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4:30 PM PT5:30 PM MT6:30 PM CT7:30 PM ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 PM MST7:30 PM EST4:30 UAE (+1)01:3019:30 ET6:30 PM CT22:30 , November 11, 2019
TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts  Attendance: 18,624

Hayward-less Celtics battle Mavericks

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Dallas Mavericks at Boston Celtics

  1. The Celtics have won five of their last six games against the Mavericks, including three straight wins in Boston. The last time Boston had a longer home win streak over Dallas spanned from the 1980-81 season to 1994-95, when the Celtics won the first 15 games in Boston in the history of this matchup.
  2. Dallas has won three of four after losing to the Lakers in overtime on November 1. The Mavericks scored 138 points on Saturday against the Grizzlies in Memphis and are the only team in the NBA to score 130+ points in multiple road games this season (scored 131 in Cleveland on November 3).
  3. Luka Doncic has posted at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists in five consecutive games, the longest active streak of such games and tied with Giannis Antetokounmpo for the longest streak in the NBA this season overall.
  4. Boston has won seven in a row and has topped 100 points in all seven wins after losing its opening game of the season to Philadelphia, 107-93. A win over Dallas would see Boston match its longest win streak from last season (eight straight from Nov. 26-Dec. 14).
  5. The Celtics are 3-0 at home for the first time since 2011-12 and haven't started a season 4-0 at home since 2010-11. That season, Boston won its first five home games before losing.
  6. Jaylen Brown scored 30 points in his team's win over San Antonio on Saturday, two shy of his career high. A career 46.2-percent shooter from the field entering this season, Brown is connecting at a 52.2-percent clip in 2019-20.

The Boston Celtics are riding a seven-game winning streak, but a dark cloud hangs over the club as it preps to host the Dallas Mavericks on Monday.

The fate of forward Gordon Hayward, who fractured his left hand in a collision with the San Antonio Spurs' LaMarcus Aldridge on Saturday night, is set to be determined by a specialist before Boston takes the court against Dallas. Whether or not surgery is deemed necessary, the Celtics are prepared to be without Hayward for an extended time as they near a daunting West Coast swing.

"It's tough," swingman Jaylen Brown said. "I don't know what the timetable is, but that's tough to deal with an injury, especially (because) Gordon's playing really well right now, and we're leaning on him to help us with this season and this run that we're trying to make."

Hayward entered Saturday's game against the Spurs averaging 20.3 points, 7.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game during Boston's hot start. The former All-Star had finally been looking like his old self for the first time since a devastating leg injury cut his 2017-18 campaign short one game in.

"Every year you go through stuff, where different things happen, and different guys go down," coach Brad Stevens said. "We've already seen some guys, some really good players in this league, get hurt, and it's up to everybody else to pick up the slack and do their jobs. This one doesn't feel nearly as bad as it did two years ago. He'll be back. He'll be off for a few weeks or a month or whatever he is."

With Hayward sidelined, Brown, Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart could each see upticks in playing time to help fill the void. Brown led with 30 points, Tatum had 19 and Smart added 16 off the bench in Saturday's 135-115 rout of San Antonio.

"We just need guys to step up," said point guard Kemba Walker, who scored 26 in the victory. "Now it's our opportunity for other guys until he comes back, and we just have to hold the fort down."

The Celtics play two at home starting against the Mavericks before embarking on a five-game road trip that includes tough tests against the Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets. In years past, Boston might have been able to look past Dallas, but this season's club is off to a hot start of its own.

The Mavericks have won six of nine to begin the year. Dallas rebounded from a home loss to the New York Knicks on Friday to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 138-122 Saturday, Luka Doncic leading the way with 24 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists in falling just short of his fifth triple-double of the young season.

"It was a great game, and we needed to bounce back," said Doncic. "It was a team effort and we got a win."

Kristaps Porzingis was held out Saturday to rest his surgically repaired knee.

In addition to Hayward, the Celtics might still be without big man Enes Kanter, who has been out since the team's season opener with a left knee contusion. Kanter is nearing his return after being upgraded to questionable last week.

Boston has beat Dallas in five of its last six meetings.

--Field Level Media

Updated November 10, 2019

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