After a tumultuous day in which rumors about Jaylen Brown's happiness in Boston were swirling around, the Celtics ignored all of that noise and took care of business with a 132-109 win in Sacramento. Following a competitive 1st half, Boston was able to blow the game open in the 3rd quarter and never looked back. The Celtics were able to put together a 40 point quarter after the break, stretching the lead to 15 heading into the final frame.
After a rough past few games, Jayson Tatum answered the call for the Celtics tonight, putting in 36 points on 14/25 shooting while also adding 8 rebounds. Tatum wasn't alone though, as the Celtics got 27 points from Jaylen Brown, 20 from Derrick White, and 17 from Marcus Smart.
JB continued his strong play since the all-star break and appeared to be unaffected by all of the noise that was surrounding himself and the rest of the team in the news today. Regardless of what may or may not happen in the future, Jaylen Brown is a Celtic and Celtics fan should want to keep it that way because there aren't a lot of guys in the NBA that can do what Jaylen does night in and night out.
This game concluded the Celtics 6 game road trip, in which they ended with a record of 4-2. Considering all of the crazy things that have been said in the media by various news outlets and irrational fans, I would consider this trip a success. Boston now holds the #2 seed by a full game over Philadelphia after a good win against a Kings team that is looking like they will probably get a top 3 seed in the Western Conference.
With 9 games left in the regular season, Boston will play 6 of their remaining 9 games at TD Garden. They do have 2 important road games remaining though, with one taking place in both Milwaukee and Philly. The Celtics still have a realistic shot at the #1 seed, but they will definitely need to have a strong finish to the season to have a chance at the top spot.
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