In the final game of the regular season, the Boston Celtics ended their roller coaster of a year with a loss to the Toronto Raptors. This game was meaningless for both teams and players like DJ White, and even Fab Melo, played tonight. With it being the last game of the season, this was an opportunity to prepare for the playoffs and give players who are usually sitting at the end of the bench playing time.
Now that the season is over, all eyes are on to the postseason. It’s not worth nitpicking the Celtics and what they did wrong. This was basically an exhibition game as the starters didn’t play very long and were taken out of the game after Toronto pulled away with the lead. Boston came into the game with no energy, and there was no reason to since they had nothing to lose or gain. Just like every other season, the Celtics only showed up tonight because this game was on the schedule and treated it as a time to shoot some hoops and then prepare for the New York Knicks.
Looking forward to Saturday, as that is the likely day Game 1 will be played, Boston has less than three days to practice before facing the Knicks in their first meeting of the postseason. However, the Celtics have had plenty of time to work on a game plan and be fully ready for the Atlantic Division champions. Health is the main factor that will decide the series, and all the focus will be on Kevin Garnett who has been dealing with inflammation in his right foot. Without him, Boston will have no chance against the red hot Knicks who are playing great at the right time of the season.
This is what Celtics fans have been waiting for. The playoffs is when most fans believe that Boston will play to their capabilities and at a higher level than they’ve displayed all season long. We’ll have to see if all that hoping comes true as Game 1 is right around the corner.