In this edition of the Celtics Four-Point Play, I will take a look at the NCAA tournament, the significance of Houston’s winning streak, the current Celtics road trip, and Garnett’s response to the owner of the Timberwolves.
1. The NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Tournament will begin tomorrow with all first round games being played Thursday and Friday.
- As I posted before, I made a guarantee that my bracket will be better than anyone that’s willing to make their bracket public right alongside mine.
- I will say that I’ve already picked one game right (I had Mt. St. Mary’s winning the play-in game) but it wont count since I’m closing the brackets on Thursday morning. If you still want to compete, just comment on this post or email me at kcATsportsofbostonDOTcom.
2. The Houston Rockets’ 22-game winning streak ended Tuesday night at the hands of the Boston Celtics. The streak was the second-longest in NBA history, next to the 1971-1972 Los Angeles Lakers (feat. Wilt Chamberlain).
- It’s significant for many reasons: first, it was the second-longest winning streak in NBA history. That’s amazing. Kobe and Shaq’s Lakers, Jordan’s Bulls, Bird’s Celtics, and Magic’s Lakers all never won that many games in a row. Is this Rockets team anywhere near as good as those teams? No way. But the streak still deserves respect.
- It’s more significant considering they won the last 10 games of the 22 without their best player and difference-maker, Yao Ming. Yao left a huge hole in the middle when he left, but the Rockets found a way to keep winning (thanks to Tracy McGrady stepping his game up).
3. The Celtics are 3-0 on their current 5-game road trip, four of which are against the elite teams of the West. They’ve defeated the Bucks, Spurs, and Rockets during the road trip.
- The Celtics have fared much better since their first road trip, which saw them suffer their first 3-game losing streak this season. In fact, since that tough road trip with losses against the Nuggets, Warriors, and Suns, the Celtics have lost just once in going 13-1.
- Next up is the Dallas Mavericks, who the Celtics will play Thursday night, and the New Orleans Hornets, who the Celtics will play Saturday night. Those both are going to be very tough games, but you have to like the Celtics’ chances in winning at least one of those games. Going 2-0 already in Texas has been huge and more than anyone could’ve expected.
4. Kevin Garnett, who plays with the most non-stop energy and passion in the NBA, was accused of tanking it at the end of last season by his former team’s owner. In response, after last night’s victory against the Rockets, KG said to TNT’s David Aldridge:
‘‘I’m in Boston, I could care less what Glen Taylor [says] right now. That’s nonsense.’’
- That’s probably the best response KG could have given. He could’ve lashed back and said something like “Who’s Glen Taylor?” That would’ve been priceless. He also could’ve just defended himself, like by saying “They told me to rest my ailing leg. What was I supposed to do?” He also could’ve taken the attack route: “Tell him to come out and play and we’ll see who will be tanking it.”
- I’m shocked Taylor had the audacity to come out and say something like that. He could be bitter that the T-Wolves didn’t get that much in return for KG. Big Al is awesome and Ryan Gomes is good, but Gerald Green is gone, Theo Ratliff is gone, and Sebastian Telfair is garbage. Yeah so not much…
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