Even with their over . slate, the Celtics could have been a top-two team in the conference if they did not surrender massive fourth-quarter leads, as they are only two games behind the second seed. The Celtics began the month of December on a winning vote, via a pulsating one-point victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Jaylen Brown is experiencing more than a fair share of adversity here early in the season. The Celtics wing has missed 13 of Boston’s 22 games so far this season after entering the season rehabbing from wrist surgery, getting COVID-19 and sustaining a hamstring injury in a Nov. 4 win over the Miami Heat. He’ll miss another Friday, ruled out against the Utah Jazz as he continues to manage and recover from the injury.
Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz will look to close their four-game homestand on a high note with another win when Jayson Tatum and the rising Boston Celtics come to Salt Lake City on Friday night. Mitchell's 30 points helped carry the Jazz to a 129-107 rout of the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday. It was Utah's second straight win and sixth in eight games coming off a stretch of four losses in five games.