Join us tonight from 9-10pm when Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston. Chris had an interesting take on the Celtics road record being a strong indicator of playoff success:
Yet, something about the road brings out the best in Boston.
"The road is hostile," forward Kevin Garnett said after Friday's win. "You expect the worst, and that's what it is. Maybe we're too confident at home."
Road success is often a quality indicator of playoff success. The Celtics put together an NBA-best 31-10 mark on the road during the 2007-08 campaign, the year they brought home banner No. 17. The second-best road team that year? The Los Angeles Lakers, the team that Boston beat in the NBA Finals, had a road mark of 27-14.
The team with the best road record in the NBA in 2008-09? The world champion Lakers at 29-12. Boston, Orlando and Cleveland all tied with 27-14 road marks, but it was the Magic that won a crucial Game 7 at the TD Garden (then stole Game 1 in Cleveland) to help them advance to the Finals.