After getting off to an awful, no good, very bad start; the Boston Celtics have finally appeared to have turned a corner.
This week consisted of four games starting at home against the New York Knicks. If you remember earlier in the year, the Celtics hit rock bottom when they were blown out at home by the Knicks.
Since then, the Celtics have begun to play better and it showed in this game. The Celtics blew out the Knicks 128–100 in which seven players scored double figures.
Jaylen Brown returned from injury, came off of the bench, and had one of his best games of the year as he scored 21 points while shooting 7-10 from the floor.
Next up for Boston was a quick one game road trip against the Chicago Bulls who just fired their Head Coach a few days before. With Al Horford, Aron Baynes, and Robert Williams all out dew to injury; Daniel Theis started at center.
This was a mismatch from the beginning as the Celtics scored the first 17 points of the game and they went on to win (not a typo) 133–77.
That was the largest Celtic win on the road in the history of the franchise. As previously mentioned, Theis had a great game as he went for 22 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 blocks. Not bad for a guy who’s considered the 10th best player on the team.
After the blowout, the Celtics returned home where they were very undermanned. Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, Al Horford, and Aron Baynes were all out as the Celtics welcomed the Pelicans to the Garden.
In what could be their most impressive game of the year, the Celtics dominated Anthony Davis and the Pelicans 113–100. Marcus Morris and Jayson Tatum combined for 52 points and Robert Williams III scored 7 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, and blocked 3 shots (2 against Davis).
The Celtics played like a team and they showed glimpses of the team that went to the East Finals without their two best players.
Finally, the Celtics were back on the road to face the Washington Wizards. In what was the best game of the week, Kyrie returned from injury and balled out. He scored 38 points and hit two dagger 3s in overtime as the Celtics won 130–125.
It wasn’t their prettiest game of the year but the Celtics found a way to pull it out. Their winning streak stands at 7 and they’ve done it through injuries. The Celtics are back, now lets not have another set back please? 17–10.
Steve Santoro (SVS_1993)
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