The Clover Report: Week Three
It was a busy week for the Boston Celtics to say the least. The Celtics played 4 games against some very good competition so let’s get into it. The Celtics first faced off against the Milwaukee Bucks for the 2nd time this year. It was a cool experience as the two teams played in the Buck’s old area called “The Mecca”. As for the game itself, it was a barn burner for the majority of the game and the Celtics pulled it out at the end as they one 96—89. This really wasn’t a team effort Al Horford and Kyrie Irving carried the team. Horford had a fantastic game as he shot 11-14 from the floor and finished with 27 points. Kyrie had his best overall game as a Celtic as he finished with 24 points and 7 assists. Marcus Smart also returned from injury but struggled mightily from the floor.
Next up, the Celtics took on the Miami Heat. There, the Celtics ran into old friend Kelly Olynyk; the first of many reunions this year. He had a pretty solid game scored 14 points off the bench. As for the game itself, it was pretty exciting. It was close throughout the game but Kyrie Irving closed the game out and the Celtics won 96—90. Irving scored 24 points, Jayson Tatum added 20, and Marcus Smart had his best game of the year as he scored 16 points off the bench. I wouldn’t call this an impressive win however due to the fact that Hassan Whiteside missed the game.
The Celtics then traveled back home to take on the San Antonio Spurs, a team the Celtics haven’t beat since Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were in green. It did help that Kawhi Leonard wasn’t playing as he still has not played this season. The 1st half was a back and forth affair but the Celtics turned it on the 3rd and pulled away to win 108—94. With the win, the Celtics snapped their 11 game losing streak against the Spurs. Kyrie led the way once again with 24 points and 6 assists while Horford tallied a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Finally the Celtics finished out the week by hosting the Sacramento Kings. The Kings came in struggling as they had a 1-6 record and it showed. The Celtics cruised in this game as they won 113—86 and won their 6th straight game. Jaylen Brown was the clear standout as he shot 7-8 from the floor, hit 5 3s, and finished with 22 points. Daniel Theis and Semi Ojeleye has nice games off the bench in the blowout as Theis had a double-double and Semi had 11 points. It was the Celtic’s most complete game by far. No doubt this was a good week for the Celtics as they went 4-0 and now stand at 6-2. But I don’t want people to overreact because the Celtics really haven’t beat anyone that good yet. That will change however when they take on the reigning MVP and the Thunder on Friday.
Written By: Steven Santoro (SVS_1993)