The Boston Celtics started off their long traveled road trip with back to back wins against the Nets and the Raptors. Missing some key players in both games, the Celtics did what they do best and continued to find ways to win.
With a 20-5 record, the road doesn’t get any easier in this upcoming trip as they look to continue their surgenece.
The Jays Keep Dominating
Jaylen Brown had arguably one of his best games of the year against the Brooklyn Nets, finishing with 34 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 4 blocks. An all around dominant performance from Brown as the Celtics won a physical defensive battle 103-92.
With Marcus Smart sitting out this game, Brown took matters into his own hands, especially on the defensive end. Not only leading the way on offense, but was tasked with guarding Kyrie Irving. Brown held his own and forced Irving into a 7/21 shooting night.
It was a quick turnaround as the Celtics had to travel to Toronto, and pulled out another quality win. Yet another physical game against a battle tested team. The “Jays” continued to play incredible basketball.
Jayson Tatum led the way, finishing with 31 points and 12 rebounds. With Smart back in action, the team got quality looks throughout the game.
Role Players Shine
The next man up mentality is something the Celtics have always carried with them. Blake Griffin, Luke Kornet and Payton Pritchard are players who have taken advantage of these moments. These players have added to an already deep team.
Blake had another solid start in place of Al Horford. He finished with 13 points, 8 rebounds, and had the dagger put back lay in.
Tough Task Ahead
As much as the Celtics and their fans have enjoyed the success, the real test arrives now. They travel to Phoenix to take on the Suns who sit atop the Western Conference at 16-8. Another great matchup to see how this team matches up against some of the best in the NBA.
After the Suns, the next stop is in the Bay against the defending champion Warriors. This game is for sure marked on the calendars off everyone, as the Celtics look to avenge their Finals loss against this time.
After the Finals rematch, the Celtics will cap off the trip in LA to take on the Clippers and Lakers. Equally important matchups, the excitement of Lakers vs Celtics always brings a buzz to those matchups.
A looming 12 days, 6 games and over 6,000 miles traveled, a bizarre range of games but a great chance for the Celtics to prove they can compete with everyone.
Matchups to Watch
With wins against the 76ers, Mavericks, Grizzlies and Hawks, the Celtics need to continue to beat .500 teams or better. The Phoenix Suns could easily be a potential Finals matchup between the top teams in each conference. Two well coached, disciplined teams always leads to potential game of the year matchups. The MVP matchup between Tatum and Booker will be must see TV and you won’t want to miss it.