After coming off of a very disappointing loss to the Phoenix Suns at home, the Celtics started off the week with a big game at home against the Milwaukee Bucks.
With Al Horford, Marcus Morris, and Aron Baynes all still out, the Celtics faced an uphill battle and they couldn’t recover.
The Bucks blew out Boston 120–107 as Giannis Antetokunmpo went off for 30 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists. After the game, the Celtics held a player’s only meeting in which the coaches were involved as well. No one stated to the media what had happened during the meeting, only that they have to get better.
Next up, the Celtics remained at home where they took on Kemba Walker and the Charlotte Hornets.
Horford and Morris returned and it made all of the difference in the world as the Celtics won 119–103. Kyrie Irving scored 17 points of his 25 in the first quarter and Jayson Tatum added 17 points. It was on overall solid win to end their three game losing streak.
The final game of the week came on Christmas Day as the Celtics hosted division rival, Philadelphia 76ers.
One of the biggest days of the NBA season, the Celtics had a chance to make a statement on national TV. The game was back and forth as the Sixers came to play.
Joel Embiid tallied up 34 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as the Sixers took the lead in the 4th quarter. But Kyrie Irving took over and hit the game tying shot to force the game to overtime.
Then in overtime, Irving went ballistic as he hit back to back dagger 3s and Boston won 121–114. Kyrie finished with 40 points and 10 rebounds in what was one of his best games as a Celtic. It was a huge win for Boston but they have to continue that streak moving forward. 20–13.
Steve Santoro (SVS_1993)
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