The Boston Celtics are coming off a pretty good 3-1 week. Their only loss came to the up and coming young Brooklyn Nets team; Kyrie Irving and Marcus Smart were out, but they still should’ve won. They played isolation ball and took too many contested threes; they started to play well too late in the game and came up short.
The Boston Celtics defeated the Toronto Raptors who are the #1 seed in the East Conference on Wednesday night. The chemistry looked great all around, there was a lot of ball movement and less isolation basketball. Gordon Hayward is slowly becoming more consistent with his play, he dropped 18 points along with five assists and Kyrie Irving ran the show with 27 points and a career-high 18 assists.
The Boston Celtics still haven’t got the chemistry together. They have struggled winning games on the road, their road record currently sits at 10-12. They ended up going 2-2 last week and lost back-to-back games on the road.
I have heard some people debating this as of late. I said it before the season started and I’m sticking to my prediction. The Toronto Raptors will go to the finals this season. Kawhi Leonard is the best player in the Eastern Conference. Some people forget that Kawhi is a champion. He can will the Raptors to the finals against the Celtics, Sixers, etc. The Raptors have a great defensive team, can switch almost every position.
Christmas is a time for family togetherness because school and work are canceled as it’s given a federal holiday for everyone including non-celebrators. NBA games on Christmas have become a tradition even for non-NBA fans because it’s the one day where all the games are nationally televised on ABC, ESPN or TNT while also being easily accessible on online platforms. The NBA is smart to market this way because it attracts a large number of viewers as they also showcase new special Christmas Day jerseys for each team involved and let the players involved design special Christmas day sneakers with unique colorways.
Welcome Back, hoop heads! We are already into the third week of December and the NBA season, for most teams, is already beginning to take shape for better or worse. Some teams are still fighting the injury bug and others are just losing the fight. We take a deeper look into some of the must-see game this week as we get ready for a slew of games Christmas Day.