Brooklyn Nets at Boston Celtics
When: 7:30 PM ET, Monday, January 7, 2019
Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
BOSTON – The Boston Celtics will try to extend a series of streaks when they continue a four-game home-stand against the surging Brooklyn Nets. The Celtics have won the first two games of the homestand to extend their winning streak at TD Garden to four in a row, and they own nine consecutive victories over the Nets, a run that extends over three years.
Boston hopes to have star point guard Kyrie Irving back for this one after he missed the last two games with an eye issue, but the squad has barely missed their playmaker in consecutive wins over Minnesota and Dallas, posting a season-high 35 assists in the 114-93 triumph over the Mavericks on Friday. “We’ve really tried to emphasize that all year,” coach Brad Stevens told reporters of the ball distribution. “For the most part everybody was in a good rhythm and playing well together and seeking out the right shot. We’ve just got to keep doing that as much as possible.” The Nets have taken the first two legs of their three-game road trip and they’ve won 12 of 15 overall after Sunday’s 117-100 win at Chicago. Guard D’Angelo Russell stayed hot with 28 points as Brooklyn improved to 10-10 on the road.
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, YES (Brooklyn), NBC Sports Boston
ABOUT THE NETS (20-21): DeMarre Carroll posted his second straight 20-point effort and fellow reserve Shabazz Napier added 18 as Brooklyn’s bench outscored Chicago’s substitutes by a 52-29 margin. “We’re getting contributions from guys with a couple of guys out,” coach Kenny Atkinson told the media. “DeMarre’s really coming back to life and had a huge game tonight. Shabazz, excellent, so we’re getting contributions from everybody. I think that’s important.” Russell is averaging 26.5 points over his last four games and 9.3 assists during the team’s three-game winning streak.
ABOUT THE CELTICS (23-15): Irving’s absence has given swingman Gordon Hayward more of an opportunity to step into the spotlight and the former All-Star responded with a season-high 35 points against the Timberwolves before falling two assists shy of a triple-double Friday. “It was fun,” Hayward told reporters after finishing with 16 points, a season-high 11 rebounds and a season high-tying eight assists against the Mavericks. “I think when we have good spacing, we have talented players and it just makes the game easier. If you make the right read, everybody gets involved and it’s fun.” Terry Rozier started in place of Irving the last two games and is averaging 12 points, six assists and one turnover in that span.
1. Celtics SG Jaylen Brown is averaging 17 points on 63.5 percent shooting in 26 minutes over his last five games.
2. Nets C Jarrett Allen had 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting Sunday and posted his fifth straight game with exactly two blocked shots.
3. The teams meet three times in a span of 22 days this month before their fourth and final encounter March 30 in Brooklyn.