It's been a while since I've written about the Celtics (and Bruins, that article's coming next), so sorry about that. I took a few days off from writing altogether, really just a mental break to relax. Back at it though. Let's dig in.
My last Celtics game recap came one week ago today, from their March 1 win against the Wizards. Since then, Boston has gone 3-1, including winning the last three games.
It began with a 115-104 home loss last Sunday against the Houston Rockets, as James Harden torched the Celtics for a game-high 42 points. Coming off a win to snap their four-game losing streak, fans were discouraged as the team was unable to show much fight against the Rockets and make it two straight wins.
But then something changed over the next three games in California.
On Tuesday, the team was in Oakland to face the defending champion Golden State Warriors. Of course, the Warriors were the clear favorites to win in their own building. But the Celtics came in and made an absolute statement, never trailing for the entire game and winning 128-95 to give Golden State their worst home loss in the Steve Kerr era.
The Celtics were back in action again the very next night in Sacramento, playing the Kings. Could it be two wins in two nights? The game was close for the whole 48 minutes, tied in the final seconds until Gordon Hayward played the role of hero:
Hayward did indeed redeem himself, as just prior to the shot, he fouled Buddy Hield in the act of shooting a three. Hield knocked down all three shots, setting the stage for Hayward's heroics in Boston's 111-109 win.
Next, it was on to Staples Center yesterday to face the lowly Lakers, and the Celtics made easy work of them, winning 120-107, only getting outscored in the fourth quarter.
So here we are, the Celtics (41-26) have won three straight games in California, and currently trail the Pacers by a-game-and-a-half for third place in the Eastern Conference.
All year, the Celtics have been wildly inconsistent. It's been a frustrating year for the players, and fans; but thankfully, it seems like the team has FINALLY found their rhythm.
Blowing out the defending champions was a turning point for the Celtics. They showed what they're capable of when they're playing together, playing the right way, playing Celtic basketball. That win definitely must have re-energized the team and given them confidence that will hopefully translate for a couple more months, at least.
All year, the Celtics have had the talent on paper. It hasn't translated into the results everyone was hoping for, but they're getting hot at the right time.
One more game at the Staples Center tomorrow to play the Clippers, then the Celtics return back to TD Garden for three games.
Time to get this W against the Clippers and make it a perfect Cali road trip. Here we fuckin' go!