What’s up everyone and welcome back to the Clover Report. Despite having zero games to recap this week, there was a lot of Celtics news to talk about. The reason for that is because it was All-Star weekend for the NBA. The Celtics had their fingerprints all over the weekend so let’s get into it.
The weekend started Friday with the Rising Star challenge. Both Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown represented the Celtics as they both played for the USA team. For the game itself, the World team kicked USA’s ass as they won 155—124. Despite getting blown out, Brown scored a game high 35 points to go along with a few highlight dunks. Tatum added 15 off of the bench for the USA team. It was a solid outing for the Celtics’ young dynamic duo as they’ll be the face of the franchise for the next decade. On Saturday, Al Horford participated in the skills competition but was eliminated in the first round. No other Celtics participated on Saturday but the rest of the night was pretty entertaining. Devin Booker won the 3 point contest and Donavan Mitchell won the dunk contest.
The main event came on Sunday as Team LeBron and Team Steph faced off in the 2018 NBA All-Star game. It was the 1st year that the teams were picked and not just East vs. West. Kyrie Irving was ironically picked by LeBron James and Al Horford was picked by Steph Curry. Kyrie Irving started as he scored 13 points and dished out 9 assists. Horford came off of the bench and scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The game overall was pretty entertaining as it came down to the wire. Team LeBron pulled it out as they won 148—145. It was a great weekend for the NBA and the Celtics were a huge part of it.
Looking forward, the Celtics only have 23 games left and are in a dog fight for the number one seed. With Marcus Smart expected to be back on Friday, they look to get back to their winning ways as they’ve struggled for the past few weeks. We’re in the stretch run of the NBA season so let’s hope that the Celtics are up to the task.
Steve Santoro (SVS_1993)