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Win The Games We Should Win!
At first glance, you’ll see that the remaining schedule for the Celtics looks fairly difficult. However, there are a number of games mixed in that the Celtics should win.
Beginning on Wednesday night, the Celtics will face off against a Memphis team decimated with injuries to key players such as Marc Gasol, Mike Conley, Zach Randolph, Matt Barnes, and Chris Anderson. On Monday night vs. Cleveland, Memphis suited up a lineup of Mario Chalmers, Tony Allen, PJ Hairston, JaMachal Green, and Ryan Hollins. Nonetheless, Memphis went into Cleveland and secured undoubtedly its best win of the season.
The Celtics remaining schedule includes a number of tough games against teams such as Golden State, OKC, Toronto (2 games), Indiana, Portland, LA (Clippers), Atlanta, Charlotte, and Miami. Boston will also go up against some not-so-great teams such as New Orleans, LA (Lakers), Philadelphia, Phoenix, Orlando, and Houston.
Boston has had some difficulty against teams under .500 this season. Winning the games vs. the under .500 teams from here on out will be just as important as the games against some of the top tier teams. We know that the Celtics have surprised us all year long with wins against top teams, but they’ve struggled against some of the worst teams.
As it stands, the Celtics are 3rd in the Eastern Conference, with Miami in their rearview mirror just a half game behind. Boston will face off against Miami in the final regular season game, so it’s going to be interesting to see whether or not Boston can extend its lead to secure the 3rd spot in the East.
If the playoffs started today, Boston would go up against the Charlotte Hornets. (A series I would favor Boston in). From there, the Celtics would have to go up against either the Pacers or the Raptors. The Celtics could essentially avoid playing Cleveland until the Eastern Conference Finals, which for most fans would be the ideal situation.
If you’re Boston, you want to continue to play the way you’ve played all season – with a grit and grind play style. Every game down the stretch is going to be important; but you need to take care of business against the teams you should beat.
On Wednesday night, the Celtics will look to extend their home win streak to 14 games. Memphis is one of the teams the Celtics should beat, due to the number of injuries the Grizzlies have. However, Memphis is going to come into Boston confident after defeating Cleveland, and the Celtics need to be ready.
The Celtics have not played since Saturday night, so they should be well rested. With “the streak” in mind, you can bet the TD Garden will be rocking and the Celtics SHOULD secure a win.
Written by, Matthew Weddleton