BOSTON – The Boston Celtics always seem to have an aura around them that brings the team closer together. In the midst of the Celtics 92-88 win over the Golden State Warriors, the biggest news of the night wasn’t known until after the final buzzer.
Celtics forward Jaylen Brown learned that his childhood friend passed away.
”It was tough to kind of accept it,” Brown said. ”Plus, I was kind of in shock.” Brown met Trevin Steede when he transferred from Joseph Wheeler High School in Marietta, Georgia. Brown continued to talk with the media and caught up with Kyle Hightower of the Associated Press, ”I remember I didn’t have any friends,” Brown said. ”The first few days I sat at the lunch table by myself – I’m super quiet and didn’t know anybody.”
This isn’t the first time that something awful happened to this Celtics team, players or former players at that. It’s hard to forget about the death of Chyna Thomas, the sister of former Boston guard Isaiah Thomas or the devastating injury that took place to Gordon Hayward on opening night against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Even if it sounds cliché, it seems as though the Celtics always find a way to bond together through difficult times, and face more of them than any other team. But at the same time, there is no doubt this team will be battle tested and ready to compete for what this organization hopes will be a title.
Check out this piece that Thomas posted in the Players Tribune here: http://bit.ly/2iqzkZw
Boston not only played suffocating defense and topped the Warriors but it also marked a rare occasion that had opponents that featured the best defense, offense, and best records in its respective conference in the same game. The Celtics (14-2) have won 14-straight games and stopped the Warriors (11-4) from getting an eighth-straight win.
The Celtics allowing just 94.5 points per game proved its mettle against the Warriors who average 119.6 points per game. Anytime you can hold a team that has Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Stephen Curry on the same squad to a season-low 88 points, you are doing something special.
Curry was held to a season-low nine points on just 3-of-14 from the field and 2-of-9 from distance. “It was just one of those nights,” Curry said. ”We had control of the game despite how bad we all were shooting. We just didn’t sustain ourselves defensively.”
Thompson finished with just 13 points on 5-of-18 shooting and Green recorded 11 points on 3-of-11 from the field. Durant scored 24 points (9-for-18 and 2-for-5 from distance) but was held to just three rebounds and three assists with a -6 while on the floor.
The Celtics ended the third quarter on a 19-2 run thanks to the all-around effort of Brown. In one instance he scored eight straight points to go with a pair of three-pointers and rejected Thompson at the rim.
Brown finished with 22 points, seven rebounds, two steals, and two blocks. Al Horford recorded a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds on 7-for-11 shooting. Kyrie Irving finished the game with 16 points, five rebounds and six assists. Irving shot 4-for-16 from the field but 11 of his 16 points came in the final stanza.
‘He (Steede) inspired me to come out and play and I played in his spirit,” Brown said.
The Celtics will likely continue its longest win streak since 2010-11 heading on the road to take on the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday.
The Warriors try to begin a new streak on a three-game road stand that begins with the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.
For more wall-to-wall coverage of the “Sports Day in the D” Game of the Week please see these links below.
1ST Q: The team with the best defense (Boston Celtics) takes on the team with the best offense (Golden State Warriors). Who will come out on top? It’s a primetime matchup with lengthy winning streaks on the line. http://bit.ly/2ATItRM
2ND Q: Andre Iguodala and “Flight 9” is clear for takeoff. http://bit.ly/2hGMc06
3RD Q: Boston cuts through the deficit with a 19-2 run to end the quarter. http://bit.ly/2zKpVFO
4TH Q: Can the Celtics knock off the Warriors to continue the winning streak to 14 games? http://bit.ly/2jAUmIh
Postgame Audio: http://bit.ly/2zSeSZ1
Postgame Video: http://bit.ly/2AYhlRM