March 25, 2018, 12:39 pm
Although St. Patrick’s Day was just a week ago, the Celtics will bring the green into town to face the Kings on Sunday. The two will square off in an early afternoon game with both teams going for consecutive wins.
Sacramento won their last contest with the Hawks and the Celtics are on a two-game winning streak and most recently defeated the Blazers.
Although the Celtics and Kings have fared significantly different this season, a win for Boston would give them 50 on the year and a loss for the Kings would give them 50 defeats, the teams have almost the same record in the last 10 games. The Celtics have gone 6-4 and the Kings have split their contests right down the middle going 5-5.
The last time the teams met up with each other the Celtics got the best of the Kings with a 113-86 victory in Boston. However, the Celtics will play on Sunday without Kyrie Irving who had 22 points in the first meeting. Irving and Jaylen Brown led all scorers in that November matchup.
The Celtics bombarded the Kings from all angles in the blowout victory as 11 different players scored. The Kings on the other hand struggled from the field as they shot just 43.2 percent and knocked down just six of their 3-point attempts. The team went 6-of-20 from beyond the arc. The Celtics, though, almost couldn’t miss from the three as they knocked down 17 triples.
Leading the Kings in scoring that day was Buddy Hield off the bench with 17 points in just 27 minutes.
Most recently, Hield has been a catalyst as the Kings have won three of their last five games. In those five games, Hield has averaged 21.0 points per game in just over 30 minutes. Hield, however, hasn’t just excelled from the field as he’s dished out 4.4 assists per game and snagged 5.4 rebounds in those same contests. In the win over the Hawks, Hield went 7-of-15 from the field and finished with 16 points.
For the Celtics, Marcus Morris has been a highlight as of late. After draining a game-winning three against the Thunder just a handful of days ago, he then followed that up with a 30-point performance against Portland. Morris went 9-of-13 from the field and cashed in on five 3-pointers as well.
The Celtics got the win by holding down the Blazers’ best scorer in Damian Lillard. Lillard was limited to 9-of-22 from the field in the game. Lillard and the Blazers, though, were outscored during the fourth period, or “Lillard time”, 38-to-23.
PG – De’Aaron Fox
SG – Bogdan Bogdanovic
SF – Justin Jackson
PF – Zach Randolph
C – Willie Cauley-Stein
Garrett Temple (ankle) – OUT
HOW TO WATCH
Where: NBCS California
When: 3:00 p.m. PST (6:00 ET)