Skip to main content

Celtics now tied with Lakers for top record (6-1) in the NBA with 108-87 win over Hornets

The Boston Celtics are now tied with the Los Angeles Lakers for best record in the NBA. After Boston's convincing 108-87 victory over the Charlotte Hornets, both teams have a 6-1 record.

It was a close one, but 54% of respondents to my Twitter poll agreed with my stance that Marcus Smart needs to start over Jaylen Brown. Brad Stevens obviously did not agree with my proposal and went with Jaylen in the starting unit last night. I still feel strongly that Marcus needs to start games against strong teams with a superstar that needs to be slowed down - read the Milwaukee Bucks and Giannis Antetokounmpo here.

Jayson Tatum was high man for Boston with 23 points, and he was second in rebounds with nine. Tatum was right on target, shooting 47% from the field and 67% on 3-pointers. Gordon Hayward kept up his strong play with 20 points, a team-high 10 rebounds and six assists.

Kemba Walker won the battle of the point guards over former-Celtic Terry Rozier. Walker scored only 12 points on 4-of-12 shooting, but that exceeded Terry's mere three points on 1-of-11 from the field. Marcus Smart got into a bit of a dust-up with the Hornets Miles bridges in the fourth period, resulting in a technical foul on Bridges.


No one was totally sure what to expect from the Charlotte crowd upon Kemba's homecoming, but most felt the welcome would be a warm one. That is exactly what happened.


We got to see five minutes of center Vincent Poirier at the end of the game, and he came away with three rebounds, one steal and one block, while missing all three of his shot attempts. He looked a bit slow and tentative out there, and that should be expected. Hopefully, things improve with time and experience. Daniel Theis grabbed seven rebounds and blocked two shots. He is now averaging 2.4 blocks per game.

One point of conversation last night was about the Martin twins, Cody and Caleb. They appear identical in virtually every way, expect for the numbers on their jerseys. Expect some level of confusion when the take the court together for Charlotte.



Follow Tom at @CelticsSentinel, @CausewayStreet and Facebook


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The Elm Street Nightmare

 A true-and-suspenseful horror tale of haunting, homicides and the hunt for triple-murderer, Daniel Laplante - as told by the cops that were there By Lt. Thomas Lane (Ret.)  Daniel Laplante - cold, calm, clever, calculating- Photo: YouTube   Elm Street  surfaces on six (6) occasions in the Laplante saga: 1.) He  resided on Elm Street  in Townsend, Massachusetts  2.) He  kidnapped a woman  at gunpoint on  Elm Street, Pepperell , Massachusetts 3.) That kidnapped woman fled to the Gillogly residence on Elm Street after escaping from the armed fugitive, Laplante. 4.) He was arrested and transported to Massachusetts State Police Barracks on Elm Street in Concord . 5.) He was  tried, convicted   and sentenced for the murders at  Superior Court , corner of  Elm Stree t and Gorham Street, Lowell, Massachusetts. 6.) The author, Thomas Lane, lived on Elm Steet, Pepperell, Massachusetts while a police Sgt./Lt. for the town police force. When evil and cleverness reside in the same mind, the st

Did the Celtics Kevin McHale really have a wingspan of 8-feet?

According to many sources, the Celtics Kevin McHale did indeed have an estimated wingspan of 8-feet. One of those sources is Wikipedia, as seen below: Kevin McHale American basketball player DescriptionKevin Edward McHale is an American retired basketball player who played his entire professional career for the Boston Celtics. He is a Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, and is regarded as one of the best power forwards of all time. He was named to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team. Wikipedia Born: December 19, 1957 (age 61 years), Hibbing, MN Wingspan: 8′ 0″ Height: 6′ 10″ Spouse: Lynn McHale (m. 1982) NBA draft: 1980, Boston Celtics (Round: 1 / Pick: 3) Hall of fame induction: 1999 Number: 32 (Boston Celtics / Power forward, Center) Kevin was listed at 6'10" tall when he was drafted with the 3rd pick in the 1980 draft. Red Auerbach, in yet another heist, brought in both McHale and center Robert Parish (via trade) prior to the Celtics' 1980-81 Champion

In defense of Marcus Smart

 Let me make it clear first of all that I am totally against making a threat of any kind that even hints at harming, or certainly killing, another human being. Marcus Smart was wrong in doing so in the Celtics loss to the tanking Oklahoma City Thunder , and he deserved the one-game suspension. But to be honest, part of me loved that it occurred. . This type of thing can happen when a player gets to a point "beyond frustration" and is having a bad game. Marcus and his teammates have been under-performing generally - were in the process of losing to a pathetic-and-tanking Thunder team - and Smart was having a bad game . And he let loose verbally at the closest target - an NBA official. Wilt Chamberlain did a similar act versus referee, Earl Strom when Wilt was having his usual tortuous time at the free throw line (per Chicago Tribune's Sam Smith): ''He was in one of those 1-for-13s,'' recalls referee Earl Strom. ''Nothing was getting close. S