During the past two seasons, I followed he Timberwolves, right after the Celtics, of course, in order to see how they were doing; after all, most of the team consisted of former Celtics players. I would laughingly refer to them as the Boston Bees, meaning of course the Boston B squad, and I was pleased when our former players did well.
Tonight, the Bs almost did in our Cs, as it came down to the closing seconds when we managed to eke out a 92-90 win. A bit too close for comfort, from my point of view, as the Bs should not be in the same class as the Cs, on any given night. Credit Rondo for having a super game just when we really needed it.
What will become clearer as the season wears on, in my opinion, is that the only times the Cs are really going to be challenged will be in the second game of a back to back doubleheader, where travel from one city to the next will take place. Those will be the games that will provide the greatest challenge, particularly if the first game will be a tough one. Allen, Garnett, Wallace and even Pierce's legs don't have the same resiliency as younger players, and travelling does take its toll, particularly when there's a flight of a few hours involved.
Mark my words. The second game of a back to back will be the most dangerous of times for our Cs, and more so when that second game is an away game, without the emotional surge given by a supporting home crowd.
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