A week ago, I was all pumped up for our biggest test of the season. Now, I'm not sure. All of a sudden, the Celtics are going in as underdogs. It's almost a reversal of how the Celtics went into the Lakers game.
Call me crazy, but this could be the kind of game that energizes a tired Celtics team. Maybe they truly are becoming the Pistons of a few years ago… a team that plays to the level of their competition during the regular season and turns it way up come playoff time.
This game can turn into a statement. If the Cavs come out and blow the Celtics doors off… then they'll assume the mantle of "team to beat." If the Celtics come out and win… or lose in a hard-fought battle… then all this "free fall"… "what's wrong with the Celtics" … and flat out being the butt of jokes stuff can go away. I won't even consider the possibility of the Celtics going in there and blowing them out.