Miami Heat on the Horizon
The Boston Celtics ended their one game home stand with a 10-point thrashing of the Memphis Grizzlies, the second time within a week. Avery Bradley led the Celtics with 23 points while Isiah Thomas Jr added 21 and seven assists.
The Grizzlies made it interesting closing to within four points in the last minute and a half but the Celtics buckled down at the line popping six straight free throws in the final minute of the game.
‘They still scored way too many points to my liking, but I liked the fact that we came back and competed,” Memphis coach David Fizdale said. ”We didn’t get the stops necessary like we usually do. But we gave ourselves a chance to win on the road and that’s all you can ask for.”
The Celtics move on to face the Cleveland Cavaliers tomorrow before returning home to face the Miami Heat.
Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and help cheer on your Boston Celtics.
The Boston Celtics had been on a road losing streak until they marched into Miami’s American Airlines Arena intent on stopping it and stop it they did. Led by Avery Bradly’s 25 points and Jared Sullinger’s 17, all of the Celtics starting five ended up in double figures.
“They played their game from the start,” Heat Guard Dwayne Wade said. “They were the desperate team tonight.”
Wade led the Heat with 30 points and had Bradley on him for most of the game and was helped down the stretch when Wade started to get hot.
“On the offensive end, we necessarily didn’t have to make shots at the end of the game, it’s just always going to come down to getting stops on D-Wade, trying to slow him down, because he was making a lot of shots in a row,” Bradley said. “We need to slow him down and we did a great job as a team and that’s what got us the win, to be honest.”
The Celtics hit the road, travelling to Mexico City for a game against the Sacramento Kings as part of the NBA’s Global Games 2015. This is the third scheduled game played in Mexico and the 22nd overall game to be played in that country.
“Basketball is more popular than ever,” Commissioner Adam Silver said. “Global Games Mexico 2015 is part of our ongoing dedication to growing the game around the world. We are thrilled to bring the authentic NBA experience to our fans in Mexico once again, and to have another extraordinary opportunity for our teams and players to experience the country’s warm hospitality and traditions.”
The Celtics will be back home next Wednesday for a match up against the Chicago Bulls. Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to get yours today and help cheer on your Boston Celtics!
Cuban unusually candid about his star player
The Dallas Mavericks showed some mettle in defeating the Boston Celtics last night and the unusual chatter from Dallas Team owner Mark Cuban may have something to do with it.
In most unusual character, Cuban called out Nowtiski’s defense calling the center out in a tweet:
“I think we’ve got to get a little bit more out of Dirk defensively,” Cuban said before Monday night’s game against the Boston Celtics, responding to a general question about the Mavs’ recent performance. “I think [the team needs] a little bit more energy out of Dirk, particularly when things don’t start well. Dirk always goes through a little slump during the year when he needs to re-motivate,” Cuban said. “I think we’ve seen that for a couple of games, and I think he’s going to come back stronger, particularly after three days [off] and those naps he’s gotten in the last couple of games other than Utah.”
Against the Celtics, Nowtiski led a balanced attack with 19 points while the Celtics were without Rajon Rondo who sat out the second night of a back to back.
“Playing without Rondo, I thought Jerryd (Bayless) played fantastic, especially in that fourth quarter,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said. “He gave us a chance to win.”
Bayless had 12 fourth quarter points as the Celtics battled back from a double digit deficit.
“I think we were fighting and battling well,” Bayless said. “I think everyone played well, but we weren’t able to pull it off tonight.”
The Celtics next face Miami Heat who recently won a hard fought game over the Houston Rockets. Great seats and tickets are still available.