Celtics lose another one because of their inability to defend. It doesn't get any easier as we face the Cavaliers in Cleveland tonight in the second of back to back games. We seem to be making progress individually and as a team, but still need to play defense. Here is what is going on around the Celtics Nation today.
The Herald, Globe, Worcester Telegram, and AP all report on last night's game. In every report, they list the positives we can take from last night's performances (Rondo, Perk, West, Gomes) and then all credit our lack of defense for the loss.
Mark Murphy remarks on Rondo's excellent performance last night coming after a DNP the night before. Rondo brings energy and leadership and more importantly defense when he enters the game. Also reported is that Al Jefferson is home after his surgery.
The Herald and Globe both have articles on Telfair's hospitalization last night. He was treated for a bronchospasm and released. He is expected to travel with the team to Cleveland tonight but it is questionable if or how much he will play. Also in the Globe article, Shira mentions Perk's improvement in the foul area last night. He is watching film to see his mistakes and working hard to correct them. Last night it was working as he played very well and stayed out of foul trouble.
The Beacon Journal reports that the Cavaliers hold big grudges against the Celtics including Pierce spitting at their bench, Ricky's calling them a black hole and most of all, keeping them out of the playoffs. They have plenty of motivation to bury us. Hopefully we have some motivation to prevent it.
The Celtics face the Cavs in Cleveland tonight. We are playing the second of back to back games and so far, we haven't played very well on the back end of these games. Add to that the fact that the Cavs are looking to bury us and things aren't lookin very good for the guys in green. But, I always hope for a win. If we could pull out a win tonight, it will go a long way toward building some confidence on this team. Join us for the play by play and some good analysis by Q on Celtics Green.