The Boston Celtics head into the Barclay’s Center to close their season series against the Brooklyn Nets tonight, and while I’m sure there is
nothing the Celtics want more than to win this game and tie the series, there is one cold, hard fact staring Boston right in the face:
The Boston Celtics have not won a road game in over a month.
It’s true: the last time the Celtics won on the road was on February 10, when they beat the league-worst Milwaukee Bucks 102-86 in the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Since then, it’s been heart-break and frustration city for the Cs away from home, and that trend could easily could continue tonight, as the Brooklyn Nets are coming alive at exactly the right time this season.
(Read more about the Nets in my scouting report here.)
It would help if Rajon Rondo could get the ball in the basket a bit more efficiently right now; Rondo is shooting 27.8% from the floor in nine road games with Boston since he returned from his ACL injury, including a “Why are you still trying?” 1-17 from behind the 3-point line!
Just stop shooting those, Rondo!
Obviously, Rondo contributes much more to his team than just scoring, and the fact that he almost averaging a triple-double against the Nets (16.5 points, 8.5 assists and 7.5 rebounds) is encouraging. Just the fact that Rondo is running the offense late in the game is enough to give Celtics’ fans hope that the Cs could pull a close game out . . . if those fans still wanted that, of course. Every win is a step away from Jabari Parker, folks! Just sayin’.
The Boston player I will be following the closest tonight is probably Avery Bradley, who returned from an ankle injury Wednesday night to score 23 points, including six three-pointers, against the Miami Heat. I really like Bradley, and want to believe President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge when he says that the Celtics “have every intention” of keeping him. I’m hoping Bradley can close the season strong and continue to knock down open shots from deep, giving the Celtics and nice 1-2 punch n the backcourt with him and Rondo.
The game is set to tip-off at 7:30 tonight. Be sure to follow me on Twitter @HoudiniCeltics and check out my reactions following the game!