Boston Celtics

As Jayson Tatum rises, so do Celtics


With 17 games left entering Thursday night, the club still has a chance for home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.


The Celtics have been emphasizing defense in this recent stretch, trying to become more consistent on getting stops and offering more resistance at the 3-point line.


We’ll make shots and things like that but we have to get back to defending at a high level if you want to continue to compete.”


The past few games have been sparkling for Smart, who has made big defensive plays and also hit a couple of key buckets during the winning streak.


Smart missed a month with a calf strain and returned with an erratic stretch that included a couple of blooper plays in a loss to the Pelicans.


Lakers coach Frank Vogel added that Davis has been cleared to practice and could return in a few days … Thursday was the first game at Staples Center since the pandemic that allowed fans.






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