8 a.m. ET: If the Celtics have their way, two four-game winning streaks will be snapped in consecutive games at TD Garden.
Two days after their own four-game run ended in defeat, the Celtics (4-5) welcome the Trail Blazers (6-2) to Boston. The Blazers, led by forward LaMarcus Aldridge and point guard Damian Lillard, have been an early-season surprise by posting the second-best record in the Western Conference thus far. They are living up to their nickname by blazing in with a four-game win streak thanks to their one-point win over the Suns on Wednesday.
Aldridge, arguably the league’s most underrated big man, has figured prominently in Portland’s success as usual. The 28-year-old out of Texas is averaging 21.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game for a Blazers team that defends the 3-point line well, does not send opponents to the foul line and takes care of the basketball when it has possession. If the Celtics thought to Bobcats were tough, they will have their hands full with the Blazers, who are both tough and disciplined.
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