vs Toronto Raptors (4-10) at Boston Celtics (4-8)
Wednesday, January 18
7:30 PM ET
Regular Season Game #13, Home Game #8
TV: CSNNE, SNET, NBA-LP 756
Radio: CJCL, WEEI
Referees: Derrick Stafford, Karl Lane, Tommy Nunez, Jr
This is the first regular season meeting between these two Atlantic Division teams. They met twice in the pre-season with the Celtics winning both of those games.
With the Celtics 3rd in the division and the Raptors 4th, they are fighting for the privilege of not being the worst team in their division. Both teams have lost 5 games in a row. The Celtics have lost their last 4 at home after winning their first 3 home games. The Raptors are 2-6 on the road.
The Celtics have yet to beat a team with a record over .500 but the Raptors aren't anywhere near that discussion. Right now, the Celtics just need a win and the 4-10 Raptors could be just what they need.
This should be a win for the Celtics. If not, the calls to blow the team up may get a lot louder.
at Oklahoma City Thunder (11-2) at Boston Celtics (4-7) Monday, January 16 8:00 PM ET Game #12, Home Game #7 TV: TNT, NBAC Radio: WEEI, WWLS TD Garden Referees: Ron Garretson, Pat Fraher, Derek Richardson
The Celtics welcome Kendrick Perkins back to the Garden for the first time since that tragic day when he was traded to the Thunder. The Celtics fortunes have gone down hill considerably since the trade that sent Perk and Nate Robinson to the Thunder for Nenad Krstic and Jeff Green. In the meantime, the Thunder are on the top of the Western Conference and just 1/2 game behind the Bulls for the best record in the league.
Perk slimmed down and is healthy and playing very well for the Thunder while Krstic is playing in Europe and Jeff Green is out for the season after heart surgery. Even though Perk was crushed when he learned that he was traded, he couldn't have gone to a better team. The Thunder is a young team with great chemistry.
That brings us to this game. The Celtics have lost 4 in a row while the Thunder have won their last 6 including a blowout win over the NY Knicks in their last game. The Celtics need a win desperately but to get one in this game they are going to have to bring their A game. No slow starts, no let ups and no long droughts where they can't score.
I really hope Celtics fans give Perk the standing ovation he deserves in his return to the Garden. He loved it in Boston and gave it his all in every game he played for the Celtics and as Doc and KG have said in the past day or so, Perk is a Celtic for life, no matter what jersey he is wearing. Read more » Leave a comment Link backs Tweet