BOSTON Teams

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Kyrie and Brown connect for a hammer dunk (0:20)
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Williams rocks rim with putback dunk (0:28)
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Tatum misses wide-open dunk (0:18)
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Kyrie finds Brown for a dunk (0:26)
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Smart punishes the rim (0:29)
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Tatum gets acrobatic and-1 (0:25)
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Kyrie makes diving and-1 (0:19)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

As another day passes without J.D. Martinez's contract being finalized, it isn't unusual for free-agent deals to be held up for days or even weeks by lengthy medical reviews and/or changes in contract language based on concerns over a potential future injury. The Red Sox went through such situations with J.D. Drew (also a Scott Boras client) and John Lackey. In 2013, the Sox completely re-worked a deal with Mike Napoli after the physical revealed a hip condition.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Jackie Bradley Jr.'s OPS by month last season: .596, .808, 1.009, .596, .770, .517. On his reputation as a "streaky" hitter: "I feel like I haven't played my best baseball yet. I don't like to feed into that so-called streaky thing. I know what I'm capable of doing and it's just getting back to doing that on a consistent basis."

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Jaylen Brown All-access: L.A. All-Star video diary (10:58)

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Marcus Smart missed a month because of a thigh injury and a hand injury. He believes the time off will help him down the stretch of the season. "To have that break, it's kind of like my break was kind of like a cheat-sheet for me," Smart said after Friday's win. "I got fresh legs ... still working out the kinks in my legs, but it just gives me more energy to bring to this team and intensity and pick this team up especially on the defensive end."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyrie Irving on the Celtics bench giving his team a big lift in Friday's win. Boston's bench outscored the Pistons' bench 65-21: "It builds a lot of confidence to be able to play our style of basketball for a full 48 minute game. I believe we had 30 assists tonight so the ball was hopping, getting in the paint and attacking the defense, and creating opportunities for one another. Defensively after the first quarter I felt like once we limited their transition game, made them play against our half court defense then we did a great job. When our bench is playing like that, we're making shots, they play with the type of pace they did tonight, the unselfishness, it makes the game a lot easier."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The Celtics' net rating Friday with Marcus Smart on the court: plus-30.1, which includes a team-best defensive rating of 84.4. Smart, returning to action after missing the last 11 games with a hand laceration, helped Boston's reserves score a season-high 65 bench points.