After coming off of a solid win on the road, the Celtics returned home to start out the week.
It was a rematch of the Eastern Conference Finals as the Celtics hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers. But considering one LeBron James is no longer on the Cavs, it’s not exactly a rematch.
Jaylen Brown remained out with a back injury and Al Horford was out due to rest. Luckily, the Celtics didn’t need their help as they destroyed the Cavs 128–95.
Not only did seven players reach double figures, but every player on the Celtics scored. Kyrie Irving scored 29 points in just 27 minutes as the Celtics prepared for a back to back.
There was only one more game this week as the Celtics traveled to Minnesota to take on the new-look Timberwolves.
The Wolves were 7-2 since the Jimmy Butler trade so this was not going to be an easy game.
The game went back and forth but the Celtics pulled out the win 118–109. While Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum, and Al Horford all had good games; this was all about Gordon Hayward.
Coming off the bench, Hayward nearly tallied a triple-double as he scored 30 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, and dished out 8 assists. This is huge.
For the 1st time since that horrific injury, Gordon Hayward looked like an All-Star again.
But this does not mean he’s fully back. Hayward needs to continue to have games like this which he is very much capable of. If he can, the Celtics can once again live up to those lofty expectations. 13–10.
Steve Santoro (SVS_1993)
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