Boston Celtics, just look how bad the Cs have become this year:
The Brooklyn Nets are above .500 for the first time this season. It doesn’t seem like they should have trouble staying there Friday night.
What you just read were the first two sentences of the Celtics-Nets preview over at NBA.com . . . and dammit if they are not accurate!
The Boston Celtics have lost seven of their past eight games and are shooting the ball like a bunch of monkeys who are content to just fling their poo anywhere. 29.2% from behind the arc over their last 8 games? 43.4% shooting from the field for the entire season, 5th worst in the NBA? Are they using regulation-size hoops at practice, or hula hoops designed to improve their confidence? “Great job, guys! you shot 95% as a team today!”
The Nets, meanwhile, are an Eastern Conference-best 20-8 since 2013 came and went, including two separate five-game winning streaks. This surge has Brooklyn sitting at 30-29, sixth in the East. How has Brooklyn managed to recover from the 10-21 start that had many people writing this team off in December? Taking care of the lightweights on their schedule, that’s how. The Nets are 15-1 against NBA teams that currently have a losing record, and would love to add to that win total tonight. Shouldn’t be too difficult, seeing as how Boston has lost 23 out of the 25 games they have played against opponents with winning records.
Not helping Boston’s cause is that starting 2-guard Avery Bradley is expected to miss at least another two weeks due to what the Celtics medical staff is calling a bone bruise. For a team that only scored 88 points against Golden State the other night, including 7-for-26 shooting behind the three point line, Bradley’s 14 points a game are sorely missed, and will continue to hurt the Cs, who are struggling to find players who can step up and fill the void. Hopefully, rookie Kelly Olynyk can produce a similar effort to his 19 point, 5 rebound performance that he hadd coming off of the bench against the Warriors Wednesday night.
In case you were wondering, former Celtic Kevin Garnett will not be in the lineup tonight, missing his fourth straight game due to back spasms.
The game is set to tip off at 7:30 tonight. Follow me on Twitter @HoudiniCeltics and @theamazingMrS, and come back here for my post game reactions!