The Boston Celtics are falling fast and are currently looking at the fifth worst record in the NBA at 14-28. What makes their recent skid even worse is that they were outplayed by some of the worst teams in the league. Both the Los Angeles Lakers and Orlando Magic were able to beat Boston in close games. The eventful return of Rajon Rondo was not enough to spark a victory in the young Celtic team. However, their record is a true reflection of where Danny Ainge wants this team to be. It is now apparent Ainge wants a high draft pick in order to make a huge splash this offseason. This week will please Ainge as Boston faces tough competition. Until Rondo is fully healthy and is able to play significant minutes, it will be hard to pick the Celtics in many games going forward.
Jan. 21 at Miami Heat
The last time these teams met, Jeff Green hit a buzzer-beater to upset the star-studded Heat. I assure you LeBron James and the Heat will not let the Celtics beat them this time. Last time, Miami might not have taken the Celtics seriously. When you don’t take the Celtics seriously, they gain confidence and go on a roll. Miami won’t let that happen again, so expect this game to be a blowout.
Prediction: Bos 87–Mia 105
Jan. 22 at Washington Wizards
In their previous matchup, the Celtics blew an 18-point lead and ultimately lost to the Wizards 106 to 99. Washington has a lot of potential. They haven’t quite gotten on role yet, but they have the players do be a top team in the weak Eastern Conference. John Wall and Bradley Beal make up a talented backcourt while Marcin Gortat solidifies frontcourt. Washington is team that could make some noise in the next few years, and I see them winning again in this matchup.
Prediction: Bos 93–Was 98
Jan. 24 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
The Celtics simply got spanked by the Thunder in their last meeting. Kevin Durant, who has played MVP-basketball, is too much for the Celtics to handle. They will play tougher and manage not to lose by double-digits but fall short once again to the mighty Thunder.
Prediction: Bos 97–OKC 106
Jan. 26 vs. Brooklyn Nets
Finally, the most anticipated game of the season will feature the return of former Celtic greats Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. It will undoubtedly be an emotional game for Boston fans and for Pierce and KG. There will be much to cover regarding this subject in the next few days. In the last matchup, Brook Lopez was impossible for the Celtics’ defense to stop. Fortunately for Boston, he is out with an injury. However, Brooklyn has been doing much better the last few games and have been playing to their potential. Surprisingly, the Nets may be too much for Boston.
Prediction: Bos 91-BRK 97