The last team to capture the NBA championship after completing a grueling full-length season was the Dallas Mavericks! In their quest for NBA title number 18… the Celtics are looking for an important bounce back victory in Dallas. Both teams are stacked with talent but are hovering around .500 in their attempts to make the playoffs.
The Boston Celtics have been rolling better than expected since losing all-star and league assists leader Rajon Rondo! However, they have hit some bumps in the road this week. They suffered a heartbreaking loss to the current NBA frontrunners…. the Miami Heat. They ended up losing by a mere 2 points after a hard fought game came crashing down in the fourth quarter. This game was winnable even without Kevin Garnett playing his tough brand of defense as he was sidelined due to injury. Hopefully, it sent a clear message that the Celtics will be back and better once playoffs come around. This team simply refuses to be written off by anyone regardless of their standing, record, or location. Lebron James took advantage of the hurting defense but Jeff green stepped up to score 43 points against the Heat to keep Boston in the running! Many are decribing this game as Green’s breakthrough game, proving that he is a valuable member of the Celtics and the team was lucky to get him in trade two years ago.
Green and Garnett’s services will be well needed as the Celtics hit another bump Wednesday night losing to the New Orleans Hornets. I what looked like a wild NCAA tourney game last year’s college champion Anthony Davis tipped in a basket with seconds remaining….. giving the struggling Hornets a shocking 1-point victory. Doc Rivers quickly called out his team telling them that they lost due to excessive showboating and lack of defense. Rightfully, the game should not have gone down to a last minute shot if they had played better in keeping their lead. These kinds of kinks and breakdowns need to be ironed out before playoffs come around. The Celtics should be well aware of it.
Luckily, they have a perfect opportunity to show that they can win on the road tonight in their matchup with the Dallas Mavericks who just happen to be coached by a former Celtic Champion… Rick Carlise! Due to the Celtics legendary achievemnts there are a lot of players with championship credentials.Let’s hope this year’s squad adds to that impressive number. As always, GO Celtics GO!