Boston Celtics game previews between November 21 and November 27, including games against the San Antonio Spurs, Brooklyn Nets, Minnesota Timberwolves.
With Al Horford and Jae Crowder finally returning for the Celtics win over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday, Boston is at full health for the first time this season. At 7-6, there is still a ton of time to right the ship and get things back on track, no point in hitting the panic button just yet. The C's are in for a moderately tough week, thankfully, they'll play their most difficult opponent at home.
Monday, 21 November 2016 at 08:00 PM ET Away
The Celtics will get their first look at the young Timberwolves. They are a mere 4-8, but Andrew Wiggins, Karl Anthony-Towns, and Zack Lavine are all shining this season. Wiggins is averaging 25.7 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. KAT is averaging 21.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 1.25 blocks per game. And Lavine is averaging 19.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per contests. They are all young, blossoming players and it should be a fun matchup for a Celtics team that is trying to get the kinks out of its game.
This is a game that Boston should win, but the Celtics also always figure out a way to lose a few games out on the road to teams that aren't as good as them. This could be one of those nights, but with a fully healthy squad, I don't see it happening. Celtics by 7.
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 at 07:30 PM ET Away
After defeating the Nets back on opening night, the Celtics will play them for the second time on the eve of Thanksgiving. Thankfully this year, Brooklyn has already decided to give us their draft pick. The Nets have gotten out to a 4-9 start and will be on a four-game losing streak heading into this game. Brooklyn is finally getting back into the form of being the worst team in the league, which will only help the Celtics in June.
Boston wins this one in a blowout. Big night from IT.
San Antonio Spurs
Friday, 25 November 2016 at 01:00 PM ET Home
The last game of the week is also the toughest. Boston will get their first matchup with the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs are 10-3, and third in the Western Conference behind the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors. Kawhi Leonard is now the clear leader of the team, and he's averaging 24.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 2.38 steals per game.
This will give the Celtics another chance to match up with one of the best teams in the league, and hopefully they'll be able to pull it out. Brad Stevens will be matched against Gregg Popovich, so there should be all tons of fun in this game with these two basketball geniuses going at it. It's always fun to compete against the best in the league.