The Boston Celtics have been running through a rough patch and hope to end their three game skid after losing to the Grizzlies Sunday. Before the getting a win against the Nets last Monday, the Celtics last won against the Knicks at home. Only difference is that the Knicks are now on a roll of their own winning five of their last seven games.
“Every spectacular play we have, we just gain energy from that on the defensive end and we’re able to play better, more together as a team on the defensive end, just because we have that energy from that highlight or whatever happened,” Kinicks center Kristaps Porzingis said.
The Celtics players have kept their optimisim up as noted by Guard Avery Bradley.
“I’m pretty sure everyone’s frustrated,” Bradley told reporters in Memphis after the Celtics gave away a 21-point second-half advantage in a 101-98 loss to the Grizzlies. “We just need to move on. We can’t hang our heads. We know we haven’t been playing well. We just need to rally together and get a win.”
The Boston Celtics are hoping to take their win against the Wizards and build on it as they face the Milwaukee Bucks tonight. The Bucks have reeled off four wins in a row and are looking to keep that streak going.
The Celtics are leading the NBA in forcing turnovers with 20+ a game and look to continue that against the Bucks with their full cast of characters after Marcus Smart sat out the last two games and Jae Crowder suffered a knee bruise against the Nets.
“We prefer to have our whole team available,” coach Brad Stevens said. “At the same time, we’ve got good depth in those spots and guys that are very reliable.”
The Boston Celtics have had a rough time of it out of the gate this early part of the season. Tonight they face the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. After opening the season with a win over the Wizards, the Celtics lost two in a row to two very good teams in the Charlotte Hornets and San Antonio Spurs.