morning.
With the upstart Los Angeles Lakers in town, the men in green and white were likely a bit extra-motivated - and in the first half it showed as the Celtics raced out to a 21-point advantage.
Ball, who is shooting under 30 percent from the field for the season, finished with nine points (on 4-15 shooting), five rebounds and six assists in a team-high 39 minutes. Here are some of the games to look forward to in week four.
Sure, Lonzo might not ever become the player that Kidd was, but it's impossible to ignore the similarities in their statistics over their first 11 games.
One big blow to the "similar statistics" argument, however, is the fact that the pace of Kidd's Mavericks team was significantly lower than Lonzo's Lakers team - 94.7 to 103.3.
The Rockets are in first in the Western Conference with an 8-3 record. Jayson Tatum has had a phenomenal two way impact in every single game. Marcus Smart screens Irving's man to create some space for him to then run off of Horford's makeshift screen. Randle had 10 points and seven rebounds in the quarter to help the Lakers get within 58-52 just before halftime. It is obvious just watching him this season that he's taken pride in getting those around involved and making the game easier for teammates. "That's what (coach) Luke (Walton) and Magic (Johnson) have been telling me", Ball said. It may seem like a routine pass from a generational talent, but its not.
Irving is opening the game up tremendously for Horford as well.