For the first time this year, I finally got to see my Boston Celtics in person as it was good to be back. That game was against the rival and upcoming Philadelphia 76ers. Joel Embiid did not play as the 76ers were on a 2nd of a back to back. Despite that, the 76ers were able to hang out in this game. In the end, the Celtics won 108—97 in a tough, grind it out affair. Kyrie Irving carried the Celtics as he scored 36 on 12—21 shooting. Next up for Boston, they hosted the Phoenix Suns on a rare Saturday afternoon game. It was close throughout the game but the Celtics pulled it out with the 116—111 win. Unlike the Philly game, this was a much more balanced attack from the Celtics. 6 players scored in double figures in which Kyrie led the way with 19. Marcus Morris came up big off of the bench as he finished with 17 points and 8 rebounds. As for the Suns, Devin Booker had another fantastic game in the Garden as he finished with 38 points.
Next up, the Celtics faced off against the Bucks for the 3rd time already this season. However it was the first time they have faced the Bucks since they acquired Eric Bledsoe. Despite that, the Celtics we’re in control for most of this game and won once again 111—100. Kyrie once again led the way with 32 points and Jayson Tatum added 17 points while shooting 4-5 from behind the arch. At the time I am writing this article, he’s currently leading the NBA in 3 point shooting with 51%. That is not a typo, a rookie has the best 3 point percentage in basketball. That’s insane. As for the Bucks, Giannis scored 40 points but it wasn’t enough to take down Boston.
Finally, the Celtics took on the Dallas Mavericks to close out their 5 game home stand. Jaylen Brown and Marcus Morris were both out for Boston and it showed early. The Celtics struggled in the 1st half but once again came back to win 97—90. Al Horford had the standout game as he finished with 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists and Tatum added another 17 points. It was another great week for Boston as they finished their 5 game home stand with a 4-1 record and currently have the best record in basketball at 22-4.
Written By: Steven Santoro (SVS_1993)