The Boston Celtics currently sit at 8-7 on the season and their next 15 games will be a true telling point to how they end up finishing their season. 9 of the next 15 are away from the Boston Garden, including the team’s annual Christmas holiday West Coast road swing. That trip will see them take on the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, and the Sacramento Kings.
The Celtics need to be careful because they do not want to slip too far behind in the Eastern Conference standings. They have obviously proven that they can win on the road in the playoffs, but this is a different team that hasn’t had much time to play together. The Celtics cannot afford to go say, 5-10 coming up. That would leave them with a 13-17 overall record entering the New Year. They can obviously recover from being four games under .500, but that obviously would not be their ideal preference.
It is really difficult right now to peg wins and losses with this Celtics team. Every time you think they have a great shot to win, they throw up a stinker against an inferior opponent. This same trend happened last year, where they pretty much coasted during the regular season before turning it on in the postseason. They have proven that this type of pattern can work, but it is certainly not the most desirable route.
The Celtics have a tough road in front of them and it will be of the utmost importance for head coach Doc Rivers to steer the ship in the right direction.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team homepage on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18