After finally ending their horrid six-game losing streak, the Boston Celtics look to add on to a new streak to close out the month of November. This week features four games against the Charlotte Bobcats, Memphis Grizzlies, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Milwaukee Bucks. This is a great opportunity for the Celtics to add a few more wins under their belt.
The Bobcats have been up and down this season. Their last meeting was a lackadaisical one for the Celtics as they came up short. In that game, the Celtics allowed Al Jefferson to establish himself in the post. Jefferson scored with ease and ended the night with 22 points and 11 rebounds. The Celtics will look to focus on Jefferson and make it harder for him to assert himself in the paint.
The Celtics also faced the Grizzlies earlier this season and fell short again. Overall, Boston did not play all that badly. That game was simply about scoring the ball, and the Celtics could not find the basket. No one wanted to be “the guy” who took the shots down the stretch. Memphis is a playoff-tested team that the Celtics need to play well against. In order to win, Jeff Green needs to be aggressive and want the ball in his hand. In fact, he needs to do that every game.
Cleveland is the only team that the Celtics have yet to face this season. The Cavaliers also hold a 4-10 record and have struggled to find consistency. They are a team that was projected to be in the race for the playoffs. Their numbers are actually very similar to the Celtics’. The key to this game will be slowing down Irving. Despite his struggles, we all know what he is capable of. Avery Bradley have his hands full and will need to be extra aggressive on defense for this grudge match.
The last game of November will be in Milwaukee. The Bucks have been the worst team in the East, so this game should be very winnable. The Celtics gave away a 22-point lead in the second half of the first game. They had the game in their hands and they lost it, but have grown since then and will look to finish strong. Jordan Crawford had a weak game and Green slowed down the stretch. These two players need to step up their game next Saturday and not let another game slip away.
After a tough stretch of games against primed teams, the Celtics have an opportunity to capitalize this week. Every one of these games is a winnable contest. If Boston can come out of the week strong, they will be in good position in the East.