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Five games. Seven days.
Not exactly the schedule you want to see if you're the injury-riddled Boston Celtics, who are riding a two-game losing streak and holding on to the top seed in the East over Chicago by the slimmest of margins.
But if history – you know, like games played last month – is an indicator of future results, the C's are on the verge of a breakthrough.
This is the fourth time the C's have lost back-to-back games this season.
In the previous three instances, the C's reeled off winning streaks of 14, 4 and 3 games.
As Sherrod Blakely continues to say in his piece… the C's have one major difference this time around. They have five new players that are being asked to contribute at the moment. Integrating them is putting the C's behind and they're a bit off in a lot of the things they're doing.
But the Bucks come into town having played last night… so the back to back could be an issue. The C's beat the Bucks in their building last time with Rondo looking like a zombie… so maybe this will be a night where a winning streak does begin (more on that in the preview later today).
On Page 2: An injured player may return today
The good news is that Davis is expected to be back in the lineup soon — coach Doc Rivers said Friday that Davis is scheduled to play in Sunday's tilt with the Milwaukee Bucks. While the anticipation is mounting for the returns of three players that have struggled to stay on the court this season — veteran centers Shaquille O'Neal (right foot injuries) and Jermaine O'Neal (left knee surgery), and guard Delonte West(right ankle sprain) — Davis' return is just as crucial as Boston continues its fight for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference with a month left in the regular season.
This is going to be a huge deal for the C's because Baby has been finishing games for the team all year… so now when thing hit the fan… there will be a five-man unit on the floor that at least understands each other. And he's only been out a short time so he might not need THAT much time to get his wind back.
One player… when its a key player like Glen Davis… can make a huge difference.
I gotta stop here… or else today's preview will just be a cut-and-paste from the Dump.
The rest of the links:
ESPN Boston: Video: Are C's better since trades? | CSNNE: C's prepare for hungry opponents | Herald: Celtics cram for test | No urgency for Shaq | Globe: C's have one eye on the calendar, one on the clock