It wasn’t classic late-game execution, but they’ll take it: The Celtics opened up an 11 point lead and then everything came to a sputtering halt. The Clippers were already one of the worst clutch teams in the league as it was but they didn’t have Kawhi Leonard (a late scratch with back spasms) or Marcus Morris (left in the second quarter with a concussion). Maybe in a different universe the Celtics lose this game, but three in a row is three in a row. After much was made of the Celtics not being in the playoff picture, here they are alone in fourth place again.
Kemba Walker is back: I’m not going to write too much here because I’m saving it for later in the piece. Just know that he looked good, and he’s been looking good for a few games now.
The Celtics went scoreless for nearly 2:30 down the stretch but they were able to protect their lead and only give up four points to the Clippers.