Tomorrow night is the big matchup against the Pistons… and a lot of us have been looking forward to this game for a while. It's supposed to be the first real true test for the Boston Celtics in what has been a dream season so far. But there's one reason why they're better than us right now.
They've been there before.
The Celtics may very well win tomorrow night, but it will be because this game is more important to the Celtics than it is to the Pistons. As much as I'm sure they'd like to prove a point, I'm also even more certain that they'd trade a December loss for a May win any time. The Celtics are looking to prove something, but the Pistons have already proven it. They've been there before. If this were a video game, "being there before" would upgrade everyone's talent level by a few points.
The postseason highlights flaws, exposes weaknesses, and battle-hardens a team. The Celtics are the flashy new car that's just been driven off the lot… it looks great and it's driving like a racecar. But what happens when it hits a pothole? Will it fall apart… or will it absorb the impact?
So what's the point of this? Should the Celtics win tomorrow, let's treat it with the appropriate amount of enthusiasm. A win tomorrow means we'll be lumped into that "elite" group of teams this regular season… but the Pistons will be better than the Celtics until the day we're still in the playoffs… and they're playing golf.
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