This past Friday was a match up of the titans as the Boston Celtics hosted the Toronto Raptors. The game had a lot of hype going into the game and boy it lived up to it. Throughout the entire game, the Celtics and Raptors traded blows and went back and forth. Kawhi Leonard had a chance to win the game at the buzzer but missed it as we went to overtime. The went on to win 123–116 as Kyrie Irving could not be stopped and played his best game as a Boston Celtic. He shot 18-26 from the floor and finished with 43 points and 11 assists.
Next up for the Celtics was another home game as they hosted the Utah Jazz. Despite coming a huge win against the Raptors, the Celtics came out flat and a Utah team also on a back to back. The Jazz won 98–86 in what was a pretty poor effort from the Celtics. Donovan Mitchell finished with 28 points to lead the Jazz while the Celtics only shot 5 of 33 from beyond the 3 point line.
So with the team off to a poor start, Brad Stevens finally decided to shake up the starting line up. Aaron Baynes was in and Gordon Hayward was out. But the Celtics struggles continued as they lost again to the Hornets 117–112. Kemba Walker exploded for 43 points as he single handedly won the game for Charlotte.
Finally to close out the week, headed back home to host the New York Knicks. This may have been the worst lost all year as the Knicks won 117–109. But that score does not show how much the Knicks actually dominated this game. They were up 61-38 in the 2nd quarter and the Celtics were booed off the floor and rightfully so. We are now a full month into the season and the Celtics stand at 9-9 with no real injuries. That is simply unacceptable. They have a lot major issues and not a lot of time to do it in. 9–9.
Steve Santoro (SVS_1993)
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