The Boston Celtics were one of the teams that looked forward to the All-Star Break as they were struggling mightily. After having 9 days off, the Celtics were back at it as they faced the Detroit Pistons on the road. Marcus Smart also made his long awaited return after missing 11 games. Maybe it was the addition of Smart or maybe it was the week and a half off, but the Celtics looked regenerated regardless. They blew past the Pistons and won 110—98 as Daniel Theis (not a typo) led the way in scoring with 19 points. The Celtics bench as a whole was fantastic as they combined for 66 points.
Next up, the Celtics traveled to New York to take on the Knicks. With Porzingis out for the year, it was expected that the Celtics would steam roll the Knicks. That wasn’t the case as it was a nail bitter to the finish. But the Celtics pulled it out to win 121—112. Kyrie Irving has a fantastic game as he finished with 31 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists. Jaylen Brown also had a great game as he scored 24 points and had a few stellar dunks. After two road wins, the Celtics traveled back home to take on the Memphis Grizzlies. Unlike the Knicks game, the Celtics stomped on the Grizzlies neck and won 109—98. Kyrie led the way again with 25 points and 5 assists. The bench came up big again as well as they finished with 52 points total.
Finally to close out the week, the Celtics hosted the Charlotte Hornets. It was another blowout win for Boston as they won going away 134—106. Kyrie went off for 34 points as he shot 13 of 18 from the floor. Greg Monroe also had his best game as a Celtic as he scored 15 points off of the bench. This was the best possible start out of the break the Celtics could have had. Marcus Smart is back, Greg Monroe is looking better every day, and they have now won 4 in a row. The next two months are going to be fun as Boston fights for the number one seed in the East.
Steve Santoro (SVS_1993)