Boston Celtics Weekly Preview: Reunion Week December 9-15

By Michael LeDuc
Doc Rivers & Avery Bradley
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The Boston Celtics won all three games last week to improve to 10-12 on the season. Boston sits on top of the Atlantic division and in fourth place in the conference. Despite being under .500, the Celtics have exceeded all expectations. Brad Stevens has done a terrific job, while the players are competing with heart and as a unit. It is a fun team to watch, and with Rajon Rondo coming back, the Celtics could end up in a good position to be a top team in the East.

This week, the Celtics have three games against the Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks. Boston will look to add to their momentum as they play some familiar faces.

The Celtics square off against the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday. Using the word “disappointing” to describe how the Nets have played this year would be a vast understatement. This team has been absolutely atrocious. The stars on the roster can’t seem to figure it out. It could be a lost season for them.

Playing the high-confident Celtics is the last thing the Nets want to do right now. Forward Kevin Garnett may play his old team that he won a championship with. I can assure you it will be heartbreaking for Celtics fans to see KG as the opponent. Paul Pierce will not be playing in this game. With the way the Celtics have been playing, I do not see them losing this game. Brook Lopez may be a handful, but the backcourt has an edge.

The very next night, Avery Bradley, Jeff Green, Jared Sullinger, Brandon Bass, Courtney Lee, Jordan Crawford and Rajon Rondo will face their former coach, Doc Rivers, in Boston. This will be an extremely emotional night for the players, home crowd, as well as Rivers. It will be interesting to see how the crowd reacts to his return. Celtics fans always seem to cheer anyone who has ever put on a green uniform and has won a championship.

Heck, fans even cheered Ray Allen. However, he did receive his deserving jeers and boos throughout the game. Although Doc Rivers quit on this Celtic team, I think he will get a nice reception. His Clippers will be a good test for the Celtics. A victory would be a big boost for Boston.

On Friday night, the Celtics and Knicks will face off in rematch. No doubt the Knicks were humiliated in Sunday’s embarrassing loss, and they will do everything they can to redeem itself. However, without Tyson Chandler, the Celtics are better than the Knicks. Boston’s defense has been outstanding and the Knicks’ offense is overmatched. The Celtics will beat the Knicks again at home.

It will indeed be an emotional week for Celtics fans and the players on the team. The Celtics have terrific competition and a good opportunity to get over the .500 mark this week.

Michael LeDuc writes about the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @mike_leduc, like his Facebook page and add him on Google.

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