Last week, we spoke about how the Boston Celtics may be facing their toughest challenge heading into the final few weeks of the season.
Well, it looks like they understand the gravity of the situation, as they’ve been playing well, and have gone 8-2 over their last 10 games.
Their most recent win, a 99-86 victory against the Phoenix Suns and their deadly tandem of Chris Paul and Devin Booker, saw them hold the lead for almost the entire game.
Jayson Tatum had an off night, scoring 15 points on 3 of 17 shooting, but Kemba Walker picked up the slack with 37 points while making 11 of his 17 shots.
It’s a good sign for the Celtics, who will need production from someone other than Tatum, especially if they want to make a deep playoff run.
Today’s win was especially important for the Celtics because it keeps them in sixth place with a 32-27 record. They’re facing stiff competition from the Heat, who are seventh with a 31-28 record.
Fortunately for the Celtics, Trae Young’s injury might take some pressure off of them because the Hawks have the same record and look like they might drop some games soon.
However, it’s not wise to bank on that kind of luck, and they’ve got to keep winning until the postseason begins.
It’s been a good April for the Celtics in general. Walker has been a big part of that success, averaging 17.7 points, five rebounds, 6.2 assists with only 1.9 turnovers a game.
Tatum, who looks back to his All-Star form after his ordeal with COVID-19, has played in every game and is averaging 26.6 points, nine rebounds, and 4.4 assists with 3.3 turnovers a game.
Brown has been no slouch either, and in nine games play has averages of 24.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, two assists and a steal with 2.3 turnovers.
The Celtics have 13 games left in the season, and every single win will count. The uncertainty of the play-in tournament can’t be discounted.
For now, it looks like their star trio are making at the perfect time. Let’s see how their final few games go. They’ve got a tough game coming up next, facing Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets at 7:30 AM Manila time on April 24.