Despite the impressive West Coast trip for the Celtics; I continued to say that this team was not a title contender due to their inconsistency.
Unfortunately, the Celtics proved my point this week. To start off, the Celtics were in Charlotte to take on the Hornets. Al Horford and Gordon Hayward were both out due to injury. It didn’t seem to matter off the bat as the Celtics led going into the 4th. But the Hornets used a (not a typo) 30-5 run to close the game and won 124-117.
Kyrie Irving and Jaylen Brown combined for 60 points but it wasn’t enough to stop the Hornets and that run. It was a horrible loss as the Celtics couldn’t move into the 4th Seed.
Next up, the Celtics returned home to host the San Antonio Spurs. While Al Horford and Jayson Tatum were out, Gordon Hayward returned from his concussion. But the Celtics’ defense continued to be horrible and got blown out 115-96. LaMarcus Aldridge went off as he finished with 48 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 assists.
To finish off the week, the Celtics traveled to Cleveland to take on the lowly Cavaliers. Kyrie Irving sat due to rest while Al Horford and Jayson Tatum returned from injury. With Kyrie out, the Celtics spread the ball out a lot more as 6 players scored in double digits. Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart led the way with 21 points each and won 116-106. Despite the win, this wasn’t a good week for the Celtics. Boston has chance to fix that next week as they face the Pacers and hopefully jump them in the standings. 44–31.
Steve Santoro (SVS_1993)