NBA: Celtics out to reverse pattern versus streaking Mavericks

Published:Mar 9, 202413:00
NBA: Celtics out to reverse pattern versus streaking Mavericks

Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown known as Thursday’s recreation in opposition to the Dallas Mavericks the “excellent time” to get again on monitor after back-to-back losses to start a four-game street journey.

After permitting 123 factors after which a season-high 150 of their final two video games, the Celtics look to get well in opposition to reigning Western Convention Participant of the Month Luka Doncic as a four-game street journey continues at Dallas. It is going to be no straightforward feat with Dallas on a seven-game successful streak, trailing solely Brooklyn’s 12-game run for the longest lively streak within the NBA, heading into Wednesday’s play.

The Mavs have been off since a 111-106 victory on Monday at Houston once they overcame an 18-point deficit within the third quarter as Doncic completed with 39 factors, 12 rebounds and eight assists. The successful streak is the Mavericks’ longest since their 2011 championship season, when present head coach Jason Kidd was the workforce’s level guard.

“I’ve been a part of each, that’s sort of cool,” Kidd stated. “The blokes in that locker room, once more, you might simply say the brand new 12 months, being on the street, and may’t wait to get again dwelling. However the guys got here out within the second half and Luka will get going with out the 3-ball tonight. He trusted his team-mates. We confirmed up within the second half.”

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Dallas has defeated Houston 3 times throughout the streak, which dates again to December 21.

“Successful is at all times nice,” Doncic stated. “The power within the locker room is wonderful, so to win seven in a row is fairly good, however we would like extra. I believe right now we (performed poorly), however nice groups come again and win video games.”

‘Sense of humility’

Doncic is the primary NBA participant to file at the very least 225 factors, 50 rebounds and 50 assists over a five-game stretch. Moreover, Mavs middle Christian Wooden has averaged 20.9 factors and eight.6 rebounds over his final 10 video games. He has blocked at the very least two pictures in all however a type of contests. Even with out Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (sickness), Oklahoma Metropolis turned simply the third workforce to attain 150 factors in opposition to the Celtics in franchise historical past, as Boston fell 150-117 on Tuesday.

“You must play with a way of humility each night time realizing that your opponent needs to beat you,” Celtics interim coach Joe Mazzulla stated. “We have now to match that, and we didn’t, and we bought outplayed in each side of the sport.”

That mindset is particularly true when holding the NBA’s greatest file, which the Celtics nonetheless did on Wednesday regardless of shedding consecutive video games for the third time because the begin of December. On Tuesday, Brown scored a game-high 29 factors and Jayson Tatum had 27, however the Celtics had been no match because the Thunder had seven double-figure scorers, hit 20 3-pointers and shot 59.2 % from the ground.

“(Butts) kicked,” Brown stated. “You come out and you're taking it with no consideration, that’s what occurs.”

The Celtics will try to brush the season series from Dallas, which was the No. 4 workforce within the West as of Wednesday.

Boston’s 125-112 dwelling win over Dallas on November 23 snapped a four-game skid within the head-to-head series. Together with that streak, the Celtics are 8-5 during the last 13 conferences.

“You’ve gotta simply know the NBA’s fragile,” Mazzulla stated. “And so that you’ve simply bought to continually work at it, you’ve bought to do the identical issues time and again. It’s a check of your mindset, a check of your will, and it’s a check of the way you’re in a position to deal with success and adversity. So that you’re going to should continually undergo these issues.”

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Publish date: 2023-01-05 11:04:51
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