This year the Celtics have had 4 stints in which they had 3 days of rest. Every single one of these times we thought, but especially I thought, this would be of great help to the team. Three days rest for a veteran team that not only needs the rest, but uses practice to get themselves back into a groove, only seems logical to be a good thing. Not so far for this years club.
The Celtics have had these games following the 3 days rest:
Home vs. Utah – C’s won handily 105-86
Home vs. Golden State- Had it not been for a huge 3rd quarter, the Celtics would have had big problems trying to recover from their hideous looking 1st half. C’s finally ended up winning 109-95 in a game where the score doesn’t resemble the type of game played.
Home vs. Millwaukee- Another game where the score does not resemble how close the game was. Until the last few minutes of the game the Celtics were only up by a few points throughout. They finally ended up winning 98-89.
Home vs. 76ers- This was another performance where the Celtics let the 76ers hang around, and finally Philadelphia won it at the end when the Celtics could not find a way to score.
The exception to the trend was the Utah game very early in the season where the Celtics had zero problems taking care of the Jazz on their home floor. The problem in the other 3 games are clear, they let the other team hang around. All of these games are against teams the Celtics should demolish at home. What they did instead, was either wait until the 2nd half to take off, or thought they had a comfortable enough lead and forgot to put their foot on the accelerator. Does it have to do with having 3 days of rest? Eh, maybe, maybe not. All I notice is that extensive rest, at home, against these terrible teams, the Celtics should take care of business and they have not yet. Now the C’s are taking the same amount of rest, and are going into Miami tonight. We will have to see if this pattern remains.