October has ended and teams are starting to shake off the rust for the NBA season.
After coming off a few wins against Detroit, the Celtics had some challenging opponents at home and on the road. The first game was a playoff rematch between the Celtics and the undefeated Milwaukee Bucks. I had the pleasure of attending the game and boy it was a good one.
Giannis was Giannis as he went for 33 points and 11 rebounds. But it was the Celtics who were in control and held on to win 117-113. As you can see below, the three was key as they hit a franchise record 24 total. Kyrie Irving led the way with 28 points and 7 assists and Gordon Hayward had his best game as he scored 18 and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was a great win for Boston before they headed out on the road.
Their first road game on the trip was to Indiana to face the Pacers. Boston and Indiana went back and forth and the Celtics held the lead late. But Victor Oladipo came up big and hit the go-ahead triple as the Pacers won 102-101. Marcus Morris continued his early success though as he scored a team-high 23 points off of the bench but the Celtics’ mistakes down the stretch cost them a win on the road.
Finally, the Celtics went out West to take on the upstart Denver Nuggets. The Celtics got off to a great start as they led 34-19 after the 1st. But Denver erased that quickly and went on to win 115-107. Jamal Murray was the story of the night as he went off for 48 points (career high) in the comeback win. So it was a rough week for the Celtics but those losses weren’t “bad losses”. Once they get the offensive chemistry down with that group, they win those close games. The road trip continues next week. 6-4.
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