The Boston Celtics spent their Sunday afternoon kicking grown men while they were down – and I loved every minute of it!
The question is, can they do it again, and then again, this week?
All right – for those of you asking, “What the hell is this jerk talking about?” allow me to be more specific: this week, the Celts will square off against another struggling Atlantic Division foe – the Brooklyn Nets – before hosting the New Knicks in a rematch of yesterday’s affair. If Boston seriously is considering being contenders for the Atlantic Division title, keeping these two teams at the bottom of the pile is of the utmost importance. Both the Knicks and the Nets are in shambles right about now, but each team has the talent to turn thing around IF they can figure some things out and gain a little momentum. The Celtics cannot afford to let these teams to do either of those two things against them this week.
Sandwiched in between these Atlantic Division grudge matches will be a visit from ex-Celtics coach Doc Rivers, as Boston will host the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night. Of the three games the Celtics have remaining on their schedule for this week, the match-up with the Clippers is the one that I would advise coach Brad Stevens to take lightly. If any of Boston’s players are feeling a little banged up or exhausted, Wednesday would be the perfect night to sit some players, or severely limit their minutes. As nice as it is to be able to compare Boston to teams in the Western Conference, the Celtics need to take of business within their own division first, and playing 3 games in 4 nights is going to make that tough to do. I’m not saying the Celtics should tank Wednesday night on purpose – I don’t need Danny Ainge or Tommy Heinsohn on my case! – but I will understand if the Celtics look past the game with the Clips in anticipation for Friday night’s game with a very pissed-off Knicks team.
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