Game Preview: San Antonio Spurs at Boston Celtics

The Spurs’ 5-game road trip heads to TD Garden, where the Boston Celtics have yet to lose this season

Halfway through the season, the Boston Celtics have the look of a contender, perhaps they’re even the team to beat. In their second season under head coach Joe Mazulla, their 31-9 record leads both conferences. That win/loss number includes a 19-0 record at home, a Celtics franchise record to start a season. Their top 6-7 guys, led by All Stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, are as good as anyone’s, leading to top 3 placements in both Offensive Rating and Defensive rating. Much like it’s been the last few seasons for Boston, the ingredients are there for a late June run at the Larry O’Brien trophy.

 

The Spurs, meanwhile, are still in search for some consistency. They’ve played noticeably better since the calendar changed, even picking up a couple of wins against fellow bottom feeders in the Detroit Pistons and Charlotte Hornets, but success and the aforementioned consistency still eludes. The first half no-show Monday afternoon against the Atlanta Hawks and the furious second half near-comeback were emblematic of their season thus far. They’ll need that second half team to show up if they have any hope of keeping up with the Celtics within the confines of TD Garden.

 

 

Gideon Canice

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