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Four NBA teams have CURRENT win streaks of at least 8 straight Ws (Mavs, Celts, Heat and KNICKS!) which has apparently never happened before
The NBA today is reviewing @Amareisreal's shove on Nene. May cost him vs BOS? Coincidentally, likely named Player of Week again on same day.
It's been a while since we could say this….
But Wednesday's game against the Knicks actually means something. I mean… for December, anyway. But still.
The Knicks have an 8 game winning streak and Amar'e Stoudemire has scored at least 30 in all of them. Yes, they've only beaten two winning teams in that stretch, but an 8 game win streak is an 8 game win streak. The Knicks are 16-9, good for second in the Atlantic (4 games behind Boston) and 5th in the East (1 game out of second).
So the Celtics need to send a little early message on Wednesday night. They need to let the masses know that while the Knicks run is a nice little story, they're not in the C's class yet. Knicks fans need a little check before they get a little too haughty (kinda how like I'm being right now… I know). Paul Pierce gets it:
“They’re one of the hottest teams in the NBA,” captain Paul Pierce said. “They’re going to be a tough challenge. This is a game that could really put their season on a whole other level than it already is. So we’ve got to be aware of the energy that they’re going to bring.”
The big difference in this game might be the banged up Rajon Rondo. He dropped 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 24 ASSISTS on NYK last time around. Rondo's a little banged up now, though… so let's see if he can have another great game. And let's see if they, in turn, try to turn him into more of a scorer. Though that strategy doesn't always go well.
On Page 2: The C's are resting up before Wednesday
The Celtics didn’t practice yesterday. They won’t practice today either.
They may win the NBA championship this season, but the title of “Hardest Working Team in Show Business” is probably out of reach. And that’s by necessity.
[...] “Absolutely,” Rivers said. “We’ve been talking about it a lot. There’s definitely been slippage. That’s why I keep getting concerned. But it’s there for sure.
“You can definitely see the difference in the way we play and the way we execute when we don’t practice.”
Guard Ray Allen understands the difficult position that schedule, age and injury have combined to create.
“Even the practices we’ve had, there’s been a problem because so many guys have been out,” he said. “But it’s still helpful any time you can practice. You get to go over things — positioning, points of emphasis. Practice is always good. Unfortunately we have to heal up in the days between these games, so Doc is somewhat in a dilemma.
“We don’t need any more injuries, so you have to try to avoid those problems. And so far we’ve been fine. Our energy’s been good.
Hey, you gotta do what you gotta do to stay healthy. And there's no point in going balls-to-the-wall when you've got a focused veteran team like this.
I am a little concerned about having one practice and a shoot-around before facing the Knicks, but the Celtics aren't gonna win if they keep having practices every day and not resting. It's not ideal, but its the best formula.
You want KG to keep catching alley oops? Then he's gotta take a couple of days off when he can get them. Come back tomorrow refreshed, and then go out there Wednesday and bang with Amar'e Stoudemire and end that 30 point scoring streak.
And don't think that's not tops on KG's list for Wednesday night. He's looking at his man coming in setting a team record for consecutive 30 point scoring games. He's looking at himself as leading the best defense in the league. Something is gonna give.
So rest those legs, KG. Stretch that hammy, Rajon. Get that rest now while you can.
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