On the eve of St. Patricks Day, the Boston Celtics won their 12th straight home game as they tied the season series at two with the lowly Charlotte Bobcats. It’s the longest home winning streak since the 2008-09 season for the Celtics, and it’s only showing that making one last run at home court advantage in the playoffs would certainly be worth the while.
Kevin Garnett ended up taking only his second game off of the year as the Celtic’s rolled to a nice 115-88 win. A convincing win was definitely needed, especially since the Celtics have had some strange troubles with staying interested when playing some of the lower level teams in their conference.
For an adrenaline-driven team that’s turned their season around with pure heart and the ability to rally around fallen brothers, home court advantage in the first round would be nothing short of a blessing.
The Celtic’s will still have to learn how to win on the road again, as they’ve only accumulated 12 wins in 32 games when not playing on the TD Garden floor, but with a 24-9 home record, the Celtic’s are starting to look more relevant at just the right time.
So the ultimate question is: rest or rally? Doc Rivers has gone on record saying that seeding doesn’t matter, and that the health and strength of his veteran legs is what count the most. Most likely, Rivers knows his team best, and with a short rotation and a lack of firepower on the offensive end, the Celtics are really going to need Garnett and Paul Pierce to do their best at displaying some vintage efforts.
Fortunately for Rivers and the Celtics, they are still getting those time traveling minutes from Pierce and Garnett. Tonight, Pierce showed that age is only number as he put up an impressive 14 points, eight assists, and six rebounds to go along with three blocked shots in a mere 23 minutes.
Granted, they were playing the worst team in the league … but the veterans in Boston simply aren’t going to go down easy.
Home court advantage or not, the Celtics have regained some much-needed swagger in their own building, and it couldn’t be happening at a better time.
Eric St. Cyr Covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. Follow Him on Twitter @ericJsaint