Tuesday’s game will be the last game at Toyota Center until February 24, so seize the opportunity to head to a game while you can. And it certainly won’t disappoint.
The Celtics and Rockets are two of the hottest teams in the league, and Tuesday night’s meeting will affect both the Eastern and Western Conference playoff races.
The Celtics are winners of six straight and nine of their last 10 games, thanks to Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown performing at career-high levels.
Tatum and Brown have relished playing next to Kemba Walker this season and it has the Celtics within striking distance of the Eastern Conference title.
Brown, Tatum and Walker are the only trio of teammates in the NBA to average 20 points or more this season. If they keep up their pace, they would be the first trio of Celtics to accomplish the feat in franchise history.
It will definitely be another good litmus test for the Rockets, a team looking to scale up the Western Conference standings.
It will be the second official game in front of the Houston faithful for the small-ball “Pocket Rockets” and the first game against an Eastern Conference playoff foe.
The small-ball Rockets should also be an even matchup against the Celtics, who only play one player taller than 6’8” (Enes Kanter) significant minutes.
There is nowhere to hide when it comes to height or rebounding — two things that have surprisingly not affected the Rockets since adopting their new philosophy.
Facing a team that plays a similar style as the Rockets makes it uncertain as if it will be an advantage or disadvantage, but it can guarantee that it will be an interesting an exciting game.
Four of the last seven games in the series have been decided by four points or less, and this one could be no different.
Toyota Center has been the backdrop for some of the more franchise-defining moments in the Celtics-Rockets series.
In 2008, the Celtics ended the Rockets’ historic 22-game winning streak behind the leadership of the Big 3. The Celtics would go on to win the NBA Finals that June.
In 2015, the Celtics blew out the Rockets in former Celtics Hall of Famer Kevin McHale’s final game as the Rockets head coach. The loss was so bad that McHale was fired just seven games into the season.
However, since 2008, the Rockets have actually had the Celtics’ number at Toyota Center. The Rockets are 7-2 against the Celtics since the streak-ending loss and have not lost to the Celtics at home since McHale’s final coaching loss as the Rockets’ head coach.
Tuesday’s game could mark another significant chapter in the Celtics-Rockets rivalry and you don’t want to miss the opportunity to witness history.
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