Tonight’s game favors the Celtics in so many ways.
They should be like a shark on the hunt, after losing an game to the Knicks that made even Doc Rivers blush in embarrassment. They’ll play the Toronto Raptors, a team they’ve already beaten three times, and they’ll do it on the road, where the C’s have the NBA’s second-best record. Chris Bosh will not play for the Toronto Raptors, after his face was literally broken. The Eastern Conference’s third seed is still up for grabs, so the Celtics have solid incentive to win.
The list goes on and on of everything tilted in Boston’s direction so, naturally, I have no idea what to expect.
The Celtics could win by thirty, or they could lay a big, fat, ugly egg. They could take advantage of the star-less Raptors and pound them to Mars and back, or they could play down to Toronto’s level and let an easy win evaporate into another soul-less loss. They could shoot 60% and lose, or 40% and win. They could throw 20 turnovers, or snatch 15 steals. Or both. They could look like a team preparing for the playoffs, or a team that doesn’t deserve to make the playoffs.
The point is, with these Boston Celtics, you never know.
Three things to look for in the game:
- Rasheed loves Raptors – If every game Rasheed Wallace played was against the Toronto Raptors, he’d be an easy choice for Sixth Man of the Year. He has averaged 20 points and 5.3 boards (with 61.8% fg and 55.6% 3pt-fg) against the Raps and their Charmin-soft front line.
- Focus – It’s the word Doc Rivers couldn’t stop using last night in his press conference. Unfortunately, it’s also a mentality the Celtics have yet to fully commit to. Will they tonight?
- Shootout? – The Raptors are last in the league in defensive efficiency. Over the past four games, including three losses, the Celtics have been worse than the Raptors. Will either team be able to stop the other? If the Celtics buckle down, they should win this game. But as always, with this crew, you never know.