Kings rookie (knee) to return vs. Celtics

NBA roundup,Boston Celtics,Sacramento Kings

NBA roundup,Boston Celtics,Sacramento Kings

But don't forget Jaylen Brown and Marcus Morris.

As happy as he was with the comeback, Irving said it doesn't compare to the mentality Boston will need in the postseason to be successful. At some point the Kings hope to get star rookie Marvin Bagley III back for at least one of the two trip-ending games, but if he doesn't play I don't think Sacramento has enough firepower to match a Boston offense that, when on, is lethal.

In 47 appearances with the Kings (two starts), Bagley has racked up averages of 13.9 points on 50.9 percent shooting from the field (25.8 percent from beyond the arc), 7.2 rebounds and a block in 24.8 minutes per outing. He finished with 14 points and six rebounds. The Celtics are 35-16 ATS in their last 51 home games, 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games following a loss of more than 10 points and 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight against the Western Conference.

Coach Brad Stevens said Jayson Tatum (shoulder) is fine, and he is listed as probable for Thursday against the Kings. Meanwhile, Terry Rozier and Daniel Theis both sat out with illnesses.

Irving and the C's will look to stay hot when they host the Hawks on Saturday.

Sacramento led 89-79 with less than three minutes to play in the period before a 3 by Irving and three straight 3-pointers by Brown put the Celtics back in front.

But the Kings immediately countered with four consecutive 3-pointers, three by Hield, to reclaim an 11-point advantage.

Head to head, the under is 13-4 in the last 17 meetings in Boston, the Kings are 3-8-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings overall and 1-6 ATS in the last seven meetings in Boston. As a team, the Kings shot 45 percent from the field and nine of 27 from the 3-point line as they recovered from a slow start with 40 points in the second quarter, only to fall short in the second half where the Wizards pulled away on the back of the play of Bradley Beal who finished with a game-high 27 points. Celtics: Irving is the first Celtics player to record 30-plus points and a triple-double in the same game since Rajon Rondo on February 12, 2012, against the Bulls. Hield added 10, going 4 for 4 from the field and 2 for 2 from deep.