What the heck is going on with these Boston Celtics? One minute, they look like they can’t beat anybody (terrible losses to the Lakers and Clippers) and then the next minute, they’re beating the Philadelphia 76ers?
I ask again, what the heck is going on? Some people might say it is the Kyrie Irving effect and some have even said that they are better with Kyrie out. News flash, they are not.
Anyways, last night’s game featured the Celtics going up against the 76ers in what could be seen as a potential first round playoff matchup. The Celtics took the first two meetings this season and looked to make it 3-0 against Philly this year.
Surprisingly, they came away with a 112-109 victory without the services of Kyrie. So, who stepped up last night. Well, that would be a man named Gordon Hayward.
Gordon Hayward Doesn’t Stink!
Gordon Hayward has been the talk of the town lately, especially involved in a potential trade with the New Orleans Pelicans for Anthony Davis this off-season. Regardless, he is with the Celtics now and his 26 point performance last night should be a stepping stone for the rest of the season. If Hayward can keep improving his totals like he has month by month once the playoffs come, the Celtics will be in much better shape.
Al Horford Played Like an All-Star
Al Horford is good. Let me say that again in case you didn’t hear me. *Clears throat* AL HORFORD IS GOOD! Horford finished the night with 23 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists. When Horford gets going, this Celtics team solidifies their chemistry and just seems to play better together. They just need this from the big man on a nightly basis and need that leader type to keep the Celtics on track.
Jayson Tatum Looked Very Good
Jayson Tatum finished the night with a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Tatum is showing the likes of a franchise player and it helps that he had a big game last night against a formidable opponent in Philly.
Not to mention, Tatum put Joel Embiid in a spin cycle and finished the dunk over Ben Simmons.
It was a big win on the road for a team that people have been criticizing all year. Now the only tough part is that the Celtics have the Detroit Pistons at the T.D. Garden tonight on a back to back. This is the final game before the All-Star break and the Celtics could use another win to keep the momentum going through the All-Star Break before they head to Milwaukee on February 21st to take on the 1st place Bucks.
Hey Marcus Morris, can you tell me the Celtics record against the 76ers this season? It slipped my mind for a second.
3-0? Got it. Watching the Celtics win last night was a lot of fun. But, I still am a bit confused as to why this cannot be done consistently.
-Alan Nahigian (BigAl2793)
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