Stars, studs, and duds: Irving drops 36, but Ginobili comes up clutch

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Jaylen Brown knew there would be an adjustment of sorts for him when he wore prescription goggles for the first time. 

While it’s unclear how much longer he’ll sport the new goggles, one thing is much clearer now for Brown – his vision. 

“It looked better than my actual contacts,” said Brown who was wearing the goggles because of irritation from wearing his contacts that forced him to miss Wednesday’s game against Dallas. “Everything was so much clearer; I had to get adjusted to it a little bit.”

After tallying just two points in the first half of Boston’s 105-102 loss to San Antonio on Friday, Brown was far more productive in the second as he finished with 15 points and five rebounds. 

“I got a little more adjusted to them in the second half,” Brown admitted. “Still, it’s an adjustment process. It’s the first time I’m wearing something on my face. I just have to find my rhythm.”

Brown said the clarity he has with the goggles is “like 3-D on my eyes,” adding that he doesn’t know why but everything on the court "looks so clear. I just have to get adjusted to it.”

Brown said he’ll get an eye exam when the Celtics return to Boston from their three-game road trip next week. 

“If things don’t seem to change (with his vision), I’ll probably keep wearing them until things do,” Brown said. 

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Boston’s 105-102 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. 

 

STARS

LaMarcus Aldridge: The Boston Celtics were no match for Aldridge who got pretty much whatever he wanted from the perimeter or in the paint. He led the Spurs with a double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds. 

Kyrie Irving: Kyrie Irving could not have been more potent offensively at the start of the game, tallying 17 of his game-high 36 points in the first quarter. 

 

STUDS

Manu Ginobili: He only had 11 points, but man were they huge. He drained a buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the half which gave the Spurs their first lead of the game, 56-55. And then he knocked down the game-winning shot with 5.0 seconds to play. 

Jayson Tatum: It was yet another strong performance for Tatum, who had 20 points on 6-for-11 shooting with eight rebounds and two steals.

Terry Rozier: A strong first half with 11 points, Rozier couldn’t quite rekindle that red-hot play in the second as he finished with just two points in the second half for a 13-point total.

 

DUDS

Al Horford: One of Horford’s worst games of the season, he was nowhere to be found most of the game offensively or defensively. He had just two points on 1-for-6 shooting. But he simply was no match for LaMarcus Aldridge who scored seemingly at will when Horford defended him. 

Marcus Smart: Like Horford, this was a rough game all night for Smart who fouled out with 2:52 to play. Prior to fouling out, Smart had just four points. But more disturbing was that he had more turnovers (3) than assists (2) which is not what Smart, the NBA’s assists leader among reserves this season, is accustomed to doing when on the floor.

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