The Celtics were pushed to two overtimes Wednesday night so I hope they got some rest yesterday. They're on the road for a few games. Peter May notes that the defense has been on the upswing, which is good because...
That's a good thing because they are going to need to really, really defend on their two-day, two-game swing through Texas. There's a Friday night matchup with the Houston Rockets, No. 3 in the NBA in points per game, and a Saturday night game against the San Antonio Spurs, who led the NBA in points per game through Wednesday's games. There then is a two-day respite before the team meets the Bulls in Chicago for the second time in five weeks. The first visit was successful, a 101-95 victory. The Bulls are not the offensive juggernaut the Celtics will see in Texas, especially with Derrick Rose still idle. They are, however, along with the Pacers, one of the top two defensive teams in the league.
If you have fond, but vague memories of a road trip to Texas, here's why.
Fresh off a 117-115 double overtime victory against the visiting Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, the Celtics visit Texas for games against Houston (Friday) and San Antonio (Saturday). According to Elias Sports Bureau, the last time that Boston faced all three Texas teams in successive games was in March of 2008 and the Celtics swept those three games.
More of that please.
Next 5 Games
|@ Houston||Fri 12/14||8:00 PM EST|
|@ San Antonio||Sat 12/15||8:30 PM EST|
|@ Chicago||Tue 12/18||8:00 PM EST|
|Cleveland||Wed 12/19||7:30 PM EST|
|Milwaukee||Fri 12/21||7:30 PM EST|
Last 5 Games
|Dallas||Wed 12/12||W 117 - 115|
|Philadelphia||Sat 12/08||W 92 - 79|
|@ Philadelphia||Fri 12/07||L 94 - 95|
|Minnesota||Wed 12/05||W 104 - 94|
|@ Milwaukee||Sat 12/01||L 88 - 91|