Here’s the Celtics Four-Point Play to appear every Wednesday on Sports of Boston. This is where I will compile four (4) small and related Celtics facts and offer my own spin on a variety of Celtics news stories. The general format will be a short blurb about the story first, then my reaction tabbed underneath it.
1. The Celtics lost Sunday night 104-102 in Orlando to fall to 8-1. The Magic improved to 9-2 overall this season.
- Obviously we couldn’t go undefeated, but as I mentioned before in a previous post, there can be a lot of positives taken from the Orlando game. They are an extremely good team and will probably duke it out with the Celtics and Pistons for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
- As far as the game goes…let’s fast-forward to the final seconds. The Celtics have almost completed a dramatic comeback victory. Ray Allen just hit a 3 and Rashard Lewis hit 1 of 2 free throws, giving the Magic a 104-102 lead. The C’s had the ball at halfcourt with about 7 seconds remaining, and did nothing with it. It looked so much like previous years. A pass into Pierce and he dribbles around to take a wild 3 for the win. As you know, he didn’t hit it. One reason they did this is that KG had already fouled out so you couldn’t dish it to him down low for the win.
2. As for those Orlando Magic (now 10-2), they will be traveling to San Antonio to take on the defending champion Spurs. The Spurs are 9-2 on the year and and a perfect 5-0 at home.
- This is an important game for the Orlando Magic, but also for the Eastern Conference as a whole. If the Magic can hang with the Spurs the whole game, it’s a big boost for the East. The balance of power could finally start to become more even.
- Also, we can found out how good the Magic really are. We know the Spurs are good (it helps that they’re the Champs). It also helps to have such a cohesive unit with Tim Duncan, Manu Ginoboli, and Tony Parker.
3. The Globe’s Marc Spears reported: “Comcast SportsNet’s Boston Celtics vs. New Jersey Nets telecast last night delivered a 5.4 household rating, the highest rated Celtics regular season telecast since the 1997-98 season…The game rating peaked at a 7.7 (177,100) in the final quarter hour of the telecast (9:45 p.m. to 10 p.m.) “
- What a difference a year makes. Boston is such a great sports city. As long as the team is competitive, it’ll be popular. It looks as if the excitement will last all season. So, enjoy the ride folks.
- 12 years ago, I was really young, but I do remember that season. I don’t understand why the Hornets and Celtics drew such a good rating back then. Perhaps it’s because we got rid of David Wesley and he joined the Hornets?
4. Wednesday night, the Celtics will return home to take on the Golden State Warriors. Coming off their only loss this season, the C’s will look to improve to 9-1 overall.
- Watch out for KG here. He matches up very well against the Warriors. Under Don Nelson, they play pretty small. Oftentimes, Al Harrington (who has played as small forward before) will line up at Center. Perkins or KG will be covering Harrington.
- Rajon Rondo could have his hands full with Baron Davis. Rondo is much quicker but obviously not smarter yet. Davis has the experience and should be able to guide the Warriors efficiently all game.
- Stephen Jackson could remain the X-factor for Golden State. He’s a very enigmatic player, but if he’s on his game he’s tough to stop. I still don’t think the C’s will have trouble with them though, so look for the Celts to win by 10.
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