The Boston Celtics head into Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on the second leg of a back-to-back Tuesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers, trying to avoid a three-game losing streak. “
Brooklyn’s comeback win marked Boston’s second consecutive loss after suffering another overtime setback Saturday against Houston, 111-110.
The Celtics surrendered 41 points to Rockets All-Star Russell Westbrook in that one, Boston’s first home game after a 3-1 Western Conference road swing. The Boston Globe also reported Gordon Hayward spoke of soreness after playing just 17 minutes on Tuesday, and Jaylen Brown favored his right hamstring.
With Marcus Smart facing a possible suspension for his post-game altercation with officials, Boston could be severely depleted against the Eastern Conference’s last-place team.