The Celtics were quick to point to themselves as the key culprits behind Wednesday night's loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, which stirred up some uncomfortable memories of last season's 82-game regular season slate. But, as Steve Bulpett of The Boston Herald notes (I recommend you read the entire article...Good stuff), the Celtics are not preparing to press the 'Repeat' button.
"Last year was tough in the regular season, but I don't think that's going to happen with this team," captain Paul Pierce said. "We've got to understand that teams are going to compete hard, and I think on a night-in, night-out basis we've got to do a better job of taking advantage of our strengths."
"But I don't think this team is going to lose focus like we did last year. Yeah, that was definitely frustrating. But this team is highly motivated. I don't think that's going to happen this year."
For those who are quick to disregard the talk of improvement without the support of proper action, take solace in the fact that the Celtics go toe-to-toe with another inferior squad tonight when they take on the New York Knicks at 7:30pm in Boston. While New York should pose more of a threat than the Cavaliers were supposed to, we can still file this one under the "Should Win" category for the C's. So, will they fall short in another game that should be theirs? Or will they bounce back and smash the Knicks to silence the early critics?