After coming off one of the worst weeks in recent memory, the Boston Celtics had to try and rebound to save their season. They started off at home to take on the Washington Wizards. The game was closer than expected but the Celtics finally put their losing streak to rest with a 107–96 win. Seven Celtics players scored in double figures with Al Horford leading the way with 18 points.
That good feeling didn’t last long as the Celtics finished off their homestand by hosting the Houston Rockets. It was a slaughter from the start as the Rockets led by as much as 28 points. Boston made a bit of a comeback but it wasn’t enough as Houston won 115–104. James Harden finished with a game-high 42 points in the win.
After the loss, the Celtics headed for California to begin their West Coast trip. The road wasn’t friendly as their 1st game was against the defending champion Golden State Warriors. But to everyone’s surprise, the Celtics annihilated the Warriors to win 128–95. Gordon Hayward starred off the bench as he finished with 30 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists. It was his best game as a Boston Celtic and another season-saving win for the team.
While I do think this was a huge win for the Celtics, this doesn’t change my mind about the team in general. They have been too inconsistent this year for me to call them title contenders again. But if they can have a stretch of 10 of 11 wins, then we might be on to something once again. 39-26.
-Steve Santoro (SVS_1993)