The Celtics take on the Dallas Mavericks tonight in a bid to become the first team to sweep the Texas Triangle since the Kings did it in 2001. The last Celtics team to accomplish this was in 1987. If the Celtics continue to play defense like they did in the first two games, they will have a very good chance of beating the Mavs. Here is footage from the only other Celtics team to sweep the Mavs, Spurs and Rockets.
What is it with all the teams wearing green uniforms? I know it was St. Patrick's Day but we already have 4 teams with green uniforms: Celtics, Sonics, Mavericks and Bucks. I accidentally turned the Bulls' game on Monday and I watched for a few seconds thinking something was very odd with it before realizing what was going on. It was bad seeing the Bulls, and Raptors in green, but it was downright wrong seeing the Knicks in green. I don't know about you, but I don't like the other teams usurping our green.
I sometimes listen to a syndicated sports call in show late at night. After the San Antonio game, they had one Spurs fan call in who sounded like he had been drinking away his sorrows. He said "We were doing fine until an alien landed on the court for the Celtics." I thought that was just too funny.
With Cleveland beating the Pistons, the magic number for the Celtics to clinch home court advantage throughout the playoffs is 9. So, any combination of Celtics wins and Pistons losses that add up to 9 will clinch it.
The Celtics loss must have taken a lot out of the Rockets. They lost the following night to the Hornets 90-69. The Celtics will face the Hornets for the first time on Saturday night. At least they have a day off between the Mavs and the Hornets, but then again, the Celtics are pretty good in back to back games.
The Celtics plan to practice for the first time since Sam Cassell joined the team tomorrow before heading to New Orleans. Just think. Sam has been doing pretty well for the Celtics. Just think of what he could do once he actually gets to practice with the team. Signing Sam is the piece that is going to push this team over the top from contender to favorites. The Celtics owners really did come through for this team. They never hesitated to add Sam and PJ, even through they are way over the luxury tax cap.
I really like Scal. This guy is one of the nicest guys in the NBA. But, I am glad that Doc has realized that we have 12 better players on the roster now. I think Scal can still be very useful. The guy has a high basketball IQ and knows the game, he just doesn't play that well. But, he could be a very valuable assistant coach in practices and on the bench.
The Celtics still can't get any respect. They have a 54-13 record. Have beaten all the teams they have been supposed to beat. They have beasted on the West, and yet, going into Houston, I didn't see a single analyst outside of Boston who thought the Celtics would win that game. Their excuse for picking Houston was that the Celtics were playing in back to back games. I guess they haven't looked at the Celtics record in back to back games.
I have to say I have been pleased with Doc's coaching for the most part this season. He has made a few moves that make you scratch your head at times like playing small ball when we are getting beat on the boards horrendously. Or, like when he leaves KG in the game when we are up 20 and there is less than 2 minutes left in the game. That's when players can get hurt. But, I will leave you with his dunk from that game that capped off the win. Amazing stuff.