|Posted by GinosJungle on February 16, 2011 at 10:40 PM|
I know it seems so very long ago, but last year at this point we were suffering through a Celtics season. Every night was a disaster, and every game was another reason why we should give up on any hopes of them doing anything in the playoffs. Well this year is different (so far.. I'm not about to jinx anything)..
The Celtics had a big lead early, but that was quickly evaporated by the half as the Nets and Celtics went into halftime tied at 46. In the blink of an eye New Jersey had an 8 point lead to start the 3rd quarter. What do you think last years team would have done? The correct answer is: Let that 8 point lead grow into 10..12..14.. and eventually way too great of a margin to overcome no matter how weak the opponent was.
Things aren't the same, though. Instead, the Celtics nipped it in the butt before it could get out of hand. After starting the 3rd quarter off on the wrong foot, they quickly corrected themselves and had the game tied with 2:30 left in the 3rd. Again, last year they would have waited until late in the fourth to start playing Celtics ball and by that time it was too late and they could only make the game CLOSE.
So then in the 4th quarter the C's took off and ended up winning the game by 14 points. I get it.. That's not the way we would like them to play, but against the Nets what really can we expect? They have no reason to continue playing how they did in the 1st quarter. It bores them and thats a valid excuse.
I am simply happy that they are giving it an effort to pay very close attention to their record and how important it is. Last year the lack of homecourt really came back to bite them in the rear end and they are making sure to not let the same thing happen again. By doing that they are making sure they win the games they are supposed to win (for the most part). It's much more fun to watch and oh so much LESS stressful.