The Houston Rockets vs. The Boston Celtics on December 28
In what could be a surprising preview of the NBA Finals, the Houston Rockets travel to Boston on December 28 to take on the Celtics. Tickets are available now, so don’t miss your chance to be there for one of the biggest games of the season.
A Surprisingly Important Match-Up
If you’d seen this game on the schedule before the season began, it would have already been an intriguing match-up. Both rosters had been revamped during the offseason. Boston had given up much of their nucleus to secure the services of Kyrie Irving. They’d also signed a bona fide star free agent in Gordon Hayward, a move that would have Boston a great story all by itself.
The Rockets didn’t make as big of an offseason splash as the Celtics made with Irving and Hayward, but the signing of All-NBA point guard Chris Paul signaled that Houston was ready to make a championship run beginning this season. Rockets GM Daryl Morey clearly believed that pairing Paul with perennial MVP candidate James Harden would give coach Mike D’Antoni enough firepower to challenge the Warriors juggernaut.
So even before the season began, this would have looked to be a fascinating match-up, but it’s become even more interesting as the season has progressed. The reason for this is simple — the Rockets and Celtics are currently the best teams in their respective conferences and they’re both playing at the top of their game.
A Peek at the Future?
As things stand now, the Celtics have a 23-5 record after an 0-2 start that saw Hayward go down in the first game of the season. Irving is playing the best basketball of his career and coach Brad Stevens has the Celtics playing cohesive and stingy defense. They have a 3.5 game lead on a surging Cavs team and could use the jolt of confidence that defeating another top-tier team would give them.
Houston is in a similar situation. They stand atop the Western Conference and are in the midst of an impressive 9-game winning streak. Beating the Celtics would be an important win though, especially on Boston’s home floor. But whoever comes out on top, the game will be a rare treat for everyone fortunate enough to be there in person.