With 2 weeks left in the NBA season, the Celtics are in a dog fight with the Indiana Pacers for home court in the 1st round. They faced off on Friday in Boston. This game was back and forth the entire way, but it was Kyrie Irving who made the difference with the game-winning shot. The Celtics won the game 114-112 to take control of the 4th seed. Irving finished with 30 points while Aron Baynes had a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Next up, the Celtics traveled to Brooklyn for a one-game road trip. Kyrie Irving and Al Horford sat to rest. While it was close in the 1st half, the Nets pulled away in the 2nd and won 110-96. It was a must-win game for Brooklyn and they played like it.
The Celtics traveled back home to take another team fighting for their playoff lives in the Miami Heat. It was Dwyane Wade’s last game ever in the Garden and he, rightfully so, got a big cheer. The Celtics got off to a huge start with Kyrie and Horford back in the lineup. But the Heat kept chipping away to make a game of it in the 4th. The Celtics closed the game out and won 110-105. Irving finished with 25-points while Horford finished with his 2nd career triple-double (19, 11, and 10).
Finally, the Celtics faced the Heat once again but this time in Miami. Jaylen Brown and Marcus Morris both sat out due to injury. This game was a lot closer throughout but the Celtics still won 112-102. Gordon Hayward led the way with 25 points off of the bench as he continues to stride back. The Celtics are still tied with the Pacers for the 4th seed but own the tie breaker currently. It’s going to be an interesting last week of the regular season. 47-32.
Steve Santoro (SVS_1993)