Back to planet earth for Celtics - 10 game winning streak broken - on to Phoenix
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.
Marcus Smart was SO close to winning Boston’s 11th straight pic.twitter.com/PhgrDXAHaT— Shane Young (@YoungNBA) November 17, 2019
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.
Jaylen Brown to media in Sacramento on Smart's attempted game-winner falling out: "We started off bad and we've started off bad the past few games and that ball was just sitting on the rim and we didn't deserve it, so it didn't go in."— Jared Weiss (@JaredWeissNBA) November 17, 2019
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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