Night three of the dreaded back-to-back-to-back is upon us. The Celtics sit at 1-1 with a legitimate shot at going 2-1 over the stretch, and fans could not be happier. We have said this many times and we’ll say it again, anytime you could win or at least lose without losing a player is a bonus.
The Celtics head to Charlotte fresh off a 94-82 beatdown of the Nets and hopefully with a new sense of direction after they let one get away in Toronto the night before.
“We came out a lot more aggressive,” Garnett said. “We ran our system and our things and defensively we slowed them down a bit and never looked back.”
The Celtics have a familiar foe in Charlotte and have to work against themselves to avoid playing down to their competition. The Bobcats sit at 7-51 and are on pace for their worst season of their brief eight-year stint in the association. In fact, the Bobcats need to win at least one of their remaining eight games in order to avoid having the worst winning percentage in league history.
All-time, the Celtics are 19-7 against the Bobcats. Last season, the teams split the season series at two games a piece.
Celtics versus Bobcats Records:
All-Time Record vs. Charlotte: 18-7 (.720)
Largest Celtics Win: 33 points, 92-59 (10/28/09)
All-Time Home Record: 10-3 (.769)
Largest Bobcats Win: 12 points, 95-83 (1/9/08)
All-Time Road Record: 8-4 (.667)
Single Game Celtic High Scorer: Paul Pierce/Wally Szczerbiak – 35 pts (11/8/06)
Current Streak: Two Celtics Wins
Single Game Bobcats High Scorer: Jason Richardson – 34 pts (1/9/08)
Current Streak at Home: One Celtics Win
Longest Celtic Win Streak: 4 games (twice; most recent: 4/1/09 – 1/14/11)
Current Streak on Road: One Celtics Win
Longest Bobcats Win Streak: 2 game (2/7/11 – current)
On the connection front, the connections run deep:
D.J. Augustin and Avery Bradley both attended the University of Texas.
DeSagana Diop and Rajon Rondo attended Oak Hill Academy.
DeSagana Diop and Sasha Pavlovic were teammates on the 2004-05 Cleveland Cavaliers.
Ray Allen and Kemba Walker both attended the University of Connecticut.
Keyon Dooling and Corey Maggette were teammates on the LA Clippers from 2000-04. They also were teammates in Milwaukee during 2010-11.
Melvin Ely, Maggette, Dooling and Chris Wilcox were all teammates on the LA Clippers from 2002-04.
Brandon Bass and DeSagana Diop were teammates in Dallas from 2007-09.
Bass and Matt Carroll were teammates in Dallas during the 2008-09 season.
Corey Maggette played for Doc Rivers in Orlando during the 1999-2000 season.
Ryan Hollins played in Charlotte from 2006-2008.