After coming off their huge win against the Warriors, the Celtics’ season looked to be back on track once again. The West Coast trip continued for the C’s as they headed to Sacramento. Kyrie Irving was out due to rest as Terry Rozier started against the Kings. It was a close game going back and forth until the very end. But it took Gordon Hayward hitting a fadeaway jumper with two seconds to go as the Celtics won 111-109. Hayward finished with 12 points while Al Horford finished with 21 points, 11 rebounds, and 7 assists to lead the team to victory.
Next up, the squad went into in hostile territory as they faced their arch rival in the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers were reeling going into this game and the Celtics had a chance to end their season. They did just that as the Celtics blew out the Lakers 120-107. Irving returned with 30 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists while Marcus Smart added 16 in the win.
Finally, to close out the week and the road trip, the Celtics stayed in LA to face the Clippers. But the C’s didn’t have the same magic this time as the Clippers blew out the Celtics 140-115. It was one of the worst defensive performances of the year. But considering the previous 3 games on the road trip, I’ll take one bad night. The Celtics head back home as they continue to aim for that 3rd seed. 41-27.
Steve Santoro (SVS_1993)