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  • Jan
    23

    Boston Celtics Back On Track – #1 Seed in East

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    Hip, Hip Hooray!!!

    It took a while, but the Boston Celtics seem to be back on track. After a rough stretch during late December and early January, it looked as if the Boston Celtics might not have what it took to defend their 2007 NBA Championship title. But after the last 7 games, the Celtics have rattled off 7 straight wins to and find themselves sitting atop the Eastern Conference with a 1.5 game lead over each of the Orlando Magic and Cleveland Cavaliers. The Celtics have a 36-9 record and once again have the best record in the NBA.

    How did it all happen – it took 4 consecutive losses – 2 to bad teams (Knicks and Bobcats) and 2 to good teams (Rockets and Cavaliers) – to light a fire under the veteran Celtics unit. After that, the Celtics rattled off wins against the Raptors on back-to-back nights, 2 more wins against the New Jersey Nets in a home-and-home series, a home win against Phoenix, and then road wins in the state of Florida on Wednesday and Thursday night this week against the Heat and Magic. The Magic win was the big one – re-establishing them as a team that could compete against the elite teams in the league. Paul Pierce dominated the game against the Magic with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Kevin Garnett chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds, while Rajon Rondo knocked down 9 points while dishing out 8 assists. The Celtics also got a great night off the bench from Glen Davis – 16 points and 4 rebounds. Most importantly, the Celtics were able to keep Dwight Howard in check – he finished the game with only 11 points, 11 rebounds and 4 turnovers.

    Now the test will be to see how the Celtics deal with the success – they have homes games against the Dallas Mavericks and Sacramento Kings, followed by a 1-game road trip to Detroit to play the Pistons. Will the win streak be at 10 by the time they get to Detroit next Friday night? Guess we’ll have to wait and see…

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