The Celtics had a statement win last night, defeating the Golden State Warriors 92-88 in a hard fought game. Boston came storming back from a 17-point deficit in the second half, led by Jaylen Brown who fueled the 19-2 run that closed out the third quarter. This victory extended the Celtics’ winning streak to 14 games, and also snapped Golden State’s 7 game winning streak.
Here are a few takeaways from yesterday’s game
1. Jaylen Brown was unbelieveable
Jaylen Brown played last night’s game with a heavy heart, due to the passing of his close friend, Trevin Steede. Brown wasn’t sure if he would be able to play, but he changed his mind after talking to Steede’s mother, who told him that Trevin would have wanted him to play. Brown was the spark the Celtics needed to come back and win, as he made key plays on both offense and defense. Brown had 2 clutch threes during the Celtics’ key 19-2 run, and his highlight of the game was most likely stealing the ball from Stephen Curry, which resulted in an emphatic slam.
2. It’s time to accept that the Celtics are for real
Even though the Celtics entered last night’s game with a 13-2 record, they still had many naysayers who were under the impression that this team wouldn’t do much in the playoffs against elite competition. No one expected that the Celtics would be able to slow down the red hot Warriors who had blown out their opponents in their previous 7 victories. The Celtics were able to silence their doubters with a strong outing against Golden State. For the first time since Kevin Durant joined the Warriors, the Dubs were held under 90 points (when all 4 of their All-Stars were on the court). The Celtics’ number one ranked defense proved that their ranking was no fluke, as they constantly harassed the defending champs, with only Durant having a good outing (he scored 24 points).
3. Uncle Drew continues to be an efficient closer for the C’s
Kyrie Irving struggled from the field, going only 4-for-16, which was a major reason for the Celtics falling behind in the early stages of the game. Irving flipped the switch in the fourth quarter, where he scored 11 of his 16 points. Irving made several key shots for the Celtics down the stretch, including 2 clutch free throws that gave the Celtics the lead in the waning moments of the game. Throughout this season, Kyrie has been the closer for the Celtics, and that narrative didn’t change last night.
Bonus: Check out Uncle Drew’s slick Celtics themed Kyrie 3’s