After coming off of a huge Christmas day win against the 76ers, the Celtics headed out on the road for a 3-game road trip. The first stop was in Houston to take on the Rockets and the reigning MVP James Harden. The Celtics and Rockets traded blows throughout the first three quarters but the Rockets pulled away in the 4th to win 127–113. Harden dropped 45 points as the Celtics could not slow him down.
Next up on the road trip was a stop in Memphis to take on the Grizzlies. The Grizzlies controlled the game early as they led 64–47 at halftime. But the Celtics mounted a comeback and won the game 112–103. They outscored the Grizzlies 33–16 in the 4th alone. Kyrie Irving had another impressive game as he finished with 26 points and 13 assists.
The last game of the roadtrip (and for the year) took place in San Antonio to visit the Spurs.
The Celtics got off to a good start as they led after the 1st half. But the Spurs went off for a crazy 46 points in the 3rd quarter and won 120–111. Jaylen Brown had his best game of the season with 30 points off of the bench, but it wasn’t enough for the Celtics to overcome their terrible defense.
The Celtics traveled back home to for their final game of the week against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Kyrie Irving was out due to an eye infection so Terry Rozier got the start.
The Celtics were aggressive from the start and led the entire way as they won 115–102. Gordon Hayward was spectacular as he scored a season-high 35 points on 14-18 from the floor. It’s a great sign for the Celtics if Hayward can keep up this play. Now that we’re in 2019, it’s time for the Celtics to step on the gas and make a move in the Eastern Conference. 22–15.
Steve Santoro (SVS_1993)
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