Back to planet earth for Celtics - 10 game winning streak broken - on to Phoenix

The 10-1 Boston Celtics faced the undermanned 4-7 Sacramento Kings on the road yesterday, and just couldn't get it done - final score Boston 99, Sacramento 100. Marcus Smart's last-second floater hung on the rim, seemingly forever, and then dropped out. Marcus Smart talked to Amanda Pflugrad about the need for the Guys in Green not to ever get too high when things go well, or too low when they fall apart.


The Kings were without point guard, De'Aaron Fox and power forward, Marvin Bagley III, both out with injuries. The Kings Buddy Hield played like an All-Star, pouring in 35 points on 14-of-24 from the field, including seven 3-pointers. This game should not have come down to Smart's end-of-game floater.


Jaylen Brown was high man for Boston with 18 points on 44% from the field and 57% on treys, while taking down eight rebounds. Center Daniel Theis picked up a double-double with 14 points and 10 boards. He shot 5-of-6 on field goals and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe.


The Celtics now hold the second-best record in the NBA at 10-2. The Lakers have a hold on the top spot at 11-2. So it is on to Phoenix to take on the Suns tonight. Devin Booker is their primary scorer at 25.5 PPG. Point guard Ricky Rubio is their top assist guy with 8.7 APG. Old friend Aron Baynes is manning the center spot with Deandre Ayton out on suspension. Baynes-ey is averaging 15.0 PPG and 5.5 RPG. The surprise is that he has become a 3-point shooter in Phoenix, hitting 22-of-47 treys thus far at a 47% clip.

Road trips can be tough on the visiting team, but the Celtics may have become a bit complacent - coming in with a 10-game winning streak against a weakened 4-7 King's team. Look for a rebound from complacency tonight.

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