The Houston Rockets began their current 5-game winning streak with a win over this same Boston Celtics team.
Since then, the Rockets have further embraced small ball. Meanwhile, the Celtics have fully embraced Jayson Tatum as their superstar. The young Duke product is averaging 35.4 points per game since the February 11 game and has shot 60% or better from the field in four of five contests.
The Celtics are one game back of Toronto as I write this and gunning for that second spot in the East. They are surging and starting to round into form as the season winds down. Kemba Walker has missed some time with a knee injury, but could be back soon. Robert Williams III is also questionable for today’s game. The Rockets will probably be without Eric Gordon once again.
The Boston Celtics provide a unique challenge for the Pocket Rockets because they can match Houston’s approach. By going with a Walker (if healthy)-Marcus Smart-Tatum-Jaylen Brown-Gordon Hayward lineup, the Celtics can work with a lineup 6-8 and under. Daniel Theis can also provide valuable minutes against Houston.
Tip-off is at 7:30pm CT on ABC