When the Celtics misplaced in opposition to the Warriors on the highway final December, it set off a uncommon shedding stretch that uncovered their flaws and confirmed how susceptible they might be after a scorching begin to the season.
Under comparable circumstances this season, historical past has not repeated itself.
Instead, the Celtics have responded with three consecutive convincing victories which have proven how far they’ve come, and assist illustrate why they’re higher suited to win a championship this season. After back-to-back dominant wins over the Kings and Clippers, the Celtics continued to show their development in entrance of a nationwide viewers with a powerful 126-115 Christmas Day victory over the rival Lakers to complete a unbelievable highway journey.
Jayson Tatum (25 factors) and Jaylen Brown (19 factors) didn’t have massive capturing nights on this win however as they’ve proven by the primary third of the season, that’s not required for the Celtics to have success. Tatum had a season-high seven assists. Kristaps Porzingis returned from his absence to attain 28 factors, the offense hummed behind Derrick White (18 factors, 11 assists) and Jrue Holiday (18 factors, 7 assists), and the C’s used a powerful defensive second half, overcoming 40 factors from Anthony Davis, to tug away.
The C’s, after shedding that time beyond regulation heartbreaker to Golden State to start this journey, responded with three nice wins to shut out this West Coast journey. They now personal an NBA-best 23-6 document as they return residence with their schedule lightening up, with 4 of their subsequent 5 video games coming in opposition to below-.500 opponents.
The Celtics are actually 15-1 this season with their beginning 5 that features Porzingis at full power.