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.
(Update: Celtics Lose to Bobcats 95-83)
1. Ray Allen is expected to miss tonight’s game against the Charlotte Bobcats with a pinched nerve in his neck. Allen described pain in his neck and numbness of a few of his fingers, including a discolored pinky. The numbness is what concerned him, and that’s why he wont be in uniform tonight.
- Eek you never want to hear about an athlete with a neck injury. They just are delicate subjects to deal with. All indications though are that this is just a minor injury and Ray will only need a few days to recouperate. Doc Rivers said that Ray would play if it were a playoff situation.
- Perhaps the pinched nerve is the reason for Ray’s recent shooting woes. In three games this month, Allen has shot just 28.1% from the field and 27.3% from 3-point land, including just 8 points per game.
2. The only thing that would keep the amazing Celtics down would be more injuries. The C’s have another injured player in the ailing Glen “Big Baby” Davis. Big Baby sat out practice on Tuesday with a sore right knee. Doc thinks Davis will be able to play tonight against the Bobcats.
- Davis has been a huge spark for the Celtics this season. All we have to do is point to his amazing fourth quarter against the Pistons on the road when the C’s needed him most. He had 16 points in the quarter during the night in which Big Baby became a big man.
- I say if the big fella needs a rest against the Bobcats, give him one or at least limit his minutes. For someone as big and heavy as he is, the knees are vital. Let’s keep them healthy.
3. For the first time since Week 7, the Celtics are listed at No. 1 on the ESPN.com Power Rankings. Marc Stein finally gave them that spot because they avenged themselves against Detroit on the road last week. The Pistons are second on the list with a 26-8 record.
- The Celtics are an NBA-best 29-3 and are well deserving. They also have the best start through 32 games since Michael Jordan’s 72-win Bulls. Niiiiice.
- The only thing left for the C’s to prove during the regular season would be at least one win each against Dallas, San Antonio, and Phoenix. They already beat the Rockets, Jazz, and swept the Lakers so we’ll see what happens. I feel they’ll at least split their season series with the Spurs, Suns, and Mavs.
4. Tonight the Celtics square off against the Charlotte Bobcats. The Cats come into the game following a good win over New Jersey, where Charlotte prevailed despite another triple-double from Jason Kidd. The team is stil 12-21, but definitely not worth overlooking.
- They may be 9 games under .500, but with Jason Richardson, Emeka Okafor, and Gerald Wallace, this team can be legit night-to-night. As you all may remember, they gave their absolute best effort earlier this season and were leading for the entire game against the C’s in Charlotte. Then a lucky steal by Eddie House tipped to Paul Pierce, Pierce dished to Allen and Ray drained the game-winning 3. It’s probably the top moment of the season.
- This is one reason why the C’s can’t afford to overlook them. I guess if there’s any game to rest Ray Allen’s pinched nerve, it would be against one of the worst teams in the conference. It remains to be seen if they’ll need Ray’s last-second prayer.
- I still think the Celtics will extend their winning streak to 10 games tonight. Look for the C’s to win by 6.
Tags: Celtics, Doc Rivers, Four-Point Play, Glen Big Baby Davis, Ray Allen