Following last night’s 121-120 OT loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, the Boston Celtics are now a putrid 0-14 on the road against Western Conference teams.
They’ll try to make it 0-15 – sorry, that’s a bit harsh! What I meant to say is that they’ll try to earn their first road win against the West tonight when they invade the American Airlines Center to go toe-to-toe with the Dallas Mavericks.
And they’ll be doing it without the services of Rajon Rondo, who will be out of the lineup tonight due to the fact that this is the second game in a back-to-back set.
All righty, then!
Boston wasted Jeff Green‘s stellar 39 point-effort last night by being completely powerless to stop New Orleans’ Anthony Davis, who scored a career-best 40 points against the Celtics last night. Somehow, Boston is going to have to shake that loss off and look to stop a Dallas team that is looking for its fifth win in six games, and that has already won six of the last seven meetings between these two teams, including a 102-91 win in Boston on February 9.
Oh, and did I mention that the Mavericks took the Oklahoma City Thunder down 109-86 last night? In Oklahoma City? Dallas saw five players score in double figures, four of whom scored 16 points or more. The team shot 53.3% against OKC, and forced Kevin Durant to shoot 8-20 in order to earn the 30 points he put up.
Clearly, very few of us are expecting the Celtics to win much at this point in the season. I hate to say “Embrace the Tank,” but every win reduces the Celtics’ odds of landing one of the top four picks in the upcoming NBA draft. With no Rondo or Avery Bradley in the lineup tonight, even a repeat performance of Green’s 39-point effort probably won’t be enough to earn Boston a W. What I hope to see tonight is some solid, smart basketball from Phil Pressey and hard-nosed efforts from Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk. If we can get those three things to occur, I will be a happy guy.
The game is set to tip-off at 8:30 p.m. Make sure you follow staff writer Mark as he mans the Twitter account @HoudiniCeltics and provides his take on the game following the action!
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