The Boston Celtics’ past week of basketball has been poor, but beneficial to the franchise. They went 1-3 on the week and now are 23-47, tied for the 4th worst record in the NBA. Let’s take an in-depth look at the 4 games they played this week.
On Sunday, March 16th, the Celtics traveled to New Orleans to face the Pelicans. This game was an overtime thriller and is probably considered one of the best games in the league all season. In a close nail-biter, the Pelicans would prevail 121-120. In this one, it was all about Pelicans center Anthony Davis. Davis scored 40 points and grabbed 21 rebounds, both career highs. Jeff Green provided the Celtics 39 points in the loss. This loss for Boston was definitely a tough one to swallow.
On Monday, March 17th, Boston would head to Dallas to play the Mavericks. In a game in which both teams struggled to score, the Mavericks would prove victorious in a 94-89 win. In Boston’s defense, Rajon Rondo would not play in this one. Rondo’s absence is a very possible answer regarding the Celtics offensive inefficiency. Jerryd Bayless, starting in place of Rondo, scored 19 points and dished out 6 assists. Kelly Olynyk would contribute 16 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.
On Wednesday, March 19th, the Celtics would travel home to welcome the defending champion Miami Heat to the Garden. LeBron James would not play. The game went back-and-forth throughout, but Rajon Rondo and the Celtics took advantage of the LeBron-less Heat and won a good one, 101-96. Rondo flirted with a triple-double inking 9 points, 10 rebounds, and 15 assists. Avery Bradley led all scorers with 23 points. A humorous thing to note for Celtics fans is with this win, the struggling Boston Celtics took the season series from these Miami Heat.
On Friday, March 21st, the Celtics would visit the Barclays Center to face the Brooklyn Nets. The Celtics struggled defensively in this game as Brooklyn would gradually widen their lead margin from quarter to quarter. Nets guard Joe Johnson hit 6 threes in Brooklyn’s 114-98 win over Boston. Avery Bradley would once again lead the Celtics in scoring with 28 points. Rajon Rondo contributed 12 points and 12 assists in the loss.
Next, the Celtics host the currently-seeded #3 Toronto Raptors on Wednesday. Boston only has 12 games left in this season, five at home and seven on the road.