The All-Star break is coming to an end, and the Boston Celtics will be back in action as soon as Wednesday, one day before the trade deadline. The Celtics are expected to be busy this week with multiple deals looming, so this team could look much different in its featured games this week.
Boston will start yet another West coast road trip this week as they tour the West for five straight games. For a team that is looking to get more ping-pong balls for the lottery, the next couple weeks won’t be so kind.
2/19 at Phoenix Suns
The Suns have played surprisingly well this season and are currently holding onto the seventh seed in the Western Conference. How are they hanging so tough in such a competitive conference? I have no idea, and I’m sure many scratching their heads at the very thought. However, its quite impressive how successful they are without any star players. The only player close to being star-caliber is Eric Bledsoe, and he has missed quite a bit of time.
Phoenix’s style of play may actually be a bad matchup for Boston. They’re quick and get up and down the floor in a hurry. They play together and if they get into a rhythm, it’s tough to slow them down. Channing Fry and Miles Plumlee aren’t the most talented big men, but they certainly have more length than any of the Celtics’ big men. If the Suns are doing so well in the West, then they should have no problem with the Celtics.
Prediction: BOS 94 PHO 101
2/21 at Los Angeles Lakers
The two most-storied franchises in NBA history go head-to-head for the second time this season, except this time in a battle for ping-pong balls. The Celtics did a terrific job in losing in their last meeting by blowing the lead in the fourth quarter against the Lakers. Los Angeles currently has a half-game lead over the Celtics in the lottery. This won’t be a great game, but I can’t see the Lakers blowing another loss and making the same mistake again against Boston.
Prediction: BOS 103 LAL 98
2/22 at Sacramento Kings
In their last meeting, the Celtics deliberately sat both Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley in hopes that the team would fall short against the Kings. To counter, the Kings sat down Rudy Gay. Well played, Sacramento, well played. The Celtics accidentally came out on top in that game, but that won’t happen again. The Kings will be the ones accidentally winning on their home court this time around.
Prediction: BOS 97 SAC 109