It’s All-Star Weekend in the NBA which means that the Boston Celtics did not have any game. It is a time in which every team can rest and reset for the stretch run of the season. The Celtics were able to do that, except for two.
Kyrie Irving and Jayson Tatum traveled down to Charlotte to represent the Celtics for the All-Star Weekend. Tatum was up first as he participated again in the Rising Stars Game as a sophomore. He was on team USA and helped lead the team to a victory 161–144 over team World.
Next up for Tatum was the Skills Competition on Saturday night. Tatum won the competition on a half court to beat Atlanta Hawks’ guard Trae Young. By doing so, he became the 1st Celtic player ever to win the Skills Competition. Not a bad weekend for the 20 year old Celtic stud.
Finally to close out the weekend, Kyrie Irving was named to the All-Star team for the 6th time and his 2nd as a Boston Celtic. He started for team LeBron despite missing the last two regular season games. Playing in 25 minutes, Irving finished with 13 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists. Team LeBron defeated Team Giannis 178–164. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Kyrie playing in the game. Considering his injury history, it would have been better if he just took the 8 days of rest.
So now the stretch run begins for the Celtics as they have 24 games left. Getting to at least the 3rd Seed is imperative for Boston and they’ll be fighting tooth and nail with Philadelphia and Indiana. It won’t be easy considering the Celtics’ first game out of the break is against the best team in basketball in the Milwaukee Bucks.
Steve Santoro (SVS_1993)