Boston Celtics Weekly Preview: Good Week for Tanking

By Michael LeDuc
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The Boston Celtics are currently sitting at 20-40, which is good enough for the fourth-worst record in the NBA. With just 20 more games to go in the 2014-15 season, Boston finds themselves in great position in the lottery race. This week features games that will enable the Celtics to continue “tanking” and earn more ping-pong balls. Despite all three games being at home, the competition should be too much for the young Celtics to handle.

Give this Boston team credit. Even with a lost season, Brad Stevens continues to get the best performances out of his players and keep games close no matter the competition. Celtics were able to push the Indiana Pacers to the brink on Saturday. It’s exactly what Celtics fans should want — the players on this roster continue to develop their skills,  play with pride and give it their all, but ultimately lose in order to receive a high-draft pick.

So, it’s a win-win when they play hard, keep it close and lose at the end. Anyway, let’s take a look at this week’s competition.

3/5 vs. Golden State Warriors

The Celtics put up a solid fight in their first matchup against the Warriors losing by a mere two points, 99-97. This game was pre-Rajon Rondo return and Jordan Crawford was also present on the roster. Nonetheless, Golden State is still a terrific team and much better than Boston. The red-hot Stephen Curry and the Warriors should be able to handle the Celtics fairly easily. It won’t be as close as last time.

Prediction: Bos 98, GSW 109

3/7 vs Brooklyn Nets

It’ll be Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett‘s second visit to the Garden in Boston. Last time, the reunion was emotional and heartfelt. This time around shouldn’t be as dramatic, but expect the same kind of reception for Pierce and KG as they play again in Boston.  Brooklyn is still trying to climb up the East standings and aren’t going to let Boston get in their way.

Prediction: Bos 95, BKN 102

3/9 vs. Detroit Pistons

It’ll be the third contest against the Pistons, and the Celtics have lost the first two of the meetings. Last time, the Celtics blew a big lead and lost to Detroit on their own court. The Pistons have been so inconsistent this season that it is painful to perceive. I believe the Celtics have a better team than the Pistons. Detroit has more talent, but Boston has a better team as a whole. Therefore, the Celtics will sneak a victory in this week with a win against Detroit.

Prediction: Bos 104, Det 100

Michael LeDuc is a Boston Celtics writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @mike_leduc, and add him on Google.

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