By Sam Zannotti
With their most recent victory against the Atlanta Hawks, the Celtics improve to 13-4 and continue to sit atop the Eastern Conference.
There was talk leading into the game on Sunday night that Kristaps Porzingis and Jrue Holiday were going to be sidelined due to injury. This was no problem for the rest of the team, as they picked up where they left off. Tatum led the team with 34 points and Jaylen Brown wasn’t far behind with 21. Derek White helped out with 15 points and 11 assists with Sam Hauser and Al Horford stepping up with big rebounds and points when they were needed.
Atlanta put up a good fight, with Trae Young dropping 33 points and seven assists. De’Andre Hunter added 24 and Bogdan Bogdanovic had 23, but it just wasn’t enough for the Hawks, as the Celtics came away with the win 113-103.
Throughout the game, the Celtics were never down. Boston led 69-53 at the half and then extended their lead to 20 early in the third quarter. Going into the fourth quarter, the Hawks had cut the Celtics lead to eight, but it was too much. Boston’s great defense led to some fast break buckets that would put the game out of reach for the Hawks.
Next up for the Celtics is Tuesday, Nov. 28 at home against the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls are 5-13 on the season and are in 13th place in the Eastern division. As for Porzingis, he will be evaluated within a week or so according to coach Joe Mazzula. Holiday missed his second-straight game with a sprained ankle and hopes to return soon.