Another close game down the stretch, results in another loss for the Celtics as they fall 112-117 to Kemba Walker and the Charlotte Hornets. With this lost the Celtics have now lost six of their last nine games in the month of November, they’re now in seventh in the East with a 9-8 record.
Quickly though, Kemba Walker and his MVP performance(s)
Real quick though, we cannot overlook how impressive Walker has been for the Hornets. Coming off a career high 60-point performance against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, Walker continued his stellar play going into Monday’s game. He finished with 43-points, with 21 of those points coming in the fourth quarter. Through two games Walker has scored 105 points on 35-of-59 shooting, now leading the NBA in scoring at 29.6 points per game. Playing MVP level basketball Walker is making a case on why he deserve the max contract, which would be $189 million over five seasons and would jump to $221 million if he qualifies for a “super max,” if he makes All-NBA First Team this season.
Does Rozier Want out of Boston?
Terry Rozier might have proposed a scenario to help the Celtics get out of this slump. Tuesday morning Rozier tweeted, “Let’s do us ALL a favor,” which may indicate that the solution to Boston’s struggles could be to trade him. In the wake of Kyrie Irving’s return Rozier’s usage has decreased drastically, which has led to numerous rumors that the four-year point guard wants out of Boston.
Bill Simmons of The Ringer, tweeted out two weeks ago that Rozier was unhappy with his playing time and may soon be traded. Shams Charania of The Athletic also reported that seven teams were monitoring the situation between Rozier and Boston. Although Celtics General Manager Danny Angie denied those rumors saying that Rozier has not vented about his playing time, saying he would “come to me and talk to me or Brad and that hasn’t happened.”
An hour after numerous Celtics fans began to bash Rozier because of how he’s handling the situation, Rozier followed up on his tweet saying, “I forgot y’all get happy feet.. I wasn’t talking about me chill with the bad talk.”
At the end, it all falls on Angie if he wants to move on by trading Rozier, but his style of play can have a huge impact for Boston come playoff time. Although a package of Rozier, Horford, Hayward and a first-round pick for New Orleans Anthony Davis may solve things in Beantown.