The Boston Celtics headed into this past week on an eight-game losing streak. Let’s see if they get off the snide by looking into the three games that the Celtics played this week.
On Wednesday, April 9th, the Celtics traveled to Atlanta to face the Hawks. This game would be a game of quarters. The Hawks would take the 1st quarter by an 9-point margin, the C’s would respond by taking the 2nd quarter by 4 points and the 3rd quarter by 12 points, and then the Hawks would finish the game out with a 15 point edge over Boston in the 4th quarter. Atlanta would win 105-97. All 5 Hawks starters scored in double digits led by their point guard Jeff Teague with 19 points. Avery Bradley scored 24 points with an impressive 50% field-goal percentage in the loss.
On Friday, April 11th, the Celtics would host the playoff-bound Charlotte Bobcats at the TD Garden. This game was a great one and was tight until the very end. Boston would win this nail-biter 106-103 and snap their nine-game losing streak. All five Boston starters scored in the double digits led by Avery Bradley with 22 points and once again knotted a 50% field-goal percentage. Phil Pressey, who filled in for a banged up Rajon Rondo, had a Rondo-like game with 10 points and 13 assists. Charlotte’s Al Jefferson led all scorers with 32 points in the loss.
On Saturday, April 12th, the Cleveland Cavaliers would welcome the Celtics into town. In this game, Boston was clicking on all cylinders and would have an astounding 31-point lead after three quarters. Cleveland would provide a valiant comeback in the 4th; scoring 41 points in the quarter, but it would not be enough as the Celtics would win their second in a row, 111-99. Avery Bradley would continue his hot scoring streak and contribute 25 points in the win. Kelly Olynyk would impress by also scoring 25 and grabbing 12 boards. Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, and Jarrett Jack all scored 15 points for the Cavs.
With their two wins this past week, Boston has moved from 3rd worst in the league to 5th worst in the league making it marginally more difficult for the Celtics to obtain a top three pick in the upcoming draft. Those top three picks are extremely cherished and the Celtics are somewhat of a long stretch right now to grab one. Boston surely picked a bad time to start winning games. The Celtics play in Philadelphia on Monday and then finish up the 2013-14 season against the Wizards at home on Wednesday.