Well the C’s sure started the month off with a bang. Is Tuesday nights beat down of the Bobcats what we can expect from the Celtics throughout the remainder of their tough December schedule? Lets dig into just what kind of struggles they may run into as the month progresses.
We already know that 10 out of 14 of their games are on the road- that has been talked about excessively. I will, however, start with their 4 home games. The home games for this month should be chalked up in the W column as we speak. They play the Bucks, who are beginning to come back down to earth after their great start. After three consecutive road games past that, they come home for 10 days in which they only play 3 games. Those games are the 76ers, Timberwolves, and Pacers. Come on. 4-0.
Now, as for our highly saturated road schedule. The front of a back to back begins tomorrow night where the Celtics take on the always tough San Antonio Spurs. Regardless to how banged up the Spurs may be, or how poor of a start they have gotten off to, they are still a veteran club like ourselves, and always pose a threat. Then on Friday we go in to Oklahoma City where the Thunder are on a roll. OKC has a more mature team that has been running and gunning, and getting the job done on their way to a 10-8 start.
The C’s next three road games come on a stretch where they must go to Washington, Chicago, and Memphis. These games could be overlooked on the schedule, as the Celtics finish the month with another set of games where they will be forced to prove themselves. It all starts with a Christmas Day matchup with the Orlando Magic. This game will be highlighted and ESPN will hype the crap out of in until it arrives. If we play the same game we are playing right now, I like our chances.
After a day off, the green head out to the west coast to play a couple of sleeper games agains the Clippers and Warriors before seeking revenge on the Phoenix Suns. Last year we had trouble both against the Clippers and the Warriors, but handled the Suns. The way this year is going, the opposite may be the case. We will have to wait and see.
For now, the team must finish out the stretch they are on and take it one game at a time. This is byfar their toughest month of the season as far as road games are concerned, but is very manageable as they have some stretches off to recooperate. January poses some new problems, as the Celtics will have some tougher opponents, but we will have to wait until then to begin digesting that portion of the schedule. For this month, lets hope the Celtics can manage at the worst case scenario, an 11-3 December.
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