By MyFM's Jake Archer - The Boston Celtics have been playing a bit shorthanded lately, as star point guard Kyrie Irving has sat out the last three games with a quad injury. They did rip off two wins over the weekend though, which I did not cover yesterday because I don't think anyone really paid attention to anything but football the last few days. Now they will be in the spotlight, as we are forced to turn our eyes to basketball, hockey and soon baseball.
On Friday night, the C's visited the terrible Atlanta Hawks. But the Hawks weren't so terrible and they actually put up quite a fight in what looked like it could be an ugly loss for Boston. The Celtics were able to pull out the win 119-110 behind another breakout night from the young guard Terry Rozier. Rozier was starting just the second game of his career and he dropped 31 points, grabbed seven rebounds, two steals and two assists. Rookie forward Jayson Tatum also netted a career high 27 points while pulling down four boards and racking up three assists and four steals. Every other member of the Celtics starting lineup was in double figures as Boston snagged the W.
On Sunday, the Celtics played an early game at home against the Portland Trailblazers. They'd be without Irving again which ruined quite a few cross-sport Super Bowl prop bets, but that's another story. Boston came away with a thrilling victory as Al Horford beat the buzzer to get the win 97-96. The big man also led the way with 22 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two blocks. Tatum, Rozier and Jaylen Brown also got into double digit points for the C's. Portland was led by their star backcourt of CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard, with 22 and 21 points respectively.
The Celtics are now 39-15 which is good for the second best record in the NBA and the best in the Eastern Conference. They will take on the team that is sitting in second in the East, the Toronto Raptors, north of the border tonight. Check back tomorrow for the recap of what should be a great battle.